The sun was out an the weather glorious for the second week of our Sunday Sessions at Broomfield Park on 12 August 2012. Recovered from last years illnes, Lester Clayton was raring to play as were his fellow musicians who provided a fantastic afternoon's entertainment.

Starting off the afternoon Open Mic was Tom Fisher performed a few instrumental movie themed songs on acoustic guitar, including the Star Wars Theme, Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz) and Four Winds (Gordon Giltrap) who was followed by regular Alan singing some popular blues covers acapella including Spoonful (Howling Wolf), Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters) and You've Got To Move (Mississippi Fred McDowell), both went through to the Open Mic Final.

The first main act on stage were Mehmet Raif (guitar/bass), accompanied by Wolfe Hogan (violin/backing vocals) with some lovely acoustic instrumentals including Highgrove and Summer Forest. His music dances through intricate interwoven melodies that lilted through the atmosphere and set the vibe for the rest of the afternoon. Mehmet also runs an open mic every Sunday night at the Live Rooms, Green Lanes, Palmers Green which is worth a visit even if you don't play as the music is so good!

Next on stage was the wonderful Singer/Songwriter Emi Green (keyboard/vocals) all the way from down under, accompanied by Dave Tither (guitar) and Mehmet Raif (bass guitar). to perform tracks including a cover Do Right (Peggy Lee) followed by her original songs, Missing You, Mamma Said, Real Life Baby and Real Job. Emmie has a lilting voice which she uses to great effect over thoughtful lyrics and interesting melodies about life and the world around her. Check out her website at Emi Green

Dave Tither (guitar/backing vox) and Emily (vocals) were up next. Some of the audience remembered Dave from last year when he stepped in with a blazing set of blues orientated tracks to headline the event after Lester had to pull out. This year he returned with his partner Emily to perform as a Duo. With Dave on acoustic guitar and Emily providing lilting vocals they performed an eclectic set of covers that included: Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye), Nothing Compares To You (Sinead O' Connor), Then I'm Gone (Emeli Sande), Come Together (Beatles), Right Now (Carrie Underwood), Jolene (Dolly Parton), Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash), Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton), If I Ain't Got You (Alicia Keys), Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers), Valerie (Amy Winehouse), Very Superstitious (Stevie Wonder).

Final act of the day were the Lester Clayton Band, consisting of Lester Clayton (guitar/vocals), Big Daddy Steve Straughan (percussion/backing vocals), Wolfe Hogan (violin/backing vocals), Mehmet Raif (bass guitar) with some great funky reggae pop music that is hard to catagorize! The lyrics are interesting and tell a story with each song which is filled with musical dynamics and intricate rhythms, fab tunes including The Stranger, A Rich Man, Boys Don't Cry, Brittle Bones, Did The Lights Go Out, Fred and Ginger, Love and War, All I Want Is You, Breathe, Hear His Mother Cry, Killing, Love To Love. Some of which are available on their EP called The Breadline available on iTunes. The band, along with Lester, recently supported Ed Sheeran on his recent tour and can be seen headlining in their own right at various venues throughout the UK.

A big THANK YOU to Noah's Ark Children's Hospice for providing refreshments plus all the musicians who performed today, especially Mehmet Raif for organising the acts and to Fred for providing the PA and doing the sound.

Watch a video of Emi Green

Watch a video of Lester Clayton

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