28th February 2010
A wet windy wild afternoon for the FaBclub - and that's just the weather
outside. Sue Leopard is compering and JoJo volunteers to start the
afternoon with "Oh what a Beautiful Morning!" - and gets us ALL singing
(even me…she'll regret that when she realises how out of tune I am)
TDL sing us a song written about and for a vicar…"The drunken vicar" -
he'll wish he never said that no one writes songs about vicars. It's the
normal high standard of subversion we have come to expect of Sue and
Trevor. And they follow up with another one I haven't heard before - "The
Social Climber" - the story of the real Urban Gue(o)rilla. - with a great refrain.
Next up is Foxon - with a lovely Linda Thompson song - "No telling what a
love song will do" on mandolin and autoharp and a song written for them by
Trevor Sharples - based on "The water is wide" (loosely! - renamed "My
bottom is wide" - yes you can guess) - lovely arrangements and lots of
laughter from this one. Not sure I can cope with so much fun on a Sunday
Chicken say - "Norman with banjo please." Actually think it's a banjo ukelele
and a "new" Formby song.."Oh! Don't the wind blow cold" - then back to a
more familiar "Sunbathing in the Park" - all cheeky Formby stuff.
Helen provides us with some soothing ballads - "Homeward Bound" - and
one that she has just learned "At Seventeen", which has such a haunting
and interesting melody. Haven't heard that for ages.
Some lovely tunes from Ben - who continues to explore and expand on the
modern UK acoustic repertoire with his own compositions - heavily rippled
through with blues and the style that Renbourn, Jansch and Thomson
kicked off, but executed in his own distinctive and beautiful style. Then "Off
to California"- a great arrangement of this jaunty traditional number.
Bernard and Maureen bring us some more jaunty traditional toons on
concertina and guitar. Quite a medley but "Lord of the Dance" was definitely
in the middle…they tell me that "Little burnt potato" was the first part. And
then on into "Uncle Bernie"??? Feel I should be dancing at this point.
Some more role reversal in songs for Bill … with a women's poem written
by Jenny Joseph - "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple". And then
regales us with the story of "Icarus".- "Be daring and brave…" all about
pushing those boundaries sometimes inappropriately.
A run up to the break with Liz with "February Song" - about the promise of
spring and "Oh my haven't they changed" - about the surprises that old
school reunions can bring.
After a little break to refresh our glasses and the glorious FaBclub raffle..
back on with the show:
" JoJo gives us a number from Porgy and Bess - "Summertime",…she is
definitely trying to make the sun come out (and it is shining by the end of
" And Norman is "Riding in the TT Races" - he can't wait until June; and a bit
of the "Limehouse Chinese Laundry Blues";
" Some more from Foxon - a gorgeous Christina Olsen song "Hurry on
Home" and then a saucy song about cycling via June Whitfield, Hinge and
Bracket, allegedly - as they say it's all in the mind.
" A pinch of psaltery from Bernard - what an amazingly beautiful sound -
" Bill performs an a cappella heavy rock version of "Silver Dagger" (is that
possible? Of course it is - it's FaBclub) - and a song of the sad outcome of
the demon drink- "By the dry Cardrona" - although I am not sure that is how
it is spelled.
" This time chicken say Helen - "Ain't no Sunshine" (yes it has disappeared
for the afternoon too…) and a bit of fun with "Don't get married girls"
" "So you wanna be a folk music star" from TDL via The Byrds sort of, and
the inimitable and deeply heartfelt "The Floor Singer".
" A bit of "Shopping at Lakeside" from Liz
And Ben rounds off the afternoon for us with a brilliant version of "Georgia
on my mind".
Another lovely afternoon at FaBclub.
(All photos are from the archives due to a technical hitch)