25th January 2009
Bill opens the compering for the afternoon with possibly the worst Chinese burns night joke
ever - which makes us all wince….and laugh!
And we progress into the Scottish theme with a medley of some lovely traditional tunes on
concertina from Bernard.
Trevor B wows us with "Breathe" - supported by the FaBclub choir - such a great song.
"Easy Street" is a great tune too - love the middle eight key change - and as Trev the Hat
says, spot on for these times of credit crunch.
Fresh from his triumphs last week, some poetry from Ken - a serious one on WW1 theme to
start which Ken has written himself - which prompts some very inappropriate response from
our wicked audience. Ken sings Ken Dodd next with "Please release me" and requests for
encores from the assembled masses.
With absolutely no preparation to be compere this week, Bill continues to wow us with a
stream of jokes and stories between the various acts. How does he remember them all? -
More music maestro please - this time from Len - with one of my favourite Neil Young songs
with some of his best lyrics IMHO - "Only love can break your heart" . And another classic to
follow - with excellent guitarwork -"For no-one".
Liz has brought along a book of poems by Modern Scottish Women Poets - and reads us
"Windowbox" by Angela McSeveny and "The Living Fire" (originally written in the Gaelic) by
Some M&S from TDL next (allegedly - well we can't have the FaBclub site blocked can we) -
involving a rubber chicken - "Miss Whiplash" - followed by Trevor having a dream involving
a singaround on a roof…"Nobody's round". When he had the dream he thought the song
was by Johnny Cash but can't find any trace of it, so probably it's an original TDL song with
lots of chorus and some inspiration from one of the Guthries.
Bill rolls up the first half with a Scottish song - the original this time - "Bonny banks of
Fordie" - rather than the more localised version he is renowned for performing recently
(Bonny banks of… Tilbury) . More singing along by FaBclubbers of course.
As he may have to leave soon Ken gives us a surreal Englishman, Welshman, Irishman and
We open the second half with JoJo - a joke about company mergers she has poached from
Norman…and now for a song with LOTS of noises…and
FaBulous participation "She'll be coming round the mountain.."
Maureen provides us with gaelic - if not Scottish - humour with a mischievous story about an
Irishman, recently deceased… and then one about an Irish parish priest. And then some
more lovely tunes from Bernard on the concertina..
"St Augustine" is another great love song from Trevor the Hat - with a super chorus for us all
sing along to. "Streets of London" is his next number - unusual for Trev as he normally just
does his own songs - a lovely version of this classic. And back to Trevs own compositions
with "A Sign like Batman" - a tremendous song - an absolutely classic. Always interesting
words and tunes with a twist that make you want to sing along.
A new one from Bill now - watch Myspace for the next episode … apparently he has a little
dongle… a song all about friends you make on social networking sites (honest Bill - we'll
explain) - "Cakehole Presley is my Friend"
More classic Neil Young from Len - "I believe in you" - on top form today. And more Beatles -
"Hide your love away" and "Norwegian Wood"
Liz ends up the second half with "Sausages" - by Simon Bartram, "Ageing", by Janet Caird
and "What a Poem's Not" by John Hegley
The final spell of the afternoon and after the fab FaBclub raffle, we are all delighted that TDL
are getting back on form again. Some Scottish (ish) tunes - the first is from Walter Scott's
Bothy Ballads - but probably predates this considerably. Great TDL heavy folk arrangement
guys… Sue performs a great number inspired by a recent naked Scottish rambler…. "Cold
around the Cairngorms". (I was instructed rewrite this bit of the review, as the first draft
made it sound like Sue was reciting this in her nothings and she threatened to never write a
review again if I kept the original wording ;-) ). And a lovely version of "Freight Train" from
both of TDL to round off complete with train whistle accompaniment from JoJo.
More lovely lyrics - written in 1884 by Sir Harold Boulton - "The Skye Boat Song" - and
performed as a Cockney poem by JoJo. And Bernard follows up with the tune…
Len produces a storming performance of "To love somebody"… And to round off the
afternoon, the Man in the Hat is back. "Fire and Rain" ; "The Sun Shines over Romford"
(which makes us all feel quite exotic…or neurotic, depending on whose words you believe) -
and a request from Michelle - "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?"
Gosh haven't heard that for ages, and it prompts a lively discussion about Andy Fairweather
Brilliant afternoon all - see you next week - at the FaBclub 4th Birthday party!!!