FaBclub review
23rd January 2011
written by
Clive Meggs

It looks as though it is going to be a great afternoon in the bar at The White Hart. Quite a few new faces have come to support our guest artistes and we also have a few guest spots.

Clive and Linda (Ploughmans Lunch) are our comperes this afternoon and right on time the proceedings get under way with our first floor spot. Margaret Brown, alias Lady Formby. She gives us a very short Formby song to begin and follows with an old favourite From a Jack To A King.

Ploughman's Lunch follow with one of their traditional folk songs about wood carving, called I think While My Hands Are Steady. They follow this with an X Certificate song - Was It So.

Len is next with a Neil Young song - Alabama. Sounds great over the mike, Len. He follows this with another woodworking song - If I Were A Carpenter.

Some new faces to me next, although they inform us that they visited the club about 9 months ago on the way back to Suffolk. Alison and Jack give us Down on the Card and Gypsies Wedding. Alison is obviously no stranger to singing and has an exquisitely strong voice. She is accompanied by Jack on his squeezebox. Together they are a tremendous act and I hope they can visit us again.

Our first main guest is next, Louise Jordan. She tells us that she has recorded an EP CD, as she got the chance to do some recording over the summer holidays. She starts her set with a song called The Silver Dagger, a traditional song covered by various artists. How we have missed her voice. Her next song is dedicated to Margaret - Two Sisters. We are invited to join in with the next song - My Boy Billy - and challenged to compete with audiences at recent performances. I think we did OK. When I Was On Horseback is her next song, we are invited to purchase the CD if only to hear an excellent clarinet solo during this track. Her friend who was responsible for it unfortunately couldn't be with her today. She follows with a new but traditional song to her repertoire - Drink All England Dry. Her version of The Lowlands of Holland, which follows is tremendous. The Water Is Wide is her next song, and she describes it as a happy song, but I can see a few sad faces amongst the audience. Perhaps it is because she has announced that this is her penultimate song. But it is not . The next song is, and is one wot she wrote - Born To Wonder. She tells us she is quite excited because she has never sung a self-penned song at the FaBclub before. She finishes off a great set with The Sally Gardens. Thank you for entertaining us, Louise. But that is not all, after a rapturous round of applause Louise is called back to give us a well deserved encore. She finishes for real this time with The Bushes and the Briars, a marvellous song from a wonderful singer.

We take a comfort break at this point for refreshments and purchase of raffle tickets.

Ploughman's Lunch then inform us that we will be breaking the rules of previous meetings and allowing our second guest to perform first in the second half and finish the afternoon off with floor singers. So we are introduced to an old friend, Moriarty, who starts us off with a couple of foot tapping numbers on his accordion. He follows with Queen of the Fair and Daniel O'Connell. 2 slip jigs next - The Winding Stairs and By The Mile. In between sets Moriarty gives us a breakdown of styles and information about the tunes, which I found very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed his playing, as I always do, and was tapping my feet thoughout. What I find hard to comprehend is how he remembers all those different notes and how he plays them so fast. They also appear to be in the right order. A very talented session, including the song he sang unaccompanied!

After the raffle Helen, who has returned from visiting all the hobgoblins in New Zealand to give us some songs. The first, The Trees They Do Grow High, has no connection with her travels. She follows with a Ralph McTell song called Factory Girl. Sweetly sung by Helen.

Mick Brown is next with a topical song - Please Mr Policeman. He follows this with Songbird Perched on a Wire. Great stuff Mick!!

Joe Migdal is next with tales of wallpaper and ceilings. He gives us a new song called Loving You, self-penned of course.

Alison and Jack are asked to return and are welcomed with eager applause. They sing a song to the well known tune of Bantry Bay, but I did not catch the title. A very sweet love song. They follow this with a Wassail Song, in contrast. Please come back to the club again.

To finish off the afternoon Louise Jordan is asked to return to give us two songs. The first is called The Cuckoo and she finishes with one we can all join in with (and we do) - Oh No John. Oh Thank You, Louise!! But by popular demand she is forced to return for a second encore and with the help of Mick Brown she sings us a Bob Dylan protest song. There was no protest from the audience.

If you couldn't make it here this afternoon we are having a get a floor spot session next week, Sunday 30th January. See you then!!