7th February 2010
So we made it to five years - and still going strong! It's
amazing what you will find in the function room of the White
Hart on a Sunday afternoon.
Some old and new friends are with us to share the fun - and
the crisps and the cakes. We are sorry that Clive, Jean and
TDL cannot be with us but we hope they will be back with us
on the 21st for our CITP with Pigs Ear.,
Joe Midgal is our compere for the afternoon - I wonder what
exotic instruments he'll be treating us to today?
First up its some domestic harmony/dis-harmony with
Bernard and Maureen and some traditional tunes on
concertina with guitar accompaniment.
Happy Birthday to us from Margaret, Lady Formby on her
bright yellow Ukelele. Sing along time with Streets of
London and Your Cheating Heart
Foxon tell is about some songs they heard last night at a
John Kirkpatrick gig (to the envy of the the rest of us)..
which provides the background to their song - Two shillings
inside One shilling out - where "connexion" has nothing to
do with access to the Internet or the Jobcentre…then one in
French based on a poem received from a thwarted (French)
teenage boyfriend… Malgret tous je suis fou de vous - great
Some poetry from Liz with a new one - Fresh snow fall - and
then the Anglo French Le Chanson du Salon FaB - required
for anniversary parties at Fabclub.
Some trad and new songs from Bill…from the traditional
camp - Billy don't you weep for me and Nicotine Ceiling -
about the sort of pub that is not too hot, but that is an
appropriate retreat for the spurned lover.
Joe himself finishes off the first half in time for the buffet.
Just playing a six string guitar for a change… The New
Mown Hay - written by Joe at Flaxton House where he
attended some creative art courses (and met girls!!) Really
gorgeous tune. Then Harps in Heaven - curiously I was
watching a rather noisy video of this on YouTube this
morning where it was more than half drowned out by
background noise - we heard it played as it should be.
And we open up the second half, with our honoured founder
Claudine singing about Eva, a sweet Swedish girl who can't
find a man…in French (and shows how it really should
sound). The wistful I will find you - gets us all joining in the
Paul Ballantyne provides us with a brilliantly arranged
version of Cocaine Lil courtesy of John Martyn; then onto
Gordon Lightfoot's - Did she mention my name? We are
being very spoiled this afternoon.
After much teasing about his new, rather dramatic, haircut,
our maestro of the Neil Young songs, Len, plays one for the
guys Old Man, and Only love can break your heart.
And next we are pleased to welcome Mr John Stafford and
his amazing jacket full of harmonicas…and an extraordinary
version of Danny Boy (very) broadly accompanied by the
A fabulous version of Forever in time from Paul Steel
maintains the quality of this afternoon. What great fingering
- and the second number is even better.- The Song of the
Wandering Angus (words by W.B Yeats") - gorgeous
We are really pleased Mark Reed is here- opening up with a
great number he has played for us a while back from one of
his albums - Out of the Past. And then gives us a good laugh
with The Dog Song.
The glorious FaBclub raffle and delicious Linda baked
FaBclub birthday cake precedes the final numbers from
" Bernard and Maureen with dancing from Bill and Mark!
" Bill (Essex Boy, of course)
" Foxon - Blue Moon
" The Power of Three (Claudine, Paul and Mark) with a
belting version of Bad Moon on the Rise (is there a theme
" Paul Steel - with An American Girl
" Len - Follow the Sun
To round off the afternoon a jam of Swing Low Sweet
Chariot led by John Stafford - looking forward to the next 5