3rd January 2010
Well, Christmas is over for another year and we are just into 2010, so some
cobwebs are about to be blown away. Our guests are arriving, but I can't
honestly say they are larger than pre-Christmas with all the food they must
have eaten. Some have brought some surplus eats along to share so we
appear to be set up for a good afternoon. Margaret has volunteered to be
our compere for the afternoon as she needs to get up and down regularly
because of her back, that's what she says, anyway. She starts with a
request from me, but she sings anyway. A couple of Formby songs Leaning
on a Lamp-post and Cleaning Windows are first after a really corny cracker
joke. Then after another equally corney joke she follows with Hey Good
Looking - obviously not influenced by me.
Bernard and Maureen are next. They are sitting a little apart but I am
assured everything is OK on the domestic front. They start with two
Australian tunes, but I am assured the music was not upside down, and
follow with a couple from the northern hemisphere to balance things up.
Toe-tapping fantastic chaps!
Paul is next in bronze medal position and starts with You Go Your Way, I'll
Go Mine, played in fingerless grey gloves (but on a guitar). The gloves
disappear seamlessly during the song as if by magic, a bit like the song
itself really. He follows this with one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs -
Simple Twist of Fate.
The next artist, Richard, is not quite a fabclub virgin - he came about a year
ago- starts with a bluesy song called Nobody Loves You Like The Way I Do,
with lots of intricate guitar playing. Great Stuff!!! He continues into a tune he
learned yesterday around a friends entitled Track 11, which gives a great
deal away. The gathering found this quite funny, but I didn't get it straight
away - Doh! A class bit of guitar playing - thank you Richard.
Mike is next to bring us back to normal - as he puts it. He starts with Wild
Rover and continues with Whiskey in the Jar, both good joiny in songs
which the audience appreciate.
John and Margaret (Foxen) are next and start by giving us a great wedding
story. This leads into a traditional song called The Blacksmith. A much
slower version than I have heard before. Margaret's voice certainly does
this justice. Something completely different next - a highly humerous song
based on the well known Oh No John, but with a twist.
Len is Barbaraless this afternoon. He starts with a Neil Young song - Heart
of Gold - and he certainly does not let us down. Staying with the same artist
he follows with Alabama - nothing to do with the American President he
TDL are next with a song they wrote last year called The Urban Fox, a tale
we townies are all too familiar with. Very cleverly written Trevor. Their next
song is about the twelve days of Christmas but not as you know it. Each
day a different Indian Dish is sent to them by their true love. Your
knowledge of Indian food is far better than mine Trevor, I must make a point
of having more takeaways I think.
We take a break for the sale of raffle tickets, purchase of pints, leaking of
liquids etc. and resume, suitably refreshed to Mike who sings a Wassailing
Song accompanied by his squeezebox. He continues with another well
known song - The River is Wide. Margaret is next with From a Jack to a King
and Grandad's Flanelette Nightshirt, followed by the raffle.
Bernard and Maureen are next with a couple of fine tunes - The Big Ship
and Speed The Plough followed by The Burnt Potato and Lord of the Dance.
Paul returns to the front without his gloves this time even though it does not
appear to have warmed up a great deal. He starts with I Ain't Got No Home in
this World Anymore and continues with a great version of How Can A Poor
Man Stand Such Times and Live. Foxen are next with a Catalan Carol last
outed at the Leigh Carol Concert before Christmas, but unfortunately not
broadcast on Radio 2 along with other items sung on the day. Their loss is
our gain I say. It is called El Noi De La Mare. They continue with a Ralph
McTell song Taken The Last Train and Gone. Len is next with a Cat Stevens
song Lisa Liseur. He follows with a Beatles song - Hey, You've Got To Hide
Your Love Away. Tone Deaf Leopard finish off the afternoon with a couple
of songs. The first - Time To Check The Freezer- is rather poignant as
Trevor's freezer broke down over Christmas. They finish with a folk song
called Blank Verse, written when a group of folkies got together and
couldn't remember the words or verses or tunes to one complete folk song,
so they wrote one.
We are back again on Sunday 17th January 2010, this time in the pub,
where our guests will be Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain, supported (not
literally) by our very own Joe Migdal. I hope to see you there.