Tom Degney got us underway with a fine medley that included Dr Jazz, Sally, Bye Bye Blues, and It’s a Sin.
Then he was joined by Lynda for a “Walk in the Irish Rain” to acknowledge the fact it was the eve of St Patrick’s Day.
Geoff Hollis’s set included the Stan Rogers song about the good ship “Mary Ellen Carter”, Glyn Hudson sang “Hard Times” and “Steal Away”, both a-Capella, and Richard Davies gave us rip-roaring “Detroit City” following up with Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”.
The Dolly Parton classic “Joline” headed up Penni Neal’s set, which also included a lovely rendition of “Autumn Leaves”. Then Enid and Neil sang Bob Dylan’s “Love in Vain” and the Queen classic “Love of my Life”.
A nice set from Colin Campbell included Lindisfarne’s “Winter Song” and Rod Stewart’s “Mandolin Wind”. Then we had two home grown songs from Mike Whittaker: “Couldn’t be Without You” and “Other Side of this Moment”.
Putting Robin the Busker up next was asking for trouble – and that’s just what we got! Not the belligerent kind though, it was the song “Trouble”.
We had a Scottish interlude as the raffle was being drawn with the local luthier legend that is Harry Miller spinning a few comical yarns.
It was nice to welcome David Petie back to the club. Once a frequent visitor, this was his first time in over four years, since he now lives over in Lancashire. David played us a couple of rousing sets that included “Magician’s Blues”, “Just Call Me Lonesome”, Half of my Mistakes” and “Gonna Do Bad Things to You”
The finale spot this week was given over to a young lady who’s been turning up for the past few singers’ nights, sitting quietly as an audience member.
This week, Sweeney turned up armed with an acoustic guitar and she rounded the evening beautifully with a couple of extra songs, having already wowed us earlier in the evening with her lovely voice on the Josh Ritter song “Wings” and Damien Rice’s “I Remember it Well” which she sang alternate verses in Gaelic in honour of the songwriter’s patron saint.
It was a lovely end to another excellent evening with fifteen performers providing an eclectic mix of fine music.