FaBclub review
26th June 2011
written by
Clive Meggs

Wow, what a scorcher of an afternoon! We are a little light on the ground this afternoon, perhaps people are lapping up the sun in their gardens. John has been volunteered to take on the compere's duties for the afternoon and starts with a Mike Waterson song, as a tribute to the performer who died recently, called Three Day Millionaire. He performs without Margaret because he says she hasn't learnt it as yet, but we will see both of them together later.

Margaret (Lady Formby) is next with My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean and Sloop John B, (and her little yellow book, of course).

A cool performance next from our cool performer, Len. He explains that it is Neil Young this afternoon as he rushed out whilst watching the Grand Prix. He starts with I Believe In You ( how does he reach those high notes?) and continues with Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

Margaret from Foxen is next with a solo song - The Waking Hour, learnt from Cloudstreet an Australian group who appeared at Havering Folk Club some time ago. She accompanies her sweet voice with a beat on her tom tom (no, not her satnav).

Norman is next with a song straight from the hit parade of 1957 - We Will Make Love. He tells us that the title meant a kiss and a cuddle back then - it has quite a different meaning now. He follows with another oldie - Lady Of Spain I Adore You.
No Formby today from Norman as he has overdosed on it recently in Blackpool.

Liz, our resident poet is next and reads a poem supplied by Lady Formby written by a friend of hers, Joan Walker called What Would The Neighbours Think - quite riskay! She follows with a serious poem read from a book of Poems On The Underground called Canticle.

Foxen are up together as a Duo next with All Things Are Quite Silent, Margaret playing her Bowed Psaltery with John on guitar.


John is back on again next but with Lady Formby, who sings a parody of the old favourite All Around My Hat called All Around My Fat, with John playing guitar. He then accompanies Len on his violin for another Neil Young song - Heart Of Gold.

It's Len solo next, firstly with Alabama and then with an old Beatles Number - Norwegian Wood.

We Remember George is the next song from Lady Formby our first Formby song of the afternoon. She follows with a nice chorus song - Lord Of The Dance.

Norman gives us a further Formby song on his second visit - Our Sergeant Major, played on Margaret's banjo ukelele. A bit of rock and roll next from Norman - Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On. He ends this mini set with a slower sedate song -Walking My Baby Back Home with whistling thrown in for free.

Some verse or worse next from Liz. Another poem supplied by her friend to Margaret wishing her a happy New Year in 2003 with the title of Yerman. One of her own poems next - A Thousand Things To Do Before You Die. An old poem from the tube which dates back to the 1600's Fine Nacks For The Ladies.

Foxen are next with a rude song - Two Shillings Inside, One Shilling Out, written after some research into Margarets family tree, where one of her anscestors was accused of stealing a watch. Genealogy is at the forefront in this mini set with another song about an ancestor who became a professor of astrology called Samuel Saw The Stars.

A second break followed by the raffle.

Margaret sings us There Is A Tavern In The Town and King Of The Road.

Cool hand Len recounts a tale about a Pretty Flamingo and then tells us that The First Cut Is The Deepest.

Liz gives us one of her poems about her memories of Oxford Universities. She follows this with a short poem written about the cricketer Sir Vivian Richards simply called Viv.

Norman continues his reminiscing with a Cliff Richard song Hold Her Tight. His second song is an old Drifters number - Save The Last Dance For Me.

Foxen give us a cricket song with rude bits called The Cricket Club. A songsheet was passed around for the last song of the day - In Heaven There Is No Beer, and we all join in in good voice.

Well done all the performers, and thanks to John for holding it all together. We are back again next week July 3rd for another get a floor spot session in the function room at The White Hart. See you there.