MC Steve West opened up the evening with two of his own songs; a love song (of course) “Enough” and “Christchurch Smuggler”. Henry Campion followed on with Love Minus Zero by ‘His Bobness’, Don McLean’s “Crossroads” from his No. 1 album “American Pie” and “Everyday” by Buddy Holly.
Next up were our guest support from Sussex. ‘Milton Hide‘ are husband & wife duo Jim & Josie Tipler. Jim’s the main songwriter and plays guitar (very well!) and Josie shares the vocals, plays clarinet and cajon. They performed “You’re Better Off Dead”, “Perfect Place To Hang”, “Little Bit Alike” and “Home Is Where The Heart Is”. Then it was time for our very special guest David Massengill. He sang “My Sweet Valentine”, “On The Road To Fairfax County”, with Lisi Tribble sang a song based on a poem Lisi wrote, “Blind Man, Black Swan”, “Mrs Dingley’s Green Apple Pie”, and “Lord Bateman” (Child ballad 53L; Roud 40… for those who like to know!).
After the break and raffle, Steve sang Tom Paxton’s “My Lady’s A Wild Flying Dove”, then invited Jim Brown to the stage. Jim sang Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, the traditional “The Water Is Wide” (Child 204; Roud 87!!) and Gillian Welch’s “Annabelle”.
Milton Hide returned to the stage for their second set; “Five Seeds”, “Forgetting To Live”, “Making Progress” and “Milton Hide”. And to finish the evening… Mr David Massengill. David regaled us with a few of bad reviews in America which were very funny (!) and it should be mentioned at this point that he is not only a fine singer, songwriter and player, but a storyteller also, interspersed between his songs. He sang “Lord Maisry” with a happy last verse added by his very self (Child 65… enough already!!!), “The Baby Moses Dreams”, another song with Lisi, “When I Am In Trouble (The Bubble Song)”, “Rider On An Orphan Train” and a well deserved encore, “My Name Joe”.
Fantastic Evening. Next week, yes!, next Wednesday: We have a “Ladies Night Special“! Just one other gig to bring to your attention. On Saturday 24th February there will be a very special charity concert at the New Milton memorial Centre featuring six local acts. “The Ocean Brothers” are two brothers rowing the Atlantic to raise funds, in memory of their father, for the British Skin Foundation. Details can be found on the Memorial Centre’s Website. www.memcentre.co.uk