26th July 2009
Grays is in festive mood this weekend as it's the Thurrock
festival and our compere for the afternoon, Margaret, regales
us with stories of inadvertently visiting Thurrock Festival
with her grandson Charlie yesterday.
She opens with a song written specially for her called "
Ban-jo" - unfortunately she can't remember who wrote it for
her…. (answers on a postcard or email to FaBclub please!
We think it was probably Maureen in Spain). And then
performs "Red River Valley" - dedicated to Bernard.
Speaking of whom… Bernard and Maureen (not Maureen in
Spain) take the floor next. Bernard explains he spent the first
year playing the uke untuned not realising it needed tuning.
And on to more tuneful matters with a series of lovely jigs
and folk tunes.
Joe is going for the keyboard today with a Dave Cousens
number - "Glimpse of Heaven" - as usual Joe can get a quite
simple looking Casio keyboard to produce an amazing
arrangement - wow And now he is onto the Hohner with a
lively version of "Nut Brown Ale" (Andy Barnes).
A bit of poetry from Liz - On the Common Pond - written for
her fathers 90th birthday.. And another version of "Summer
icumen in" - thanks to researches by Bernard.
TDL have a new song - a hillbillyish song about personal
hygiene difficulties in a relationship - I think it was called
P I G" followed up by the wonderful "I knew the bride when
he used to be a man" - at least musically based on the
similarly titled "I knew the bride when she used to rock n
roll" by Nick Lowe.
Paul Steele provides us with his masterful guitar-work and
superb songs - always gritty and intensely emotional
versions of classic ballads "A ballerina dances on" and a
beautiful setting of a Mary Webb poem. He makes it look SO
A little light refreshment and the FaBulous FaBclub raffle
and then a reprise to round off another lovely afternoon..
" Bernard and Maureen with more jaunty numbers on
concertina and guitar accompanied by the extended FaBclub
" Margaret performs "Have I told you lately that I love you?"
and "Sloop John B";
" Joe has the keyboard out again… "Riding down to
Portsmouth" and on the accordion "The American King";
" Liz with "The Rolling English Road" by G.K. Chesterton
and self penned "Growing Old Disgracefully - Appearances";
" TDL - a folk version of an Al Wilson song (not Harold
Wilson as suggested by Sue, I should point out - now that
puts an even weirder twist on it) - "Take me in" and an
entirely new version of "Lay down Sally";
Paul rounds off the afternoon with some solid folk Guthrie
and Dylan classics including "( I ain't got) No home in this
world any more"