FaBclub review
6th March 2011
written by
Clive Meggs

Here we are again at The White Hart on this chilly March afternoon. Some new faces in the audience again, which is rapidly filling up. Our volunteer compere for the afternoon is Liz. She has decided to be different and allow each performer to do 3 songs in their first set. She also reminds us that our guests are the Jones Boys on 20th March.

Our first act this afternoon are Bernard and Maureen. Both have the lurgy so I had better put my raincoat on as I am within sneezing distance of Maureen. They play us three tunes with their usual accomplished aplomb. Toe-tappingtastic!

Margaret is next with a new song to me - Forget-me-not Lane, apparently a George Formby song. She follows this with a Lonnie Donegan song - Putting On The Style and an old favourite King Of The Road. ----The End.

Paul is our next performer and he starts with a real folk song, which won the BBC Folk Award in 2006 - The Sun's Coming Over The Hill - performed originally by Karine Polwart. He follows this with a Strawbs song - You Won't Get Me I'm Part of the Union which is totally against his political beliefs ( as he says his motto is better dead than red). He finishes with a Bob Dylan song
- One More Cup of Coffee For The Road. Great stuff, Paul!

Brian and Nick are next. Nick is a fabclub virgin. Brian is becoming a regular, he was here last week. Their first tune - Sligo Creek -is played with great enthusiasm and accomplishment. This is followed by an equally intricate tune. They finish with a tune written by Nick called Desert Runner. What a classy set!

Our first session is completed by Foxen who start with a Bob Dylan song - Boots of Spanish Leather. Another song I haven't heard before from their extensive repertoire. They continue with a whaling song written for the new venue of Havering Folk Club - The Moby Dick - wearing pirate hats and singing unaccompanied just like Ploughmans Lunch. A change of costume for their last song - Margaret dons a nurses hat - ooh err Matron! A humorous song about a nurse. Three songs I have never heard before, I can't believe how you keep churning them out.

We have a short break to re-stock and engage.

Liz is next to add a bit of culture to proceedings. She starts with a new poem to me - A Thousand Things to See Before You Die. This is followed with Hey Man, Do You Remember which sadly to say brought back so many memories. Thank you, Liz.

Len is up next and after a few reminisces gives us I Can't Find My Way Home, a Stevie Winwood song, perhaps. A Buddy Holly song next - Learning The Game, followed by a Tim Harding song - The Black Sheep Boy. A Great set, Len!

Joe is our next act and after borrowing a guitar sings us Fair Maids Of February. A love song next for Joe's nearest and dearest Kath called Loving You. He finishes with a song called One Stop about young love with some fantastic guitar playing. Well done, Joe!

We have another short break followed by the raffle. One song each next starting with Bernard and Maureen. I detect Lord of the Dance in their medley.

Margaret gives us Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Paul plays Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street.

Brian and Nick play us a tune they have uploaded to Youtube via Blackheath Folk Club called Silver Branch. (take a look)

Foxen give us a rendition of The Phantom Flasher.

Len gets us dreaming with Imagine.

Joe sings a favourite of mine - Natures Wonderland.

Colin (another fabclub virgin) is next with a self-penned song called Low Tech Existence. He follows this with a second song - Rock And Roll. Colin came into the room about 5 minutes before we were due to finish, a slip up in the times somewhere. But we would love him to come back in the future.

We are back again on 20th March this time in the bar, when our guests will be The Jones Boys. We are in for a great afternoon.