16th May 2010
Club in the Pub this afternoon.. The Leps are going to be MC'ing but are stuck in the
Never mind, we get going anyway. Mike Willmore starts us off with numbers on guitar and
piano accordion, including "The Wild Rover" and "Streets of Laredo" to get the FaBclub
choir joining in. And the Leps have arrived …
Paul Ballantyne claims he "needs extra stuff to make up for lack of talent"… but once he
is all plugged in he gives us some Dylan…"Don't think twice it's alright"; Nancy Griffiths;
"Hard Life" and the beautiful "Youngstown" - for some reason I'm always surprised this
is by Springsteen
TDL are in the building and are in fine voice with an a cappella version of "Glory glory
what a helluva way to die".
Our guests are all the way from New York today - the lovely Anne Price and Steve Suffet.
After a great show at Friday Folk Orpington we are pleased to welcome them back to
FaBclub. And they get us singing along from the outset with a storming version of "Settle
down".. then chugging on into a song written in the style of Woody Guthrie "High Ballad
Man" written by Steve (and with a special verse written for this UK tour!). "John
Randolph", is led by Anne - the US version of Lord Randolph - beautiful. Then we're off
into freedom territory - "Roll Jordan Roll". And into an interesting song about organic
gardening.. great words "Let's have a bug squashing party tonite!" (I think its actually
called 'Squishybugs'!) Steve is "Crazy about a lady called Amera" and Anne is on kazoo
for chorus. "Bury me not on the lone prairie" takes us into more traditional cowbow
territory again.. "Stagalee" is a great standard about a very bad man and Steve and Anne
produce a great arrangement of this song.
A quick break and TDL are off again with "Roadkill Café".. I'm sure the hand gestures
are getting more and more OTT with this song.
More tunes now with Len Reeder - straight into classic Neil Young territory with "Heart
of Gold"; then "Mad John" - not one I have heard him perform before - and then that
great Zep song.. "Thank you"
And Jo Migdal is temporarily unchained from the (brand new) sound desk…some lovely
rippling music "Rip it up Jo": Kathy joins him on stage for a good rework of "Oh no John
TDL are back with a fine rework of that traditional song "It will not be long before our
'washing' day" - with the inevitable results.
After this our guests take the stage again - with a great cowboy song "Santa Fe trail"; a
great 'givin up' blues from Anne next with Steve on twiddly bits (great line - 'they say the
best revenge is livin' well'); segues on into a mining disaster song written by Steve "Can
you hear that steam whistle blow?" Ann reminds us of the early Woody Guthrie - it is
sometimes forgotten that he started out in cowboy songs.. "Lay down little doggies"
(Doggies in this song are cattle being driven to the slaughter house across the cold prairie).
Next is that great protest song about strip mining.. and its effects on the landscape and
people of Kentucky - "Blackwaters", written by Jean Ritchie. "John Henry" drives us ever
deeper in to the American psyche…followed with more Jean Ritchie with a soulful song
written from the point of view of the miners wife - the perils of the flooded West Virginia
mine. A song written by Canadian James Gordon about a whaler "Frozen in Frobisher
Bay"…as Steve comments - more fun than the actual experience.. and then back to a
different form of transport with the "66 Highway Blues". They close out the main set with
the classic Utah Phillips "Singing through the hard times".
Our encore is Anne's "Broken Bagel" song…in traditional style but involving both
analysts and scientologists! And with a happy ending….
Lovely to have you both back with us again… and how fast this afternoon has