Ron Trueman-Border ~ Thu 4 March 2004

Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club @ Eagle Lodge Hotel, Woodhall Spa

The following night saw the first appearance by Kent based songwriter and musician Ron Trueman-Border in the county, as the guest of the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club.

Like the previous evening (Winter Wilson at Spalding Folk Club) the audience was sparse, which was a great shame as those who stayed away missed a great night on both occasions.

A consummate performer Ron plays guitar and harmonica, and for one number cittern, his expressive yet easy to listen to vocals rather like Springsteen's at times, convey images and feelings particularly well. He also quickly engaged with the audience, encouraging them to join in with choruses.

Like Dave Wilson, Ron is an inspired songwriter who draws on a variety of subjects for his compositions. Standout songs included 'American Ghosts' the touching story of Ron's young days and his early memories of his family and life in the 50's and the music of Buddy Holly, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 'News Of The World' and 'Wash My Sins Away' a gospel flavoured song for which Ron selected a backing 'choir' featuring Jason, Eric and Jed who had played or sung earlier in the evening, and Tom one of the organisers of the concert whom few people have ever seen singing in a folk club!

Singer Suzi Zeffert who has been accompanying Ron as his tour manager on his northern tour also sung a number backed by Ron entitled 'Kittens' and an a capella song during the evening.

Ron's set also featured a couple of blues numbers and a song written for his favourite British blues guitarist, the touching 'Who'll Play The Blues For Peter Green'. It is to be hoped that the small audience won't put Ron off coming to Lincolnshire in the future as it would be a immense shame if this talented artist didn't return.

People often comment that Lincolnshire is poorly served for music, yet as the words of one of Ron's songs miss 'Diamonds In My Own Backyard'!