5th April 2009
It's a glorious spring day, performers are arriving, and the room is
humming with conversation. I got out of writing the review on 22nd March
by arranging for our car to stop working, so I have to do it today.instead..
Trevor is today's MC, so we kick off with two new songs, "Tumbalaleka", in
Yiddish and English, then a song, finished just this morning, "April's Song".
Bernard and Maureen are up next with a set of traditional English
hornpipes, "Navvie On The Line","Manchester Hornpipe", and "The Steam
Boat"followed by two more tunes, "Uncle Bernard's" and "Grandfathers". ,
Although I love this type of music, I never know what the tunes are called.
We shall see them danced at Rochester Sweeps Festival, I'm sure..
Trevor "The Hat" sings two of his own songs, "The Sun Shines Over
Romford", and "You Really Make My Day." Nice to hear both songs,
although the second is making all too rare an appearance. I think he looks
very cool and coordinated today in flattering shades of beige, even the hat
Ron, the man with the country songs and the Gibson guitar is next up. His
first song is a Hank Williams number, with subtle harp from John Stafford.
"I'm Sorry For You, My Friend." His second is another new one to me,
"When I Hold Her In My Arms, I Feel Like Fred Astaire" Ron is modelling a
tasteful blue tracksuit.
John and Margaret, "Foxen" are next. They are becoming regular
performers at FaB Club. They start with the Dylan song, "Boots Of Spanish
Leather". There's another song of unrequited love,"Banks Of Sweet
Len is on now. Is it a coincidence that since we gave him a wig to complete
the image, he's not sung a Neil Young song?. His first today is one by Van
Morrison. You need to get your head shaved now Len! John is called on to
accompany Len on a blues, "Love In Vain." Not quite sure about Len's
colour choice today, but guess the trousers aren't quite brown, and the
jumper's pale blue.
Time for a 3B Break whilst the next act sets up. Our good friends Maggie
and Mark are here again. This time they have brought Steve with them.
Steve plays pipes and other wind instruments. Their first tune is "Brian
Boru", an awesome sound indeed. With pipes, drum, and hurdy gurdy. The
second offering begins with melodic humming and harmonium, before
Maggie breaks into a beautiful, and whistful song,"Always Spring",
traditional words, with their own tune. FaB.
Liz gives us her poem in memory of the late Gordon Shears, "A Thousand
Things To See Before You Die".She has an enviable way with words! An
unseasonable "Shopping at Lakeside" follows. This must be because
Australia starts its winter daylight saving today.
TDL take the stage once more, with two entirely different songs. The first is
a parody of an old Tom Robinson song, "Glad To Be Grey", very important
R in the title. The FaB choir join in the chorus. John is called upon for the
second song which is "In My Time Of Dying"
Bernard and Maureen give us some more jolly tunes, before Trevor takes
the floor again. First he sings "All Lovers Are Young", citing that there are
no age limits for romance. He'd know of course, having been recently
married to Michelle. He has a few Martin Carthy moments before his second
song, "Easy Street". Does anyone live there these days?
Foxen are next, and bring on their little hammer dulcimer. They sing a song
"Dials and Gauges", written by John thirty years ago after a long
journey.with an old man. They followed this with 'The Chicken Song' - beg,
beg, beg, beggaaah. The less said the better!
Next a short break followed by the raffle.
Len again, sill without a Neil Young song though. Fist song is Sad Lisa. He
says he lied about Neil Young, so has to wear the wig for "The Needle And
The Damage Done". Len looks more like Neil Young than Neil Young does !
Liz is making a second appearance, bemoaning the fact that she has not
written any new stuff. Margaret isn't here, but it is her birthday, so a poem
written for her is recited with Liz's perfect punctuation. Then comes
"Kentish Maid", written for Sue's birthday last year. Lots of references in
there to famous females from the county.
Sanddragon are asked to finish the afternoon. "Come Up The Stairs" is led
by Steve, accompanied on bodhran.. The second is "Banks Of Sweet
Mossom", a Nancy song with a lively rhythm,featuring, harmonium,
guitar,euphonium and whistle, and Maggie's beautiful voice of course.
Steve demonstrates strange instrument, a halumi, and a crumhorn. They
then play "Riggs Of The Times" with Steve on merletron, the crumhorn's
That concludes the afternoon in style. See you next time !