MC Jonathan Klein kicked off 2019 with Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” and one of his own, “Farewell Sweet Europa”. He then invited Henry Campion to the ‘stage’ and Henry performed “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Don McLean’s “American Pie”.

Next up was Rachel Cheyne. Rachel sang two of her own compositions; “La Vie a Belle” and “Solent Mermaid”.

Then it was time for our guest David Fisher’s first set. His latest CD and accompanying book “Busking Beyond Borders” describe his travels throughout Europe over a period of three years. He sang; “People Say”, “The Blacksmith (traditional), “Girl From The Mountain Town”, “Living The Dream”, “Leave Her Johnny Leave Her” (shanty), “Northwest Passage” (Stan Rogers), “Lifeboat” (Sam Walter), “Come Join Me On The Road” and “The Rose of Turaida”.

After the break and raffle, Jonathan sang a relatively new song, “Candlelight”, before Steve & Ariane were invited to perform. They sang “Love Hurts” written by Boudleux Bryant, “Hotel California” by the Eagles and John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves”. George Benn then sang three of his songs; “Down at the Doctors”, “Evensong” and “Modern Life”.

And finally, it was time for David’s second set, the evening having whizzed by! “Ye Jacobites” (traditional), “There’s No Reason To Be Sad”, “Dance To Your Daddy” (traditional), “Road Scholar”, “Generic Folk Song” and Mick Ryan’s “The Widow”.

An extremely enjoyable evening! Next time, 6th February, local singer/songwriter Nigel Waite.

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