MC Jon Ellis got the evening underway by singing “Lovely Agnes” by Sally Rogers and “Ghost Riders In The Sky” written in 1948 by American songwriter, film and television actor Stan Jones. Following Jon was Jonathan Klein. He borrowed Rachel’s Spanish guitar and performed two instrumentals; “Mood For A Day” by Steve Howe and his own “Sunlight After A Rainstorm”. Next was Rachel Cheyne. She sang two of her own compositions; her Mermaid song and an a-capella “Voices Of The Forest”.
George Benn also sang two of his own songs; “Business As Usual” and “All The Things We Did”. Next onto the stage, Henry Campion. Henry performed Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush” and “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot. Then it was time for our special guest
Nigel Waite to take to the stage for his first set. He sang “Last Thing On My Mind” by Tom Paxton, “Shooting The Breeze”, “Galway Shawl”, “North To Dartmouth”, “Floor Singer”, and “Draw The Line”.
After the break and raffle, we welcomed Keith Kemsley back to the club. He sang one of the most important songs from the beginning of the singer/songwriter era, “You’ve Got A Friend”, written by Carole King for her own seminal album ‘Tapestry’, and James Taylor’s ‘Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon’, Joni Mitchell performed on both. Taylor’s version was released as a single, and reached number 1 in the US. Then he performed Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” made famous, of course, by Glen Campbell.
Then it was time for the main support of the evening to gather on the stage. Ron Lakey‘s connection with Lymington Folk Club goes all the way back to the 70’s. Accompanied by Ethan King on fiddle and Chas Rowden on double bass, he sang Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train”, Woody Guthrie’s “Deportees”, a traditional Appalachian song “Shady Grove”, “Wayfaring Stranger”, “St James Infirmary Blues”, “Abilene”, a song written by Bob Gibson, Albert Stanton, Lester Brown and John D. Loudermilk, and recorded by American country music legend George Hamilton, and “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.
And finally, Nigel’s second set. Again, he sang a combination of his own songs and covers; “Once In Awhile”, “The Long And Winding Road” (no, not that one. One of Nigel’s), Jimmy McCarthy’s “Bright Blue Rose”, “An Acquaintance Of Mine” by Anthony John Clarke, “Pegasus Bridge” and “It’s Time”.
A truly wonderful evening. Next time, September 20th – Bob Long’s Blues Night Special with very special guest, Martin McNeill.