MC Steve West got proceedings underway with the traditional “Lambs On The Green Hills” and remained on stage to perform Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” with Sara and a friend.
Brian & Chris from Southampton are going to help Steve with running a new ‘Open Mic’ at the Empress of Blandings in Copythorne. It will usually take place on the third Thursday of the month and the next meeting will be 26th October. Together they played “Freefalling” by Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and “California Dreaming” by John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & Papas. Next up was Henry Campion. He sang “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, Sandy Denny’s “The Sea”, David Gray’s “Babylon” and “The Weight” written by Robbie Robertson of ‘The Band’.
Following Henry was Nick Minnion. He performed “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”, composed by Jimmie Cox in 1923 and recorded by many artists including Bessie Smith and Eric Clapton,  “For What It’s Worth” by Stephen Stills and “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” a popular rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup, the lyrics of which follow the path of the highway between Chicago and Los Angeles. To finish the first half, Jonathan Klein came to the stage. He sang Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly”, one of his own compositions “Space Is Deep, Love is Deeper”, “Please Come To Boston” by Dave Loggins and another of his own fine songs, “Sleeping With The Saints”.
After the short break and raffle, Steve sang Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and then welcomed Dick Etherton to the stage. Dick performed a-capella on this occasion; “Sweet Nightingale”, “She Moved Through The fair” and “Dashing Away With A Smoothing Iron”, all well supported by the enthusiastic audience. Nick West was next on stage. He played three tunes on his chromatic harmonica; “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, John Barry’s “Theme from Midnight Cowboy” and “Dirty Old Town” by Ewan MacColl.
Following Nick was Tony Parry. He sang three of his own numbers; “Children Of The Valley”, about the Aberfan disaster, “Swinging Down The Lane” and “Just Wanna Lay Here”. Then it was time for our final performer, Ron Lakey. Ron sang songs by songwriters who have influenced him the most over his long association with folk clubs; “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound” by Tom Paxton, Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe”, “One Too Many Mornings” by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Cotton Jenny”, and an encore, “Streets of London” by Ralph McTell.
A brilliant evening of variety and quality. Next time, 1st November, Folk, Blues & Jazz from Walker Broad.

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