Wednesday 6th April: WORTH THE WAITE (AGAIN)

Our special guest Nigel Waite is one of our area's finest singer/songwriter's, and his long awaited new CD "It's Time" has just been released.

MC Jon Ellis got the evening underway with Adge Cutler's "When The Common Market Came To Stanton Drew" before Rachel Cheyne sang three of her own songs; "Ride On A Rainbow", "Climate Change" and "The Mountain Song".

Henry Campion sang the music hall classic "Baby's Gone Down The Plughole" and Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn!". Then Larry Callan took to the stage to sing "Missing You", written by Jimmy MacCarthy and made famous by Christy Moore, Ralph McTell's "From Clare To Here" and the traditional "Black Is The Colour", another song made popular by Christy Moore.

Then it was time for our special guest. Nigel performed "Shooting The Breeze", "Once In A While", Mary Chapin Carpenter's "End Of My Pirate Days", "The Sandbanks Blues", "Whitby Harbour" by Stan Graham, and "A Fine Line".

After the break and raffle, Jon played a pair of dance tunes on his recorder before inviting Paul Taylor to the stage. Paul sang "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton, "Take Your Mama", a big hit for The Scissor Sisters, Jet's "Look What You've Done" and "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. And then to finish the evening, Nigel returned to the stage to sing the traditional "Lord Franklin", "Openshaw Lad", which always sends a shiver down by Northern spine, "Pegasus Bridge", a first outing for a new song, "Renaissance", "It's You" and a well deserved encore, the title track of his latest CD, "It's Time".

A lovely evening, thanks once again to Nigel Waite and all those that performed. Our next outing is our Blues Night Special on April 20th, hosted by 'Mississippi' Bob Long and special guest Adam Franklin.


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Wednesday 16th March


MC for the night Jonathan Klein got the evening off to a great start with a gentle and moving rendition of "Carrickfergus". He then introduced 'Nomad' to the stage. Al, Heather and Glen performed "Beggarman", "For Ireland", "Bally Desmond", "Jock Stewart" and "Ride On".

Next was Martin Costello. In his own inimitable style he sang "Spancill Hill", "Boulavogue", and "The Patriot Game". Following Martin, Larry Callan took to the stage. He sang "Tell Me Ma", "The Bold Fenian Man", "She Moved Through The Fair", "Irish Rover/Leaving of Liverpool", and "Whiskey In The Jar".

After the break and raffle, the BSO assembled themselves on the stage. (BSO - not the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - the Bob Smith Orchestra!) Bob, Barbara, Alison and Dave played a set of jigs followed by "Sally Brown/The Home Ruler (Hornpipe)". They then performed a set of polkas before Bob sang the "Galway Shawl". Another set of jigs was followed by "I Wish My Love Was A Red, Red Rose" and a set of hornpipes. They finished with the ever popular "Black Velvet Band".
And finally, our special guest of the evening, Jason Hinchey. He started with Luka Bloom's "Bog Man", then "On Your Way", "Nancy Spain", and Natalie Merchant's "Motherland". He was then accompanied by Bob Smith on banjo for "Ordinary Man", "Roots", "City of Chicago", during which he completely destroyed the chair he was sitting on but continued playing like the troubadour he is(!), and then to finish off Bob sang the "Wild Rover". A great night of Irish Music.

Next time, 6th April, our special guest is the wonderful Nigel Waite, singing songs from his new CD and some oldies too.

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Wednesday 2nd March


MC Steve West got the evening underway with an example of a broadside ballad "Young Sailor Cut Down In His Prime" before inviting songwriter Geoff Robinson to the stage accompanied by Jon Rowson on violin. Geoff sang four of his own songs; "Achin' Heart", "The Blind Fiddler", "A Fine Turnaround" and "'Scuse Me For Laughin'" and the folk standard "Man of Constant Sorrow".

Then it was time for our special guest Claude Bourbon to grace the stage in his trademark rattle-snakeskin boots. He sang and played songs mainly from his latest CD "Anthology", a double CD collection of songs and tunes from the last ten years. Included in the the set were his extended version of "Summertime" and "Alamansa".

After the break and raffle Steve sang one of his own songs "The Lie" and then introduced local troubadour Nick Hayward Young to the audience. He plays guitar through a loop machine which is something a little different for us but his did not detract from the performance. Singing numbers mainly from his most recent CD, he performed songs including "Raglan Road", Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?" and his own "Deception Valley".

For the remainder of the evening, Claude performed his second set which included "I Need A Love That's Real", "How Do You Stretch It?", a "We'll Meet Again"/Bolero mash up(!), "There's a Storm Coming" and always one of my personal favourites, "Sitting On A Cliff".

A briiliant evening. Next time, one of our 'extra' nights on 16th March, "Irish Night!".


Wednesday 1st February


We chased away the winter blues with a fantastic, varied collection of songs and performers, and a few newcomers to spice it all up.
MC Henry Campion got the evening started with Marc Cohn's "Walking In Memphis" and "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones. Next up was Steve Moorhouse. He sang two of his own songs; the first an ode to Lenny McLean, 'The Guv'nor', famous street fighter, called "Giver Of Pain" and "Crash & Burn". 

Following Steve was Mike Cole. With his accordion, and accompanied by Steve Moorhouse, he performed "Handsome Molly" and "The Rochester Recruiting Sergeant" (words by Pete Coe). Then Sean Brophy took to the stage to sing Mark Knopfler's "Romeo & Juliet" and "Roof Is Leaking" by Phil Collins. Sean remained on stage to accompany the first or our newcomers, Hannah Snellgrove. Hannah sang "What Can I Say" by Skinny Lister and "If I Leave This World Alive" by Fogging Molly". 

The penultimate act of the first half was another newcomer, Tom Croft, our youngest performer of the night. He sang his own version of Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Highway Patrolman" by the Boss. So, to finish the first half, Nomad. Al, guitar/vocal, Heather, violin/guitar/vocal, sang "Call To The Wee Girl", "The L & N Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" by Johnny Cash and joined by Jim Brown on banjo and Steve West on vocals; "Wagon Wheel" by Bob Dylan and Keith Secor.

After the break and raffle another newcomer, Larry Callan. He performed two Leonard Cohen songs; "Ain't No Cure For Love" and "I'm Your Man". Next was Jim Brown. On his new banjo he performed "Napoleon Crossing The Rhine" and "Hand Me Down Your Walking Cane".

Next on stage were Pete & Cis who run Milton Ukelele Strummers Klub (MUSK) and meet on the last Tuesday of the month in the New Milton Memorial Centre. They sang Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "It's Alright", written by Mike Moran and Dennis Waterman and the theme song to the TV series 'New Tricks'. Following the ukes another uke player, Martyn Tanner. He performed John Prine's "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness", "No Regrets" by Tom Rush and "September When It Comes" by Roseanne Cash.

Then it was time for Jonathan Klein to step forward. He sang two of his own songs; "Naked In A Deckchair" and a brand new one hot off the press, "Miss Your Touch". Finally, to complete the evening, Henry returned as performer. He sang a little music hall ditty: "A Boarding House", "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Forever Young". A great end to a great evening. Next time, 2nd March, a very special guest, the wonderful Claude Bourbon. If you have any interest in guitar playing, you need to see this man! 


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Wednesday 2nd December


MC Mike "Furry" Atack got the evening underway with two Furry Lewis songs before inviting "Professor" Jonathan Klein to the stage. He performed four of his own songs in his own delicate style; "Winter Child", "Everything I Build Falls Apart", "If I Could Make One Wish" and "Devil And The Deep Blue Sea". Next up was Jim Anderson on his accordion accompanied by Dave Read on guitar. They played various tunes from around the war period from America, France and  Belgium, a set of Irish dance tunes, a Jimmy Reed song "Baby What You Want Me To Do" with Dave on vocal, and finally "Nola", composed by American Felix Arndt in 1915 as an engagement gift to his fiancee, Nola Locke and considered to be the first example of the "ragtime" genre. (Felix's mother was related to Napoleon III don't you know!)

After the break and raffle, "Mississippi" Bob Long took over MC duties as poor Mike retired due to feeling unwell (furryitis?) and sang "Stockyard Blues" by Robert Wilkins before introducing Sean Brophy to the audience. Sean sang David Gray's "This Year's Love", "Downfall Tonight" by Del Amitri, and "Roof Is Leaking" by Phil Collins. Following Sean was John Scott. He performed Hal Ketchum's "Old Soldiers", "Til I Gain Control Again" by Rodney Crowell, and Raymond Froggatt's "Wings On My Heels".
And last but not least, Ian "W" Brown. He performed three of his own songs; the moving "Aunt Margery", "Me Too" and a song he co-wrote with Steve Knightley, "Thanks For Turning Up", a most fitting end to the evening.

Our next meeting is on 6th January in the meantime, Lymington Folk & Blues wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, peaceful New Year.

Wednesday 8th October



It was fitting that our first performer tonight was one of the founding members of the new Lymington Folk Club, Tony Parry. Now living in the depths of Sussex, he runs his own club in Uckfield. His first song was Paul Openshaw's "Ikea", followed by Buffy St Marie's "Big One's Get Away" and "Only You", a big hit for The Platters. This led to an encore; Leadbelly's "Take This Hammer".

Next up were 'Dr Feelbad'. Derek and Geoff performed "Carrickfergus", "Speed of the Sound of Lonliness" by John Prine and "The Contender", written by Jimmy McCarthy about Irish boxer Jack Doyle and most famously covered by Christy Moore. Then it was time for the first set from our guests, Wikkaman. Their songs are infused with the myths and legends of darkest Dorset and performed with a good deal of theatre thrown in. The songs come mainly from their new CD "Wessex Tales"; "Badbury Rings", "Painted Man", "Hangman Jack", "Moonfleet", "Wedding Tree" and "Church Ope Cove". A brilliant first set.

After the break and raffle, Henry Campion kicked off the second half with "America" by Pail Simon, James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" and David Gray's "Babylon". Following Henry was accordion maestro Jim Anderson. He performed a set of Strathseys and Reels, a set of waltzes from Scotland, France and Bolivia, and joined by Dave Read on guitar for a French musette.

For only the second time in the club's history, a jazz combo took to the stage. Yes, Jazz! 'Vanessa's Villains' consist of Vanessa on vocals, Derek on bass, Steve guitar, and Richard on sax and maracas. They performed a German song in English "By Me You're Okay", "Autumn Leaves" and "Honeysuckle Rose". Then it was time for Wikkaman to return to the stage to finish the evening. They performed; "Abbotsbury Abbey", "Chesil Beach", "Portland Harbour Lights", "Tank Town" and a rousing "English Civil War". 
Another fantastic night. Next time, 4th November, our guest is Polly Morris.

Wednesday 16th September


MC 'Mississippi' Bob Long got the evening going with two Robert Johnson songs: "Little Queen of Spades" and "Travelin' Riverside Blues", Memphis Minnie's "Hoodoo Lady" and "Feels Like Going Home" by Muddy Waters. He then asked fellow LF&B activist Mike 'Furry' Atack to take to the stage. He sang "That's No Way To Get Along" by Robert Wilkins, Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man", "Yellow Dog Blues" by Sam Collins and "Falling Down Blues" by.... Furry Lewis (of course!).

Next up were Calum & Tom who play blues under the name of "Two Tones Down". These two young guys shouldn't be able to play the blues so well, but they do. They rocked through "Hey, Hey", "Nobody Knows You", composed in 1923 by Jimmy Cox, the blues standard "Key To The Highway" first recorded by Charlie Segar in 1940, and "Hoochie Coochie Man", written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. The final two featured Tom's exhilarating slide guitar. Bob then introduced Jon "The Don" Rowson to the stage. He performed Bob Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell", loosely based on 'St James Infirmary', "Going Down Slow" by Lightning Hopkins, and he then took up his fiddle and was joined by Gill on guitar for "Shake Hands And Tell Me Goodbye" by Mississippi Sheiks. To finish the first half, Bob led a jam session featuring some of the performers on "Just A Dream" by Big Bill Broonzy.

After the break and raffle, Glen Wright was invited to the stage. He played "Buckets of Rain" by Bob Dylan, "Sun Going Down", his own lyrics based on a Robert Wilkins tune, "Amazing Grace", first published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, "They Call Me Lazy" by Lazy Lester, and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", originally recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson in 1937 as "Good Morning, School Girl" as an uptempo blues with an irregular number of bars, and although identified with 'Chicago blues', it was a product of Sonny Boy’s west Tennessee roots. Following on from Glen was "Hawaiian" Pete Gabony. He sang "It Ain't One Thang Baby It's Two" by Chris Thomas King", Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live", Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster", and Memphis Minnie's "When The Levee Breaks".

And last but certainly not least, 'Big' Al Whittle. He started with a Dave Van Ronk song (the name of which escapes me!), and followed with a Jimmy Reed mash up "Bright Lights, Big City/Let It Roll", "Winin' Boy Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Matchbox Blues" "Diggin' My Potatoes" by Washboard Sam and finally and appropriately, "Goodnight Irene", a blues standard first recorded by Huddie Lebetter in 1933 but of much earlier origin.

A brilliant night of the blues. Next time, 7th October, the fabulous "Wikkaman".

Wednesday 2nd September


In terms of the quality on offer, this was one of our best nights ever. The standard of musicianship, creativity and bonhomie were fantastic.

MC Henry Campion got the evening of to a fine start with a stirring rendition of "Times They Are A-Changing". He then handed over to ukelele popsters, Ukerjax. Pete, Cis, Tony & Jan performed "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer, "Goodbye Girl" by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook of 'Squeeze', "Here Comes The Rain Again" by the Eurythmics and Bob Marley's "Wait In Vain".
Next on stage was Roy Clayton, accompanied on djembe by Jan Anderson. His first two songs were his own; "Entitled" and "Boiling The Sea", and the third "Stand By Your Guns", a traditional song arranged by Seth Lakeman and featuring backing vocals by Steve West. The penultimate act of the first half were an acoustic blues duo we have seen once before and hope to see many times in the future. Tom is just 18 and Calum 17 and they play the blues under the name 'Two Tones Down'. Tom is the lead vocalist with a voice way beyond his years and both are super hot on guitar. They performed two of their own songs; "Beachcomber Blues" and "This July", before finishing with a blistering version of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride ans Joy".

To finish the first half in foot tapping style, Don and Friends. Don & Michelle (fiddles) and Greg & Jill (guitars) played some 'Old Tyme' classics for us; "Lazy John", "St James Infirmary", "Darling Cory", and "John Henry". We needed a break to get our breath back!

After the break and raffle, Henry sang "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Neil Sedaka, and "Wild Mountain Thyme" featuring backing vocals by Steve West. Ukerjax returned to the stage for two numbers, the first a medley of "Tide Is High", "Rudy" and "Sit Down" and finishing with John Peel's favourite song, "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones. 
Steve West sang "The Leaving of Lymington" (!), and "Lambs On The Green Hills" before Henry completed the evening with "Mr Tamborine Man", his 'Not scrumpy!' cider story and Trevor Crozier's "Trouble Over Bridgewater", "Country Roads" by John Denver and much audience participation, and when we thought that was the end, he came back for a well deserved encore and sang "Let It Be" again with everyone joining in. Wow! What a night! 

In two weeks time, 16th September, we have one of our special nights, an evening of the blues, hosted by our very own 'Mississippi' Bob Long.

Wednesday 19th August


Host Steve West opened the evening singing "Marlboro Town" and "Devil's Curse" accompanied by Scott Miguel on lead guitar and backing vocals. Next up, our youngest performer and Scott's daughter, Charlotte Miguel. She sang "Guardian Angel", "The Light On The Other Side" and "Finding Myself". Then it was Dad's turn. He performed "Forbidden Love", "Two Cellos" and "The Chase" with the help of Steve and Charlotte on Backing Vocals. There can't be many folk clubs that can boast one professor let alone two! However, two professors it was... on the same stage... together! Jonathan Klein was accompanied on double bass by John Gabbay and sang; "If There Were 25 hours", "The Angel Song", "Oh, Stephanie" and "If I Could Have One Wish". To finish the first half, Rachel Cheyne came to the stage. She sang "Mr Time", "Solent Mermaid" and "Clandestini" (in Italian!). After the break and raffle, Steve sang his "Christchurch Smuggler" before introducing Traci Kennedy. She performed songs from a set entitled "Songs For Edward"; "Da De Da", "What Can I Do?", "Magic Circle", and "90 Days". Steve Moorhouse is no stranger to the local music scene, or the local hat shop! He sang; "Hobo Blues", "The Passing Bells", "Fast Fingers" and "Out On The Forest" accompanied by Carole Puttick on flute. And finally, to end the evening in great style, Warwick Slade. Warwick entertained us with his take on the trials and delights of 'old age' singing; "Three Score & Ten", "Old TOG's Lament", "Valentines '58", "Dead On Time" and "Inheritance Blues". A marvellous evening of ingenuity and craft in songwriting. Next meeting is an 'open floor' on 2nd September.

Wedneday 1st July


MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with an impassioned "It Ain't Me (Babe) by His Bobness and a tender version of Christine McVie's "Songbird". Next up was accordion player Mike Cole who performed "Not For Joe" and "Horses Brawl", "Admiral Benbow", and "South Australia". Following Mike was Lee Rasdall-Dove. This young man has an amazing voice and writes fine songs beyond his years. He sang "Wasted Love", "Hope" and "Love, Regret or Sacrifice". Next we had welcome two newcomers to the club. And once again, young men with incredible talent. Regulars at Bob Long's nights at the Platform Tavern in Southampton, this was their first trip to the Lymington delta. Calum Thompson & Tom Heppell shouldn't be able to play the blues this well, but they do! They performed Big Bill Broonzy's "Key To The Highway", "Hoochie Coochie Man" by Muddy Waters and "Sweet Home Chicago" by Robert Johnson. At the other end of the scale, a man who quite rightly is a local legend. Graham Kendrick has been part of the Bournemouth area music scene for many years. He sang three of this own songs; "Missing Cat", "The Old Songs" and "November Hair". To finish the first half, a local band going places in the folk world, and again, youth is on their side. Chris Bailey (guitar/vocals), Lee Cuff (cello/vocals) and David Hoyland (kahon/ukelele/mandolin/vocals) are Kadia.They played the traditional "The Keeper" and "Just As The Tide Was Flowing", their own version of "Lady Isabella" combined with "The Moon and the Seven Stars", and another traditional song, "Captain Ward". A great end to a fantastic first half.
After the break and raffle, Henry kicked off the second half with Sting's "Fields of Gold" and blues standard "Route 66" composed in 1946 by Bobby Troup. Following Henry, another newcomer to the club. George Hoy sang "Reason To Believe" by Tim Hardin and "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" written by Clarence Williams and Armand Piron, published in 1919 and believed to be based on a bawdy tune by Louis Armstrong about Kate Townsend, a murdered brothel madam! Moving on... 'Mississippi' Bob Long then took to the stage and performed Gus Cannon's "Hand Out", Will Shade's "Aunt Caroline Dye" and "Everybody Ought To Make A Change Sometimes" by Sleepy John Estes. Then to finish the evening, Kadia. Their second set included the traditional "Mary and the Silvery Tide", their own "Silver Linings" and "Beast of Bodmin Moor", "Raggle Taggle Gypsy", and, as an encore, and most appropriately, "The Parting Glass" which highlighted their fantastic harmonies.
What a night! Thanks to all that came. See you next time, 5th August, or another "Open Floor".

Wednesday 3rd June


MC for the night Bob Long got the evening underway assisted by blonde bombshell Jan Anderson on her djembe. He sang "Stealin', Stealin'" by the Memphis Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy's "Just A Dream" and "Hot Tomales" by Robert Johnson. Following Bob in his second appearance at the club was Steve Lowis, originally from Yorkshire and now based in Southampton. He sang three of his own songs accompanied by Elena on violin; "Pray", "Halfway Down The Road" and "Chapters". Next up was Henry Campion. He performed "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" by His Bobness, Lennon/McCartney's "If I Fell", and Buddy Holly's "Everyday". Bluesman Mike Atack then took to the stage and sang "Falling Down Blues" by Furry Lewis", "Saturday Blues" by Ishman Bracey, Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man" and "Love Looks Good On You" by Gary Davis. To complete the first half, Steve Moorhouse. He sang Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight", and two of his own songs; "Crash And Burn" and "The Passing Bell". 

After the break and raffle, Jon Ellis played two tunes on his tin whistle; "Herr Roloff's Farewell" and "Charlie's March". Next up was a newcomer to the club but not a newcomer to the local music scene. We don't see Traci Kennedy playing live very often nowadays, which is our loss. Long time friends with local success Sarah Joyce (a.k.a. 'Rumer'), she has started playing and writing again and hopefully this will lead to more outings in the future. She sang a new song "Ninety Days", the wonderful "Run Around Town", and "I Believe In You", written by Rumer. Next up was Sean Brophy. Sean is a very accomplished guitarist and singer and performed "This Years Love" by David Gray, Del Amitri's "Driving With The Breaks On", "Romeo And Juliet" by Mark Knopfler and "Through The Barricades" by Gary Kemp. To finish the evening in style, Mr Pat O'Dea! Award winning country singer and winner of the vegetable juice in the raffle, Pat sang "Before They Close The Minstrel Show" by Bob Coltman, "Aghadoe", a song with it's roots in the Irish Rebellion on the 18th century, Hugh Moffatt's "Old Flames", "Catch The Wind" by Donovan, and "Hobo's Lullaby" by Woody Guthrie. A marvellous end to a marvellous evening. And cake! Two weeks time (June 17th), special guest night with young Birmingham based singer/songwriter, Robert Lane.


Wednesday 6th May

In front of our largest audience for some time, MC Jon Ellis took up his banjo and performed two songs from the era around the American Civil War; "Southern Soldier" by Charles White and "Nelly Gray" by Benjamin Hanby. Following Jon was bluesman Mike Atack. He sang "Cannonball Blues" by Furry Lewis, Blind Willie McTell's "Love Changing Blues" and another Furry Lewis song, "Skinny Woman". Next up was accordion player Mike Cole. On what would have been Ewan McColl's 100th birthday, Mike performed "Shoals of Herring", two reels; "Huntsman's Chorus" and "Cock O' The North", and Tom Paxton's "Bottle of Wine". For our next performer this was his first appearance at Lymington and hope it won't be his last. Dom Prag is a young man based in Netley Abbey with an accomplished, distinctive guitar style. He played Richard Thompson's "Vincent Black Lightning" and two of his own songs; "Brighton Song" and "Chemicals". Jim Brown is well known to the Lymington audience as a solo performer and as a member of The Hobos. On his £6 car boot sale guitar he sang Woody's "Pretty Boy Floyd", "She Thinks I Still Care", written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy which became a No. 1 hit for George Jones in 1962, and the traditional "Fare Thee Well", a.k.a. in America as Dink's Song or Dink's Blues. To finish the first half in grand style, we had Southampton folk legend Brian Hooper. Brian has been 'mine host' at the Fo'c'sle Folk Club for many years, and the club, this year, quite incredibly, is celebrating it's 52nd year! He sang the blues standard "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor", and one of his own songs, "The Beaulieu Auto Jumble".
After the break and raffle, raffelmeister Steve West sang "Wild Flying Dove" by Tom Paxton and "Young Sailor Cut Down In His Prime". Dick Etherton is one of our local musical treasures. We don't see him often enough.  He performed Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies", an acapella version of "Sweet Lark" and "Georgia On My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. Next onto the stage was Steve Moorhouse. He sang three of his own songs; the first was a moving tribute to a forgotten relative, Harry, who died on the Somme in 1916, "Ballad of the New Forest Hobos" and "Sweet Rosemary". We haven't seen Paul Nichol and John Roseveare for a while, so it was great to have them here on our anniversary night. Paul on guitar, and John on resonator/slide, played blues standard "Sporting Life Blues", Paul's "Frozen In Time", and the "Long Black Veil" written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell, and now a standard having been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash and The Band. And finally, and most appropriately, Brian returned to finish the evening. He sang his own "Hippo Song", a brilliant, thinly veiled commentary on the 'establishment' (very relevant the day before the election!), acapella another of his compositions, "Looking For A Girl Called Ali" and "Rolling Home" by John Tams.
Fantastic evening. Next time, 3rd June, another 'open floor' and on 17th June, one of our feature nights, a singer/songwriter special with guest Robert Lane

Wednesday 15th April


Last night was one of our 'Feature Nights' with special guest Jim Chorley and support from mainly other singer/songwriters.
MC for the night and singer/songwriter Steve West opened the evening with a version of the traditional "Ramble Away" before inviting Rob Fenner to the stage. Rob's forte is songs from the sixties and early seventies. He sang "Fire Brigade" written by Roy Wood when with The Move, Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" and "Dead End Street" by Ray Davies of The Kinks. Next up was Dave Broom. Solo tonight, often to be found with The Hobos and Fifth Monday, he sang three of his own songs; "Is There Anything Left At All?", "Storm Is Your Master" and "Hanover Farewell (Unplugged)". A really good example of intense songwriting. Following Dave, our very own 'Enry, Henry Campion. He sang Neil Young's "Old Man", "You Belong To Me" by Taylor Swift and Liz Rose (I think!) and Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower".
Just before our guest, founder member of the 'new' Lymington Folk Club Tony Parry sang a song for his grandchildren, who were in the audience, "If I Had A Hammer" by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. Jim Chorley played for us last year and we were delighted to have him back. From his extensive catalogue of self penned songs he gave us; "Just After Midnight", "Secrets And Dreams", "Honest And True", "Gabby And The Crow", "Welshman's Daughter" and "Pull It Up Boys". Fantastic!
After the break and raffle, Tony Parry returned to the stage to perform "Just Another Heartache" by TP himself, "Orphan Train" by the great David Massengill, and an American traditional song, "Take This Hammer". Next was Jonathan Klein. He sang three of his own songs; "In The Beginning", "The Veil Dance" and the brilliant "Naked In A Deck Chair". Our penultimate act this evening was 'Mississippi' Bob Long. Capturing the feel of the early country blues he performed Sail On (My Little Honey Bee) by Muddy Waters, Tommy Johnson's "Canned Heat Blues" and a request from the audience, the traditional "Midnight Special", with much audience participation! And finally, the return of our guest Jim Chorley. Many of his songs recount tales form his past and this set was no different. He started with "Where I Was Born" which he followed with; "Painting Circles In The Corn", "Kind Soul", "Sweet Lorna June", "On St Michael's Square", "Trying To Find Love", "Heaven Help Me" and "Across The Fresh Dug Fields". 
A wonderful evening of great songs and great company. And one more thing. In the audience we had two other founder members of the club that we haven't seen for too long. Mary Parry (much better half of TP) now living in Uckfield (with her husband!) and Joe Constable, who now spends most of his time in Cornwall and is thankfully getting over some serious health issues. Next time: 1st Wednesday of the month, 6th May - 'Open Floor Night'.

Wednesday 1st April


MC Steve West got the evening underway with a version of the traditional "Ramble Away" before introducing new ukelele 'super-group' Fluke to the stage. Pete, Cis, Tony and Jan are all members of the Milton Ukelele Strummers Klub (MUSK) that meet every last Tuesday at the Rydal in New Milton. They performed "Here Comes The Rain Again" written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics, "Rhythm of the Rain" written by John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades and now a pop standard, John Denver's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" and "Written For The Choir" by The Fratellis. Next up was Henry Campion. He sang "Guitar Man" by David Gates of Bread, "How Can I Tell You" by Cat Stevens and Neil Young's "Southern Man". Following Henry was Jon Ellis, recently returned from the Indian Subcontinent. (And no... not the restaurant!) On his banjo, he performed "The Moving Statues Movement" by  Fintan Vallely, and "Ghost Riders In The Sky", originally written in 1948 by Stan Jones but has since been recorded by over 50 artists including; The Outlaws, Frankie Laine, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Peggy Lee, and Gene Autry sang it in the 1949 movie, Riders in the Sky. Jim Brown is well known to us as a member of The Hobos but he also has a wealth of solo material at his disposal. He sang "Annabelle" by Gillian Welch, a song that Jim picked up in New Zealand when he lived there called "Demin Blue" and Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, I'm Alright". To finish the first half, local singer/songwriter Roy Clayton. Accompanied by Steve West on backing vocals, Roy sang a traditional song, slightly amended to favour the young maiden, "Bold Sir Rylas", and two of his own local history songs; "Boiling The Sea" and "Stand By Your Guns". A great end to an excellent first half.
After the break and raffle, Steve was joined by Jim, Al and Heather of The Hobos for a re-working of 'Leaving of Liverpool' - "Leaving of Lymington" - before leaving Al & Heather Slipper on stage to perform a few numbers on their own. Heather sang "Caledonia" by Dougie Maclean, and Al sang Memphis Minnie's "Nothing In Rambling" and "Wholesale Dealing Papa" recorded by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Jonathan Klein (guitar, vocals) and Jon Gabbay (double bass) are the club's resident professors and two thirds of Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks. They performed two of Jonathan's songs; "Angel Song" and "25 Hours" and "Here There and Everywhere" by Paul McCartney and released on the Revolver album. Up next wereSteve Moorhouse and Carole Sunter. Together they sang "Diamonds In The Rust" by Joan Baez, "Only You" written by Vince Clarke while with Depeche Mode, but recorded in 1982 after forming the duo 'Yazoo' with Alison Moyet, and then two of Steve's numbers; "Sweet Rosemary" and "Crash And Burn". And to finish the evening, our very own 'Mississippi' Bob Long. He took us to the Delta again with Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom", Tampa Red's "Can't Get That Stuff No More", "When You Got A Good Friend" also by Robert Johnson, and "When The Sun Goes Down" by Leroy Carr. Two of the club's founder members, Tony & May Parry have recently returned from a holiday in Mississippi, and in one of the guitar shops they visited, was one of Bob's posters!!! Truly, international recognition!
A fantastic evening of variety.
Next time, April 18th, we have another singer/songwriter night with special guest, Winchester based Jim Chorley.

Wednesday 18th March - Special Feature Night: Blues & Beyond

Over the last five years or so we've had some great evenings at our little club, and tonight was right up there with the best.
MC  'Mississippi' Bob Long got the evening off to a fine start with Robert Johnson's "Phonograph Blues", "Everybody Ought To Make A Change" by Sleepy John Estes, Will Shade's "Aunt Caroline Dye", "Peavine Blues" by Charley Patton and "Boogaloosa Woman" by Tommy Johnson. Then Bob introduced our special guests of the evening:  The Pete Harris Trio. The term 'legend' is often over-used, but not in the case of  Pete Harris, who has been strutting his blues stuff for more years than he cares to remember, influencing many young players along the way.  Jeradine Hume was a revelation tonight, and if there's any justice, she'll be entertaining audiences for many years to come. And  Jon Vaughan: Simply one of the best and most distinctive harp players I've ever seen!
They performed; "Sugar Coated Love" by Lazy Lester, Leadbelly's "Good Morning Blues"; Jeradine sang "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean", written by Johnny Wallace and Herbert J. Lance and a number one hit for Ruth Brown in 1953, Imelda May's "Big Bad Handsome Man"; back to Pete singing Mississippi John Hurt's "Angels Laid Him Away", and Jeradine "If I Can't Have You I Don't Want Nobody Else" by Eden Brent, Gillian Welch's "Look At Miss Ohio", and to finish the set, Pete switched to his resonator with slide to provide us with some Mississippi hill country blues from Fred McDowell, "Write Me A Few Lines". Phew! High Octane blues!
After the break and raffle, Bob invited  Mike "Furry" Atack to the stage. Mike sang Blind Willie McTell's "Love Changing Blues", "Goin' To Brownsville" by Sleepy John Estes, "Goin' To Kansas" and "Skinny Woman" by Furry Lewis, and Ishman Bracey's "Saturday Blues".
The  Pete Harris Trio returned to the stage with the blues standard "Cocaine Blues", written by T. J. "Red" Arnall and recorded by many artists including Luke Jordan in 1927, and featuring Bob Long on pub bell, Mississippi John Hurt's "Lay Me Down A Pallet On The Floor", Chicago bluesman Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do", sung by both Pete and Jeradine, and featuring a spellbinding harp solo from Jon; Jeradine sang "Woman Be Wise" written by Sippie Wallace and John Beach and more recently recorded by Bonnie Raitt, and featuring more sublime harp, "Stealin', Stealin'" by the Memphis Jug Band, more Chicago blues, this time Koko Taylor's "I Got What It Takes" with a blistering vocal by Jeradine, gut wrenching harp and Pete's guitar, steady as a rock in a hard place; a work out for Jon on "Big Walter's Boogie" by one of the greatest harp players of all time Big Walter Horton, (and not forgetting Jeradine's egg!), another Gillian Welch Song, co-written with her partner David Rawlings, and recorded by the great Soloman Burke, "Valley Of Tears"; more hill country blues and return of the resonator for R L Burnside's "Poor Black Mattie", and the inevitable encore more than well deserved, "The Sky Is Crying" by Elmore James and recorded by many including the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, featuring Jeradine on lead vocal and heart breaking slide from Mr Harris. Jon wasn't bad either!
Next time, Open Floor Night on April Fools Day, and on 15th April our special guest is Winchester based singer/songwriter  Jim Chorley.


MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with John Denver's "Goodbye Again" and "Nothing More" by Sandy Denny. Following Henry, was Steve Moorhouse. He sang three of his own songs; "Architect of Time", "Bisterne Dragon" and "My Sweet Rosemary".
Next up was Sean Brophy. He performed "Through The Barricades" by Gary Kemp, a big hit for his band 'Spandau Ballet', "Roof Is Leaking" by Phil Collins, and Mark Knopfler's "Romeo and Juliet" from the Dire Straits album 'Makin' Movies'. Geoff Yerrell travelled all the way from Lancing to play for us tonight, for the first time. He sang Chris de Burgh's "Why Mona Lisa Smiled", Mike Silver's "Matter of Pride" and "Please Don't Ask Me" by by English born Australian legend John Farnham.

Following Geoff was another newcomer, also from Sussex, Peter from Arundel. He performed Tom Paxton's "Comedians and Angels", "Can We Go Round Again" by A. Dickinson and covered by duo Cardy & Coke, and Merle Haggard's "Send Me Back Home".
After the break and raffle, Henry sang Dylan's "Forever Young" before introducing the world to 'Fog Patrol' (Sean Brophy & Steve West) who performed "Chasing Cars" by 'Snow Patrol'.

One of resident bluesmen 'Mississippi' Bob Long took us to the Delta with Blind Blake's "Rope Stretching Blues" and Leadbelly's "Diggin' My Potatoes". Next, more newcomers! Three of them! The Steve Lomis Band (for want of a better name) consisted of Steve on guitar and vocals, Dan on electric bass and Elena on violin. Steve sang four of his own songs; "I'll Be Down The Road", "Theme For A Dream", "Rescue" and "Day One".
Finally, and last but not least, our favourite country singer, Pat O'Dea. (Or was it Owen Moore?!) Pat sang "What The Lonely Call The Blues" by Donovan, "Liverpool Lou" by Dominic Behan and "Pretty Flamingo" which was a number one hit for Manfred Mann in 1966 and was written by Mark Barkan, an American songwriter who wrote many songs covered by famous artists such as Lesley Gore, the Monkees and Connie Francis but, for me, will always be remembered as being co-writer on that pop classic "The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana), from the Banana Splits Show!

A big thanks to all the performers, especially the newcomers, for a fantastic evenings entertainment. Next time. Our Blues Special "Beyond The Blues" on March 18th with special guests the Pete Harris Trio and support from 'Mississippi' Bob Long and Mike "Furry" Atack.

Wednesday 18th February: Singer/Songwriter Special

MC Steve West kicked off the evening with his "Christchurch Smuggler" before inviting Rich Smith to the stage. He sang 'Happy Birthday' to John Travolta (!), and two Joni Mitchell songs; 'A Case of You' and 'All I Want'.
Believe it or not, this was Mikey Ball's first visit to the club. He sang Springsteen's 'The River', 'Long Black Veil' written by Lefty Frizzell, and one of his own, 'Our Lives'. Next up was Mary Dore. We haven't seen her for a while but it was good to see her again. She performed the traditional 'Mary Don't Weep', her own 'London Bombs' and Joni Mitchell's 'Help Me'.
For the remainder of the first half, our special guest, master storyteller, Paul Openshaw. He sang songs about Mr & Mrs Grumblybottom, the Homeward Flight of the Swallow, Bengal Tiger Spotting, and the dangers therein, When The Boot Goes In, a powerful perspective on religious intolerance and bullying, memories of a trip to India, railways and food, not always a good combination, and a commentary on the Can't Believe Its Not Butter industry! A brilliant set.
We needed short break after that, and after the raffle, SW sang "Standing In The Gateway" before introducing our 'Enry, Henry Campion. He sang two of his own songs; 'Close To You' and 'Straight Jacket Blues'. Another performer we haven't seen for a while is Chris Pugh.
It was good to once again listen to his powerful voice and impressive songs. He gave us 'River' and 'Man Above I'. Mikey returned for a second set, singing two songs from his latest EP; 'Home To You' and 'Wishing Well' and 'Seagull' which featured on the very first Bad Co. album.
And to complete the evening, Paul returned with more stories of everyday life including one about 'her' cup of tea, and then a very poignant song about a veteran returning to the Normandy beaches 70 years after D-Day, 'It Could Have Been Me!', another song from India concerning the Indians interpretation of the Highway Code influenced by Gandhi's philosophy of peaceful non co-operation, The Bucket Song featuring his Grandson, a song about Jumping Jack Thunder, Weymouth's very own Elvis interpreter and finally a song for his daughter - "striving to be some-one when there's no-one quite like you". Another great set to complete a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Next time (March 4th) - Open Floor Night, and on 18th a special feature night "Beyond The Blues" with special guests the Pete Harris Trio and support from Bob Long and Mike Atack. 


Wednesday 4th February

MC Jonathan Klein was joined by his fellow professor and Bass Cook John Gabbay on double bass to perform Jonathan's "If I Could Have One Wish", Buddy Holly's "Everyday", reminding us of the anniversary of the day the music died, and another of Jonathan's songs, "Stephanie".
 "Mississippi" Bob Long was next onto the stage and he sang Gus Cannon's "Bring It With You When You Come". Bemoaning his lost youth (and hair) he then donned a black wig to sing "Don't Leave Me Here" by Henry Thomas, and "Going To Germany", recorded by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers and written by harmonica player Noah Lewis. Following Bob were Mark & Rob. Their first song "Sorrow" was written by the songwriting team of J. Goldstein, Christopher A. Daughtry, R. Gotteher & B. Feldman and was originally a hit in the mid 60's before being famously covered by David Bowie on his 1973 album "Pin Ups". They then performed "If Not For You" by Bob Dylan, recorded by both George Harrison and Olivia Newton John, and another Dylan song "Wheels Of Fire", recorded in 1968 by Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and The Trinity, this evocative version is closely associated with the psychedelic era in British music and featured use of the mellotron, a keyboard device being used by Paul McCartney at Abbey Road during the recording of 'St Pepper's'.
We don't see John Scott as often as we would like and rarely without his guitar slinging pardn'r. Here, solo, he sang "Wings On My Heels" by Raymond Froggatt, "I Got Mexico" by Eddy Raven and Rodney Crowell's "Many A Long And Lonesome Highway".
To finish the first half, Mike "Furry" Atack presented himself as a folk singer (!?) and sang Ralph McTell's "Daddy's Here" before returning to more familiar territory with Ishman Bracey's "Troubled Hearted Blues" and "Casey Jones" by Mississippi John Hurt.
After the break and raffle, our two professors returned to the stage to perform Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" and Jonathan's "If There Were 25 Hours". Bob gave us Charley Patton's "Banty Rooster Blues" and "Feel Like Blowin' My Home" by Muddy Waters. Mark & Rob played "Lay Down Sally" written by Eric Clapton, Marcella Detroit and George Terry, a country blues performed in the style of Clapton's long time friend JJ Cale, and Mark's song "Lady Of The Night".
It was lovely to see Molly Atack after such a long time. She sang "Reminder" by Mumford & Sons and "New Romantic" by Laura Marling. Next up was raffelmeister Steve West. He sang two of his own songs; "Devil's Curse" and "The Lie".
And to finish the evening, Mike performed two Furry Lewis songs: "Cannonball Blues" and "Skinny Woman".
Next time, a feature night on February 18th, the brilliant Paul Openshaw.

LYMINGTON FOLK & BLUES are reducing our regular meetings to once a month meeting on the first Wednesday of the month.
However, we will be running 'Feature Nights' which may or may not be on a Wednesday and may or may not be at the Thomas Tripp.
This Saturday we have a 'Feature Night' at the Wheel Inn featuring Safety In NumbersNomadRezzonators and others.
On the third February (18th) at the Thomas Tripp our guest will be the brilliant Paul Openshaw.
Check out the website and facebook for further updates.



Wednesday 21st January 2015


MC Mike Atack commenced proceedings with Townes van Zandt’s “Pancho & Lefty”, “Love Changing Blues” by Blind Willie McTell  and “Skinny Woman” by Furry Lewis. He then introduced fellow bluesman Bob Long to the stage. Bob sang the traditional blues “St James Infirmary” and was then joined on stage by Jan Anderson on her djembe for Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues”, “Old Jim Canan” by Robert Wilkin, Robert Johnson’s “Phonograph Blues” and “Standin’ Around Cryin’” by Muddy Waters. This new combo is known as ‘Mellow Peaches’! Next up was Martyn Tanner. On his five string ukulele he performed “Handsome Molly”, his own arrangement based on versions by Doc Watson and Bob Dylan, “King Of The Road” by Roger Miller and John Prine’s “Diamonds In The Rough”. To complete the first half were Al & Heather Slipper, sometimes ‘Nomad’, sometimes ‘Hobos’.  Alan sang his own song “The River And The Railroad Track” followed by Dougie Maclean’s “Turning Away”, a Brownie McGee/Sonny Terry number (didn’t catch the title!), and Bob Dylan / Ketch Secor’s “Wagon Wheel” with a little vocal help from Steve West.

After the break and raffle, Mike sang “Cannonball Blues” by Furry Lewis, and “Goin’ To Brownsville” by Sleepy John Estes.  Bob returned to the stage with Jan to perform Robert Johnson’s “Red Hot Tamales” and was then joined by Martyn, Al & Heather on “Dirty Mistreater” by Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry. Martyn then sang “The Wanderer”, written by Ernie Maresca and made famous by Dion, and “Lost Highway” by Leon Payne and recorded by Hank Williams among many others. And finally, Al & Heather took to the stage to sing “The Great Divide” by Kate Wolf, and then joined by Steve West  on “Step It Out Mary” and “Leaving Of Liverpool”. A splendid and varied evening.



Wednesday 7th January 2015

Tonight, Lymington Folk & Blues took the keys to the highway and blasted on down the inter state of the blues. MC 'Mississippi' Bob Long kicked off the evening in fine style with Robert Johnson's "Travelin' Riverside Blues" and "Hoodoo Lady" by Memphis Minnie.
Following on from Bob was Mike Richards. Mike performed "Going Down Slow" composed by St. Louis Jimmy Oden and famously recorded by Howlin' Wolf, another blues standard "Hesitation Blues", origin unknown, and Arlo Guthrie's "My Creole Belle".

Next up, and a temporary break from the blues was Henry Campion. He sang "Walkin' In Memphis" by Marc Cohn, "It Ain't Necessarily So" by George Gershwin and Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues. To finish the first half, our special guest Pete Robson was invited to the stage. Playing a resonator with slide and with a blues infused voice his first set consisted of; "Sweet Home Chicago" by Robert Johnson, "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Two" by Chris Thomas King, Son House's "Empire State Express", "Queen of Hearts" (PR), "Kokomo Me Baby" by Mississippi Fred McDowell, "Walking Blues" by Robert Johnson and another of his own songs "Pour Me Another Barmaid".

After the break and raffle were were gently eased into the second half by Jonathan Klein who sang "For You Blue" by George Harrison and "If I Could Have One Wish". Following Jonathan, bluesman Mike Atack who has just released a CD "Furry's Blues" to critical acclaim,
performed Furry's "Falling Down Blues", Blind Willie McTell's "Love Changing Blues" and another Furry Lewis song, "Skinny Woman Blues". And then onto the stage, the blues legends that are The Rezzonators. Coming all the way from Sway, home of the Avon Water Blues and the fondly remembered treacle mines, Pete Gabony and Mike Shipman played "Drop Down Mama" by Sleepy John Estes, Tampa Red's "Tight Like That" and Mississippi John Hurt's "Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me". And for the remainder of the evening we welcomed back our guest, Pete Robson. He performed "Who Do You Love" by Bo Diddley, and then a set of self penned numbers;  "Pram in your Hallway", "The Morning After", "Working Man", "Tomorrow's Pay",  "Leaving the City", "I Got So Drunk", "More Fun on a Monday", and "You Think You've Got It Bad". And to finish the evening, at 'Crazy' Bob's suggestion, all the performers joined in on a mass jam. It was brilliant, and so was the night. Thanks to all the performers and especially to our guest, Pete Robson.

Wednesday 7th January 2015

To start the New Year we have a Blues special. All welcome, start at 8:00pm.

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Even before MC Steve West could introduce the first act, a rabble from Milford on Sea interrupted proceedings! In fact, they were the 'Milford Mummers' who entertained us with their seasonal play. Tough following that but Henry Campion was up to the challenge. He first sang unaccompanied the traditional "Pace Egging" and then Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" and McCartney's "Let It Be".
For the remainder of the first half, our special guest Nigel Waite sang a selection of his fine songs. "Shooting The Breeze", "Openshaw Lad", "It's You", "North To Dartmouth", "St Helena" and "Harry Paye" were all well received.

After the break and raffle, Mike Atack performed Blind Willie McTell's "Love Changing Blues" and two songs by Furry Lewis; "Goin' To Kansas" and "Skinny Woman". And then someone we haven't seen for awhile. Victor Checuti sang three of his own songs; "Keep On Walkin'", "To Your Eyes" and "Gypsy Rose". To finish the evening Nigel returned to the stage and sang "The Floor Singer", "It's A Fine Line", "Pegasus Bridge", "The Good Samaritan", "It's Time", and a Christmas medley that included "In The Bleak Midwinter", "Here Comes The Sun" and "Silent Night". A great set. Next time, 7th January, a Blues special. Have a great Christmas and wishing you all a happy, peaceful New Year.


MC Jonathan Klein got the evening off to a fine start with one of his own songs, "Oh, Stephanie". He followed that with Paul McCartney's "Here, There and Everywhere" from the 'Revolver' album and another of his own compositions, "Running For Love".

Next up was our very own 'Mississippi' Bob Long. He proceeded to tell us his greyhound joke before performing Gus Cannon's "Walk Right In", originally recorded in 1929, it was famously recorded by 'The Rooftop Singers' in 1962 and became a worldwide hit, being covered by many artists. He then sang Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Shuckin' Sugar Blues" and another Gus Cannon song, "Last Chance Blues". To finish the first half, we had a special extended set from Henry & Roni as 'Free 'N Easy'. In 1968, ten school-friends, five boys, five girls, formed a group, made an LP and then went their separate ways. Forty six years later they decided to do it again! The title of the now CD is called, appropriately, "Some Time Later" and all proceeds go the the charity 'Extend', of which Roni is a member. They sang songs from the CD including; "Four Strong Winds" by Ian Tyson, "Sally Free 'N Easy" by Cyril Tawney, John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery", Don McLean's "Crossroads", "Follow It On" by Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer from 'Megson', "Wagon Wheel" by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor, and an unaccompanied "Wild Mountain Thyme". A briiliant set and a great end to the first half.

After the break and raffle, Pat O'Dea took to the stage and sang "Song For Life" by Rodney Crowell and Alan Jackson's "Here In The Real World". He was then joined by his pardn'r John Scott on Jamie O'Hara's "For Reasons I've Forgotten". John continued with "If I Had Any Pride Left At All", written by John Greenebaum, Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, and another Rodney Crowell song, "Many A Long And Lonesome Highway". He was then re-joined by Pat to perform bluegrass standard "Before I Met You". Following on from John & Pat was Jim Brown. He sang "Dixie Darling" by the Carter Family, Gillian Welch's "I Dreamed A Highway Back To You", Tom Paxton's "Wild Flying Dove", and "Make Me Down A Pallet On Your Floor", recorded recently by Gillian Welch, the original probably written by Doc Watson. 

And finally, Sway blues legends 'The Rezzonators'. Sway may not have the Mississippi River, but then the Mississippi doesn't have Avon Water, a lighthouse, a dock.... and treacle mines. Hard times in Sway! Mike Shipman (who didn't tell his whippet joke) and Peter Gabony performed; "Reconsider Baby" by Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man", Mississippi John Hurt's "Creole Belle", "Walking My Blues Away" by Blind Boy Fuller, and "Whiskey Headed Woman" by Tommy McLennan. A great evening again.

Next time, our Christmas Special with Nigel Waite. However, for this night only, we will NOT be at the Thomas Tripp. Watch this space for news of alternative venue.


MC Henry Campion got the evening off to a fine start with two James Taylor songs; "Country Road" and "Lullaby". He was followed by Steve West who sang three of his own songs; "Remembrin'", "Marlboro Town" and "Devil's Curse".

Jim Brown was next and he sang the traditional "Fare Thee Well", Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins" and "Down Where The Drunkards Roll" by Richard Thompson". For the remainder of the first half, Henry introduced the first or our special guests, Bob Whitley.
He performed a selection of his own songs both old and new, appropriately starting with "Old Things". He followed this with; "Still We Live In Hope", "Without Malice", "You Say", "Without A Beacon Or A God", a new song "We'll Rise Again" inspired by the Peasant's Revolt and comparing it with the political mess we are currently in, and finally "Show The Way", one of the songs from his Magellan project. A very fine set, very much appreciated by the audience.

After the break and raffle, Henry sang another James Taylor song, "Fire And Rain", before introducing to the stage bluesman Bob Long who was accompanied by Bob Whitley on harmonica. They performed Leroy Carr's "In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down", and "(Sail On) Honey Bee" by Muddy Waters. To finish the rest of the evening, the second of our special guests, Ninebarrow. They have had, deservedly, a very successful year and next year looks just as promising. Lauded by the likes of Mike Harding, George Papavgeris, and Shire Folk, the lads have 'done good' and show that quality, modern folk is alive and kicking in our local area. Accompanied by ukelele, mandolin, drum pedal and a Lorenzo chord organ, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere started their set with the traditional "Lord Exmouth". The remainder of their set were self penned songs, largely inspired by the landscape of Dorset, but sometimes further afield. "The Pinner", "To The Stones", "For A Time", "The Weeds", "Blood On The Hillside", "Winter King" and "The Sea" were all sung with beautiful harmonies.
Next time, 3rd December, is an 'open floor' night and then on 17th December, special guest Nigel Waite hosts a 'Christmas' special!


MC 'Cousin' Bob Long having only returned from the Mississippi the previous day and still living 'Delta' time, took us to that area with Robert Johnson's "Red Hot", about a favourite local dish "Hot Tamales", then 200 miles north but still on the Mississippi River to Memphis to sing "Going To Germany" by Gus Cannon and staying near Memphis, a few miles to the North East, a small community called Nutbush and "Everybody Should Make A Change Sometimes" by Sleepy Joe Estes. Nutbush was the childhood home of Tina Turner and featured in one of her most famous songs. Next to the stage, our very own professor,Jonathan Klein. He performed an instrumental "Mood For A Day" by 'Yes' guitarist Steve Howe, and one of his own songs, the beautiful "Every Time I Touch Down", a classic acoustic prog rock love song in the making. He completed his set with a touching version of George Harrison's "Something".

Following Jonathan was Henry Campion. He sang "Early Morning Rain" by Gordon Lightfoot, "I Wonder" by Sixto Rodriguez and Dylan's "I Shall Be Released". To finish the first half, our featured artists 'Kadia'. This young trio are making waves in the folk world and have appeared at many festivals this year. David Hoyland plays an eight string ukelele and 'Cajon', Chris Bailey on guitars and Lee Cuff on Cello and lead vocals. They opened their set with a traditional song "Tide Was Flowing", Lee's song "Nardia's Aria", "Cecilia" by Paul Simon, and another Kadia song "Copper And Gold".

After the break and raffle, Bob invited Steve West to the stage and he sang "Wild Flying Dove" by Tom Paxton and the traditional "Lambs on the Green Hills". And to complete the evening, Kadia returned to the stage. They performed "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy", David's "The Beast of Bodmin Moor" and "Origin of Fire", Chris's "The Navigator", a 'folkified' version of Kate Perry's pop smash hit "Eye of the Tiger", the traditional "Mary in the Rolling Silvery Tide", David's "Silver Linings", Chris's "My Friend" and finally, and very fittingly, "The Parting Glass".
Another very enjoyable evening, thank you to Kadia especially. They currently have an EP available, check them out on their website and youtube. In the near future, they will have  full CD and hopefully they'll return yo Lymington to give us a taster.


MC Steve West got the evening underway with "Lambs On The Green Hills" before introducing bluesman Mike Atack to the audience. He sang three blues classics by Furry Lewis; "Dry Land Blues", "Falling Down Blues" and "Judge Harsh Blues".
Following Mike was Steve Moorhouse. He performed "Carolina In My Mind" by James Taylor, John Denver's "Annie's Song" and "When You Say Nothing At All", written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz and made famous by the likes of Ronan Keating and Alison Krauss.

Before welcoming the next performer, Steve (W) sang "Crying Time" by Buck Owens. Then Jon Ellis took to the stage and borrowing Steve's guitar sang his own song about the sad demise of the Wellworthy Engineering in Lymington, that at one time employed over 5000 people across the town. Then on his tin whistle he performed two reels: "Boys of the Lough" and "The Flowing Tide", and on his recorder, a version of "Greensleeves".
To finish the first half, one of Steve's playmates from 'The Hobos', Jim Brown. He sang Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins" first recorded in NYC in December 1928, "(What A) Wonderful World" written by Bob Thiele (as "George Douglas") and George David Weiss and first recorded by Louis Armstrong, Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe", "Mississippi River Blues" (there is some contention as to who actually wrote it!), and then Jim was joined by Steve for the standard "I'll Fly Away".

After the break and raffle, Steve sang "She Moved Through The Fair" and then Mike Atack returned to the stage to sing...(Shock, Horror, Probe, Scandal!)... not a blues song but "Daddy's Here" by Ralph McTell.
Following Mike, another Mike... Mike Richards. He started his set with "Don't Cuss The Fiddle" by Kris Kristofferson, then continued with "Caledonia" by Dougie MacLean, and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price, first recorded in 1952 with amongst others, Fats Domino.

Bob McAthey was up next. On his classical guitar he performed "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungr, "Magdalena" and "Romanza". Then John Detain entertained us with a medley of tunes on his guitar which included "Here Comes The Sun" and the "Good, Bad and the Ugly" theme and finishing with a foot stomping "Love Me Do".
Steve Moorhouse returned to the stage to sing "This Is The Life" by Amy MacDonald, Jim and Bob performed "Dueling Banjos" inspired by Les Dawson, Steve & Jim sang "Leaving of Liverpool", Jon performed "Sailor's Hornpipe" and "Captain Pugwash" on his tin whistle and, finally, Steve and Jim sang "Sunny Side". A great evening with a real "Folk Club" feel. Next time, on 15th October, a young up and coming band from the Bournemouth area, 'Kadia'. Please support our intimate, local little club supporting local musicians.


MC Jonathan Klein got an eclectic evening off to a fine start with Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" and one of his own: A new song "The Elephant In The Room". He concluded with the standard classic "The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" before introducing Jon Ellis to the stage. Jon sang "Maginot Waltz" by Ralph McTell, a WWI folk song "Home, Lads, Home" and a Russian folk song, sang in Russian (we only have Jon's word for that!), English title "The Tenth Assault Battalion".

Rob Fenner now lives in Cornwall but is often seen in the area on his regular visits to family. He performed Brian Protheroe's "Pinball", "Right Down The Line" by Gerry Rafferty and The Move's "Fire Brigade". To finish the first half Alan & Heather Slipper, collectively known as 'Nomad' and 40% of 'The Hobos' performed a couple of tunes, one German, one English and then sang "Where The River Meets The Railway Track". They then sang two Dougie MacLean songs; "Caledonia" and "Turning Away" and finished with Bob Dylan/Ketch Secor's "Wagon Wheel".

After the break and raffle, a newcomer to the club. John Detain currently lives in Salisbury and has travelled all over Europe with his music. He too performed a German folk tune which became the basis of Paul Simon's "American Tune". He then sang a Lincolnshire folk song "Horkstowe Grange", "La Mer" by Charles Trenet and "No Milk Today" written by Graham Gouldman and a big hit for 'Herman's Hermits'.

The end of the evening was given over to two local legends who need no further introduction; Les Wild and Nigel Waite. Firstly Les sang "Diamondtina Drover" by Australian Hugh McDonald, Jackson Browne's "These Days", Anthony John Clarke's "An Acquaintance Of Mine", "Handyman" by Jimmy Jones & Otis Blackwell but famously recorded by James Taylor with a whole load of other classics on his 1977 album "JT", and Ralph McTell's "Sleepy Time Blues". Then Nigel came to the stage and he sang Tom Paxton's "Leaving London", two of his own "Pegasus Bridge" and "It's Time" before Les joined him on the final number, a brand new song being played for the first (and maybe the last time!), and under the duo name of 'The Profaners', "Better Together"! No prizes for guessing where that came from given today's momentous event. 

A superb evening. Thank you for all that came. See you next time, 1st October, another Open Floor Night.



MC Jon Ellis took control of the evening using his experience in education by issuing merit awards to all the worthy performers. (It should be noted that the Raffle Team did not receive an award which may lead to a coup d'etat in the near future!).
Jon got the evening underway with the WWI anthem "When This Bloody War Is Over". Next up were Rob Fenner & Mark Coleman. They performed Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Going Nowhere", Mark's "Lady Of The Night", "Black Magic Woman" by Peter Green and John Fogerty's "Proud Mary".

Steve Moorhouse sang James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind", "This Is The Life" by Amy MacDonald, and "Sing To Me A Working Week" by Reg Meuross. Following Steve was Phil Wainewright who with his ukelele sang "Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor.
And to finish the first half, our very special guest, Daniel del Valle. Daniel performed "Democracy etc.", "By The Way", "Berlin", "The Discovery Of Slow Motion" and "Challenging Philosophy".

After the break and raffle, Pat O'Dea came to the stage and sang "Where The Chilly Winds Don't Blow" by John Stewart and John Phillips, Pat Alger's "Fewer Threads Than These", and Steve Goodman's "Looking For Trouble". Just the man to follow such a great set was bluesman
 Mike Atack. Mike performed Blind Willie McTell's "Love Changing Blues" and "Going to Kansas City (a.k.a. Move To Kansas) by Furry Lewis.
Next were Pete & Cis Davis who organize the Milton Ukelele Stummer's Klub (MUSK) in New Milton. They played "The Old Bazaar In Cairo", and "Wagon Wheel" by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor. Following Pete & Cis was Luke Futcher. We haven't seen Luke for awhile so it was good to see him performing at the club again. He sang three songs in the skiffle style; Townes van Zandt's "White Freightliner Blues", "Sweet Something" and "Darktown Strutters Ball" by Shelton Brooks.

And then to finish the evening, Daniel returned to the stage. He sang "Don Quijote de La Mancha", "Nothing Seems To Be Going My Way These Days", "About The Tides", "Trains" and "Barle Atha Cliath".
Another thoroughly enjoyable evening. Next time, on 17th September, an Open Floor Night. All welcome.


OH WHAT A NIGHT! (courtesy of The Four Seasons)

Last night saw a packed room and the welcome return of some familiar faces. MC Henry Campion got the evening odd to a fine start with the traditional "Banks of the Nile" made famous by Sandy Denny and 'Fotheringay'. Next up, a special guest. John Dunkinson now lives in Seattle but was a boyhood friend of Rod Legge, to whom this club is dedicated. Rod would write the lyrics, and often John would add the music. He performed two of those songs; "The Village Soldiers" and "Jack in the Basket".

Following John were Derek Ayling and Carol Sunter. Carol sang with Derek on guitar and they performed "Diamonds and Rust" by Joan Baez, "Dear Uncle Joe" by David Gibbs and "On Morecambe Bay" by Kevin Littlewood. Then, another duo were invited to the stage. Jim Brown (Hobo of this parish) and Lorna Franklin sang "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "In My Time Of Dying", Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" and "Come You Fair And Tender Ladies".

And if two duos weren't enough, Henry then asked Joe Constable and Sophie van Meeren to step up onto the stage. Joe on his lovely folk Gibson and Soph on didgeridoo, guitar and flute (not all at the same time) sang "King of Spain" by the 'Tallest Man On Earth', a song written by Dougie MacLean about an idyllic Scottish isle (whose name escapes me!), and a song that Joe has written about the Australian outback called "Gunbarrel Highway Revisited" with Tony Parry on harmonica. And to finish the first half, our extra special guest, Tony Parry. Tony, with his lovely wife Mary, now live in Uckfield, Sussex, but before their move were very much part of the Lymington scene. Tony sang his song in memory of the late, great Pete Seeger: "The Jolly Weaver". He followed that with Buffy St Marie's "Big Ones Get Away".

After the break and raffle, Bob Long performed "New Stockyard Blues" by Robert Wilkins and "Hard Time Blues" by Srapper Blackwell. We don't see Pat O'Dea as often as we'd like so it's always good to see him in Lymington. (His pardner John Scott was also present but keeping a low profile!) Pat sang "Going Gone" by Pat Alger, Fred Koller and Bill Dale, "That's What Makes You Strong" by Jesse Winchester, and "Before They Close The Minstrel Show" by Bob Coltman (available on youtube by a guy called Owen Moore!)

Next up, our second bluesman of the night, Mike Atack. Mike sang "Falling Down Blues" and "Move To Kansas City" both by Furry Lewis. Following Mike, Steve West sang "The Lie" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

And to finish the evening, the one and only, the incomparable Tony Parry. Tony performed David Massengill's brilliant "Riders on an Orphan Train", his own moving composition about the Aberfan disaster "Children of the Valley", and "Downhome Girl" written by Jerry Leiber and Artie Butler, made famous by 'The Old Crow Medicine Show' and recorded by 'The Rolling Stones'.

And they thought it was all over..... Henry captured the evening brilliantly with a rousing version of "With A Little Help From My Friends", with everyone joining in.

How do we follow that? Next time, 3rd September, we have a young singer/songwriter Daniel del Valle known as 'Sleepwalker's Station', who is based in Berlin and has played all over Europe and beyond.

Until next time... xxx


Busy night at Lymington Acoustic

Another eclectic mix of musicians survived the heat to provide a most entertaining evening.

MC Bob Long kicked off proceedings with Gus Cannon's "Bring It With You When You Come" and "Bye And Bye" by Tommy Johnson. Bob then introduced a newcomer to the club, a young lady by the name of Meg Ridgway. She sang the traditional "Fare Thee Well", and two of her own songs; "For Your Eyes" and "Home".

Following Meg, our very own professor, Jonathan Klein. He performed George Harrison's "Old Brown Shoe", his own "If There Were 25 Hours In Every Day" and "Vincent" by Don McLean. Then it was time for the first set of our special guest, Robert Lane. Robert is a singer/songwriter/actor based in Birmingham. He sang three of his own songs; "Very Own Way", "Break My Heart Blues" and "It Feels Like 5000 Miles". To finish the first half, Hobo Jim Brown gave us "Hang Me" and "Come All You Fair And Tender Ladies".

After the break and raffle, that fashion challenging gentleman of the local folk scene Mr Jim Palmer took to the stage. Sporting a silver shirt and twelve string guitar, he performed "Jennifer Johnson And Me" by Robert Earl Keen, then joined by Tony Partington "Fateful Glass Of Beer" by Charlie Case (died 1916) who wrote and sang vaudeville parodies of 19th century ballads, and the classic "Drift Away" written by Mentor Williams. Next up bluesman Mike Atack who sang "Cannonball Blues" and "Move To Kansas City", both by Furry Lewis, Robert Johnson's "If I Had Possession" and "Love Changing Blues" by Blind Willie McTell.

Another newcomer to the club, Rob Fenner, hails from Cornwall. He gave us "Lazy Sunday Afternoon" by Ray Davies, "The Year Of The Cat" by Al Stewart and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by Lennon/McCartney. Next was our very own 'Enry, Henry Campion. He sang "Fotheringay" by Sandy Denny, James Taylor's "Shower The People" and a brilliant version of "The Weight" by Robbie Robertson.

Last but certainly not least, to finish the evening, our special guest Robert Lane. He performed "One Of Those Guys", "Day To Day", the Bee Gees "To Love Somebody" (with some fabulous singing by the audience), "Lost But I Can't Care", "Alone Now", "Facing West" by The Staves and "You Want It Both Ways". A fantastic evenings. Thank you to everyone who took part. Next time, 20th August, Open Floor Night with rumours that a certain Mr Parry may be in town! Book you seat now! 


Wednesday 18th June

It was a hot night at Lymington Acoustic. MC Jonathan Klein got the evening started with one of his own songs "If", and then sang "Constantly", a big hit for Cliff Richard in 1964, based on the Italian ballad "L'Edera". Following Jonathan was MIke Atack. Bluesman Mike sang "Cannonball Blues" by Frank Hutchison, two songs by Furry Lewis; "Judge Harsh Blues" and "Falling Down Blues".

Next, another bluesman, Bob Long. He performed Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom", Tampa Red's "Can't Get That Stuff No More" and blues standard "Key To The Highway" by Charlie Segar.

To finish the first half, our guests '71 Chain Acoustic'. Chris Lappage (Lead vocals, guitar), Adam Bowden (Bass), Ryan Stevens (Guitar, mandolin), and Paul Meech (Guitar, mandolin) showed off their considerable musical skills on three of their own numbers; "Stories", "Shadows" and "Winterborn".

After the break and raffle Jonathan sang Elton John's "Your Song" and then introduced Jon Ellis to the stage. Jon performed Leadbelly's "Bourgeois Blues" and Pete Seeger's "If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus".

Next up was Steve West. He sang a brand new song "Leave That Bottle On The Floor" and "Enough". Then the bluesmen returned for a couple of numbers each. Bob sang Leroy Carr's "Evening When The Sun Goes Down" and "Green River Blues" by Charley Patton. Mike performed "Dry Land Blues" by Furry Lewis and "Brownsville Blues" by Sleepy John Estes.

And to finish the evening in style, our guests '71 Chain'. They played "We Believe", the traditional "She Moves Through The Fayre", "Sea Shepherd" and "We Stayed Awhile".

A brilliant evening. Next time, 2nd July, MC Steve West hosts a night of Bob Dylan songs.


4th Anniversary Night

On our 4th anniversary of the reformation of the Lymington Folk Club, we had music, bunting and cakes, made by our very own Molly.

MC Jon Ellis got the evening off to a fine start  with memories of his hippy days by singing "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and later covered by Scott McKenzie whose version became  "the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the late1960's. Following Jon was Mike Atack. He performed Donovan's "Catch The Wind", "Poncho and Lefty" by Townes Van Zandt, and "Little Tin Soldier", also by Donovan.

Next up was 'our 'enry, Henry Campion, now sporting fashionable stubble. (Not calling it a beard just yet!) He sang James Taylor's "Country Road", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", the classic Academy Award-winning ballad with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and written for the 1939 movie 'The Wizard of Oz'. (Check out 'you tube' for the most incredible version by Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'Ole), and Grammy Award-winning "Walking In Memphis" by Marc Cohn.

Then an unscheduled visit by Jim Brown who had to borrow a ukelele, so disorganized is this member of 'The Hobos'. He played bluegrass standard "Mister Mississippi", "Denim Blue, a song he learned whilst living in New Zealand, and "Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia" by Jimmie Rodgers. To finish the first half we welcomed Paul Nichols and John Roseveare to the stage, also known as 'No Place For Old Men'. (John won the 'shirt of the evening award') Paul, on rhythm guitar/vocals and John, lead on a 'National' steel guitar, "Here She Comes" by Paul, "Long Black Veil", written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell in 1959, but has since become a standard and recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash, "Baobab Waltz", and "Home Town Blues", also by Paul.

After the break and raffle, Paul Burke. Paul is the popular host and organizer of the Bournemouth Folk Club and Purbeck Folk Festival. He sang, unaccompanied, a traditional song about an "Old Brown Hen", "Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back" written in 1894 for a musical comedy "The Shop Girl", and the music hall monologue "His Lordship Winked At The Counsel" written and composed by George Dance & Peter Conroy. 

And next... the 'cakemaker', Molly Atack. Young Molly sang her own "Swear I'll Pray" on guitar and "Crow Jane" by Skip James on ukelele. And finally, to finish the evening in style, 'Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks'. Jonathan Klein, guitar/vocals, Ben Finlay, lead guitar, and John Gabbay, double bass, performed Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", Jon's "Touchdown", "Guy With A Guitar",  and "Space Is Deep, Love Is Deeper", Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross", and a well deserved encore, Lennon/McCartney's "And I Love Her".

Another great night. Next time, 18th June, featured artists '71 Chain (Acoustic)'.... not to be missed.


Wednesday 21st May:

Sporting a new top of the range harmonica holder, MC Henry Campion got proceedings underway with "Halfway Up The Stairs" written by Sixto Rodriguez.
Following Henry was Mike Atack. With his resonator guitar he performed Mike Chapman's "You Say", Eric Bogle's "Leaving Nancy", "Daddy's Here" by Ralph McTell and Ishman Bracey's "Trouble Hearted Blues. Next up saw the welcome return of Di Plumer and Chris Wolferstan, currently based in Brighton. Di sang the jazz standard "Button Up Your Raincoat" written by Brown, Henderson & de Sylva. Then Chris sang John Prine's "I Want To Dance With You" followed by an instrumental "Beaumont Rag", which showcased Chris's amazing ability on the guitar. Di then sang "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me" by John Virgo, Garrett Iii & Benito Benites, and another jazz standard "Sweet Georgia Brown" written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard and Kenneth Casey.
Next on the stage was Molly Atack. She sang "Elenore", a big hit for The Turtles in the late sixties but written by Lennon/McCartney, and a new song with the provisional title "Driftin'".
To finish the first half, our special guest Damian Clarke. Damian is a natural performer and talented musician and artist, and a thoroughly nice chap! He started on the hammered dulcimer with a couple of O'Carolan tunes; "Eleanor Plunkett" and "Si Bheg Si Mhor" and then the traditional "Cambric Shirt" (a.k.a. 'Scarborough Fair'). Damian then switched to the Hurdy Gurdy to sing "The Saucy Sailor" and "The Sally Gardens".
After the break and raffle, Bob Long sang Washboard Sam's "Diggin' My Potatoes", "Walk Right In" by Gus Cannon, and "Old Jim Canan" by Robert Wilkins. Jonathan Klein opened his set with one of his own songs "Everything I Build Falls Apart", Don McLean's "Vincent", and "Daydream Believer", made famous by The Monkees and written by John Stewart, formerly a member of the 'Kingston Trio'.
To finish the evening, Damian returned to the stage. He started his second set with "Rakes Of Kildare" and "The Frost Is All Over"on the hammered dulcimer. He continued with the "Blue Cockade" and then picked up the hurdy gurdy to sing the traditional "He Who Will Not Merry Be". Returning to the dulcimer he sang a song in Irish Gaelic (sorry people... didn't catch the title!) and finished with one of his own songs "Mr C's Night Out", accompanied by Ollie on banjo. Another fantastic night. Next time, 4th June, is the club's 4th anniversary. Be good to see some faces we haven't seen for awhile.


MC Mike Atack got the evening underway with Furry Lewis's "Cannonball Blues", Robert Johnson's "Travelling Riverside Blues" and "Brownsville Blues" by Sleepy Joe Estes. Next up was Henry Campion. Manfully overcoming tuning and harmonica holder issues, he sang "Old Man" by Neil Young, Sting's "Fields Of Gold", "Angel From Montgomery" by John Prine and Neil Young's "Tell Me Why". Following Henry was Dilkusha. Jason Hinchey (guitar/vocals), and Bob Smith (banjo/vocals) performed mainly Jason's songs interspersed with various tunes.They started with "Roots", followed by "Crooked Mile", "Reggae Music" and "Allende" written by Luke Kelly and famously covered by Christy Moore. To finish the first half, the welcome return of Southbound. We haven't seen Pat and John for awhile, it was good to see them back at the Thomas Tripp. They started with "Lord I Hope This Day is Good", recorded amongst others by Don Williams but composed by David N Hanner. Next they sang "How Many Hearts Have You Broken Today" by Jim & Jesse McReynolds, "Face On The Cutting Room Floor" by Jeff Hanna, Steve Goodman & James Ibbotson, and "You're Running Wild" by the Louvin Brothers. After the break and raffle, the long awaited return of another  former LA regular, Luke Futcher. This was the first outing for his new duo, so new they don't even have a name yet! With Sarah Boak they sang one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music, "Lovesick Blues". Accredited to Cliff Friend and Irving Mills the song was originally written for a musical in 1922. Next they performed Jelly Roll Morton's "Sweet Substitute", "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page, with Luke on virtual trumpet, and "If I Had You" by Adam Lambert. Southbound returned to the stage for their second set. They sang "Before I Met You" written by Seitz, Lewis and Denny, Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and  "Gotta Travel On", originally written by Billy Grammer but 'borrowed/collected' a decade later by Mr Zimmerman! And finally for this evening, Dilkusha returned to the stage. They started with a set of jigs and reels followed by "New York Girls", "The Blah, Blah, Blah Song", "Ride On", a song made famous by Christy Moore but composed by Jimmy MacCarthy, and "Glastonbury". Another great evening. May 21st at Lymington Acoustic - the marvellous Damian Clarke.



MC Bob Long introduced our very own professor Jonathan Klein to kick off the evening. He sang "Here Comes The Sun" by George Harrison, one of his own compositions "In The Beginning" and Paul Simon's "America". Next up was young Molly Atack. She performed "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" by Jack Johnson and "Alas I Cannot Swim" by Laura Marling. Following Molly, appropriately, was dad Mike. Mike left his blues shoes at home and sang "Gallows Pole" by Page/Plant, "Poncho and Lefty" by Townes van Zandt, "Good Year For The Roses" written by Jerry Chesnut and made famous in the UK by Elvis Costello, and "Labelled With Love" by Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze. Bob then introduced our special guest of the evening, Aaron Gregory. Aaron is a fine songwriter, observing the sometimes quirky world of love and life. He sang "We'll Always Have Weymouth", "The Coast", and "Summer Days", all to be found on his current CD. And then, almost without notice (!!!???!) intruders interrupted proceedings. A troupe of no-hopers and drunkards calling themselves the "Milford Mummers" announced themselves in traditional manner. Seriously, they were brilliant. A big thank you to Caroline (Narrator), Richard (Lord Nelson), Rosemary (Lord Collingwood), Peter (Jolly Jar Tar/Tosspot), Dee (Molly Brownbags), Bobbie (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Sandi (Quayside Floosie). After the break and Raffle, Aaron returned for a second set. He performed "Wishing Well", a song about Caroline, a song about Diana, and finally another track from the CD, "Smoke". There's a new CD in the making, and I for one can't wait to hear it. Next was Paul Nichols. A fine singer and lovely guitar player, he sang the traditional "Lord Franklin", and two self penned numbers; "Bare Back Waltz", and "Red Row Flats" about the infamous Glasgow tenement blocks. Henry Campion followed Paul. He sang Dylan's "If Not For You", "Changes" by Phil Ochs, Marc Cohn's "Walking In Memphis". Then Jon Ellis came to the stage with his tin whistle. He performed a number of tunes including; "Harvest Home", "The Fox Hunt", "The Waltz For Paulie", and "Lord Inchiquin". Finally Bob Long completed the evening in his own inimitable style with the negro spiritual "Ananias!" and Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues". A fantastic evening. Next time, 7th May, Jason Hinchey's "Dilkusha".


Coming events:

Weds July 3rd, open stage. Plenty of spots free at the moment so get in touch to book your place if you'd like to perform!

A VERY fond Farewell...

Stalwarts of the Lymington Folk Club Tony & Mary Parry are leaving the town to be closer to family in East Sussex. They have been with us since the rebirth of the club almost three years ago. They will be much missed but hopefully we will see them from time to time!

Tony was MC for the night and kicked off proceedings with his brilliant "iPhone Song". Next up, the young lady with the big voice, Ruth Whapham. 

She sang her own "Watch You Fall" and a number by Gram Parsons. Following Ruth was the one and only David Massengill. David is returning to New York soon so it was great to see him before his flight home. One of David's mentors was Jack Hardy, legendary folk singer and "keeper of the tradition". I can do no better than to recommend that you check him out on the internet, he was up there with the best. David sang two of Jack's songs; "Tree of Rhyme" and "The Tinker's Coin", and then "Hobgoblin", one of his new songs about fairies, which is David's current project.

Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier are regulars at the club and always delight the audience. Vicky sang two of her own songs; "Woman In Love" with Jamie on banjo, and "One Track Mouth" accompanied by Jamie on guitar. Another of our regulars is Henry Campion who has a penchant for Bob Dylan songs. He didn't disappoint with his rendition of "Lay Lady Lay". He followed that with a rare outing of one of his own songs "City Child" and Lennon/McCartney's "Baby You Can Drive My Car".

Finishing the first half were Lola's Gang, at the end of their extensive farewell tour (part one). Mary Parry sang the traditional "Careless Love" accompanied by Tony 'Leftie'

Parry and Steve 'Butterfingers' West on guitars, followed by the traditional American folk song "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "Summertime", an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

After the break and raffle, Mike Atack, one of our new activists, sang the moving "Emmet Till" by Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty" and Squeeze's "Labelled With Love". Following Mike was his daughter Molly. She sang three of her own songs; "My Love", "Only The Brave" and "Much At All".

Next up, and a newcomer to Lymington, was Damian Clarke. Damian is a wonderful performer with a fine, clear, melodic voice. He sang "Sally Gardens", a traditional song based on a poem by Yeats accompanying himself on a hammered dulcimer, and on the hurdy gurdy he sang the traditional "He Who Will Not Be Merry".

Following Damian were the duo McFlute. They are also newcomers to the club although Terry MacDonald is a well known musician the area. I have unforgivably forgotten the name of the flautist! (50 lashes) Terry sang Eric Bogle's "Somewhere In America", "Knickerbocker Line", an American traditional song, "Will I See Thee More" by John McCusker and Ralph McTell's "The Hiring Fair". 

And now for something different! John Scott introduced his wife Sandy on violin and together they performed Jay Ungr's "Ashoken Farewell". Brilliant! Then John was joined by his Southbound partner Pat O'Dea. They sang "Hardhearted" by Elizabeth Cook, Flatt & Scruggs "Before I Met You", and a song well chosen by the guys because it makes a connection with David Massengill and Jack Hardy! "Travel On" was written by Paul Clayton. Paul was  prominent in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1956 he joined Folkways Records and recorded six solo albums before moving to Elektra Records, for two albums, collaborating with artists such as Dave Van Ronk, one of David,s mentors and friends. He became a prominent figure in the Greenwich Village folk scene in New York City, like Jack, during the early 1960s and was close friends with Van Ronk,  Liam Clancy and Bob Dylan. A song Clayton wrote was allegedly "borrowed" by Dylan in 1962 as the basis for one of his most famous tunes, "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right".Tragically, beset by personal problems, Paul committed suicide in 1967, still in his thirties.

Finally, Southbound were joined on stage by Lola's Gang for "Walking On The Moon". A brilliant night. Thank you everyone.

A VERY special thank you to Tony and Mary. x

Von Raffelmeister


In the heat of the Night

 LFC Weds 5th June
Somehow this was a special night, I could feel it in the atmosphere and there was a bright anticipation about the place. MC for the night was Carol Richards and she quickly got Bob Long on to the stage to bring us some of his familiar blues, laced with the double entendres so common amongst the blues writers of the 30s and 40s.
Pat O’Dea hadn’t been to the LFC for quite a while, so it was something of a treat when he came on and started on Bob Coltman’s “Before they Closed the Minstrel Show”. Part way through, however, he was joined by John Scott and we witnessed the first outing of Southbound since June 6th last year.
For their third and final song they played “Ashes of Love” – part of their LFC repertoire for three years – to much clapping and participation. Carol could not have chosen better for her second act. Southbound’s return lifted the whole place.
Vicky Kimm always delights us with the poetry of her songs; tonight she brought us “Down by the Sea”, a brand new one called “Moving On” and “I guess this is Goodbye”. She was, of course, most ably accompanied by Jamie Courtier. And so.... to fairies! David Massengill is here in pursuit of his project of building a fairy repertoire (about fairies, that is, not for them). His songs involved a fairy gathering, a Pixie Valentine and a “Tree Romance”. He finished with a song about “green apple pie” by the late Jack Hardy, one of the most prolific American folk songwriters.
Molly Atack also writes songs and she sang two of her own songs to great effect; Dad, Mike, sang a couple of blues numbers using a beautiful chrome-plated resonator guitar.
Stuart Burns has come to us from Austin Texas. Stuart writes his own songs and his first set was made up of four of them, delightful and amusing by turns.
After the break Tony Horn recited his poem about the sea-water baths. Tony is known to many of us who have met him in his litter-picking activities – something he has been doing on a voluntary and unpaid basis for many years, usually accompanied by his boxer dog who sadly died a few weeks ago.
Tony was followed by Jim Anderson on one of his now, very rare, visits. Jim played “Brise Napolitaine” – to perfection.
Colanandan are a four piece band featuring two guitars, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. They played a lovely varied set including “Grandma’s Feather Bed” and ending with Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel”. Some lovely playing and beautiful harmonies. I hope we’ll see them again.
Stuart Burns came back to tell more stories and sing more songs, starting with “Don’t Mess with Texas” (as if anybody would) and including Emmy Lou Harris’s “Ponch & Lefty”, and his own “Chardonnay Honey” and haunting “White Lady”. The evening finished at the latest time...11.30pm,
But we’d all had a great night.
Next session is June 19th – an open stage night but featuring Lola’s Gang on their farewell tour.
See you there....


Wednesday 15th May: Blues from the Deep South.

From the moment MC Henry Campion introduced the first act we knew we were in for a great night.
Adrienne, Rebecca and Philip are Twangdillo: Alto, tenor and bass ukeleles and three part harmonies.
This was their 2nd appearance at the club and once again they were well received. They performed "Perfect World" by Kodaline, 
"The Show" by Lenka and two original songs; "Move On" and "Twangdillo Nights". Let's hope we see them again soon.
Following Twangdillo were our special guests to perform the first of their two sets. Pete Harris & Hugh Budden are two of the 
finest blues players in the country. Pete (vocals, guitar, mandolin) has been active on the blues scene for 30 years. He's played 
with some of the best, including visiting American artists. Hugh is one of the country's best harp players. His list of credits is also 
very impressive. Check out their brilliant CD recorded live in 2007 for more information and to listen to much of the music we were 
treated to tonight. Their first set included songs by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, Luke Jordan, Bo Carter and Bib Bill Broonzy.
After the break and raffle Out Of The Blue took the stage. Henry Campion (vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo) and Roni Notcutt (vocals) 
performed "San Francisco Bay Blues" by Jesse Fuller, Cyril Tawney's "Sally Free and Easy", John Prine's "Angel of Montgomery" 
and "Wagon Wheel" a song patched together by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secur of the Old Crow Medicine Show. 
Next we had the unexpected but welcome return of the living legend that is Mr David Massengill. Back in the UK for a disappointingly 
short time, America's pre-eminent Applalachian dulcimer player sang four songs; "Wake Up", "What Was Once A Dream", 
"Down Derry Down" based on John Milton's 'Parasise Lost' and the classic "Rider On An Orphan Train".
To finish the evening Pete and Hugh took to the stage for their second set. Songs by T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee,
 Leadbelly, Blind Blake, Sonny Boy Williamson and to finish the evening, probably the nation's favourite blues number, "Little Red Rooster" by Willie Dixon and made famous by Howlin Wolf. Two handed acoustic blues just does not come any better than this.
Thanks to everyone who played and came, next time, all the way from Austin, Texas, although raised in New York, Stuart Michael Burns
master of the narrative song, dramatic and humourous. Check out his website, not to be missed.



 MC Jonathan Klein got the evening started wHenrith two of his own songs, "Everything I Build Falls Apart" and "Rockpools", accompanied by John Gabbay on upright bass.Next up our 'enry Henry Campion sang Dylan's All Along The Watchtower" and "Vincent" by Don McLean. Mike Atack sang two blues numbers, including "Judge Harsh Blues" by Furry Lewis. Following Mike was his daughter Molly. She sang two of her own songs, so new as yet untitled! You never know what Jon Ellis might bring to the folk club. On this occasion it was his recorder on which he performed "Newcastle", a Northumbrian dance tune, and "The Nutting Girl, a morris tune. Steve Moorhouse is one of the regulars at Mike Shipman's sessions at Sway Club. He sang "Grand Coolee Dam" by Woody Guthrie and the "Vietnam Song" made famous by Country Joe Macdonald at Woodstock. To finish the first half we had our first guests of the evening, Magpie Chatter. They are a duo consisting of two of the most experienced musicians in the area. Andy Stone and Tim Wilkinson have been in various bands over the years. Both have fine voices, very different but well matched. They started by performing the traditional "Turn The Wheel Round", then "Love On A Farm Boys Wages" by XTC's Andy Partridge. "Lay My Burden Down" is one of their own compositions, and finally one of Tim's songs, "Westbury Way", which featured Tim on his Dojo, a cross between a banjo and a dobro! Dick & Laura kicked off the second half with a seasonal song written by Laura about the Maytime and the start of festivals and dancing, and then a morris medley with Laura on accordion and Dick on guitar. Catherine Ellio, from Swindon is a newcomer to the club. She sang two of her own songs, "Sowed On" and "The Last Laugh". Mike Richards followed Catherine with Gram Parson's "Hickory Wind" and "Motherless Child" by Richie Havens. Ian Brown is another newcomer to the club and he performed two of his own compositions, "Grey Is The New Blonde" and "Apple & Blackberry Pie". Jim Brown is a member of the Hobos and spookily his birth name is Ian Brown! He sang "Mississippi River Blues" by Big Bill Broonzy and "Faded Demin Blue" by a New Zealand folk singer called Mike Harding! And finally.... our second guests of the evening, Mike Shipman and Peter Gabony a.k.a. The Rezzonators. They performed "Creole Belle" by Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", "Downtown Blues" by Frank Stokes, "Love Looks Good On You" by Guy Davis, Doc Watson's "Deep River Blues" and "Reconsider Baby" by Lowell Fulson.

Next time ... very special guests, the fabulous Pete Harris & Hugh Budden two of the finest blues and ragtime performers you are ever likely to see with support from Out Of The Blue, Twangdillo and Vicky Kimm & Jamie Courtier.


Prehistoric Burial Mounds, Arachnidman, Warm Coastal Memories and Chilled out fruit - all in one evening!

What a night! Hard to know where to begin. Four guests with extended spots  have released or are about to release a new CD, three newcomers and a couple of regulars who performed as a duo for the first time. And.... the welcome return of Joe Constable to the club after an enforced period away.
It was Jon Ellis's task as MC to bring this lot to order and he did a fine job. First up our new duo. Mellow Peaches are Mississippi Bob Long and Jan Anderson. They performed B.B. King's blues standard "Rock Me Baby", "Diggin' My Potatoes" by Washboard Sam, and another standard "Sporting Life Blues" by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Next up was Martyn Tanner on his tenor ukelele. He sang Buddy Holly's "Raining In My Heart", "Handbags and Gladrags" written by Mike D'Abo and "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear", made famous by Elvis Presley and written by the songwriting partnership of Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe, based on a traditional blues song.
Following Martyn was our first guest of the evening, Aaron Gregory. This young man is making waves in the local music scene and rightly so. With a clear strong voice he sings his own songs full of local colour. His new CD "The Last Dance To The Carousel" is out now. Joining him on some of the songs were vocalist Sarah Webb and guitarist Sean Gallagher. Aaron sang; "Summer Days", "To The Sea", "The Coast", "We Will Always Have Weymouth" and "Smoke".
To finish the first half, we had the second of our guests, and a newcomer to the club. Ian Easton hails from Clatford, near Andover, and performs as The Widowmaker. It was instantly apparent that Ian's performance and songs were going to be thoughtful and atmospheric. His 2nd CD is now available on iTunes. He sang; "Wicked Old Me", "Tell Me To Stay", "Remember Me", "Running", "Queen Of Hearts" and "Open Invitation".

After the break and raffle (thank you to those who donated raffle prizes), Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier took to the stage. We haven't seen them for a while but it was worth the wait. Vicky, piano and lead vocals, and Jamie, guitar and vocals, performed three of Vicky's songs; "One Track Mouth", "April" and "Down By The Sea", the latter a relatively new song which perfectly showcased Vicky's beautiful, enchanting vocals, and Jamie's accomplished guitar work.
Next was a newcomer to the club. Gorran Kendall is a young lad from New Milton. With his guitar he sang; "Love Interruption" by Jack White and one of his own compositions, "Kingdom Come". Let's hope we see more of Gorran in the future.  Following Gorran were our third newcomers of the night and visitors to our area, Alison and Ken Paris from Walsall. They usually perform under the name Alicats and sang two songs, one being Richard Thompson's "Waltzing For Dreamers" with Ken on Bob's 1945 Gibson and Alison on accordion. And finally, our third and final guests of the evening, Ninebarrow. They are creating a storm in the local music scene with their finally crafted songs and brilliant two part harmonies. Their EP will be launched at Ringwood Folk Club on 7th May. They sang; "Come January", "The Knightwood Oak", "Bird Song", the traditional "Row On", and "The Sea".


Wednesday 3rd April - a Night of the Bands

Ananais was the man who restored sight to the blind St Paul and Bob Long kicked off the night with a gospel song about him. He followed with "Don't Leave me Here by Henry Thomas and finally played out a Broozy song accompanied by Tony Parry on harp. Bluesman number two was Mike Atack who knocked out two great Furry Lewis songs and finished with the beautiful "Poncho & Lefty" by Emmy Lou Harris.

Al Scorch and his Country Soul Ensemble is from Chicago and is made up of Al (long-knecked 5 string banjo & guitar), Felipe (fiddle), Chris (percussion) and Charlie on Bass. They played a cracking first set, mostly of their own writing but including one or two classic US folk songs - but with their own treatment. For the most part, and despite the name, the music was pretty much bluegrass......but what's in a name, it certainly set the Thomas Tripp rocking!

After the interval and raffle Walker-Broad took to the stage. This is a 4 piece band comprised of Andy Broad (guitar), Sandy Walker (vocals), Alan Blackmore on percussion and Simon Tuffnail on double bass. They played a brilliant 30 minute set that was part folk/jazz/funk/etc blending perfectly with Sandy's voice.
They were a wonderful contrast to the hothouse music of Al Scorch. Thank you, guys.

And so, back to Al Scorch. He played a couple of songs on his own to get the set going and was then joined by his fellow musicians. This was a varied set venturing from a lovely harmony between fiddle and bowed double bass, to banjo-led scrambles across Tennessee and Oklahoma. The second set finished far too soon - leaving us all keen for more.

As I was packing things up someone said to me - "that was a hell of a night!". And.....yes it was.

Next time Aaron Gregory will be playing songs from his new CD,  two of the JackRatts will join us, Ian Easton (the Widowmaker) will play a set and Ninebarrow will again serenade us with their fabulous harmonies.


Wonderful Open Stage night - March 20th

MC Steve West was able to introduce a wide range of performers as well as welcome four newcomers to the club.
A doyen of local folk music for 40 years, Mike Richards kicked off the evening with songs we would have heard in the early days of the New Forest Folk Club; Alex Campbell's "Been On The Road So Long" and "One Too Many Mornings" by Bob Dylan. Next up was Mike Atack. He performed Dylan's "North Country Blues" and the blues classic "Yellow Dog Blues".
Then the first of our newcomers: Rob & Sue hail from Corfe Mullen. They performed Jerry Jeff Walker's "Gypsy Song Man", "I Will Love You" by the Fureys, a bluegrass standard "Come And Sit By The River", and "Sweet Is The Melody" by Iris Dement. Bob Long is well known for taking us to Mississippi but tonight brought us a couple of songs from Tennessee. Noah Lewis's "Going To Germany", recorded with Gus Cannon in 1929, and "Old Jim Canaan" by Robert Wilkins.
Following Bob was John Friary. John sang two of his own songs; "Open Up" and "Acid", the latter an especially powerful song. To finish the first half in style, the welcome return of John Scott. John performed John Prine's "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness", Rodney Crowell's "I Still Love You" and "Ribbon of Darkness" by Gordon Lightfoot.
Mike Richards sang the blues standard "Trouble In Mind" to start the second half followed by Henry Campion, who performed David Gray's "Babylon" and "Tears From Heaven" by Eric Clapton. Molly Atack sang "The Hero Boy Named Finn" from the cartoon series "Adventure Time", "One Too Many Morning's" by Bob Dylan, and one of her own songs, "The Way That I Do".
Following Molly, Bob returned to the stage to perform Tommy Johnson's "Sliding Delta" and then Molly's Dad, Mike, also returned to the stage, this time with his steel guitar, to sing Robert Johnson's "Possession Over Judgement Day". Our second newcomers then took to the stage. Ben and Gary come from Hythe and play as the Ben Gunn Duo. They immediately blew the audience away with their rhythm and blues, starting with "Drinkin' Whisky Slowly", and then two of their own compositions; "Next Time My Friend" and "I Don't Need your Lovin', Just Your Money", both well received. And last but not least, an extended set from Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks. We very nearly had the first solid electric guitar at the folk club if it hadn't been for a tuning issue! Their first song was Jonathan's "Back To The Blues", then the Grateful Dead's "Friend Of The Devil", Jonathan's "Rockpool", "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" by Bob Dylan and finally, Lennon/McCartney's "And I Love Her".
Another brilliant evening of variety and quality, and new faces. Next time, very special guests "The Al Scorch Band" from the US.
von Raffelmeister


March 6th Folk Club
Sometimes  the job of MC is a piece of cake.  All you have to do is allocate everyone a slot! And it should have been like that for this week’s MC, Henry Campion.....but it wasn’t.  So it is much to his credit that just about everyone who wanted to play got to do so.
The ice was broken by Pat O’Dea with his own song, “Propinquity” (I’m not going to explain it if you weren’t there). He followed with “School Days Over” by Ewan McColl. A great start to what would prove to be a great evening.
Damian (surname unknown) had been threatening to play for a month or so. He’s never played for us before but that is clearly an oversight on his part. His “Blind Willie McTell” by Dylan was terrific, and he continued with a fine Fairport number – all on a fine Brazilian Rosewood guitar! Mike Atack
(not Attack, as some would pronounce it!) finally unveiled his colours with a Furry Lewis song “Morning Judge” and then daughter, Molly, sang one of her own and blew a few listeners away!!!
It’s been a while since Catherine Lake has given one of her Bodhran demos, so it was a most welcome and refreshing interlude. She was followed by Tim Wilkinson on only his second  visit to the LFC. He sang three of his own beautiful songs starting with “Moonraker” and following with a segue of two others.... I especially liked “No Known Cure”.
Jason Hinchey is no stranger to our club, but his new band, Full Flight, has never performed for us before. They were Jason (guitar), Bob (Banjo), Rachel (fiddle) and Dave (Sugarhand) (Double Bass). They kicked off with something very smelly, chased through a couple more and ended on Country Roads and the Irish Rover to loads of audience participation. A great end to the first half!
Bob Long’s only song about mules is “New Stockyard Blues” and he followed it with one about Stealing to much joining in! Stef and Lionel come from Sherborne and are half of a band called “the Homesick Gypsy Band”. Stef sang four of her own songs, the first – “Come on Down” - being special enough, but the second “If you Don’t Like the Music” was amazing. Wow. Wonderful songs, a great voice and talented duo. Please come back guys.
Nigel Waite has been with us before and, as before, he serenaded us with his beautiful songs and fine singing and playing. Most of his songs came from his own pen but he did include Stan Graham’s “Old Whitby Harbour”.  Nigel is the ultimate in folk singers, telling stories so beautifully. Thank you Nigel – just lovely.   
Next time – March 20th, we expect Dr Finlays Bass Cooks to do an extended spot, Vicky Kimm will be there too and Steve West will take up his guitar, also. There will, of course be others. In the meantime ..... enjoy your music of whatever kind and we’ll see you then.


Wednesday February 20th.  MacMillan Trust Benefit

What a fantastic night! Thank you to everyone who donated a raffle prize and those who bought raffle tickets, all proceeds from the raffle went to Macmillan Cancer Support.
A big thank you to Richard Martin, a volunteer event co-ordinator for Macmillan who helped to organise the evening.
Jonathan Klein was MC for the night and introduced the opening act, Henry Campion. He sang Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe", "Close Your Eyes" by James Taylor, and Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman", made famous by Glen Campbell. Following Henry were Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier. Vicky delighted us with her lovely voice and sang two of her own songs; "Down By The Sea" and "To Say Goodbye" and then Jamie's composition "Song From George" about their late lamented dog. Next up was "Mississippi" Bob Long. He performed Memphis Minnie's "Hoodoo Lady", "Groundhog Blues" by John Lee Hooker, and Tommy Johnson's "Boogaloosa Woman" in his authentic down home country blues style. To finish the first half, a band that are no longer actively gigging but got together for this special night. Safety In Numbers were once regulars on the live music circuit. For tonight they consisted of; Steve West (guitar, lead vocals), Adam Bowden (Bass), Scott Miguel (guitar, vocals), Dave Broom (mandolin, vocals) and Mike Miller (guitar). They sang five songs from the 2008 CD "Not Just Because" and were joined on "Marlboro Town" by Scott's young son James on guitar and Heather Slipper on Violin.
After the break we were treated to an acoustic set from 71 Chain, who in another format are a loud folk/rock/blues band currently enjoying success on the live music circuit and having just released a new CD. Adam Bowden plays Bass (see above!), Chris Lapagge is a charismatic lead singer and lead guitarist, ably backed by young Ryan on guitar/mandolin and Mongo on his bongoes! They performed "Gilded Rose", "I Stayed Awhile" and "She Moved Through The Fair". And then... the Atack Family Show! First up Emily, first time at the club, she sang "How To Save A Life" by The Fray and "Candy" by Paolo Nutini. Emily was followed by her sister, Molly, who sang the classic "Hallejulah" and "Chalie Boy" by the Lumineers. Up next was Dad, Mike. Playing a steel guitar with a slide, he sang Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster" and Robert Johson's "If I Had Possession of Judgement Day". And finally, to end the evening in fine, foot tapping style, The New Forest Hobos. Steve West (guitar, vocals), Jim Brown (banjo, ukelele, vocals), Dave Broom (mandolin, vocals), Alan Slipper (guitar, vocals), Heather Slipper (violin, vocals) and John Lee (bass) performed "Step It Out Mary", "Jesse James", "Oklahoma Home", "Jambalaya", "Still House" and "Banjo Hill".
Thanks once again to everyone who took part in a marvellous evening.
Next time: 6th March - Nigel Waite supported by Jason Hinchey's newly formed band!
von Raffelmeister
ps. £217 was raised on the night. Thank you to everyoned who came and helped.

Wednesday 6th February. With Reg Meuross.

Lola's Gang has recently become a quartet with the inclusion of Jim Brown on bass. Sadly, however Mary Parry – the band's main vocalist – had come down with a cough which rendered her voiceless, so it was the rest of the gang who opened Wednesday's Folk Club with a display of  Americana including the folk song “Erie Canal”. More Americana followed, but this time it was Bob Long with his usual brand of 80 year old blues; however, after Black Eyed Blues and Kind Hearted Woman Bob broke into storytelling mode to explain some of the less well known aspect of his last song – Midnight Special! (the name Rosie will never be the same).
Visiting us for the first time, Ninebarrow is a close harmony duo who, frankly, blew our socks off.
Jay and Jon sang half a dozen songs including a couple from their own pens and Christie Moore's “Ride On” with much audience participation. I have no doubt we have not seen the last of them.
Reg Meuross had been to the LFC once before but only had time for a couple of songs then. Now he was our special guest and he closed the first half with a quartet of songs including “The Man in Edward Hoppers Bar” (a reference to the painting) and One Way Ticket to Louise from his new album, “Leaves and Feathers”. He closed with his story of meeting Elvis (3 years ago!!) and the song “It's me or Elvis” - with much help from a most willing audience.
Pat O'Dea seems to have been away from the LFC for ages. Despite the fact that Pat lives in Bournemouth we've got used to thinking of him as  ours! Anyway – it was great to have him back . “I Will be the Light” was beautifully done and he followed it with Dylan's “Only a Hobo” - also a fine rendition. No strangers to fine renditions are Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks. The tunesmith in this band is Jonathan Klein and he didn't disappoint us with his “Ubiquitous Rock Chick” and “Space is Deep – Love is Deeper” - such romantic expression! They finished with “Just a Guy with a Guitar”.
Reg Meuross now returned to the stage to sing more songs from both his new and previous albums.
I won't list them all here, but I have say my personal favourites were, “My Jerusalem”, “And Jesus Wept”, and “Dragonfly”. It was a fabulous set of finely crafted songs delivered by one of the best exponents in the business. Thank you, Reg.
Next time (Weds 20th Feb) will be our MacMillan Cancer Trust benefit featuring more new faces, more new songs and the biggest ever raffle!


Wednesday 16th January.  More than a little Scottish flavour.

With Burns Night soon upon us, there was a distinctly Scottish flavour to the evening.
MC Steve West introduced our opening perfomer, Henry Campion. Henry sang a stirring rendition of Dylan's "Baby Blue", Ewan McColl's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Mini Cooper" by Archie Fisher, and the Peter Sarstedt classic, "Where Do You Go To My Lovely". Following Henry was Mike Atack. He sang Donovan's "Catch The Wind", "Van Diemen's Land" written by U2's The Edge, "You Say" by Michael Chapman and another Ewan McColl song, "Dirty Old Town". There's no finer interpreter of the great Jake Thackeray's songs than Ed Mortimer, aka Take Thackeray. Ed sang four of Jake's early songs - close your eyes, and, if you're old enough(!), you're back watching Braden's Week on your old black and white tv! If you're too young to remember, check him out on YouTube. To finish the first half, a local we haven't seen for a while, Sandy Reid Peters. Sandy performed a great version of "Old Man" by Neil Young, Ralph McTell's lovely, evocative "Maginot Waltz", and the classic "Cocaine Blues", a country song written by Red Arnall from a traditional song, and first recorded in the late 1940s! After the break, the Scottishness of the evening gets underway. It's brilliant when we have surprise guests and this was the case of two lovely Scottish ladies who were only on the South Coast for a few days. Phyllis Martin from Dalbeattie sang unaccompanied "The Present" by Ray Fisher and Tina March from Ayr, also unaccompanied, sang "Aye Waukin O" by Burns. Next was a talented young Scot, Keir Robinson. He performed 3 songs, one from Burns, one of his own, "My Heart Is There" and The Boss's "When You're Alone" from the Tunnel of Love album. We don't see Keir very often, lets hope we more of him in the future. And talking of young and talented... Mike's daughter Molly has already become a favourite of this club. We can only hope that when she's rich and famous and living in L.A. she remembers us little people! She sang "Shelter From The Storm" by His Bobness, "Sarah Minor" by Keaton Henson and City and Colour's "Northern Wind". Finally, our special guest this evening, Dave McKenzie (from Glamis!). Dave is a fine singer/songwiter, he has great guitar technique infused sometimes with the blues, played on a fantastic looking and sounding Lowden guitar. The 45 minutes he played went by in a flash. Personal favourites included his own "Looking For Love", RT's "Time To Ring Some Changes", "Sweet Passion", "Something Big", "That Light Will Lead You In" and "Hitchcock".
Up and coming: next time (Feb 6th) Reg Meuross, described by Mike Harding as our finest English folk singer/songwriter and on the 20th Feb our very special charity night supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.


Thursday 3rd January 2013.

A night of surprises and delights.

 Big Bill Broonzy would have been so chuffed with Bob Long and Pete Harris starting their fabulous set with his song, “In the Evening When the Sun goes Down” – they really nailed it! They followed with songs by Muddy Waters  and Leadbelly before Pete’s solo rendition of “Wild About my Good Cocaine”.  I, however, won’t ever forget Bob’s bell ringing! (he nearly missed one cue, too)

 From 20’s and 40’s blues to the 60s with Henry Campion’s version of  “Early Morning Rain” (bit topical) and Cat Steven’s “How can I Tell You”. He closed with “I shall be Released” by Bob  someone! Much audience participation!  Mike Atack is a fine interpreter of bluesey songs, giving us Yellow Dog Blues by Sam Collins and a song borrowed from the Memphis Jug Band involving a train whistle! Molly  Atack chose altogether more contemporary material; after a lovely version of “Farewell Angelina” she treated us to “My Beautiful Girl” by Dallas Green. Wow!

 364 days ago (Jan 4th 2012) John Dunkinson, from Seattle,  came and played a fine set in tribute to his late friend and fellow player, Rod Legge. Tonight he repeated that performance with great dash, despite a developing cold.  “Gypsy” struck a chord with many and “Lymington Girls” was a real hit. He even managed to get his picture from the club posted on facebook before I got my pen out!

 After the break and, of course the ubiquitous raffle, Dick Etherton sang  “Beyond Dull Care”, a song from the Tudor period, “Down by the Sally Gardens”  on request by a member of the audience, and a second Tudor song about a street trader. Laura Sunderland brought her button accordion to the stage to play three delightful Irish tunes, ending with “The March Hare”.

 On 3rd August 2011 Hannah Robinson made her first appearance at the LFC and we’ve been keen to see her come back ever since. With a new  debut CD now out she came and sang a selection of songs from it culminating in my personal favourite, “Don’t Hide My Shoes”.  Lovely!

 Bob Long and Pete Harris weren’t scheduled to do another set, but they did, and..... didn’t they do well! Bob revived “All by Myself” with lots of audience participation and Pete gave us Tampa Red’s “It Hurts Me Too”. A couple of stormin’ performances!

 Double Sync (Jonathan Klein & John Gabbay)  have a very different style, playing the output of Jonathan’s  imagination and pen. They played five of Jonathan’s amazing songs ending with “If there were 25 Hours in Every Day” – not the proper title but I don’t care – we all know the one I mean – and it’s brilliant! And so a super evening ended.....

 Next time... back to Wednesday, January 16th Mr David McKenzie aka Sugarhand Dave, Magpie Chatter, and others. See you there.




Wednesday 19th December - Christmas Party at the LFC

Henry Campion was our host for the night and he kicked off proceedings with a fine rendition of Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter Night". Jim Morton is a newcomer to the club. He is a singer songwriter from Salisbury and he sang two of his own songs from his CD "Shine", which is available on itunes.Young Luke Futcher was up next and he never fails to entertain. He sang "Let It Snow" and a very funny song entitled "Shaving Cream". Following Luke was John Friary. He performed two of his own compositions; "Snowman" and "In The Morning". Then came Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier. They performed Jamie's "Breakdown Angel" and "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas/Hallelujah".

And then a Christmas treat. The long awaited first appearance at the club of Gerry Ainger. He sang "Station", one of his own, and "You Aint Going Nowhere", a staple of the sixties folk rock scene. Mary Parry, accompanied by Tony Parry on guitar, sang a lovely version of the classic "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?", and then Tony recited his own "Christmas Poem" which was both funny and insightful. To finish the first half in fine fashion, we welcomed Victor Chetcuti to the stage. He was as charming as ever, sang two and a half songs(!) in between the chat, including "Together Free" and "Upside Down, Inside Out".


After the break, Henry sang a stirring "Let It Be" to be followed by the Folk Club "choir" consisting of Caroline, Andy, Tony, Mary & Steve, singing "Gaudete". Caroline Clasbey then gave us two festive songs sung a capella, "The First Tree In The Greenwood", and "Jack Frost".

Next we saw the welcome return of Laura Sunderland, who we haven't seen for a while. She played a selection of festive tunes on her accordian, much to the delight of the audience. And then from the Lyndhurst delta, Bob Long performed Charlie Patton's "Some Of These Days" and the blues classic "Trouble In Mind". Carol Richards is leaving us for three months to visit Australia! As a parting Christmas present, she recited a "horrible" Cinderella poem with much aplomb, which the audience loved. Carol Sunter & Kevin Adams (the one she bought for Christmas!) performed Amy Grant's "Grown Up Christmas List" and "Gordon's Song". And last but not least, Dr Finlays Bass Cooks accompanied by Jonathan's daughter, Henrietta, on violin. They performed Jonathan's "Dance Me" and "Going Back To The Blues", and then Steve West joined them to sing Greg Lake's "I Believe In Father Christmas". Finally, everyone joined in on "White Christamas" to end the perfect Christmas Party. Thanks to everone who came and have supported the folk club throughout the year. Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Peaceful New Year to everyone. Special guest on 2nd January... John Dunkinson, one time local legend, now living in the US! 




  Carol Richards was MC for the evening and Jan Anderson assisted with the raffle.

To open proceedings, Carol introduced Henry Campion, who sang "Wagon Wheel", written by Bob Dylan and made famous by the Old Crow Medicine Show. Following Henry was Molly. From Holbury, Molly  is only 17 and a newcomer to the club. She sang "Despite What You've Been Told" by the San Franciscan duo, Two Gallants. Next up was Molly's Dad, Mike Atack. This was Mike's second appearance at the club and he sang Robert Johnson's "If I Had Possession", accompanying himself on excellent blues guitar. Let's hope we see both Molly and Mike on a regular basis. Also from the Waterside, Hythe and Dibden Purlieu this time, Twangdillo came to the stage. Rebecca Clark, Adrienne & Philip Dowd are also newcomers, they are a close harmony/ukelele band.They sang three songs, two covers and an original, with excellent vocal arrangements. A personal favourite was Paloma Faith's "New York". John Friary followed Twangdillo, singing two of his own compositions; "Every Day" and "Save A Little Love For Me" in his own inimitable syle. Next, the welcome return of Bob Lowndes. He performed Ryan Adams's "Kindness" and "Let Me Down Easy", a Ralph McTell classic. To finish the first half, Carol Sunter bought a friend from Bristol, Kevin, and they sang "The Deserter", "Herring Girls" and "Start It All Over Again", ably accompanied by Kevin's guitar.
After the break and raffle, another welcome return, this time Mike "Otis" Hammond, accompanied by our own "Mississippi" Bob Long.
They performed Will Shade's "Aunt Caroline Dye" and "Key To The Highway", a blues classic usually credited to Charles "Chas" Segar and William "Big Bill" Broonzy.  Bob left Mike on his own to sing the festive "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "Wildflower" accompanied by Vicky on vocal and Jamie on mandolin. To continue the evening's theme of welcome returns and newcomers, the Fair And Tender Ladies, a three piece close harmony acapella group, took to the stage decked in tinsel to perform a trio of festive songs. Next up was our very own professor, Jonathan Klein (guitar) and John Gabbay (double bass). They performed two of Jonathan's songs; "Rockpool" and "If". Twangillos returned to the stage and performed "Screen Saver", written by Adrienne, and the Stereophonics "Dakota". Finally, our special guest of the evening, Vicky Kimm, ably supported by Jamie Courtier on guitar. Vicky sang songs from her eagerly anticipated CD "In Her Mind". "One Track Mouth", Left Handed Girl (inspired by a dream about Bob Dylan!), a duet with Mike Hammond: "Inherited Blue Eyes", "April", "If I Were A Mouse", "End In Tears" and "Let's Make Hay". A lovely end to a lovely evening. Thanks to all who came. Next time, our Christmas special. Until then, Auf Wiedersehen.



November 21st 2012


Another great evening of diverse acoustic music was watched over by Henry Campion, our MC for the night. Henry kicked off proceedings with Dylan’s “Forever Young”, “Sonny” by Bobby Hebb and the brilliant “Ballad of Springhill” written by Peggy Seeger.


Following Henry were newcomers to the club, Di and  Wolfie from Brighton. They sang Norman Blake’s “Fields White with Daisies” and performed two rags with great accomplishment, Beaumont Rag and Blackberry Rag.

Next, we had a world exclusive: The first public outing of Broomfield Fair. Steve West and Dave Broom are better known to us as members of The Hobos. Here, they sang “Maggie”, “Kentish Smuggler” and “Sweet Sixteen”. Ian Halliday is better known to us as a part of Light Motive, but tonight he was solo. Playing mandolin and kazoo, he performed “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran and McGuinness Flint’s “When I’m Dead and Gone”. To finish the 1st half, our special guests, Bang on the Ear. David Warburton, Jane Grover, Phil Green, Lucy Philips and Nicola Naish live in the Chichester area. With two guitars, mandolin, bass guitar and cello they performed “Ride On” by Christy Moore, “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry, Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Marley’s Chains” by Honey Ryder.

A special mention for the raffle on this occasion. We had a jar of homemade chutney donated by Carol, a voucher for a meal for two donated by Jon Burge of the Thomas Tripp, and a CD donated from a local lad now living in Canada, Bob Rutherford. A big thank you to you all, and as usual, to all those that bought a raffle ticket.

Di and Wolfie returned to open up the 2nd half. They sang John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” and performed “Dillpickle Rag”. Another Hobo, Alan Slipper was next. On his own he sang “Song for Ireland” and “Arthur McBride” and was then joined by Steve and Dave for an impromptu “Step It Out Mary”. Ian Halliday returned to the stage to give us a medley of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Show Me The Way To Go Home”.

Also returning to the stage, Bang on the Ear performed “The Blue Cockade”, “Pick Pockets” written by Phil Green and Keith Charnley, “What’s Up” by 5 Non Blondes, and finally, “Small Things” written by the Australian band The Audreys.

Bob Rutherford used to live in the area many years ago but is now a resident of Newfoundland. He plays button accordion (very well!) and gave us examples of dance tunes from the area he now calls home. From the N.E. of North America down to the Mississippi Delta. Yes, it can only be Bob Long. He sang Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues” and then, accompanied by Tony Parry on harp, Washboard Sam’s “Diggin’ My Potatoes” and “When Things Go Wrong” from the singing of Big Bill Broonzy.

And finally, Henry finished off the evening with Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” and the Beatles “With A Little Help From My Friends” (with a little help from his friends).

Thank you all for another brilliant night.


Von Raffelmeister




A Quiet Night in..... (Nov 7th)

With only a few performers giving any advance notice of  coming along, MC Jonathan Klein was confident he'd have an easy night! Little did he know!
He got the evening started with a John Tams song, "Scarecrow", then quickly introduced Dave Broom for a couple of great tunes including his own "Gulliver". He was followed by Jim Brown who included a reminders of the Growlers by playing "More Pretty Girls than One" in his set. Henry Campion is always good for a bit of Dylan, but his second song was from his own pen and it went down very well. He's not been with us for a while so it was really great to have Pat O'Dea back and to hear his dulcet tones again at the LFC.

Keir Robertson is a singer/songwriter ffrom Southampton where he is at Uni. This was his first ever trip to the LFC, and I hope it won't be his last. He gave us a fine Don Maclean song plus one of his own. Fine voice and nice guitar style - we look forward to more. Finally before the break, rambling Bob Long, fresh from another sojourn in the US and Hot Tomale judging! This prompted his first song and he closed with Sleepy John Estes' " 'be some changes made".

Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks don't grace our stage often enough, so their two songs really went down well. Martyn Tanner has played at the LFC a few times, but this time he brought a new 8 string Uke as accompaniment to his tunes. Steve and Gary had played just once before and this time Steve sang a couple of great songs.

The Shimmering Bees is a 4/6 piece Southampton band who play a fine range of tunes and songs ranging from Bluegrass to Celtic Folk. This was the first time we'd seen a Hurdy Gurdy played at the club. They did a slightly extended set and anticipated coming back in the New Year. When Dick Etherton takes to the stage you never know what you're gonna get. Two a capella songs sung with great verve! Alan Slipper is also a pretty rare visitor but he went down very well, too. And so, Bob Lowndes finished the evening in fine style supported by John Gabbay on double bass.

A great time seems to have been had by all. Next time is Nov 21st with Bang on the Ear (so, duck as you come in!).


Wednesday October 17th.

MC for the night was Tony Parry. Jim Brown opened the show, playing his ukelele on "Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia" and "Ukelele Lady". Dave Mackenzie was up next, beginning with a guitar instrumental based on a morris tune from the playing of Martin Carthy, then Richard Thompson's "Time To Ring Some Changes", and two of Dave's own songs, "Looking For You" and "Hitchcock". Following Dave was a newcomer to the club. Tim Wilkinson, originally from Cirencester, now based in the Bournemouth area. He sang three of his own songs with great style; "Mary Magdalane", based on Cornish poet Charles Causley's poem, "Better Days" and "Half A Second".

Penultimate act of the first half saw the welcome return of Vicky & Jamie.Vicky sang, accompanied by Jamie's guitar, three of her own compositions, "One Track Mouth", "Let's Make Hay", and a beautiful new song inspired by April Jones, the little
girl that went missing only 17 days ago, and whose story has saddened the nation.

To finish the first half, Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks, led by our very own professor, Jonathan, with John and Ben. They started with a George Harrison song "If I Needed Someone". The rest of the set were Jonathan's compositions; "Still Play The Guitar", "Back To The Blues", a blues "Sad And Lonely", accompanied by Tony on harmonica, and "Touchdown". A great set to finish the first half.

After the break and raffle, regular John Friary sang his own "I'm Good" in his inimitable style and then we welcomed newcomers Mark Piper and John Tardif to the stage. Mark and John are one half of Bournemouth based band, The Plenty. They sang four of their own songs with carefully considered guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies; "Embers", "Extraordinary World", "Status Quo", and "Hold My Head High".

And finally.... our very special transatlantic guests: The Random Canyon Growlers. Five young guys, guitar, banjo, mandolin, double bass and violin - the perfect combination. And voices to match. Absolutely brilliant. 45 minutes of top class bluegrass and old time.Tracks included "Lazy John", "There's More Pretty Girls Than One", Jamie Drysdale's own "Afraid To Go Home", Flatt & Scruggs "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms" and "Billy Gray" written by Norman Blake.
All I can say is... WOW! See you next time people, 7th November, at Lymington's best pub, the Thomas Tripp.
von Raffelmeister                                                        



A Fine night of music...

Tony Parry started things off….. yes, Joe was going to be MC but he couldn’t make it so Tony stepped in to the frame. He

pushed off with the old favourite, “Take this Hammer” with which a few joined in!


He was then joined by the rest of Lola’s Gang for a bit more Americana, culminating in Randy Newman’s “Sail Away”.  John

Friary writes very personal songs which he delivers with a fine clear voice. Tonight he did three of his own and my personal

favourite was the last one, “Where Did it All go Wrong”?


Henry Campion’s middle name must be Bob. If he didn’t do Dylan we’d all collapse! So, he started with a Dylan song, but then he

remembered the passing of Andy Williams with “Moon River” which he delivered quite beautifully. He sang Buddy Holly’s

“Everyday” too, but his winner was “Goodbye, Again” by John Denver.


Jon Ellis is a folk singer of the old school (whatever that is). Tonight he threatened us with a plain old school recorder (oh

those memories). But Jon made it sound lovely! The Nutting Girls and then Greensleeves – just brilliant.


The first half was closed by Ruth Whapham singing a quite remarkable song of her own from the 7/7 bombings time called

“Sweet Nothings” (I think) – quite amazing.


After the break and raffle ( I won a prize!!!!!) Bob Long took us  to the delta for a dose of the Blues. Robert & Tommy Johnson

both featured together with my favourite, Charlie Patton’s Pee Vine Blues.  He was ably assisted on his last number by

 Tony Parry on harp.


Dick Etherton hasn’t been here very much, so it was great to see him this time. We all joined in “Rambling in the New Mown Hay”

(much wishful thinking). Dick used his guitar on “Georgia” and on his last, an English trad song that was quite lovely.


Mike Atack is totally new to the LFC – and he had to borrow Bob Long’s fabulous restored National resonator to sing his songs –

but he proved himself a classy slide guitar operator and we all hope he’ll darken our door again!


Mike Shipman is another who doesn’t come often. But  tonight, despite insisting he would only watch, he picked up a borrowed

guitar and joined Tony Parry for some great rhythmic blues – the pair knocking off “Matchbox Blues” and a Lowell Fulson number

whose title escaped me. Great, anyway.


The evening was brought to a fantastic close by Jason Hinchey who played several songs that had many of us singing along –

remember the Eddy Grant number “Give me Hope Joanna” and the Leaving of Liverpool, (not to mention “Roots”). Thank you

Jason, you made a good evening great!.


Special thanks to Sandy Reid-Peters who donated a couple of greatConcert tickets to the raffle.


Next time – 17th October – The Random Canyon Growlers and The Plenty, plus local support. Be there……..


Another Night of Variety (and Woody Guthrie)

Jon Ellis, our MC for the evening got us started with the Phil Ochs tribute to Woody
Guthrie "Bound For Glory". Henry Campion followed Jon with Sting's "Fields of Gold"
and "The Skye Boat Song".
Rosie Marshall is a relative newcomer to the club and specialsizes in unaccompanied
songs of a comedic nature. She sang two songs, one called "Ernie, The Mobile
Librarian", a very funny take on the Benny Hill classic to the tune of Whiskey In The Jar!
Come back soon Rosie. Martin Tanner is becoming a regular at the club. This time, be
brought his "resonator" ukelele! He sang a song called "Souvenirs", the Ray Davies
classic "Waterloo Sunset" and Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou". Next up was our favourite
bluesman Bob Long, who was accompanied by Dennis Rigg on harmonica. Bob sang
"Big Road Blues" by Tommy Johnson, and Robert Johnson's "Dead Shrimp Blues". The
penultimate act of the first half was Sean Brophy. He is a fine singer and guitar player
and performed "The Man's Too Strong" by Mark Knopfler and, accompanied by Steve
West, sang "Aubrey" by David Gates. To finish the first half in style, Pat O'Dea (or was
it Owen Moore!?) gave us "Bluebird" and "If I Were A Carpenter".
After the break and raffle, Henry sang "Leaving London" by Tom Paxton. Following
Henry, Steve West sang another Paxton song , "Fare Thee Well Cisco", a tribute
to Cisco Houston, one of Woody Guthrie's long time musical partners. Steve then sang
the traditional "Ramble Away" and "The Christchurch Smuggler", a song written by
Steve himself.
Next up was  Carol Sunter. She is a fine unaccompanied singer and gave us "The Herring Girls"
recorded recently by Bella Hardy, and, with help from Rosie, the Great War lament, "The Deserter".
It was Steve & Gary's second appearance at the club. They sang a music hall number,
"What A Crazy World We Live In", Arlo Guthrie's "City of New Orleans", and "Vincent" by Don McLean.
Sean returned with another Mark Knopfler song, "Romeo and Juliet", and a Phil Collins track,
"Roof Is Leaking". Bob and Dennis followed Sean in a return to the stage with the
Reverend Gary Davis number "Say No To The Devil" and "Stealin, Stealin", first
recorded in its present form in 1926 by Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band. And
finally, we welcomed back Pat, to finish the evening off. He sang Tom Paxton's "Can't
Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound", Cyril Tawney's "Sammy's Bar" and Hobo's Lullaby,
written by Goebel Reeves but made famous by Woody Guthrie. A very fitting end to
another very enjoyable evening.
von Raffelmeister


Another varied, eclectic evening...

Henry Campion, our MC for the night, kicked off the evening with a trio of well known songs; "Country Road" by James Taylor, Flanders & Swan's "Slow Train", mourning the loss of many branch lines axed by Beeching in the early sixties, and the sixties classic "Whiter Shade of Pale". Following Henry was Buster Brown. He sang a country song called "Matthew", narrated a poem entitled "The Ancient Mariner.Com", and sang the traditional "The Faithful Sailorboy".

Next up was Sandy Reid Peters. He performed a song he first heard in his youth called "Pavement Artist" by a local band, Swordedge. Then, "First Song" by Ralph McTell and Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard". Steve West followed Sandy with the traditional "Lambs on the Green Hills", "The Wreckers", written by Steve, and Tom Paxton's "My Lady is a Wild Flying Dove". To finish the first half, our favourite bluesman, Mississippi Bob Long. He took us to the pre war Delta once again with Tommy Johnson's "Canned Heat", 32/20 Blues by Robert Johnson, Will Shade's "Aunt Caroline Dye", and Blind Blake's "Police dog Blues".

After the break and raffle, Henry recommenced proceedings with Buffy St Marie's anti war classic "Universal Soldier" and "Windmills Of Your Mind". Whoever else had a hand in composing this song, first in French, then English, it is generally agreed that Michael Legrand was the main protagonist, although he borrowed the opening sequences from Mozart (well known Austrian folk artist of 18th century). The song became a classic of the sixties, used as the theme for the 1968 film, "The Thomas Crown Affair" and winning the Academy Award for best song in the same year.

Then our first duo hit the stage. Cat & Pete have played together in various bands over the years. With Cat on bodhran and Pete on flute, they performed two Mike McGoldrick tunes. Pete switched to mandolin to sing Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road" and then finished with a couple of Irish jigs, all in a very accomplished fashion. And then for something completely different! Jon Ellis drew from his experiences of Cold War Russia and the Gulags to bring us two late 20th century anti Soviet folk songs, sang in Russian! I hope the politbureau were not listening!

Carol Sunter is a fine unaccompanied folk singer. She gave us "Alice in the Bacon Box" and "Mothers, Daughters, Wives". Then our second duo of the evening. Steve & Gary were newcomers to the club and first timers in front of an audience. They sang "Goodnight Irene", played a blues in E, "The Leaving of Liverpool" and an instrumental "Here Cones The Sun". Well done lads. Hope to see you again. And so the end of another great evening. Henry finished, getting the audience singing on the "Banana Boat Song", made famous by Harry Belafonte. Looking forward to next time already, when it will be another "singers night". Don't forget, BARN DANCE at the Milford on Sea Community Centre on Saturday 22nd September hosted by your two favourite folk clubs.

Next session is on the 19th September!!!

Von Raffelmeister


Wednesday Aug 15th. Open Stage

Henry Campion has got us all going many times before, and last night he did it again. As always he started with Dylan and "With God on Our Side" and finished with a super song called "Halfway Up the Stairs" by an artist whose name escaped me.

 Jon Ellis is well known for his songs in other languages, so it was a surprise to hear his Mexican song about "Jamarillo" sung in English. Of course, after that he broke into Spanish with a Cuban song about Che Guevara.

Lola's Gang brought us more Americana in the shape of the Atkins/Bryant hit, "How's the World Treating you", Hank Williams' song, "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry" and the more recent, "Good Country Girls" by Pokey La Farge.

 Alex Hall (last seen on the Joanna at the Musketeer) borrowed Jon Ellis's guitar to give us his own brilliant song, "Laughing Gas", a great number about boredom, of all things, and  finished with a lovely one called "Post Card".

 The Skiffuleles were performing almost their last gig as two of them are off to teach the French how to play the Ukelele. They started with Fulsom Prison Blues and then dashed off a couple of medleys of well known songs.

Jack Ramsey brought his fan club in to watch him play. None of us at the folk club had ever heard him, but he played several great pieces on his 5 string banjo. Clearly a very able player.

 Buster is new to our club, too. He played a great song called Sunday Morning Sidewalk followed by a wry song about a fly in a grocer's shop!

 And......we're only at the interval!

 After the raffle (and the software CD) Aaron Gregory took the stage and played three songs, "Summer Days" and "Smoke" from his Poly Lake album, and a new one called "The Most".

 Now the 6 members of the Skiffuleles returned for more "Skiffulised" numbers ending with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore".

 Chris Pugh - huge guy with a small guitar - sang three songs from his own pen finishing with a moving song called "Wide Eyes". Very compelling.

 Cat Lake is a regular at the LFC but she was joined by Peter Minkey on Flute (Ian Anderson eat your heart out) and guitar.

They sounded terrific together.

 And so it was left to Murphy's Lore to round off the evening with lovely renditions of , "The Lark in the Morning", "Dublin in the Rare Old Times", "Star of the County Down" and "Tear us Apart".

 And so yet another evening of fine and free music came to an end. Special thanks go to Carol Richards and Jan Anderson who MC'd the evening between them most expertly.


Our next outing is on Wednesday 5th September. Hope to see you there.


A Living Legend at the Folk Club - Aug 1st

Our very special guest was David Massengill. Not enough room here to begin to describe David's achievements; just check him out online. Jon Ellis was the MC for the first half and introduced Mike Richards as our first act. Mike is a doyen of the local folk music scene having been involved in the original New Forest Folk Club in New Milton. He sang "The Ghetto", Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" and "Alone In This World". Following Mike was Carol Sunter, accompanied by Bob McAthey on guitar. Carol sang "Streets of London" and "Scarborough Fair". Special mention for Bob, it was his first time playing in front of a folk club audience. Tim Burkinshaw is a visitor from Derby. He has a fine, clear  voice, and sang 3 songs unaccompanied; "Hang on the Bowline", a short haul shanty, "Lowlands", a shanty broadside, and the comedic "Drown My Cat"! (No cats were harmed in the singing of this song!) Next up was Cat Lake, the folk club's resident percussionist par excellence. Once again she showed us her virtuosity on bodhran and tamborine. Luke Futcher is always a welcome visitor to our club. One sixth of the "Frenzied and the Diligent", Luke accompanied himself on guitar (which is unusual, he normally plays his hand built ukelele) joined by Cat on bodhran and Steve West on Swanee Whistle.. Luke sang "Maggie Mae" and "Ella Speed". After this mayhem, Ruth Whapham sang her moving memorial, "Columbine", about the infamous shooting incident in a high school in Colorado in 1999.

Henry Campion is one of the folk club activists and a regular performer. He sang Dylan's "If Not For You" and Justin Hayward's "Nights in White Satin", the latter being especially well received. To finish the first half, we had another visitor and newcomer to the club. Reg Meuross is based in Somerset and first emerged on the acoustic music scene when he formed The Panic Brothers with comedian Richard Morton, appearing regularly on TV, including Friday Night Live, and at Edinburgh, Sidmouth and Glastonbury festivals. In recent years, Reg has toured with Hank Wangford and The Lost Cowboys as a member of the band. In 1996 his first solo album, The Goodbye Hat, was released to critical acclaim. Not enough room here to do Reg justice, so check him out online. He gave us a 20 minute set containing a song about the life and death of Dick Turpin, a song about his Dad "Good With His Hands" and the brilliant "Its Me or Elvis!". Let's hope we see more of Reg in the future.

After the break and raffle, Carol Richards MC'd the second half. First up was our favourite bluesman, Bob Long. He sang "Stockyard Blues" by Robert Wilkins and "Miss Maybelle" by R.L. Burnside. Dave Broom has played at the folk club before as a member of the Hobos but tonight was his first appearance in a solo capacity. He sang two of his own songs, "Claret and Beethoven" and "Thirty Below", both well appreciated by the audience. The penultimate act of the evening was John Friary. John is becoming a regular at the club. He sang two of his own compositions, "Mission Bell" and "There's a Man in the Corner". And finally, the man himself.

Over the last few meetings he has engaged us, made us think, made us laugh. We are so fortunate that, quite by accident, David Massengill has become a firm favourite here in Lymington. His set included "Mouse", "On the Road to Fairfax County", "Jesus, the Fugitive Prince", "Riding on an Orphan Train", "My Name Joe", "Sightseer" (accompanied by Lise Russell) and "Ballad of a Pissed Off Eunuch". Fantastic! What a night. See you next time.


von Raffelmeister


July 18th - "a stunning mix of music...."

It started with Tony Parry playing one of his own songs before being joined by Steve West and Mary Parry, the other members of Lola’s Gang. They played three songs including a lovely version of Summertime, sung by Mary.

 They were followed by Paul Openshaw from Bere Regis with humorous and poignant selections from his new CD “The Potting Shed”. “Bucket on his Head”  and “Michael McCarthy” both had the audience roaring.

 Badman Soul from the IOW had never played for us before. They played very much in their own style….. mostly  Americana from James Taylor to Michael Jackson (a brave and interesting rendition of Billie Jean). Lovely guitar playing and a beautiful voice.

 After the break and the raffle (the Raffelmeister ably assisted this week by Jan Anderson) John Friar took to the stage to sing two of his own lovely songs, “Sit Down by the Fire” and “Knew You would be Waiting”…..complete with “virtual harmonica”!

Henry Campion, of course, started with a Dylan number and then came via “Country Roads” to “Four Strong Winds” – almost the Canadian national anthem!

 Fresh from playing for the New Forest Meddlars (morrismen) at the torch procession, Laura Sunderland played us a medley of morris songs and then finished with the well known, “Portsmouth”.

Newcomer, Martin Perry is a bluesman whose roots are back in the 60’s. With a great voice and crisp guitar style he was joined by Tony Parry on Harmonica for two from his own pen  (one about his Dog, Max), and the Willie Dixon classic,  “I Just Wanna Make Love to You”.

 For his 3rd visit as a floor singer David Massengill sang  about Jesus in an asylum, Killing the rich (starting, one assumes, with Mitt Romney),  and his much missed dog, Noodles. So….how about that, two songs tonight about  dearly missed dogs!

 The evening was rounded off by Jason Hinchey with a rousing medley and then the very tender “Man of Nature” from his current CD.

 A more eclectic mix of music would be hard to find, let alone all under one roof AND on the same night. Thanks are due to everybody that played. The next LFC is on Wednesday 1st August & features David Massengill.


July 4th - We’re running out of superlatives again.


On the night Andy Murray reached the semi finals at Wimbledon, we were treated to a right royal feast of entertainment ourselves.

Our MC for the night Joe Constable introduced the first act of the evening Bob Long. Now, Bob may live in Lyndhurst, but his heart and soul are in the Mississippi delta. He firstly sang Robert Johnson’s “Little Queen of Spades” and then “Walk Right In”, a big hit for The Rooftop Singers in 1969 but originally written and released forty years earlier by Gus Cannon. And then a rare treat, Bob sang one of his own songs, accompanied by Tony Parry on harmonica, “Dirty Mistreater”.

Following Bob was John Friary from Barton. He sang two of his own compositions “People” and “Desert Storm”, with much feeling. Up next was Ruth Whapham who sang her song “Columbine”.

Cat Lake is known to us as a master of the bodhran. She was accompanied by Jon Ellis on a hornpipe “Off to California” and on a slip jig, “Rocky Road to Dublin”. Then Cat played a solo which exemplified her precision and technique on her chosen instrument.

The penultimate act of the first half saw the return of David Massengill. Check out his website, facebook etc. The man is a living legend! He sang two of his own songs; the lovely “Rider on an Orphan Train”, recorded by many including Tom Russell, and “My Name Joe”, again, recorded by many but in particular Dave van Ronk. David finished with a traditional song. This version was by Dave van Ronk who was a great influence on some guy called Bob Dylan. Young Bob heard van Ronk’s version and promptly “borrowed” it for his debut album! For a while, they didn’t speak, but were reconciled later in their careers. David sang this version of the song with great tenderness, the song… “House of the Rising Sun”.

To finish the first half, our special guest Steve Turner. He is one of our finest concertina players and as such is much sought after. His first song was “Boomer’s Story”, and his next, an old American protest song “Jordan”, from his new, 6th CD “Rim of the Wheel”. He finished the first half in fine fashion with three jigs on the mandolin.

After the break and raffle (thank you Carol once again for assisting) Joe commenced proceedings by singing two songs accompanied by Sophie. He played a Portuguese Quattro and sang “Sailing On” with Sophie on guitar and “The Last Day of the War” with himself on guitar and Sophie playing flute. Next up was Jim Anderson. He took us to post “Great War” Paris once more with a music hall Musette piece (I could smell the Gauloise and taste the cognac!) and then donned dark glasses for the second treat of the evening, Jim singing! He sang Eric Clapton and Robert Cray’s song “Old Love”, much appreciated by the audience.

Following Jim were Pat O’Dea accompanied by Terry Miles. They sang “The Far Side of Jordan” and the Jackson C Frank song “Blues Run The Game”. , is a.k.a. Otis from the Dodge Brothers. Our second American of the night, he sang his own composition “Wildflower” and was then joined by Tony on Harmonica and Bob on guitar on Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”. It should have been a fine combination, if only Mike wasn’t tuned to F# and Tony and Bob in G! Ah well…. Live music!!!

And so to the end of another great evening, full of quality and variety. Steve Turner played his concertina and sang a song about the virtues of being sober, several Irish tunes on his mandolin, back to the concertina for a song by Paul Metsers “The Crows They Crowed”,

“Rim of the Wheel”, a funny song about buying a classic “Stingray” car and finally, a 19th Century Stephen Foster song “Glendy Burke”, about a Mississippi Paddle Steamer.

June 18th – Paul Openshaw,  Badman Soul, Lolas Gang, David Massengill and others....


Eclectic and Electric at LFC - 20th June

Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They are a-Changing” in  1963, and, as the title of his third album, it quickly became an iconic song around the world. Thus it was no surprise that almost everyone joined in when MC Henry Campion kicked off the night with it.

David Massengill  is considered a master of the Appalachan Dulcimer; what he can get out of 3 strings puts most of the rest of us to shame. His first song was just called “Mouse” – an amusing story of rodentary life complete with audience participation. His second song was “On the Road to Fairfax County”, a song that has been covered by Joan Baez amongst many others. Time was pressing so, sadly,  David was  unable to do more, but he has agreed to come back on July 4th; Great!

 Steve West is best known for his English and local folk songs, with and without the Hobos.  Last night he brought a few tears to a few eyes with the most tender and sincere rendition of “Miss You Nights”,  the old Cliff Richard hit.

 Light Motive invariably bring us up to date with their music. After covering songs by  both Adele and Deacon Blue they ended their set with Jessie J’s “Price Tag” – brilliant.

 The Fair and Tender Ladies are an a capella group from Brockenhurst,  offering lovely harmonies and gentle voices. They sang three songs, ending with Ray Davies’ “Days”. Such refreshment at a club dominated by male folk voices!

 The first half was closed by an extended set from Kai Jansen. A truly eclectic set from folk to blues and including Ed Sherran’s “A Team” as well as Scarborough Fair.

 After the raffle – largely run this week by Carol Richards – Henry took us “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”,  before Nick Lawrence gave us some left handed blues and a couple of his own songs. Thank you Nick.....great stuff.

 Southbound’s Pat O’Dea was joined by Terry Miles for 3 songs, the first of which “Into the Sun”, Pat dedicated to John Scott (reflecting the thoughts of many).  They finished  with the lovely Hobo’s Lullaby. Jim Anderson opened with a sweet Celtic tune followed by  “Under Parisian Skies” evoking, as always, the atmosphere of  the left bank.

 While Kai prepared for his second set David Massengill played  “Lost and Found” – a tale of orphaned brothers. Then more of Kai’s particular magic, including Fields of Barley, Classical Gas, a lovely  ancient galliard and Eric Idle’s party-piece “Always Look on the Bright Side”. He closed with the John Lennon song “Grow Old with Me”.  Clearly a truly gifted musician.

 So,at 11.10pm, “tired but happy” we all went home.

 Next time Joe Constable will be introducing concertina-man Steve Turner and more from David Massengill;  plus others  tba.


June 6th 2012. Now we are 2!!!

Last night was the folk club's 2nd birthday and Jon Ellis very kindly donated a scrumptious chocolate cake to help us celebrate.

Jonathan Klein was our MC for the night and kicked off the evening with "Please Come To Boston" by Dave Loggins. He was followed by Henry Campion who sang "Changes" by Phil Ochs, John Lennon's "My Life" and Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay". It's always good to have a newcomer to the club, especially if they don't qualify for a bus pass! Young Peter Reid has started coming to the Thursday sing-a-round at the Musketeer in Pennington Village and performed U2's "Running To Stand Still" and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here". Let's hope we see much more of him. Next up were folk club regulars Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier. Vicky enchanted the audience, as usual, with three of her songs; "Let's Make Hay", "To Say Goodbye" and "One Track Mouth", brilliantly accompanied on guitar by Jamie. Another newcomer to the club sang two of his own songs. John Friary has a unique voice and delivery, used to good effect on "I'm Good" and "In The Morning". Let's hope we see more of John also. To finish the first half, and making his second appearance at the club, we welcomed Bob Lowndes to the stage.He sang "Dirty Rain", by Ryan Adams, "Homebird" by Foy Vance, and "Walking Man" by Seasick Steve.

After the break and raffle, folk club favourites Southbound came to the stage. John and Pat started with Ashes of Love, originally a hit for

Johnny & Jack, who were the top country duo in the US in the late Forties. The song was written by Johnny (Wright) and Jack (Anglin) and Jack's brother, Jim. Johnny was married to the "Queen of Country Music", Kitty Wells. Southbound's  second song was Kevin Montgomery's "Back In  Baby's Arms" and they followed that with "How's The World Treating You" by Boudleaux Bryant and Chet Atkins. Southbound can be seen as guest artists at Milford on Sea Folk next Thursday, 14th. Next was Steve West who sang Tom Paxton's "Wild Flying Dove" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan. The penultimate act of the evening was accordion maestro Jim Anderson, who firstly took us to Paris with a "Dans Musette" and the "Pink Panther" theme, then to Brazil and Argentina with his "Tango and Lambada Medley".

And finally, our special guest of the evening, a fine singer, guitarist and songwriter, Nigel Waite. He opened with a favourite "The Floor Singer", followed by "Openshaw Lad" (another favourite), Lord Franklin (traditional), "Old Whitby Harbour" by Stan Graham, "Once in a While (title track of his truly wonderful CD), "The Bold Harry Paye", "Acquaintance of Mine" (Anthony John Clarke) and, finally, a rousing rendition of Paxton's "Last Thing on my Mind", which got the whole audience singing.

Another marvellous evening of quality and variety. Next time, on 20th June, our special guest is Kai Jansen. Check him out, He's good!


Stefan von Raffelmeister

Joe makes it happen - May 16th.

Joe Constable, our MC for the night,  introduced the first act, John Scott. One half of Southbound, we rarely see John in a solo spot, and he did not let us down. Three very different songs from three very different songwriters; Raymond Froggatt, Rodney Crowell and Hank Williams.  Next up was Carole-anne, all the way from Bournemouth. She beautifully sang "Wind That Breaks The Barley" a-capella, and was then joined by Jason Hinchey for "Black is the Colour" and "Love is a Rose".

Following Carole-anne was Bob Long. He gave us two Robert Johnson songs and one by Sleepy Joe Estes, played in his usual, inimitable, country blues style. Then we had Luke Futcher, part of Frenzied & the Diligent. When he, or F&D play, we never know quite what to expect, and Luke didn't disappoint. "The Dark Town Strutters Ball", "Sylvie" and the "Teddy Bear's Picnic", had the audience in raptures. To finish the first half, our guests for the evening, The Hobos. They got the audience foot a-tapping with rousing renditions of; "Sunny Side of Life", "Still House", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", and "Steppin' Out Mary".


After a quick break and the von Raffelmeister Raffle (ably assisted by young apprentice, Anton Parryov), we kicked off with our favourite Irishman, Jason Hinchey. He sang "Sunday Morning Susie", a song by local songwriter Alex Roberts (who we hope will be performing at the club soon), "It Lies Within", and John Denver's "Country Roads". Ruth Wapham is relatively new to the club. She has an amazing, unique voice. Ruth sang two songs, an original of her own and one by The Black Crowes Medicine Show.


 Next up was our own Henry Campion. He sang Cat Stevens' "Father and Son", Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" and a stirring rendition of Badfinger's "Without You", made famous, of course, by Harry Nilsson. Then we had the welcome return of young John Llewellyn, who sang two of his own songs from his excellent CD; "God Watches Over You" and "Green Light Gone". Following John was a newcomer to the club, Don Miller. He played two calypso songs; "Kingston Town (medley)" and "Young Mexican Puppeteer", to the obvious delight of the audience.


And finally... the club was prepared to be Hobo'd again. Steve West (Vocals, guitar), Dave Broom (Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica),       Al Slipper (Vocals, Guitar), Heather Slipper (Violin, Vocals), Jim Brown (Vocals, Banjo, Guitar, Ukelele) and John Lee, (Bass), rattled through "The Leaving of Liverpool", "Oklahome Home", "Fly Away", "Copperhead Road", "Smuggler's Road", and "Banjo Hill".

Another fine, varied, eclectic evening of live acoustic music, all for the price of a raffle ticket and the chance to win Steve's mystery prize!


Stefan von Raffelmeister



Review of LFC Wednesday 2nd May

 Tony Parry (MC for the night) got things under way with a new song (only written on Sunday) about Rupert Murdoch! Fresh from his success with the Skiffuleles, Martyn Tanner played three songs with a rainy theme and ended with Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party”.

 Pete Read hadn’t been to the LFC before (well, it’s a long way from Bournemouth!). He kicked off with a great rendition of  Flatt & Scruggs’ “Honey Allow me One More Chance” as made famous by the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. More Americana followed culminating with Ry Cooder’s “Across the Borderline”. Thanks Pete, a great set.

 Carole Sunter sang two lovely a capella songs, ending with Kevin Littlewood’s very moving,  “On Morecambe Bay”.

 Pat O’Dea took us through to the break with a set of Owen Moore songs, brilliantly aided by Terry Miles on lead guitar and harmony vocals. They finished with Del Shannon’s “I Go to Pieces”.

 After the break Vicky Kimm & Jamie Courtier performed Vicky’s song, “One Track Mouth”, giving it a new funky feel! Vicky then performed an, as yet, untitled song with “harpsichord” accompaniment and then, “Wishing You Were Here” – also an own composition.

 Joe Constable and Sophie van der Meeren gave us Frank Turner’s “English Curse” with guitar accompaniment  written by Joe. For “Spanish Ladies” Sophie abandoned her guitar in favour of her flute, but returned to the strings for Joe’s own song, “Sail On”, another terrific number.

 Victor ended the evening with a great set of both his and others’ songs performed as only Victor can. Always a good set from Victor!

 And so it all ended! Next time will be May 16th  featuring The Hobos, Lola’s Gang, John Llwellyn and Carolan & Valerie from Bournemouth.



Jon and Carol's big night.

Wednesday April 18th

 One of Ralph McTell’s lesser known songs started things off; joint MC, Jon Ellis donned guitar and harmonica for “Lay Your Money Down”. His partner for the evening was Carol Richards and she introduced Nomad.

 Heather sang a lovely Tom Paxton song before being joined by Alan for two more, including the well know “Great Divide”. Charlie Guilford hasn’t graced our stage previously. He sang a fine version of “John Williams” before being joined by Nomad for “Dirty Old Town” and “Peggy Gordon”.

 Vicky Kimm and Jamie Courtier have become welcome regulars at LFC, so it was great to have them back after several weeks’ absence. After “Canadi-i-o” Vicky sang a lovely song of her own dedicated to all those who have lost loved ones at sea. She followed this with another of her own songs – to a mouse! Jamie finished off their set with an evocative untitled instrumental.

 With him having only arrived from Mississippi the day before it was a bit of a surprise to see Bob Long. But he produced a great set ending with Ma Reiney’s “Black Eyed Blues”.  The first half of the evening was closed by Jason Hinchey who sang three songs finishing with a rousing “Whiskey in the Jar”.

 After the break and the ubiquitous Mr West and his raffle we met the Skiffuleles. What can you say about a band which includes 5 ukeleles! They performed four numbers all of which had everyone’s feet tapping. A real feel-good set!

 Hank (Dave Read) and Otis (Mike Hammond)  haven’t been with us for quite a while and Mike is also newly returned from the USA. Unusually, both were armed with Dobros, Mike playing conventionally while Dave played slide. They played a really great version of “Where Wild Flowers Grow” before being joined by Tony Parry on harp for  Mike’s songs “Bye Bye” and “Strange Weather”.

 Pat O’Dea is no stranger to the LFC and he always comes up with great songs. Tonight was no exception as he sang “Calling to Me” and the famous “Liverpool Lou”.   

 Jason Hinchey then took the stage for the closing set. He was joined by Pat O’Dea, Dave Broom and Ian Thorp for a selection of songs from his new CD, “The Road to Vicar Street”, ending with Liverpool Lullaby.

 At the end many of Jason’s CD were sold and he was asked to sign quite a few.

 Next time – May 2nd – our special guests are Victor Chetcuti and Southbound – both long overdue for extended sets. Joe Constable and Sophie Van der Meeren  have a new song that I am hoping they will bring with them, too. See you then.



4th April - Another Fantastic Night!

MC Henry Campion kicked off the evening with a passionate performance of Neil Young's "Southern Man". Next up were Steve King & Tony Parry. They sang Brownie McGhee's "Bring Out The Boogie" and "Walking The Dog" by Rufus Thomas. Jonathan Klein followed with his own song "Walking Wounded" and the standard "On Broadway",  by the prodigious writing team of Mann, Weil, Leiber and Stoller. Luke and Phil are two members of club favourites tFrenzied and Diligent. They sang Phil's "Take Your Partners" and "Rambling Man" by Hank Williams, in their own inimitable style.  John Llewellyn wowed the club at the last meeting so it was great to see him back so soon. He sang three of his own songs; "Sticks and Stones", "Steady Eddie" and "Green Light Gone". And to finish off the first half, a first for the club. Jazz!!! Delboizz Jazzatazz gave us "Miss Otis Regrets", "Minor Romance" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". A fantastic end to a fantastic first half. After the break and raffle, Henry sang a rousing rendition of "Let It Be", with much audience participation and was followed by another club favourite, Pat O'Dea, one half of Southbound. He sang Jesse Winchester's "That's What Makes You Strong", "Looking For Trouble" by Steve Goodman, and Block/Hecht's "Walking After Midnight", made famous by Patsy Cline. Pat's a hard act to follow but up next was

Jim Anderson. A brilliant accordionist, he once again amazed and enthralled the audience with his musicianship. The penultimate act of the evening were Lola's Gang. They sang Walker/Stanton/West's "Ancient History", "Withered And Died" by Richard Thompson and probably the oldest song of the evening, Thomas Allen's "Erie Canal", written in 1905! Finally, our special guest of the evening Aaron Gregory. He sang mainly his own songs in a 30 minute set which included "Summer Days", "Smoke", and "Weymouth". We just had time for Henry to round off the evening with "Guitar Man" by David Gates, and Pete Seeger/Lee Hays' "If I Had A Hammer".

What an evening! And now the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good: Seeing young lads like John and Aaron keeping the tradition of the songwriter troubadour alive and well. The bad: Lame excuses from two of our regulars. John Scott couldn't come because he's getting married in Texas! :-( Bob Long was absent because he's gone to the Mississippi to do a deal with devil ! :-{ The ugly: Tony Parry's demolition of music stands. He needs help! See you all next time when our guest is Jason Hinchey.

Stefan von Rafflemeister


A Night of Variety and profusion - 21st March 2012

Now, we all know that Bob Long only plays blues; so it was a moment of supreme heresy last night when he announced that his first song was NOT blues at all, but Charlie Patton’s version of “Some of these Days”. Not satisfied with that, he then performed Muddy Waters’ “Standing Around Crying”, a song not blessed with the antiquity normally associated with Mr Long.

 Dave Warburton, from Chichester, is an all too rare visitor, so it was great to see MC Jonathan Klein introduce him as our second singer. Casting aside his folkier  inclinations, Dave gave us a great Al Stewart song and Chris de Bergh’s “Girl with April in her Eyes”. They’d played together 50 years ago and had just come back together for another go......Pete and Jim had never been before but played a couple of Dylan numbers with great aplomb. I hope they’ll come again.

 Carol, from Southampton, sang two a capella songs, firstly of  war and desertion, and then an Orcadian song of the Herring Girl. Again, we hope that Carol will return. She was followed by Ian Halliday who challenged everyone’s assumptions by breaking into a traditional folk song, though, admittedly, only after Noah & the Whale’s “Life goes On”.

 Freshly returned from India, John Ellis was persuaded to give us four short tunes on the penny whistle. He was followed by The Motley Minstrels, a 5 piece group from Fordingbridge area. This was their first ever public performance and they played three songs culminating with the old vaudeville song, “In the Jailhouse Now”, more recently recorded by Union Station in their guise of “Soggy Bottom Boys”.  Let’s hope they’ll come back, too.

 After the break and, of course, the raffle, Double Sync (Jonathan Klein & John Gabbay) played Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate” and ended with the requested “Longer in Love with You” (though I always think of it as “the numbers love song”!).

 Newcomer, John Llewelyn – half the age of most of our performers – sang his own compositions to his own guitar. His first, “Green Light Gone” about his grandad dying with dementia, was very moving and we knew immediately that here was another fine young talent. His last two songs had a definite rapping element that gave them great verve. We hope he’ll grace our doors again...soon.

  Steve West is well known for his locally based folk tunes so, Buddy Holly’s “Learning the Game” came as a bit of a surprise. He also sang his own song, “Remembering”. Another good friend, John Scott, started off with a lovely country song whose name passed me by, and finished with a terrific medley of well known songs provoking much audience participation!

 Dave Hunt is a rare visitor, understandably, perhaps, as he comes from Sherfield English. Nevertheless, when he comes he always plays beautiful songs and his guitar work is a joy. Last night was no exception.

 And so it transpired that it was nearly time to go. So, to send us home happy, Jonathan called upon young Jim Anderson of accordion fame. “Nola” is such a familiar tune from radio and TV.... we were all tapping our feet. And then Jim sent us home over the cobbles of Montmartre amid the smell of strong coffee and Gitanes, Under Parisian Skies. What a terrific night.


Next session is in two weeks on April 4th  when our guest will be Aaron Gregory promoting his new CD. And of course, there will be suitable and varied supporting acts.


7th March - Another fantastic night....

Once again, the club provided an appreciative audience with a wide variety of acoustic music.

Joe Constable was MC for the night and firstly introduced Bob Long to the stage. Bob sings early country blues so reminiscent of the originals. Even the guitar is from the period. He sang Leadbelly's "In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down",  and "Feel Like Going Home" by Muddy Waters. Second up saw MartynTanner  with his banjo-ukelele singing John Prine's "Spanish Pipe Dream",  "Rosie" by Don Partridge and "Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams. Next, our own 'Enry, Henry Campion gave us Al Stewart's "Dark and Rolling Sea", Christine McVie's "Songbird" and The Band's "The Weight". To finish the first half, our special guest Bob Kirkpatrick, from the Sunray Folk Club, Broadmayne, near Dorchester. He sang a number of his own songs with a fine, strong voice, and excellent guitar accompaniment. After the break and raffle, Cat Lake gave us a stunning masterclass of bodhran playing, followed by Tony Parry singing two of his own compositions.  Bob long then sang Robert Johnson's "Crossroad Blues" and a Tommy Johnson number. Next up was Sean Brophy. Sean is one of the regular members of the weekly singaround at the Wheel Inn, Pennington, which takes place every Monday. Sean gave us "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" made famous by Soft Cell, an early Chris de Burgh song "Satin Green Shutters" and Mark Knopfler's "Romeo and Juliet". Bob Kirkpatrick reurned for his second set to finish what was a very enjoyable evening.

Stefan von Raffelmeister


15th February - Claude wows 'em....

It started with MC Tony Parry's "Hello Lymington". The response was such that he did it again before launching proceedings properly with a Brian Bedford song called "Wings". He quickly made way for Joe Constable and the "Wild Hunt", followed by the Police hit "Message in a Bottle". Henry Campion jumped up complete with Dylan and Harmonica and was then joined by partner, Roni, with whom he sang a couple of lovely songs, ending with Carole King's "You've Got a Friend". Great harmonies!

Claude Bourbon completed the first half with a stunning virtuoso performance on the guitar.

During the break Victor turned up with an extra raffle prize - a copy of his "Moonbeams" CD. After the raffle the second half was launched by Sandy Reid Peters who sang a Neil Young song and accompanied himself on John Scott's guitar. Steve West then used the same instrument on a Buck Owens number he sang; and, having only just turned up, Victor managed to quickly perform Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning".

Southbound then performed a magnificent set of 5 numbers - as always, great songs and harmonies. The evening was finished off by Claude Bourbon who performed a wonderful 40 minute set with some fantastic songs as brilliant guitar work.

It had been a record night with a record crowd and we all went home inspired by the great performances.


A Fantastic Night - February 1st

10 spots, 17 perfomers!

 The evening kicked off with with Nicky, with Laura on accordian, singing a Scottish ballad and a Kentucky mountain song. They were followed by Joe Constable singing the "The Wild Hunt", until he broke a string. Gibson guitar, Martin strings, schoolboy error! He would return later to finish his set. New to the club, Martin Tanner sang two songs on his banjo ukelele; "Putting On The Style" and "Good Times Past and Gone". Next up were the ever reliable Southbound who sang three songs including Rodney Crowell's "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues". Following John and Pat were the Rezzonators, all the way from Sway. A welcome return by the bluesmen who sang four songs including a Sleepy John Estes number, known to club members from another of our blues regulars, Mississippi Bob Long.

After our visit to the Deep South, Joe returned , with Sophie van der Meeren on flute, to sing his own composition, ""The Last Day of War" A truly brilliant song, and brilliantly played. Then along came Vicky and Jamie with three wonderful new songs. The last number tentavively entitled "When Pigs Fly" was a particular favourite. To finish the first half, the one and only Victor Chetcuti. He sang two of his own songs, one with Tony Parry on harmonica.

The second half opened with another newcomer to the club. Bob Lowndes from Barton gave us Ryan Adam's "Sweet Carolina" and Lowell George's "Willin' ". Jim Anderson followed on his accordian to give us a masterclass yet again. "Wild Mountain Thyme" got everyone singing and when he played a "Hungarian Rhapsody" the club was temporarily transformed into a Magyar horseman's encampment.

Who could follow that? Well, I'll tell you. Our special guest, Jason Hinchey. He brought all his Limerick charm to the evening and the audience were spellbound as he sang a variety of songs, some his own, in his unique intimacy and passion. His CD, when he ever gets around to it, will be a must have. However, there's nothing like the live acoustic  performance, and in many respects that's what this club is all about. I'm off to my cellar to relax with a bottle of Rioja, until next time, love, music and peace to you all.

Stefan von Raffelmeister

Lymington Folk Club – January 18th 2012.

 Master of Ceremonies, Henry Campion, launched the evening with Dylan’s “It ain’t me Babe” – to much audience participation. After a bit of Al Stewart and a great sealing song of the South Atlantic he introduced  Mary Parry who, accompanied by Bob Long, sang a terrific  version of the Bessie Smith song, “Electric Chair Blues”.  Not to miss out on the services of Mr Long, Tony Parry joined him briefly for a rendition of “Little Red Rooster” with slide guitar and harmonica.
It was good to have Vicky Kimm and Jamie back for three songs including Nic Jones’ Canady-o and a lovely moving song from Jamie’s pen. Henry was joined by Roni for a couple of lovely duets, and they were followed by the return of both members of Southbound who closed the first half in great style (and with a couple of wonderful harmonies). Great to have them back together!
The night’s raffle was expanded by the donation of a bottle of whiskey by Nicki Martin, has to be mentioned.. Vicky won her first raffle prize.
Henry opened the second half with a fabulous shanty and lots of joining in. Jim Anderson then borrowed John Scott’s guitar (yes, guitar) to give us three great songs by Sam Cooke, Dire Straits and Elkie Brooks. Lola’s Gang broke off their rehearsals long enough to perform a couple of  numbers before Bob Long took to the stage. Bob, dressed in the zingiest zoot suit, sang a number of songs from his CD “Delta Harvest” featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson and others from the height of the original Delta Blues era.
A big thanks to Henry who put it all together so professionally and to Bob Long and all our performers, and , of course, Steve “the raffle” West.
Next club night is February 1st and our special guest will be Jason Hinchey.  


It's 2012 at the folk club...

Our first folk club of 2012 was a great success considering the usual post-festivities slump and the awful weather. Our very own mad professor, Jonathan Klein was MC for the night and introduced Joe Constable as our first performer. He sang a Waterboys number followed by a personal favourite, Del Amitri's "Nothing Ever Happens". Henry Campion followed Joe with "Brooklyn" by Al Stewart and Sting's "Fields of Gold", another favourite.

Flying in from the Deep South, Bob Long sang a couple of country blues on one of his newer guitars, a '61/62 Gibson LG2! Laura Sutherland played a lovely medley of Scottish tunes on her button accordion before our special guests of the evening completed the first half. John Dunkinson, together with PeterStrong and Peter Jones sang several songs as a tribute to our club mentor, the sadly missed Rod Legge.

Henry kicked off the second half with one of my favourite Richard Thompson songs, " Dimming of the Day", recently covered by Alison Krauss, and gave a rousing rendition of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Joe followed Henry with a couple of songs including another Waterboys' song 'Killing my Heart' and Led Zepplin's 'Bron y Aur Stomp'. Bob returned with a John Lee Hooker song and a Tommy Johnson number in which he was accompanied brilliantly by Tony Parry on harmonica.

Rod Biggs, he of the Ringwood Folk Club, recited a cautionary tale about getting Christmas presents mixed up, involving a pair of gloves and a ladies undergarment! Then an a capella song about being buried, and to finish the cheerful mood, sang the classic "Parting Glass".
Our final guests of the evening were our MC, John the Bass and Big Ben, collectively known as Dr Finlay's Bass Cooks. They gave us an "electric" performance, literally, of 4 songs - 3 by the professor himself! and Tony was again persuaded to join the group on one of their rare blues numbers.

A great time was had by all. Next time (Jan 18th) our special guest is Bob Long promoting his new CD Delta Harvest. MC will be Henry Campion. Stefan von Rafflemeister

Happy Christmas to all our readers! (Review of December 21st)

It all started brilliantly with the Christy Moore version of “Fairytale of New York” featuring the long awaited return of Joe Constable & Sophie Van Der Meeren. Bob Long again took us to the Delta with his terrific guitar-picking in the company of Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson.

Continuing in his role as MC, Joe introduced Carol Richards and her lovely rendition of a humorous Pam Ayres poem about Christmas turkeys. Jim Anderson was in a fine festive mood with his great accordion playing before newcomers, Pete & Sis from the Wheel singaround, gave us “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

With three friends, Nicki Martin formed the “Ladies who Lurch” and they sang a couple of Christmas songs to keyboards accompaniment.

The first half was brought to a close by Pat O’Dea who, despite a cold, sang a couple of great songs before being joined by fellow-Southbounder John Scott for their (almost) trademark, “Walking on the Moon”.

The second half was again kicked off by Joe and Sophie, this time with”Skating Away” by Jethro Tull, featuring Sophie on flute (a first for us!) Armed only with a ukulele Jim Brown gave us “Ukelele Lady”  and he was followed by Caroline Ellis from Milford folk club with an a capella song about Christmas and a couple of tunes on her Soprano Sax (another first). Sue Whitlock (also from MFC) read  “Silent Night” in such a way that gave the words new meaning. She was followed by Tony Parry, who sang a great rendition of the moving “New Year’s Eve” by Si Kahn. Rod Biggs from Ringwood FC sang another a capella song, also with a Christmas theme.

Bob Long played a couple more numbers (he’d got his mojo working) to herald the arrival on stage of “The Frenzied & the Diligent” who played 4 songs including “The Sheikh of Araby”!

The evening was rounded off by Jonathan Klein and John Gabbay (fresh from his hospital bed). After “Winter Wonderland”  they were joined by Steve West (aka Stephan Von Rafflemeister) for Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas” – played to wide acclaim. They finished with “White Christmas” with everyone joining in.

A record 21 performers graced the stage and everyone had a great time. New friends were made and old acquaintances were renewed, and we’ll all be back on January 4th to do it all again.

‘Til then – Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday 7th December.

Tony Parry was MC for the night and opened with a couple of songs including a new song entitled "Lola's Gang", followed by the long anticipated debut of Lola's Gang. They sang four songs including Richard Thompson's "Withered and Died" and Randy Newman's "Sail Away".

Next up was Pat O'Dea who clearly is being influenced by Victor's stage chat and, unusually, sang two blues infused numbers. Then came the man himself. Victor Chetcuti had time in between his "day in the life of Victor" meanderings to perform three songs including Richard Thompson's "Vincent Black Lightning". Following Victor was a new performer to the club. Olly played two Russian folk song medleys on his accordian, quite amazing as he has only been playing the instrument for a few months!

Bob Long flew in from the Delta to give us three blues numbers, one from Sleepy John Estes, the one accompanied by Tony on harp. Jim Anderson finished the first half with his usual panache on accordian. So many notes, so little time! Rod Biggs gave us a recitation after the break about asking Father Christmas for, well... let's just say a member of the opposite sex, and the second half was given over to our guests Paul Openshaw and Big Al Whittle. They both have a fine line in comedic songs and had the audience in stitches.

Next time at the folk club is our Christmas special. Everyone welome to participate with a seasonal song, story, poem, whatever. Hope to see you then. Stefan von Rafflemeister

Another Smörgåsbord of Talent!

Another fine and varied evening of music ably marshalled by Henry Campion. Special thanks to Sandy Reid-Peters who very kindly supplied the club with a number of raffle prizes. Henry started the evening with John Denver's "Annies Song" followed by Tony Parry and two of his own songs.

Next, Sandy sang Ralph McTell's haunting and beautiful "Maginot Waltz" and Paul Simon's "Me and Julio down by the schoolyard", and Vicky and Jamie sang two of Vicky's songs, one about their much missed houseboat. Bob Long then took us once more to Mississippi with three blues numbers. To end the first half, a four piece Frenzied and Diligent treated us to four songs in their own inimitable fashion. Irving Berlin, newts and cups of tea, it can only be F&D!

After the raffle, Steve West sang Darrell Scott's "Open Door" and a Stanton/Walker standard "Ancient History", which happens to be the title track of the new "Safety In Numbers" CD. They are making a rare live appearance as our guests at the next folk club. Steve was joined by Tony for "Goodnight Irene" followed by Vicky who reprised her "Born In Time".

Victor Chetcuti is fast becoming the south coast's favourite comic bard.... by accident! Given three songs, he only had time for two(!), "Dirty Old Town" and the Bee Gees "To Love Somebody". We were then treated to a masterclass of bodhran playing by Cat Lake followed by Pat O'Dea (or was it Owen Moore?!) singing four songs including "Far Side of Jordan", made famous by the Carter Family.

Finally, Henry completed the evening with Dylan's "Baby Blue", "The Curragh of Kildare" and a rousing "Hey Jude". A packed and much appreciated evening.

Next time, along with S.I.N. we are hoping for the debut of a new "supergroup", dependant on various health issues associated with old age and whether or not rehab has worked. Lastly, Jon Burge has asked me to mention that on Sat 19th November Jon Gomm is playing at the Thomas Tripp. Just check out his website. He's one to watch. (Stefan von Rafflemeister)


Jonathan Calms the Chaos...

It all started with Joe Constable and Sophie van der Meeren who burst upon us so suddenly, starting up-tempo (unusually) and settling into something sad from WW1 (Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France'.) Double Sync (Jonathan & John) gave us 3 of Jonathan Klein’s (MC for the night) sublime compositions, reminding us of their jazz influences.

Newcomers Sonny and Danny (surely our youngest performers yet) performed three fabulous contemporary numbers finishing with an excellent Arctic Monkeys cover. Brilliant and widely enjoyed.

Henry Campion took to the stage with a 60’s sampler including a delightful Cat Stevens love-song and concluded with a rousing Blue Suede Shoes..

All the way from sunny and watery Bosham, Clive de Vries gave us a wonderful rendition of James Taylor’s Going to Carolina in my Mind,as well as Life Goes on by Noah & The Whale. He finished with Bare Necessities evoking lots of audience participation. Clive said he was just passing through Lymington; we all hope he’ll pass through again!

After the interval and the raffle….Cat Lake gave another of her Bodhran masterclasses before Bob Long (newly returned from Mississippi gave us a lesson in authentic Delta blues. He was joined by Tony Parry (Harp) and Cat Lake(Bodhran) for the next couple of songs.

 The famous Frenzied and Diligent (3 of ‘em this time) played a few numbers and had this audience member spellbound. They were great. As always... .something different. And then – something new… Joe and Sophie joined forces with the Frenzied for the Jesse Fuller number “She's no Good” – just great. Everybody loved it.

A holidaying lady called Sally bravely stepped up to sing an a cappella song, but, sadly her memory failed her after a couple of lines. Brian, from Farmageddon, did better with three of his own songs which went down a storm.

Good friend Victor Checuti closed the evening with a few of his and our favourite songs (I never expected to hear “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” from him) On the last he was joined by Alex Hall (from Milford) who, on borrowed guitar and without knowing the song, provided a superb improvised accompaniment to Victor. Again, we hope Alex will grace our club more in the future!

Our next session will be on November 2nd. So far, Mike Hammond and Vicky Kimm are provisionally booked; if you’d like a spot let us know as soon as possible.



5th October Review...

Another great night on Wednesday. Thanks to all those that came especially Pat, Mike, Warwick, Henry, Tony, Mary, Vicky, Jamie & Jon, who is now off on his travels again.

The next session is on Wednesday 19th October with another fantastic line-up on the cards including:
Vicky Kimm & Jamie, Victor Checuti, Joe Constable, The Frenzied and the Diligent

If you fancy playing us a couple of tunes drop us a line!


A cornucopia of talent! (21st September Review)

From the moment Jon Ellis opened the 32nd session of Lymington Folk Club I knew  we were in for a great evening, despite both Jon’s songs involving war, death and disaster. Henry Campion seemed keen to stay in the same vein, but relented and finished with San Francisco Bay Blues involving much audience participation and a wonderful descant kazoo!!

Ian & Jacky of Light Motive gave us a couple of their fine contemporary renditions followed by Will Attard in fine voice and fine tune! With neither Pat O’Dea or Owen Moore, John Scott soldiered on alone with a couple of great songs, again with the help of the audience.

Coming all the way from Chichester, Dave Warburton narrated a fierce card-game on a Spanish train and a lilting love song by Richard Thompson. Terrific! And then Jim Anderson’s accordion... what can you say? He fills the place with the most fantastic sounds. And during his second song I could smell the Gauloise!

After the break a new duo! Joe Constable and Sophie van der Meeren played two songs, the second of which involved Sophie playing the didgeridoo – a first for the LFC. Luke and Anna from Frenzied etc followed on with a ukulele duet supporting Luke’s voice and other noises!

For the penultimate act of the night Steve West was joined by Dave Broom and Sean Brophy for three great songs including two of Steve’s own.

Finally, Darren and Sally Hodson took the stage together with Gavin Wyatt and proceeded with a masterclass in acoustic music. The audience were in raptures. We listened for 40 minutes – it  seemed like 5! It was all over too quickly. (Don't forget to get your hands on Darren's new album "Short Stories & Tall Tales" on iTunes.)

Tony Parry made his debut as MC doing a fantastic job piecing togather a great night. As always the raffle was run by young Steve West. We all had a fantastic time and look forward to the next session on October 5th for which Warwick Slade and Vicky Kimm are already confirmed.


7th September Review

The night saw the clubs first venture into ceildh territory. The whole of the second half was given over to the brilliant Jigfoot, a five piece ensemble with a caller. You had to be there to adequately describe the dancing that took place! (See pic below for an idea!!!)

However, a great time was had by all! Jon Ellis & Nicky Martin shared the MC duties for the night and Jon kicked off the evening with one song sang in French Canadian! Next Henry Campion with two songs, one being a personal favourite, Don McLean’s “Vincent”. Nicky sang an unaccompanied song followed by Steve West with two songs, one his own composition, “The Christchurch Smuggler”. Up next was Sean Brophy who sang three modern acoustic classics including another favourite “Romeo & Juliet”, followed by Southbound who performed two country songs in their usual accomplished style. Bob Long took us once again to the delta with two great blues songs and next saw the welcome return of Robin Somes to the local music scene after an absence of over ten years performing two of his own tunes on guitar. Ian & Richard of Light Motive gave us three numbers before Rod Biggs from Ringwood Folk Club finished the first half with two songs. 21 September special guest is Darren Hodson & Friends, he has a new CD, which is receiving very good reviews. I have one, it is very, very good.

Stefan von Rafflemeister


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Come & have a Jig!!! (7th September)

The line up for the 7th Sept is taking shape and will involve a slightly revised format as the fantastic Jigfoot will be finishing the evening with a small ceilidh. Even for those not wanting to dance, the band's great upbeat reels and jigs are well worth a listen.

The evening starts at 8.00 and the line-up is looking like this at the moment - Steve West, Joe Constable, Henry Campion, Nicky Martin, Jon Ellis, Sean Brophy, Southbound, Light Motive, Jigfoot. (Jigfoot conducting a small ceilidh from 10.15)


Running out of Superlatives!!! – LFC 17/08/11

I nearly jumped out of my skin as MC Joe Constable leapt onto the stage last night to kick off another evening in his “Boots of Spanish Leather”!

Newcomer Will Attard made his debut with a great Tom Waits song and a very nice one of his own. Lost in town, Mark Harris had to phone for directions to the club. Thank god he made it – he brought two wonderful comic songs and really helped to set the tone for the evening. Tony Parry offered his classic iPhone Song and “The Wind Cries Mary” by Jimi Hendrix.

After a previous visit at which she wowed us with both her ukulele and her beautiful voice, Katy Barlow brought us another couple of pearls, this time accompanying herself on a guitar ...Fabulous!!!

Only half of Southbound was available to us, yet, even recovering from larangytis, John Scott sang a couple of great songsand his usual terrific delivery! The first half of the evening was closed by Bob Long with his cutaway National resonator. Bob slid beautifully through Key to the Highway and into Tampa Red territory. He was joined briefly by Tony Parry on harmonica for his last number.

The second half was opened by the Tallest Man on Earth (well, in Lymington Folk Club) – Joe Constable with his excellent rendition of King of Spain.

Taking time out from The Park fm, Cat Lake brought a lovely American bhodran to give us one of her drum masterclasses! Henry Campion took us back to the 60’s with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt and John Denver - terrific!

Finally Jason Hinchey took us on a tour of Irish and English folk songs both ancient and modern, and all sung with passion and commitment and Jason’s unique voice. This was a treat beyond our expectations. Wow! Thank you, Jason.

The next session is on the 7th September ...more details to come!!!


Another Superb Night with an Eclectic Mix of Styles...

MC for the night Henry Campion kicked off the evening with a Dylan song and then Tony Parry performed two of his own compositions extolling the virtues (or otherwise) of owning an iPad and a Sat Nav. Very funny. Vicky & Jamie followed with Let's Make Hay and Vicky's Dylan inspired song Left Handed Girl.

Next, a special guest from up north. Liz Thacker from Mansfield sang Black Waters and Saving For Retirement. Steve West and Tony Parry travelled to the delta to perform White Boy Lost in the Blues and then Steve was joined by John & Pat from Southbound to sing Crying Time. Southbound followed with Early Morning Rain, No Regrets and In This Morning of my Life, and the first half was completed by Mike Hammond singing As Time Goes By, Love Henry (with Tony on Harmonica) and Ronnie Lane's Ooh La La.

After the break and raffle, first up Henry with a couple of songs including a Neil Young number and then The Rezzonators all the way from Sway. Former treacle miners Mike and Pete performed three blues songs including the standard Matchbox. Sandy Reid Peters was called in late in the evening to give us two songs including Cocaine and finally our special guest, the lovely Hannah Robinson. Singing mainly her own songs, she transfixed the audience with her sweet voice and easy style. A particular favourite was her rendition of Wade in the Water.

A fantastic night all round. Next week, a young man from the same town as Christy Moore, Jason Hinchey, with an equally beguiling voice. Until then, peace and love.


Running out of Superlatives! (July 20th Session Review)

The 20th July was another variety-packed night at the Lymington Folk Club.  Jonathan Klein, MC for the evening, kicked things off with a song he wrote over thirty years ago, before handing over to Henry Campion.  Henry gave us a couple of songs , including the Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday, including some background information for those of us who hadn’t read Keith Richards’ autobiography.  Henry was joined by Roni Notcutt to transform into Out Of The Blue and perform a powerful rendition of Angel From Montgomery.

Next up was Luke Futcher, better known to this audience as one half of Frenzied And Diligent.  Which half, he wasn’t saying, but he performed a couple of great songs in the style which has made the duo one of our most eagerly-awaited visitors.  He was followed by Mike Cole on accordion, who treated us to a spirited rendition of Portsmouth. 

We were then in for a extra special treat as Katy Barlow performed a couple of quietly spellbinding songs on yukelele - her modesty only surpassed by her stunning vocals. Jim Anderson, another of our popular regulars, treated us to a selection of melodies from around the world (Scotland and Spain, this time, if I recall correctly) on accordion. Chris Pugh, appearing for the first time at the Club, gave us to a pair of his own compositions, and left us wanting more!

All the way from Southampton, three-fifths of Jigfoot (“Jigfoot Lite”) finished off the first half of the evening with a set of tunes performed in a style that (to my ears anyway) seemed to mix traditional folk with gypsy jazz and undertones of baroque.  Their compelling sound was given real body by the inclusion of a cello (the first we’ve seen on the LFC stage, I believe) in their line-up.

After the break, the fabulous Southbound performed a couple of songs, including Hobo’s Lullaby (written by Goebel Reeves, made famous by Woody Guthrie and many others), which has been haunting me ever since – I can still hear the steel rails humming.  After a short story – another  first for the LFC – from Pete Gritton (I’d like to believe it but I can’t), Bob Long treated us to a pair of the old blues songs, which, as always, he performed with the authenticity you can only get with true love and understanding of your material.

Finally, the stage was taken by Al Kendrick and then Paul Openshaw, who, in an extended pair of sets, performed songs to raise awareness of the charity Diabetes UK (see  I was delighted that Al performed Cousin Jack (the Show Of Hands song), and Paul demonstrated that folk can still be a living and contemporary form of expression with his song about Sir Fred Goodwin – the only one I’ve heard so far, and very much deserving of a wider audience.

The ever-popular raffle (which is of course the real reason people come to the LFC) raised £70 for Diabetes UK.  It was a great night.

Thanks again to Jonathon for a great job fitting everyone in and making the evening flow seamlessly! Also thanks to Nathan Amos for taking some great shots of the night (see our Facebook page.)

The next session is on August 3rd. The should be spots available to those wanting to perform but with the popularity of the club ever-growing please try and let us know via email in advance so that we can guarantee you a place... see you all there!!!


Nialls and Lucas lead a great night!

Most folk clubs are pleased to be able to boast one headline act, so to have two on the same night was a real bonus. And free entry, too!

As MC, Steve West started the evening off and was followed by regular stalwarts, Jon Ellis and Henry Campion. Sandy Reid-Peters gave us an all too rare performance and Vicky Kimm & Jamie performed a new song – despite having only just rushed back from London.

Otis of Dodge Brothers fame gave us a long awaited set, including one of his own songs – and all without his usual shades!

The first half was then completed by a fantastic 35 minute set from Nialls Teague & the Fast Company from Galway. Great songs, great voices and terrific musicians. They went down a complete storm!

After the interval local singer/songwriter Lucas Raye sang songs from his new EP, Solus, plus a couple of requests. Lucas was followed by the long awaited appearance of Sean Brophy who sang a contemporary set culminating with Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, during which he was supported by Steve West on guitar.

Bluesman Sugarhand Dave was joined by regular Tony Parry on harmonica, for a terrific set of country blues. Finally, the evening was finished off by good friends John & Pat of Southbound who played a superb closing set plus encore!

Thanks to all who came and made it such a great night. Everyone had a good time and we’re all looking forward to our next session on 20th July. Line-up isn’t yet established, but Paul Openshaw will be coming as part of his tour in support of Diabetes UK.

We’ll see you there!!!


June 15th Review
Henry Campion did anther fine job as MC on 15th June. Jon Ellis started proceedings with one song & then was joined by Jim Insole. Jim then sang with Nikki & another on his own. Joe Constable followed doing a trio of 'jolly' numbers, followed by a self-penned number by Vicky Kimm accompanied by Jamie. Henry Campion was next, and to finish the first half, bluesman Bob Long and harp player Dennis Rigg. After the break & raffle, the fantastic Southbound kicked off the second half, followed by Ged Wilson ...all the way from Bury! Henry returned again with two more songs and Bob and Dennis finished the evening.

The next session is on Wednesday July 6th hopefully see you there!!!


What a Birthday... 18 performers help us celebrate!!!
With Jon Ellis as MC,  Tony & Mary Parry kicked off the evening with some Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

Nikki Martin gave a lovely rendition of North Country Maid and she was followed by the Frenzied & Diligent driving their new harmonium with some panache (and a familiar song or two!) New grouping, Broom, West & Lee took to the stage with some West songs and possibly the last rendition of "Service with a Smile" by Dave Broom. Ian Halliday led his "Light Motive" in a couple of great songs - they're always good value.

Two complete newcomers joined us; David Mansell is a local singer/songwriter and sang his own material, and Alex Brackley gave us a great bit of Dylan. Laura on the accordion made a real impression and she was followed by Joe Constable ably assisted by Cat Lake on Bhoran. Finally, the first half was completed by Bluesy Bob Long who knocked out a couple of great numbers on his 60+ year old Gibson guitar.

Dave Warburton made his second visit to the LFC with a couple of great numbers and Pat O'Dea (half of Southbound) sang just one beautiful song. Sugarhand Dave - cutting a bit of a dash in his new hairstyle - sang a couple of great blues numbers to his new resonator  guitar. Victor said he couldn't miss our first birthday and did us proud with his song, "Upside Down & Inside Out". He was followed by another newcomer, Anita who sang one of her own compositions.

Finally, Paul Openshaw gave us a few of his own songs, poignant, funny and incisive by turns. Terrific. It was time to go, but Tony Parry, Steve West and Luke from the Frenzied etc quickly jumped up with an impromptu (well partially planned) rendition of Goodnight Irene and everybody joined in.

It was a great, great night and a terrific close to our first year. May there be many more. Thank you to everybody who was part of it, players and audience both.

The next session is on Wednesday June 15th hopefully see you there!!!


What quality – what variety!

Another spectacular night at the LFC featuring the familiar, the return of some less familiar and some total newcomers.

Good friends, Southbound got the evening off to a great start  with a new song or two. Jim Anderson brought his accordion in completely Celtic mood with waltzes, reels and something even faster.  Steamer made a welcome return with a lovely tight set of blues numbers (eat your heart out, Eric) and Ian Halliday  gave us a couple of great songs before Take Thackray took the stage. There was much giggling and chortling over Isobel and Albert, the Lah-Di-Dah and the Jolly Captain.

In the second set Southbound got us all going with a favourite or two; Sandy Reid-Peters did a lovely Neil Young and John Martin, and David Warburton from Chichester played a couple of great songs the more memorable of which involved the legs of a donkey.

Bob Whitley – who hadn’t been before - then took the stage for a wonderful set of both comic and serious songs that went down a storm with the audience (and his 2-capo system went down a storm with the guitarists).

The evening was finished off with a rousing set from Steve Donnelly (also new to LFC) comprised of traditional songs and own compositions all beautifully sung. We’ll long remember Eddie’s song “from the heart of olde England”!

We are all indebted to Joe Constable who did a fine job as MC ...and good ole Steve West with his raffle.

Next time is 1st June and LFC’s first birthday. On that basis alone it’s bound to be a great night; you’ll have to be there!


Possibly the best night yet...

Only 3 weeks back from India, Jon Ellis stepped into the MC’s shoes at the last minute and did a brilliant job on the busiest night we’ve had.

The evening got under way with local favourites, Krystal, with some or their original songs. Pam Dentith from Weymouth took us all by surprise with such an easy style and beautiful voice.
Paul Openshaw again treated us to his lovely wry songs and the familiar “Mr & Mrs Grumbly Bottom”complete with audience participation. Earnie Petley came  from the Foc’sle club in Southampton and gave us a fine impromptu sea shanty.

Luke Futcher – normally part of Frenzied & Diligent – sang a great set to the tune of his homemade ukulele. Sugarhand Dave gave a wonderful slide performance on his National guitar (despite breaking a string whilst tuning)  and Southbound finished the first half in great country style “walking on the moon” (quite a few joining in on the choruses, too).

After the now famous raffle and a very short break Steve West  played songs from his Safety in Numbers CD, brilliantly supported by guitarist Sean Brophy. Bob Long and Dennis Rigg took the stage for a great blues set - utterly Sonny & Brownie. Finally, Victor Checuti played some songs from his wonderful new CD,’Moonbeams’ helped on various numbers by John and Pat from Southbound and Podge from Krystal. A fantastic night. Thanks everyone for making LFC such a great place to be!

The next session is on May 18th and we already have a fantastic night lined up - Steamer, Vicki Kimm, Take Thackray, Interval, Steve Donnelly, Bob Whitley are already confirmed! Hopefully see you there!!!


A Night to Remember!

Another great night at the Thomas Tripp. MC Jonathan Klein got the evening started with a bit of Don Maclean and an interesting song about a naked woman in a deck chair. Regulars Henry and Tony kept off quite such controversial territory with more Americana and folk (Henry). Laura gave us a quite lovely rendition of El Condor Pasa and Vicky Kimm and Jamie brought us a couple of great original songs. Jim Anderson took us to the new world through Mexico on the Orange Blossom Special to a Wilbury finale. Joe Constable finished the first half with a selection of the obscure and unusual always!
MC Jonathan again launched the second half and he was followed by the bluesy Mr Bob Long who even played the Rooftop Singers’ “Walk Right in” – taking a few of us back to the early 60’s. Terrific. The evening was rounded off by Gavin Wyatt who took us from childhood to the grave, from laughter to tears all in the space of 40 minutes; a set to be remembered.
Thanks to everyone who played tonight. If you weren’t there you missed another great night! Don’t miss the next one on May 4th where Victor Checuti will be playing tracks from his great new album. A few floor spots will be available so let us know in advanced... otherwise come and listen to some great FREE music!!!


Gavin Wyatt - 20th April...

We are VERY pleased to announce that Gavin Wyatt has just confirmed that he'll be doing an extended set for us tomorrow (weds 20th) at the folk club!!! On his previous visits Gavin has captivated the audience with his silky vocals, great playing and soulful lyrics.

As well as Gavin there is sure to be the usual eclectic mix of acoustic mayhem from the regulars! Also it looks like there will be spots for those wanting to perform themselves drop us a line! (Starts around 8.00 at the Tripp.)


Another fabulous night of varied styles...

Again Henry Campion (aka Doc Slim) & Joe Constable (aka Egon Spengler) got the evening off to a great start with some Dylan, some pearls, some Mumford & Sons and The Jam’s “Eton Rifles”.
As always, Jim Anderson’s accordion spirited us all to far off places. Jon Ellis – newly returned from India – gave us a couple of songs,  including “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”.

Newcomer Take Thackeray had the whole place giggling and guffawing with his renditions of songs by the late Jake Thackeray.
Final act in the first half was Lucas Raye who gave us a brilliant set including a fantastic rendition of David Gray’s Babylon and the Bill Withers classic “Ain’t no Sunshine”.  

In the second half  Southbound once again played beautifully and demonstated some great harmonies and Victor Chetcuti gave us a couple of his fantastic numbers (we’re looking forward to May 4th).
The evening was finished of by Little Abner whose fantastic guitars took us on a journey from the Blue Hills of Kentucky to New Orleans via St Louis. Brilliant! And all acoustic, too.


Victor Chetcuti - New Album Preview - May 4th

We are pleased to announce that Victor will be headlining the evening of May 4th. This will be a great chance to sample some tracks from his new album (which hopefully will be available to buy on the night.)

Earlier in the evening there will no doubt be the usual smörgåsbord of delights from the club regulars and new faces. (If you fancy doing a song or two then drop us line!)


A Great Night for Seeability….and for LFC!

Joe Constable and Henry Campion got the evening off to a cracking start . Then, Jim Anderson’s accordion took us on a tour of European capitals – as only Jim can!
The Frenzied & Diligent again brought their unique approach along and the first half was beautifully rounded off by John & Pat of Southbound.
Les Wild gave us a great set and was very much appreciated. The evening was finished off with a superb 45 minute set by Nigel Waite, singing songs from his new CD “Once in a While”, ably assisted on a couple of numbers by Les Wild.
The whole evening was in aid of  the charity, “Seeability” and in total raised over £168, thanks to a generous and appreciative audience. For more info on this wonderful charity go to -
A special thanks to MC Steve “haircut” West who glued the evening together beautifully despite some behind the scenes glitches!

The next session is on April 6th and it looks like we have some more special guests wanting to play. See you there!!!


Special Guest - Nigel Waite - 16th March!!!

We are delighted to anounce that the fantastic Nigel Waite is playing for us on the 16th of March! He his performing in aid of the Seeability charity so come along and support this great event!

The line-up is already complete (with some other special guests) and so there won't be any floor spots this time. Entry is FREE but we'd appreciate any donations to the charity! Bring a friend ...or two!!!

To give yourself a taste go to his myspace page and have a listen...


Small but well (per)formed! - 16th Feb

Despite a smaller than usual crowd, there were some great performances. Thanks to Jonathan Klein as MC, and Vicky Kimm, Out of the Blue, Henry, Tony, Steve and of course Southbound. Special mention to Jim Anderson who treated us to a stunning set on piano accordion. No raffle this week (!!!) but there will be one on 2nd March.

The next session is on the March 2nd. Hopefully see you there... bring a friend ...or two!!!

Looking ahead. We are delighted to anounce that the fantastic Nigel Waite is playing for us on the 16th of March! To give yourself a taste go to his myspace page and have a listen...


February Review ...and Preview!

The February 2nd session was another lovely mix of musical styles headlined by the fantastic Paul Openshaw who delighted the audience with a great mix of humour and great playing. It was also great to see some new faces including singer/songwriter Vicky Kimm with her gorgeously quirky songs.

Wednesday also saw the first tentitive steps by the "House Band" (or maybe "House Banned"?) which was recieved really well. As suggested, it is hoped that the band becomes a vehicle for those wanting to gain confidence in playing onstage and so if you fancy singing and/or playing with us then drop us a line! Also, we are still after a name so any suggestions then let us know (the winner may receive one of Steve's 'special' prizes!!!)

The next session is on the 16th Feb. With the amount of people wanting to play please try and let us know as soon as possible if you fancy doing us a few songs!

Looking ahead. We are delighted to anounce that the fantastic Nigel Waite is playing for us on the 16th of March! To give yourself a taste go to his myspace page and have a listen...


House Band is Launches! (Feb 2nd)

The February 2nd session looks like another great night of FREE music from a range of players such as Paul Openshaw, Mike Hammond, Out of the Blue, Mike Richards and the fabulous Southbound.

Wednesday night also sees the much anticipated (and much under-rehearsed!) House Band whose fluid line-up of club regulars is hoped to become a vehicle for those wanting to gain confidence in playing onstage. This weeks bunch of misfits include Steve West, Tony + Mary Parry, Jonathan Klein, Joe Constable, Carol Richards and Sophie Van Der Meeren. The band has yet to come up with a name for itself ...any suggestions gratefully received!

The club welcomes ALL styles of acoustic music so if you fancy playing then drop us a line!!!


The Best Attended Session Yet!!!

Many thanks to everyone who made to the club last night (19th Jan)... it proved to be an incredible night of music from a range of new and regular players enjoyed by our biggest turnout yet!

As well as the usual mayhem from The Frenzied & the Diligent and fantastic 'Old Timey' harmonies from the Dodge Family Singers, we were treated to some VERY special moments from James (young John Martyn lookalike!) a welcome first appearence from Darren & Sally Hodgeson and the gorgeous tones of Laina who sang with local singer/songwriter Gavin Wyatt.

There were also fantastic contributions from blues duo Steamer, Jonathon Klein, Sandy, Cat Lake and Bob Long.

As last night proved, the club welcomes ALL styles of acoustic music and hopes that this level of interest will be maintained. Thanks again to all the artists, audience and the guys who organised such an awsome night of FREE and FABULOUS music!!! Next session is Feb 2nd


Next Folk Club - January 19th

The next session is on the 19th January and features the up and coming talents of the Frenzied and the Diligent who are becoming a real favourite with the club regulars becuase of their beautifully unorthodox mix of music. Also confirmed, are the Dodge Family Singers which features Mike Hammond and Mark Kamode from the Dodge Brothers.

If you'd like to perform yourself then please drop us a line so that we can save you a spot.


New Year Session - January 5th

Thanks to all those who came to the Folk Club last night. MC Steve presided over a varied evening of song topped off with a great set from Southbound (John & Pat). Other performers were: Steve West, Tony Parry, Cat Lake, Out of the Blue (Henry & Roni) Henry did a couple on his own, Mike Richards, and great a-capella tradition from Caroline. Next meeting 19th Jan with special guests The Frenzied & the Diligent.


Merry Christmas from the LFC!!!

Those who made it to our Christmas session were treated to one of the best sessions of the year! Of the many acts that played (all of which would have had top billing any other time of the year) special thanks go out to Mike Shipman (The Rezzonators), Southbound, The Frenzied & the Diligent, Victor Checuti, Mike Hammond (Dodge Brothers) ...not to mention the fabulous Wheatsheaf Hobos for such an awesome finale!

Thanks to everyone who has helped get the Folk Club off the ground this year. Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New year!!!

PS - Our next session is on the 5th January so let's get 2011 off with a bang!!!


Xmas Session ...with The Rezzonators & The Hobos!!!

After such an amazing night last time our Xmas session will have a lot to live up to!

The session on Dec 1st (masterfully MC'ed by Henry) had awesome sets from Jim Anderson, Mike Richards, Victor Chetcuti, Mike Hammond (Dodge Brothers) & Colin Cain (Owl in the Sun), Gallimaufry and Sugarhand Dave.

But fear not!!! The Xmas Session (Dec 15th) see's the very welcome return of both the Rezzonators (blues) and the Hobos (folk) doing extended sets so a fantastic night is a certainty!!! Also, amongst other acts from the floor we have the amazing Southbound (country folk). Also... a last minute addition sees us being joined tonight by the "Dodge Family Singers" (in other words a scaled down, unplugged version of the Dodge Brothers)

Joe is MC for the night so please drop him a line if you fancy doing a slot. With the popularity of the club ever-growing getting a place on night isn't certain so please let us know in advance!


Open Floor Nights Go From Strength to Strength!

What another great night! The headliner Jason Hinchey finished the evening in fine style but thanks also to Nathan, Carolan, Charlotte & "Spon" from Brighton, Jonathan Klein, Mary & Tony and Light Motive (Ian, Richard & Jackie) who gave grear support.

Our next club meeting on 1st December has Henry Campion as our MC and features Laura, Jim Anderson, Mike Richards, Steve West, Victor Checuti, Gallimaufry and Sugarhand Dave. Another brilliant evening is in store ...and there's always the raffle!


Wednesday 17th - Special Guest - Jason Hinchey!!!

Although originally from limerick, Jason has been playing and singing on the folk scene for the past 4 years in the Dorset area. He co-runs the Bourne Spring Folk Club, and has played various headlines in Bournemouth, Coventry and Ireland.

" I love to sing songs, my own and others peoples. theres so much to be said about singers and what we seek through music. im finding my own voice through my experiences."

To find more:


Soooooo Much Talent!!!

Those who made it to this weeks LFC session (20th October) were treated to an unbelievable range of musical talent that Jools Holland would have been proud to present! Nine different artists and nine different equally brilliant styles of acoustic music!

As well as the usual fantastic contributions from our regulars and some welcome new faces we were also lucky enough to have some sets by local (and not so local) professional acts.

Starting things off were the silky country/folk sounds of Southbound which set the tone for a great evening. Finishing off the first set was a stunning return of The Frenzied & the Diligent with there double bass/ ukelele/guitar based tunes. After the break the unique sound of Krystal was followed by the awesome bluesy picking style of Sugarhand Dave. Next we had the hysterical Warick Slade and the return of Southbound bring a fabulous evening to a finish!

A MASSIVE thanks to everyone who came along!!!


Open Floor - 20th October

The next session will be on the 20th October and will be an open floor. We already have some great singers coming along to play but there should be plenty of room if you fancy a spot. Drop us a line via the contact page.

Those confirmed already include: Southbound / Sugarhand Dave / Warwick Slade / The Frenzied & The Diligent / Steve West / Joe Constable / Henry Campion / Jonathon Klein


Jim Insole (October 6th) - Free Entry!!!

Jim Insole (Oct 6th): Jim was a local legend of the folk / blues scene in Lymington from the 1950's until the 90's. Perhaps he still is!  Wielding his mandolin like a weapon he was often found singing for his beer in long gone pubs such as the Bugle, the Old English Gentleman and the Londesborough. He was an anchor of at least  two skiffle/folk bands and three previous folk clubs in the town - the Black Scorpion, the Dodo and the Phoenix, which closed in 1977.

A generation of impressionable minds were affected for life by Jim's passionate renditions of St.Louis Blues, The Chimes of Freedom, Ring of Fire and a hundred other favourites.

  lee collinson at Lymington folk club

Still in fine voice, though 'retired' and living in Neath, South Wales, Jim is returning to finish the evening in rousing style and ensure that we keep the flame of live music burning brightly in Lymington!


Well done!!!

Well done to all those who made it to a bright (though VERY chilly on the picking fingers!) inaugural New Forest Festival and performed in the session tent. Particular mention has to go to Jon Ellis who more than proved his green credentials by riding his bike all the way from Southampton ...avec banjo!!!

As well as the various daytime sessions the evening line-up was an awesome array of talent from the flighty fingers of Lee Collinson, to the sublime sounds of Owl in the Sun and the Modern Fighting Vehicles.

Big thanks to Sophie and the rest of the organisers for such a fantastic event that will no doubt flourish for years to come!!!


The LFC @ The New Forest Festival (25th September)

There will be a feast of great music at the New Forest Festival on September 25th at Minstead Study Centre.

Throughout the day there will be "unplugged" music in the session tent including 2hrs from the Lymington Folk Club (12 till 2.) Late afternoon the fantastic Lee Collinson kicks off the line up folowed by the awesome Owl in the Sun and Modern Fighting Vehicles.


For more information go to the festival website -


Simply Brilliant!!!

Wednesday 1st saw our largest turnout yet get treated to a stunning night of live music...

After some fine floor spots by a few of the regulars, the Rezzonators (all the away from 'over the grid'!) played their excellent brand of Blues including a highly amusing number charting the travails of Tiger Woods and other 'luminaries' such as Imelda Marcos!!!

After the break local singer/songwriter Gavin Wyatt played a number of beautiful ballads which certainly highlighted his vocal and lyrical talents. Gavin often plays locally so keep you eyes open to see him again in the near future.

To finish the evening we were spoilt with a mind-blowing display of slide-guitar and picking from the awesome Lee Collisnson. Luckily for those who couldn't make it on the night this was a mere taster of his next performance at the New Forest Festival on September 25th (go to the festival website for more details -


Inominata @ the LFC (15th September)

Inominata are one of the area's longest running folk bands. They play and sing a mixture of English, Scottish, Irish and Continental music, broadly in the Celtic tradition.

There will be a nominal charge of £3 on the door to cover the guys expenses. It should be worth every penny!!!


  inominata folk


Very Special Guests!!!

For those who have come along to club nights already will have been treated to some fanastic established acts playing free for us to help promote the LFC. With this in mind we are pleased to announce some more for the calendar!

Lee Collinson (Sept 1st): We are delighted that Lee is making the long trip from sunny Dorking to do an extended floor spot for us to finish the night off for us.

Those who have seen him play before may well have been inclined to chop off the mere-mortal fingers as he bewitches you with his incredible playing style.

Gavin Wyatt (Sept 1st): As if the Lee wasn't enough talent in one room we also have the stunning vocal style of Gavin Wyatt making a welcome return to the club.

Add to this the awsome Blues duo of The Rezzonators and it is sure to be a night not to be missed!

Please remember that there will be a VERY limited amount of floor spots earlier in the evening as the guys generous offer of playing for nothing means that we want to give them a slot worthy of their talents!


lee collinson at Lymington folk club

gavin wyatt



Yet ANOTHER Great Night! (4th August)

Wednesday (4th Aug) proved to be another fantastic night with a great mix of music from some of the regulars as well as some VERY welcome new faces.

All the way from Sway we had the welcome return of Mike Shipman and Pete Gabony giving us some awesome blues numbers, from Ringwood Folk Club Rod Biggs entertained us with a mix of tradition song (and not so traditional poetry!) ...and finally we had the fantastic upbeat duo of Penny and Simon (aka Strid) from Bradford (via many places!) They left us the following message...

"Thanks for a great night at the folk club. We will recommend it to anyone we know who will be in the area. Hope you go from strength to strength." Jennie and Simon (AKA Strid)


Another Great Night...

This Wednesday (21st July) was another great night - well attended and around a dozen great performances!

Particular thanks to Jon for not only showing off his penny whistle skills but being a great MC for the night (...great touch with the stickers!!!) Also big thanks to Steve who treated us once more to some great songs and did a sterling job with the raffle once more!

Also worth a mention is a congratulations to Cy (aka the Silver Fox ...aka The Black Bison) for his first ever solo number! Hopefully this will encourage others to play in public for the first time.

The next night is on the 4th August. We would still love to encourage some younger players to come along ...remember any styles of acoustic music welcome!!!


Musicians Wanted...

We have had a message from a fiddle player on the island looking to team up with someone for some trad Irish music. See message below...

"A fiddle player living near Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight who has been playing traditional Irish music for around 30 years, (mainly in Brighton but also on visits to Co Clare) would like to come over to Lymington to play in a session if there was anyone else who could play and/or somebody to accompany on guitar (preferably in DADGAD). " Phone Neil on - 01983 761033

We are also very interested in encouraging any younger singers and players to come and join in on our 'open floor' nights. Any acoustic styles very welcome!!!


The Club Launch a Great Success!

The Lymington Folk Club kicked off on the 2nd of June with a bang. 50+ people turned up to support the event and and we had the pleasure of 16 acts to entertain us. There was a lovely mix of styles, ages and abilities and most importantly a welcoming atmosphere!

There were a few suggestions put to the club about utilising the space better in the main part of the room which we will be trying out on the next week (June16th at 8pm.) We want this to be YOUR club so if you have any more comments on how to improve things even more then get in touch.

Thanks again to everyone who made it on the 2nd ...and a big welcome to anyone who wants to come along on the 16th. There should be be some floor spots for people turning up on the night but drop us a line if you fancy playing a song or two for us!


Lymington Folk Club Group on Facebook...

Anyone who uses Facebook can now chat with other group members. This will be useful for anyone looking to find other people to play with ...or see other news, start discussions or any folky banter that you may want to post.

To find it just search Facebook for "Lymington Folk Club".

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The LFC Needs You!!!

We have managed to get the basics of the club together but with its future development in mind we would love to hear of anyone who has a little time to help out with the running of it.

If you have a staff or village hall notice board where you could display an A4 flyer advertisng the club please download and print it by clicking here.

Drop us a line if you can help in any way!


Lymington Arts Festival - 14 to 20 June

Our second night falls within the Lymington Arts Festival. As well as some great music there is a range of other arts throughout the town.

To find out more then go to:


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