31st May 2009
Clive greets us on this very sunny and warm late May afternoon with one of
his naughty jokes. The pub has fired up the bbq outside too - so we are
having an early summer party with cool drinks and good company.
To kick off the afternoon, Margaret introduces us to her brand new ukulele
banjo - which has a lovely tone. "Keep fit" - well listening to keep fit is the
best idea today - it is far too hot for any sort of exercise. Then over to the
ukulele proper and into some C&W with "I'll walk the line"
More naughty stories from Clive. Then Liz is on with "Last Night I Dreamed
(After a Day at Oxford)" which she wrote after a recent visit provoked a bout
of nostalgia for student days, followed by W.H. Audens' "The Night Train"
Bernard and Maureen play a beautiful traditional lament on concertina and
guitar "Portsmouth" and then "College Hornpipe"
"Sunflowers" by Steve O'Kane opens Debbie's first contribution to the
afternoon - such beautiful lyrics. It always makes me cry. Up beat now with a
Joyce Grenfell monologue - "Sing Song Time" - Debbie always some
rarities from these collections, real gems, with the terrible Sidney and the
lurking spectre of the school inspector or Governor or perhaps just the
pianist - Miss Boulting - in the background. Superb!
Back to the music - Len claims he is on slightly croaky vocal form - but
launches into a full guitar and harmonica version of "Heart of Gold"; and the
truly summery "Follow the sun".
A little break for refreshments and we are back in action again. Clive
provides us with more ribald stories and jokes.
JoJo is also suffering from a croaky voice but still performs inimitably. In
praise of the weather, a suitably syncopated "Summertime" sounds
absolutely fine - and very appropriate for the imminent arrival of June.
"Ladies of the Canyon", that lovely Joni Mitchell song, is performed by
Helen. Having toyed with the idea of "Ain't no sunshine" - she opts to sing
the jolly "Yarmouth Town" as more appropriate for the weather.
After the draw with some splendid FabClub prizes, we're on a second turn
Margaret plays the LS Lowry tribute "Matchstalk Men" and 'Floating Down
Liz- reads the traditional "Sumer is icumen in" and her self written - "Do you
Bernard and Maureen give us a nice instrumental interlude with "Endearing
Young Charms", "Walter Bulwers No 1" and "No 2" and "South Wind"
Debbie - reads the sublime "The Committee" - another Joyce Grenfell piece
- the committee meeting from hell of the Ladies Chorale, dealing with the
difficult issue of an alto singer that cannot sing but who also founded the
Len - is trying an experimentů.rebalancing guitar and voice to help his cold
and the result is a very nice version of "Here comes the sun" then a lovely
Led Zep number
JoJo recites a poignant poem called "Moon Phases" which she has written
recently written inspired by seeing the moon during the day.
Helen rounds off the afternoon with "Sonny come home" and "Midnight
Special" which gets us all singing along.
Many thanks to Clive for his great compering and extraordinary collection
of non-PC jokes and stories (this week with added contributions from Len!)