FaBclub review
14th December 2008
written by
Liz Montgomery

Clive and Dennis double hand the compering of our Christmas 2008 Bumper Party afternoon. We are sad that some of our FaB friends cannot join us today including Tone Deaf Leopard and John Stafford and wish Trevor and John a full and speedy recovery.

And we would like to wish every one who comes to FaBclub, whether regularly or occasionally, performer or listener, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Looking forward to seeing you on 4th January.. as usual at the White Hart with the opening Get A Floorspot Session of the New Season.

A packed house enjoyed the afternoon's special programme, organised by Sue of TDL:

Clive opens the afternoon with some of his classic stories

Trevor Barham on guitar
Hands across the Sea
Thames Estuary

Maureen and Bernard
A Christmas Story from Maureen
Marvellous tunes from Bernard and Maureen with the Bernards amazing hand crafted barrel organ and percussion

Rockin Bob Cash on guitar
Cuddle Closer
The Very Thought of You

Helen Islip on guitar
In the Bleak Midwinter
River (Joni Mitchell)

Ken voice for poems and songs
Poems from Felix Dennis
I'll never fall in love again (David/Bacharach)

JoJo in song supported by FaBclub choir
A unique Christmas version of What shall we do with the drunken sailor

Ron on guitar
Honky Tonk Angel
An original prize winning skiffle song from the 60s - "I hugged my honey"

Al Neville on guitar
Nativity revisited
Time for Father Christmas to retire

After the first break
Dennis takes over as compere while we digest the extensive FaBclub buffet.
The Booze Prayer
Tennessee Waltz
Bright Bethlehem Star

Liz Montgomery voice and poems
The Journey of the Magi (T.S. Eliot)
Secret Santa, Secret desire

Norman Faulkner on ukelele
I promised to be home by 9 o'clock
Bless em all
The Wigan Boat Express

Ploughmans Lunch in voice
Wassail all over the Town
The Apple Tree Wassail

Steve O'Kane
Star in the East

Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain
Silent Night

Christmas greetings from
Claudine by phone in the USA

After our 17 prize raffle extravaganza, distribution of Christmas cards from the post box and Linda's wonderful home made Christmas cake, snapping of crackers and poppers…we are onto the last set

Debbi-Ann Shears takes us back to childhood with
Nativity Play (Joyce Grenfell)
And a full audience participation version of The 12 Days of Christmas

Jo and Kathy treat us to musical Christmas arrangements on guitar and concertina
I saw 3 ships
Angels from the realms of glory

And to round off this fun afternoon a VERY special version of WILD THING from
Bill (or was it the Cadbury Gorilla??) and Jo.


And many thanks to Chris and Ben, our hosts at the White Hart, for their continued encouragement of and support for live music in Grays.