MC Jon Ellis always comes up with something different and he didn’t disappoint, commencing proceedings with a song in French-Canadian on his banjo and a whistle tune entitled “Louis’s Waltz”!
He then invited Geoff Robinson onto the stage who sang two of his own songs; “Busted” and “Our Song” and Lowell George’s “Willin”. Next up was Rachel Cheyne who performed three of her songs; “Ride On A Rainbow”, “Hello Mr Sun” and “The Haymaking Song”.
Then Steve West took to the stage to sing the traditional “Lambs On The Green Hills” and Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing On My Mind”. Steve was followed by Carole Puttick. Her first time at the club, she sang “Plaisir d’amour”, written by Jean Paul Egide Martini and made famous by Joan Baez, “I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me” by Bill Massey (It was the favourite song of Barney McKenna of the Dubliners!) and Richard Thompson’s “Dimming Of The Day”. Mervyn is a fine traditional singer and unaccompanied he sang “Buddy Can You Spare A Dime”, one of the best-known songs of the ‘Great Depression’, it was written in 1930 by lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Jay Gorney, “Lost Another Soldier” and “Man In The Moon”.
Maurice Pearce is equally at home with his own songs and the blues. he performed “One Step At A Time”, blues standard “Lay Me A Palette On Your Floor” and British folk rock classic “Meet Me On The Corner” by Alan Hull of Lindisfarne. To finish the first half, Paul Taylor gave us “I’m A Believer/Daydream Believer” (50th anniversary of the Monkees!), Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” and “Mrs Robinson” by Paul Simon.
After the break and raffle, we welcomed Hannah Snellgrove to the stage. She too sang a collection of her own compositions; “Smiling At Strangers”, “Extra Time” and the brilliant “Only Way Is Wessex”. The Steve Moorhouse ‘Roadshow’ then took to the stage, and with Hannah on whistle, Jim Brown on banjo and Steve West on guitar, they performed the ever popular “Wagon Wheel”, composed by Bob Dylan and Keith Secor. Steve then sang Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”, with Steve again on guitar, and finally on his lonesome, he sang one of his own songs, “Giver Of Pain”.
We then welcomed two newcomers to the club. Warren Wentworth and Cherry Morris performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”, Warren’s “Hands Like Stone” and “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. We hope to see them again sometime soon. Now it was time for the final act of the evening, all the way from Sway…. The Rezzonators. Peter Gabony and Mike Shipman performed blues standard “Trouble In Mind”, composed by Richard M. Jones, “When The Levee Breaks” by Memphis Minnie, “Going Down This Road Feeling Bad” by Woody Guthrie and Lee Hays, Bo Carter’s “Let’s Get Drunk Again”, “Valley Of Tears” by Gillian Welch and as a well deserved encore, Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”.
It wasn’t quite a “Hot August Night”, but it was close! Next time….. 7th September…. brilliant singer/songwriter and all round good guy, Southampton’s Jim Chorley.