Here we are back in the function room; it's a wild and windy late autumn
afternoon but we are all snug and warm inside with a good crowd. Clive is
compere today - and has been unearthing all sorts of unsavoury jokes and
stories to keep us amused between acts.
MIKE opens up with the beautiful "Carrickfergus". Then gets the FaBclub
choir singing along to "The Wild Rover"
Some autumnal poems from LIZ with "September Song" and "Winter
Dreaming" - hopefully a bit of nostalgia about collecting conkers and eating
crumpets round the fire.
JoJo dons a jaunty cap (and the notoriously camera-shy lass even lets
Clive take a photo - well look at the photo and see for yourself) - "Penny for
the Ploughboys" is another seasonal contribution written by Colin Cater in
1999 - and an interesting commentary on the loss of rural traditions and its
impact on country life. And even more seasonal with a Christmas song
(already) "The Holly Bears The Crown".
It's always fun with BERNARD and MAUREEN - today on concertina and
guitar - with a nautical style medley to kick off. And then some more
traditional folk tunes.
After a little persuasion and too many months - Mr JOHN STAFFORD takes
the floor, and treats us to a blues arrangement of "Amazing Grace" and then
breaks into a full version of "Oh, Mary don't you weep".
BILL is in fine voice too. A song from New Zealand about the sad life of a
now remorseful (possible reformed) drunk and coaches us into singing the
repeat chorus. And we are all pleased to hear "The Man from the Pru" -
which he hasn't performed here for ages.
How can you follow a terrible but mercifully quick blonde joke from Clive?
PAUL is our next act and certain raises the tone with his wonderful guitar
style and impassioned voice with an especially good version of "Sweet
Little Mystery". What a repertoire he has!
We are all thrilled to hear that TDL raised £211.77p for Children in Need on
Friday - well done. An old favourite is dusted down - a song of problems
with - um - vending machines in Rochester - and with a moral of course.
BEN joins the stage for a number requiring a lead guitar as well and John
with the harmonica - a rousing version of "High Heel Sneakers" and after its
resounding success continue on with that great Van Morrison song "Bright
Side of the Road".
Rounding off the first half BEN moves into solo mode - a gorgeous
instrumental the first part self penned -and as yet untitled - and the second
part "Rose in The Heather". And to round of the first half - "Delia's Gone" -
what a treat.
Who cares about the weather - we're doing fine in here; another story from
Clive and then we are off into the second half and the FaBulous FaBclub
raffle. A quick run through the setlist::
" MIKE has donned a rather splendid melodeon and is getting having no
problems in getting us to sing along again including one of my favourites,
"All around my Hat".
" Some more poems from LIZ - "Growing Old Disgracefully" and in tune with
the season - "Christmas Shopping at Lakeside"
" Eclectic as ever, MAUREEN has some stories for us about "Claude the
Hypnotist" and "Two Prawns" (also involving sharks and a mysterious
" BERNARD solos this time with some more lovely tunes on concertina; they
always conjure up pictures of sailing vessels and lost times.
" A moving and recently penned poem about a fated relationship from JoJo
- "Moon Phases"
" "All on a Monday morning" is BILL's next contribution, written by Cyril
Tawney. Quite sad and wistful. However the next is rather ruder and the title
will probably get this site blocked!
" PAUL brings us a great Philip Goodhand-Tait number - can never
remember the title but any song that includes the word "rollercoaster" and
manages to get a rhyme to it is good in my book. And rounds up his
contribution with a delicious and intricately picked version of "Forever in
" TDL are into a themed finish and we have to guess the theme - "Will you
still love me tomorrow?" and a TDL version of "Love Potion…number 2"
and "She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)" - so have you guessed yet? The
answer is….sheep… as in She Loves EWE…..
" And a rousing finish from BEN - an instrumental followed by the sweet and
sad "Cotswold ground" - which has a great twist in the final verse.
Our next meeting is a get a floor spot session in the function room on
Sunday 6th December. Hope to see you there!