MC Jon Ellis kicked off the evening with “England” by Ralph McTell (highly appropriate in the present world circumstances) and a Russian song, sang in Russian, with the English title “The Last Trolley Bus”. Following Jon was Ron Lakey. Although no longer living in the town, Ron was a stalwart of the local folk scene in the early days and helped to run the ‘Black Scorpion Folk Club’ at the Literary Institute in New Road. He kindly gave us a flyer from 1967 and this has been entered into the archives! He sang “Close The Door Lightly When You Go” by Eric Andersen, Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Morning’s” and “Lady From Baltimore” by Tim Hardin.
Then it was time for the first set from our special guest, singer/songwriter Greg Harper, from Sussex. Greg performed “For King And For Country”, “Well Spun Lies”, “Gossamer Wings”, “Cool Clear Water”, “The Broom Way”, “Colours”, and “The River”, all very well received by the appreciative audience.
After the break and raffle, Steve Moorhouse came to the stage. He sang three of his own songs; “Sweet Rosemary”, “That’s What Happens When We Send Our Sons To War”, and “Ghosts And Echoes Of The Past”. Next up was Carole West. She gave us “Yesterday” by Mr McCartney, “Plaisir d’Amour”, and “Inside Out” by Imelda May. Carole was followed by ‘Tin Angel‘, a five piece band performing mainly early “old time“/”bluegrass” numbers. They performed “Deep Ellum Blues”, “Carry Me Back To Virginia” written by James A. Bland, “Shake Hands And Tell Your Mama Goodbye” recorded by the ‘Mississippi Sheiks’, “John Henry”, “Jealous As I Can Be”, another ‘Sheiks’ song “Call That Religion” and finally a “new” song “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Bob Dylan!
To end the evening, Jon welcomed back Greg for his second set. He sang “Birdsong”, “Gibbet Wood”, “Cuckmere Shore”, Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire”, “Shapes Of Grey” and “Bricks And Dust”, the title track of his latest CD, which is getting great reviews in the music press.
Another excellent night. Next time, 3rd May, local legends ‘Innominata‘.