It was a quieter night than usual, with ten performers and just over double that number in the audience. Nevertheless, it was most enjoyable, with wide-ranging musical styles.
Tonight, Matthew, I was Dylan, Neil Martin was Cohen and Joe Lyon was a Beatle.
Robin the Busker was… well… Robin the Busker, performing for the first time minus the Gall Stone to which he had become rather attached.
Lynda Degney was insisting there is “Nothing in the World Like Bluegrass Music”, before taking a “Walk in the Irish Rain” with husband Tom.
As Lynda went to dry out, Tom gave his new banjo an outing. Then, the multi-instrumentalist that he is, Tom stayed on stage to accompany Richard Davies, first on mandolin and then on the Dobro.
Bob Hall was accompanied by Birch-hall as he sang “If I were a Carpenter” and “Always on my Mind”, followed by a wonderfully animated performance from the inimitable Robin Spreckley on his trusty mandolin.
Alan Thompson produced some rather nice Ryan Adams covers as well as his own fine compositions, bringing the evening to a close with his beautiful new song “Only Human”, written in honour of the refugees stranded on the Greek island of Leros.
Alan and his sister Linda together with Penni Neale had participated in two of the “Music makes a difference” concerts that raised over £3,000 to help support the refugees detained in camps on the island. You can hear that song and watch highlights from one of the concerts on Alan’s blog about the plight of those refugees.
Chris, Joe Lyon, Neil Martin, Robin the Busker, Lynda and Tom Degney, Richard Ruthin, Bob Hall, Robin Spreckley and Alan Thompson.