FaBclub review
3rd April 2011
written by
Anne Moore

What a great turn out this Mothers day. A full house, almost standing room only. New faces and lots of guests to share their songs with us. Brilliant.
We celebrate a special ladies birthday today. Happy Birthday Margaret, best wishes from all your friends at the FaBclub and we hope you have a happy day.

Joe began the proceedings with a well-known tune and gave a gentle rendition of Waterloo Sunset, on a guitar synthesiser.

Our birthday girl Margaret shared jokes from her little green book. Following with a song All Around My Fat, a slight deviation with a word had the house in stitches. Another song entitled I Feel Lucky closed her slot.

Bernard and Maureen played Jimmy Allen and Rakes of Mallow along with Walter Bulwer's No 1 and 2. As always, much enjoyed. Thank you.

Terry played Raining in my Heart by Buddy Holly and Reason to Believe, audience participation from the house with both choruses. Thank you Terry, please come and visit us again, next time it will not be your virgin performance!

We have Frank and Colin with accompaniment of slide guitar playing Send me Dead Flowers. Followed then with a Rod Stuart number, Mandolin Wind. Thank you.

Moving quickly on, we now have Brian. A great guitarist who has visited us a few times, playing CM. A gentle song beautifully played. A seasonal Christmas number by All Pettiway, New Years Day/On Christmas Night.

The one and only Bill Pardon accompanied ably by Margaret with some bell
tinkling! A rendition of a song with harmonica and special effects, entitled Riding in my Car. Followed by We are the Wrinklies, and we are coming for you for Margaret, a special treat for your birthday! Well-done Bill thank you.

A new duo, Mickey and Ritchie (another virgin today) playing violin and guitar gave us a lovely tune, The Ruby by Phil Cuningham. Next we have the song St. James Infirmary. Thank you both and we would like to see you again.

Break for refreshment and a chat.

We now have Foxen with a song from one of their favourite people, Kristina
Olsen called If I Stayed. The next song is specially for Brian who has to leave these shores for South Africa soon, The Ballad of Bethnal Green by Paddy Roberts. Wonderful thank you.

Our next guest is one of our regular performers, Len. First with Here Comes the Sun and then I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain. As Joe said,
special stuff.

Our next guest plays flutes and all sorts of wonderful instruments. We have Chris who played a haunting tune on a native American Flute Two Tepees. Then a song by Penny McLean Walker, the Fisherman. Smashing Chris, we would love to see you again and hear more shanties.

Joe now called Liz who read some of her wonderful poems. The first was
inspired by her childhood in Lewis, and is called Seasons. Then a request by
Margaret, "Shoes". Thank you Liz.

We now have two virgin performers. Lynn and Nicky, a duet giving us Take Me Home Country Roads and California Dreaming. Well done both and welcome to FaBclub.

Another break for more food and a natter. Raffle done and lucky winners all.

Presentation of cake and Happy Birthday sung for Margaret.

Chris gave another lovely tune on the flute, improvised on the spot and named
Flowers and Birds.
A Rolling Stones number, Prodigal Son next by Colin, on his own this time.
Bill Pardon now with a short but sweet burst on the harmonica along with a joke.Swiftly followed by Liz with a great poetic trilogy Train, Holidays and Cars (I think).Brian entertained us again with his super guitar work playing Chesapeake.Rapidly moving along, we have Len now bathed in the sun he sang about earlier. A rousing rendition of Waltzing Matilda, joined by the FaB audience choir. Terry now with a Tom Paxton song, It's a Lesson too Late for the Learning ?Lynn and Nicky with a great harmony, Oh Dear Oh (?) with support from the audience songsters. Foxen with a flourish of the tambourine and their Fighting and Feuding song,We now have M and M, aka Margaret and Maureen together. Performing a melody, Heart of my Heart, followed byTravelling Light. Well done ladies, we look forward to seeing you together again. To finish we have Mickey and Ritchie giving us a chorus song to join in, Oh Lord Its Hard to be Humble (?). A lively jig ended their session. Margaret closed today's fantastic afternoon by playing a George Formby number for her friends, Fanlight Fanny.

Thanks to Joe for sterling compere work and trying to keep us all in order, not easy! Joe thanked Linda and Helen for setting out the table and for everyone in contributing to our great buffet. Also today's scribe Anne and her able assistant David.

Apologies to all for any missed or muddled bits (this is more than a bit nerve racking…Anne). What a wonderful afternoon we had.