1st March 2009
It is quite a mild day in Grays and the crowd are slowly gathering at the
White Hart for what is sure to be a brilliant afternoon. There are some new
faces amongst the regulars and Bill has been elected as the compere for
the day, so we wait in eager anticipation.
Bill starts the afternoon off with a traditional number I believe is called Go
Down You Blood Red Roses. This is followed by his familiar tale involving
Icarus Schmicakerus with a couple of newly written verses. A good start to
Bernard and Maureen are next with a couple of Scandinavian tunes and not
a cross word - yet! The dumb waiter is heard being pulled and sounds quite
spooky. The next tunes are quite lively and the audience are encouraged to
join in with percussion.
Our FaBclub virgins are next. Maggie and Mark, part of a group called
Sandragon. They start with a traditional song called If I Were a Blackbird.
Maggie has a beautiful folky voice and is accompanied by Mark on guitar.
This is followed by another traditional folk song which is unusual in that it is
happy and no-one dies. It is familiar to most of the audience and is called A
Rosebud in June.
Ken is introduced next, and as usual we have no idea what to expect. He
comes on finishing his food and starts with a poem appropriately about
dental hygiene called dirty teeth. This is followed by the tale of the
Dungeness Cat, and another audience participation poem that doesn't go
quite to plan. The men in the audience are asked to go to the front with their
beer and refuse to. The fearsome Sue takes up the mantle and sings a duet
with Ken called The Whiffenpoof Song by Moss Hart. Intriguing!
Len is next and asks why he always appears to follow Ken. This is obvious
he is told - because their names rhymes. Len drops Neil Young for this
week and sings two Tim Harding songs - Reason to Believe and If I Were A
Carpenter. Nice one Len!
Maureen then comes to the front and gives us one of her stories, this one
about bums, wooden legs and toffee apples. The audience are appreciative
of the humour.
TDL are on next and for their first number are joined by Bill and Ken. Trevor
reminds us that it is St Davids Day and has selected two songs with that in
mind. The first, a self-penned version of Love potion Number 9 called Love
potion Number 2 involves sheep and the second, with a Leek connection, is
called Rebel, only the leak has an entirely different meaning. Very funny,
We take a break for 10 - 15 minutes for comfort and re-filling our glasses
Joe Migdal starts us off for the second session with a lovely song he has
sung before called Natures Wonderland. He follows this with a traditional
song Black Jack Davey. which he describes as being basically about
picking up a bit of rough. Very well sung Jo!
Our resident poet, Liz, is next and recites one of her self-penned poems Oh
My Haven't They Changed. I haven't heard this for a while. It always reminds
me of reunions I have attended in the past. 'Shoes' is next, and is delivered
with dramatic aplomb by Liz.
It is Ben's turn next and he starts with a ragtime number called Don't Get
Up by Ron Truman Border. He follows this with a tune, because he can't
think of any songs (I can't believe this having heard his repertoire), called
She Slips Away by his hero Martin Simpson. Ben holds the audience in
complete silence with this moving tune.
Maggie and Mark are asked on next to give us a couple of extra songs. The
first, a traditional Scottish song called The Hills of Glenshee is again
beautifully sung by Maggie and well accompanied on guitar by Mark. They
continue with a French tune called Le Garcon de Montagne. Mark plays the
hurdy gurdy for this and is accompanied on the bellows organ by Maggie.
Together they produce a fantastic sound made all the more richer by
Maggie's vocals during the tune.
Ken is on next and gives us a song this time with Morningtown Ride. He
really does have a good voice and should sing more. His second song is
Danny Boy which he makes an excellent job of. Well Done Ken!
Bernard and Maureen are next and give us some tunes. The first couple are
called Uncle Bernard and Grandfathers. Maureen loses it a little and we all
anticipate a domestic, but it does not materialise. They continue with
another set of tunes, title unknown to me and the tapping of feet is
unavoidable. Well done!
Len makes a return to the front with a Stevie Winwood song from 1969
called I Can't Find My Way Home, a new one to me. This is followed by
Norwegian Wood, an early Beatles song. As soon as you hear the first
chord you know what it is. Excellent Len!
After a second short break Joe gives us his version of Girl of Dances. He
makes an excellent effort and retires from the stage in acute pain from an
injury to his neck. A valiant performance Joe!
Father and son are on next in the form of Trevor and Ben. They do a Bob
Dylan song called A Simple Twist of Fate and make an excellent job of it.
Following parish notices our no longer fabclub virgins are asked to return
to finish the afternoon off. Maggie and Mark start with another traditional
song, The Bushes and The Briars. The hurdy gurdy is tuned again for a
French tune entitled La Petite Net followed by a Dutch tune Franz Morgans
Gern meaning French morning star in our language. I have heard their last
song, Dance to Your Daddy, a traditional song from the northeast,
performed by various artists. Their version certainly holds its own with
those I have heard. Maggie and Mark are appearing with Sandragon at
Orpington Folk Club on Friday 6th March, so if you wish to hear them make
it a date.
We are back on 15th March in the pub with