POMPEY POP

Saturday Night

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I have to admit that last night in MIlton exceeded my expectations by some distance. I had no idea what to expect really but it was a fine night with four groups and a couple of solo acts and a room so packed that people were listening from the hallway. There was a collection that covered hire costs and over three hours of live music. It reminded me most of the atmosphere in the old Pompey folk clubs of the 1960s – completely unpretentious and great fun. 5 Rod Plot opened proceedings, one of two groups with double bass and versions of trad English songs plus American tunes like “Rain & Snow” and “Shady Grove”. Next up the Jelly Rollers with blues harp and jews harp and some nice songs by Louis Jordan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe etc. RP&G did our slimmed down three piece version (Nick was gigging in Southampton) and the night finished with Copnor’s very fine country/bluegrass family Wood, Wire & Words – lovely version of Richard Thompson’s “Vincent Black Shadow”, some originals and a really great sound. I missed the names of the two solo acts as we were getting organised but it was a good night – and Blog regulars spotted in the audience included Mr Cooper and Chris ‘Fossy’. I’m hoping there will be more such nights

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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