18th April 2010
It's a heat wave outside, summer has arrived at last. I am sure it is going to be pretty hot
inside the White Hart as well this afternoon. We have two fantastic guests, Mick Ryan
and Paul Downes as well as a number of floor singers. I can't wait for the action.
Tone Deaf Leopard are our comperes this afternoon and start the proceedings with a gospel
song - Putting the Devil Down - to let all us sinners know what we are missing on a
Sunday morning - Lordy, Lordy!!! Build Abe Lincoln's Railway is the name of their
second song, sung acapello with Trevor on the tambourine for a change. He must have been
having lessons from Sue.
Leather clad Norman is next, appropriately dressed for his first number - TT Races. I
suspect the cobwebs have been removed from his two wheels because of the fine weather.
He follows with Save The Last Dance For Me with a trumpet solo in the middle. Is there
no limit to his talents?
Paul makes a welcome return to the fabclub and is introduced as a bother boy because of
his heavy boots, but we all know he is lovely really. He starts with a familiar Show Of
Hands song - Cousin Jack. The gremlins then get into the amplifier and after a short
technical break Paul continues with a Richard Thompson song about another motor bike, a
Vincent Black Lightning. A great performance in the face of technical adversity, Paul.
Please come back again soon.
Rocking Bob is our last floor spot before our guests, and starts with The Blue Moon Turns
To Gold Again, a song from the 40's. Bob says he mustn't sneeze during the next song
because of his loose crib sheets on the music stand. He continues with You Made Me Love
You, a song I remember as being one of my own father's favourites. Nice one, Bob!
The time has come for the first session from our guests Mick Ryan and Paul Downes. They
start with a jolly song about a group of workers, not dissimilar to Aufeisdersein Pet, called
They're The Lads Who Won't Give In. They follow with a song collected from a gypsy
traveller, sung by the gypsy's grandson, who promises he could do better than his granddad
because he was, as he put it, rubbish. After a tale about butter and escaping from prison
they sing a song about Ashwater Town in North Looe, Devon. A very powerful song next
with a great chorus of O Death, not sure what it is called though. Some great stories from
Mick in between songs, this time extolling the virtues of bovine augmentation (or bull----).
Another great chorus song follows - Here's Good Luck To The Lazy Man. Some fantastic
guitar playing from Paul on their next song, with a refrain of Again and Again and Again.
They finish off their first spasm with Bells II, a song written by Mick for one of his folk
opera's, Great stuff - can't wait for more in the second half.
After our customary break Len is called to the front to give us a couple of songs. He starts
with a gentle song I have not heard him sing before at the fabclub - Hanging On A Wire.
He follows this with a John Lennon song - Imagine - one of my favourites. Great stuff,
Joe is our next floor spot, on his guitar this week. His first song is called Heading Out and
I can't remember hearing this one before. Some great guitar picking, Joe! He follows this
with a song he wrote in the 90's about the Isles of Scilly called In Nature's Wonderland.
A fabclub virgin next, although Moni Aldous has been running Romford Folk Club for a
number of years. She starts with one of her own compositions - Swallows From Africa. I
haven't heard her sing this for a number of years - it is quite refreshing to hear it again, as
it is for her second song Such A Charming Young Man. Please come back again soon,
Our main guests return after the raffle, starting with some powerful guitar playing by Paul
with - I Am The Foe. The next song was written by Mick about the Tolpuddle Martyrs
with the title of Put Them Down Again with some even more powerful guitar by Paul.
Another song next from the folk opera The Navvie's Wife, a gentle ballad Forever and
Forever. The Land of Cockade is next, a song about dreams of a land where you can have
anything you desire, a bit like it is today as Mick points out, however, this was written
many years ago. Paul changes to the banjo for this. Mick comments on the number of
guitars Paul owns. He has about 20 in his bedroom. Paul responds with a quote from
Ralph Mc Tell who says a man who knows how many guitars he owns does not have
enough. Another gentle song next followed by a solo from Paul Downes - I Hate The Rain (
I tend to agree with him). A World premier next, a song to celebrate the summer never
done in public before - Summer is A-Coming In Again. This is a song that will be on their
new CD due to be released shortly. The next song was written by Mick in 1991 after the
death of his father and has the title of Love Is Life, because he realised after the
experience that life goes on - how true. This is a beautiful song that reflects the true craft
of our guests. A song about the railways next with a compulsive chorus - The Railway's
Golden Age. This was billed as their last song but after a little gentle persuasion they
return for an encore. They finish with a pig song during which there is a long pause while
Mick coughs his heart up, and carries on as if nothing has happened. True professionalism
I say. What a great afternoon's entertainment! We are back again next week for a get a
floor spot session in the function room. Hope to see you there!!!!