FaBclub review
16 November2008 written by
Clive Meggs

We arrive at the White Hart, having driven through drizzly rain but our hearts lift when we hear the band Legacy doing a sound check in the bar using their own excellent PA equipment. We realise from that moment that we are in for a treat this afternoon. The bar begins to fill quite rapidly, but we notice the absence of two familiar feline faces - The Leopards. Unfortunately, Trevor had a heart attack earlier in the week and is now recovering at home after having two stents inserted. I spoke to him last night and he sounded in good spirits but they will not be on the prowl for a Little while (no pun intended). We all wish you a speedy recovery, Trevor.

Margaret has stepped in to be our compere for the day. She starts with a rendition of Your Cheating Heart. She does not feel the need to use the PA and her voice still comes across strong. Her second song was written for her by Dennis Homes. It is called I Feel Lucky and the audience soon get to grips with the chorus.

Norman is next,using the PA and a backing track, he starts with a George Formby song TT races. He continues with Our Sergeant Major. Both songs go down well with the audience. The backing track and PA certainly add a new dimension to his performance, well done Norman.

Joe Migdal sprints to the stage carrying two instruments. He starts with a song called English Roses, which is all about Morris Dancers. He gives his bazouki an airing to accompany his quality traditional singing. For his next song Joe changes to the guitar to accompany his version of a Richard Granger song River Roll Down. You are so versatile Joe!

Trevor (Bloke with a Hat) is next on stage with an old favourite that he failed to do at his wedding celebration, Breathe, and he does this especially for me. I feel honoured. He follows with his latest composition Thames Estuary, a lovely local ballad.

Bill Pardon starts with a song about getting into folk music and in particular the Hoy at Anchor Folk Club. It is sung to the tune of The House of The Rising Sun. He then mentioned that it was Joe Migdal's birthday a few days ago and after announcing his new CD he dedicates his next song, We Are The Wrinklies, to Joe. What does he mean?

A young lad named Dylan then takes the stage and sings I want To Be a Rock Star. Short but sweet, he is asked to sing it again. Well Done, Dylan!!

Our guest band for the day, Legacy, then take to the stage. There are four members, three men and a woman, and loads of different instruments. I believe we are in for a treat. Their first song is a Country number called Dirty Little Town. If there was more room there would surely be some line dancing in the bar. They follow with another country number called How Come and the audience are noticeably dancing in their seats (no room on the floor). Next is a lovely version of Long May You Run, a well known song made famous by Neil Young. 18 wheels is next,sung by Sandra, about a trucker and his truck (and a dozen roses). Next is a song everyone recognises, an R.E.M. song, Losing My Religion, followed by an instrumental which sounded quite folky, a bit like the Raggle Taggle Gypsies, Oh! Sandra then sings a beautiful ballad called Motherland. They finish with one of my favourite Mark Knopfler songs entitled Je Suis Desiree. An excellent set, we look forward to more of the same in the second spasm.

There is now an interval where we buy our raffle tickets and refresh our glasses as well as taking a short walk to make room for more beer.

The second session is opened by Joe Migdal, who promises he will get his own back on Bill for inferring that he is a wrinklie. He sings a quiet engaging number called Girl Of Dances written by Barry Dransfield. The audience is quiet and hanging on to every word. He then sings the title song of his new CD called Chances. Let your dreams unfold everyone, turn silver into gold. Best of luck with your CD Joe.

After a joke read out by Margaret about someone of my own heart, who doesn't want to payout for expensive fairground rides Bill Pardon returns to the stage and sings us a true story about a fishing tragedy from the West Country. He then gives us a rendition of A Man From The Pru, a near the knuckle tale about an insurance collector.

After the raffle Legacy return to the stage to do an extended set, (the regulars would rather hear them than each other.) They start with a chorus song called Home is Where The Heart Is. Next is a huge hit from the 50's made famous by Ray Charles, written by Hank Williams called Chains. They then do a muddley as they put it of songs including Hey Good Looking. The Last Time is next, and was sung by a Norwegian winner of the World singing contest. They learnt it for one of his fans for a performance in Norway. The only person who was ecstatic was that particular fan. Everybody else wondered what it was all about. An Emmylou Harris song is next sung sweetly by Sandra. This is followed by a Mark Knopfler song entitled Bonaparte. One of their favourite songs is next, I think it is called One Day. The words are very meaningful and could bring a little tear to your eye. More Mark Knopfler next with Once Upon a Time There Were Cannibals, most people are familiar with this song and readily join in the chorus. Galway Girl is next, and they introduce it as their last song, but I have a feeling that is not the case. After a huge round of applause they do an encore with Fairytale from New York, performed very like the original. The whole pub is buzzing and there are loads of favourable comments from the audience about our guests, well deserved I say! What a way to end a great afternoon.