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5th July 2009
The food is arriving, as well as the performers, but most importantly
our birthday girl has just arrived. Liz has been given time off to take
in the atmosphere of the celebrations, so I am writing the review this
afternoon and Dennis Homes has volunteered to be our compere,
for the first session at least. It is hot and sunny outside and the
men's final has just started at Wimbledon. As the doors are open we
must expect some competition from those watching the tennis in the
beer garden, but we have the performers to beat any Wimbledon
Dennis opens proceedings with a new song. He uses a crib sheet as
it is so new, and states that he is trying to do songs he has written
since he turned 60, because he is fed up with performing all his old
material. Well, I can assure you Dennis that we are all far from fed up
with hearing them. The song is called Angel Wings, and is a serious
ballad written from the heart. Love Will Overcome follows, another
well written song beautifully performed by Dennis.
Len is next, earlier than usual, and he starts with a Tim Harding
song made famous by Rod Stewart called Reason to Believe, one of
my favourite songs from the 70's. He follows with a second Tim
Harding song - If I Were a Carpenter. John joins in in the background
with his gobiron. Well done Len !!!
Joe is next with a song called Up To Now. He is playing an unusual
stringed instrument on his lap called an appellation dulcimer - lovely
sound. He dons a guitar for his second song, Geronimo's Cadillac. I
last heard this song done by Roy Mette earlier this year, and Joe,
you did just as good a job.
Steve and Fiona are next with a song of unrequited love called
Haunt My Heart. Sung by Fiona in her excellent voice. This was a
song stolen by Steve from an American CD performed by women
singers. He apologises for the next song which is one of his own -
Make Mine a Miracle. Nothing whatsoever to apologise for. It knocks
spots off the first one, with the exception of Fiona's voice. Great
Helen is next with a Sting song - Fields Of Gold. Better sung by Eva
Cassidy is the verdict of the audience. Helen also makes a great job
of it. She then does a Neil Young song, at the request of our birthday
girl, called Sugar Mountain.
Liz is up next with a poem I have not heard before called - Fiscal
Advantages 2009. Very deep and serious. She dedicates her next
poem to Dennis - Do You Remember - a piece she wrote about 2
years ago when Dennis had a special birthday. A poem detailing
memories from the 60's. Dennis certainly wasn't the only person in
the room around at that time.
Cathy is next, before the break, with 3 tunes on her concertina. The
first is called The Three Sea Captains. The second Don Maggee and
the third Davey Brae. We are not certain about the names but we are
certain that Cathy should perform more often. She says she was
very nervous but I thought she played very well, and the audience, I
We have a break, where we are introduced to the famous FaBclub
buffet, and have the opportunity to purchase our raffle tickets and
additional refreshment, and relieve ourselves of the refreshment
Bill Pardon takes over as compere for the second half. A FaBclub
virgin from the bar is introduced, Greg, who came along to the pub
thinking there was a jamming session in the bar. He is very
confident and plays a mean guitar (borrowed from Len). His first
song , I Shot The Sheriff is loved by all. It is the first time the
percussion has been brought out in full force. John also does a
harmonica solo at Greg's request. The second song - Hey Joe - is
equally well performed by Greg, in his own style. We hope he
returns to the club in the near future.
Bill is next and sings a topical song about MP's and their expenses.
He apologises for singing from a crib sheet as he says by the time
he has learnt the words the meaning is no longer topical. A very
cleverly written song, Bill.
Dennis is next with a funny song, Mum Can I Have a Packed Lunch.
What talent this club has. He follows with his library song, a song of
passion ending with the librarian being 3 weeks overdue. An ideal
Homes exhibition, as Bill wittily put it.
Len is on for his second performance of the afternoon, starting with
a Neil Young song The Needle and the Damage Done. Sounds like
the original performed by the master. But Len is a bit slimmer
apparently. He continues with a Show of Hands song - Cousin Jack.
What a great version, thanks Len!
The raffle is drawn and we win a torch.
Rip 'Em Up Joe is next,written and performed by Joe Migdal on the
borrowed guitar(Len's). A lovely traditional sounding song, played
effortlessly by Joe . Followed by a quicky (ooh err missus) Another
Man's Wife written by Jez Lowe. A slower version but again very well
performed by Joe.
Steve and Fiona are on next and start with a new chorus song -
rapidly named The Bling Song, by Steve. Although this is new to our
ears, it was written some years ago, but has recently resurfaced.
Steve tells me he has well over 100 similar songs waiting to poke
their heads above the parapet. Fiona follows with her stonking
version of Solitary Hero, which always goes down well.
Helen finishes the afternoon with Sweet Sir Galahad, a sweet song
indeed, and then the candles on two cakes are lit, because we found
out it is Helen's birthday on Wednesday. So they blow out the
candles, we eat some cake and we finish off with a group chorus
song - Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Led by the one and only John