19th April 2009
Summer is definitely on its way. It is nice and warm outside and the sun has
been shining all morning. There are a number of unfamiliar faces in the bar
as we arrive, hopefully some are fabclub virgins and we may be in for a
treat. I can also see a number of regular members. The bar is rapidly filling
Trevor Leopard is our compere for today. The Leopards open proceedings
with a parody of Fields of Athen Rye called the Thieves of Peckham Rye.
They conclude with a Wee and a Shave, not literally though. I'm not sure the
newcomers to the club really can believe what they are seeing and hearing.
We all love it though.
Mike Parrot gets off his perch and takes to the floor. Mike hasn't been here
for some time. He starts with an old favourite-I'm not looking for a car, it's a
girl I'm looking for, which is immediately followed after each chorus with a
resounding 'Have a banana' He follows this with a brand new song, finished
this morning, called Jack of All Trades Master of None. Brilliantly written
with numerous puns but unfortunately the sound system faltered half way
through. You will have to come back soon, Mike ,and sing it for us again.
A FaBclub virgin is up next. His name is Alistair. He states that this is the
first time he has performed for at least 10years - very brave. The first song
is self-penned, written some years ago, called B is for Boy. The next song
was written last week and Alistair warned us that it was quite raw. Both
songs were excellently sung. Alistair has quite a range in his voice and he
plays very accomplished guitar. Well Done!!
Lady Formby is next in all her glorious red and white. Margaret starts with
Leaning on a Lampost and this runs straight into When I'm Cleaning
Windows. She follows with Your Cheating Heart which receives a rapturous
round of applause. Great stuff Margaret!!
Our guest, George Wilson, is next. After being introduced with a round of
applause he says 'thank you Glastonbury'. I have a feeling we are going to
have a laugh this afternoon. He starts with a Richard Thompson song- I
Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight. The next song was given to him by
a singer songwriter, Richard Hignett, and is titled Mercy. This is quite a
serious song, sung very powerfully by George. It contrasts nicely with the
humour between songs. A Ron Truman-Border song is next called Who Will
Play the Blues for Peter Green. Quite a sad song sensitively sung. John
Stafford accompanies him from the audience on the mouth organ and is
thanked for his trouble. The next song is about World War 2 fighter pilots
called Snuffed, written by Dave Totterdol (please excuse spelling). A
rousing chorus song enjoyed by the audience. Another Richard Thompson
song is next called The Poor Ditching Boy, quite a traditional number, with a
chorus. He dedicates the next song to his first wife, and follows with a
humerous story about her and the other two. The song is called Couldn't
Have Come at a Better Time, a loud joining in song. A great way to finish off
the first set.
We take a short break for necessary functions. Raffle tickets are sold and
we all catch up on the gossip since the last meeting.
TDL call us together and perform a song called In My Time Of Dying to start
the second half. A gospel song sung by such people as Led Zeppelin it
certainly grabbed the attention of everyone and called them together for
what promises to be a great session.
Our sound engineer is next. Joe sings a self-penned song of the sea
entitled I Am A Sailor. The twelve string guitar sounds quite impressive over
the PA. Joe then gets out his omni-chord harp. An unusual keyboard
instrument played on his lap, and sings a song called Hares on the
Mountain - WOW!! What a sound!!!
The audience welcome on stage Bill Pardon with a song about experience
on My Space - Cakehole Presley Is My Friend. The percussion wakes up for
the chorus. A sea shanty is next - Haul Away Joe. Great thanks to the
Mike Parrot is next for another song, hopefully with the mike working this
time. He says he has a loose end - ooh err missus. He gives us a rendition
of Missing in Acton Lost Without Trace. A great song the regulars all
recognise, and join in.
Our ex-virgin Alistair is on next with a mathematical zoological song called 2
Rabbits and 3 Foxes. A quiet ballad with some great guitar picking to
Margaret gives us another one next. 'I Feel Lucky' is certainly not what I
was on the lottery last night. Neither on the raffle which is drawn next.
George returns after the raffle with one of my favourite songs, Beeswing,
written by Richard Thompson. I have heard so many different versions of
this song and none disappoint, including Georges version. He follows with
a great drinking song - A Kiss of the Darling Good Ale. This followed an
amusing tale involving Guiness and bellies. Another Ron Truman Border
song next, Sweet Angel of Mercy - good for the percussionists. Romeo and
Juliet by Mark Knopfler is next. George describes him as his all time
favourite guitarist. Some rock and roll follows with the Searchers hit
Everytime That You Walk In The Room. I think everyone in the room was
singing along to this. George is on a roll now as he finishes with the Dire
Straits hit Walk of Life and a medley of rock and roll songs. After rapturous
applause George comes back for an encore. He finishes with Old Hippies
Never Die, a Ron Truman Border song and the afternoon fades out to a
fantastic round of applause.