4th July 2010
The summer continues with vengeance. It is lovely and hot, but thankfully there is a
cooling draught blowing through the room whilst the door is open. The audience are
gathering and we already have a number of floor singers. They are arriving, not only to
have a great afternoon's entertainment, but to celebrate the 80th birthday of Rockin' Bob.
Sue, Liz and Helen also have birthdays this month so we are looking forward to a buffet
during the break.
Margaret has volunteered once again to compere this afternoon. She starts by introducing
herself as the new owner of a canary and asks for suggestions for a name. Some of course
are unprintable but the funniest, I think, was catfood. She has been requesting suggestions
on facebook and has received about 20, but still cannot decide. She starts with a song
written between Billericay and Romford on Wednesday, all about her new found friend
entitled Condor the Canary. Why not call it Condor? She continues with a tropical song
-Island in the Sun.
Our birthday boy is next and thanks everyone for their kind wishes, cards and presents.
He starts with an old music hall song - Last Night In the Parlour I Loved Her Best of All.
He continues with When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful, another oldie. Thanks
Bob, now you can sit back and enjoy the celebrations.
Tone Deaf Leopard are next. Trevor shows his feminine side with a pink ukelele. He says
it was a Martin washed with a pair of pink drawers. Sue is also showing her feminine side
wearing an Easter Bonnet. They start with a poshly sung joiny in song called Oo Whacker
Doo Whacker Day. They continue with a song sung by Sue dragged out of the 60's they
call Terry the Second. You should sing more often, Sue.
We are over-run with ukeleles this afternoon as Norman takes to the stage and sings us Mr
Woo's Chinese Laundry Blues. He continues with Walking My Baby Back Home sung
with a mouth trumpet solo in the middle.
To whet our appetite for the buffet we are introduced to Ploughmans Lunch, who sing us a
ploughman's song. It all sounds like hard work to me. They continue with a song described
by Clive as all about sex called The Troopers Horse - how very rude!
A young looking Len is next - he has shaved his moustache off. He starts with a Beatles
song I'll Follow The Sun and follows with If I Were A Carpenter. Two well known songs
very well sung by both Len and the audience.
Ben is next, who is really much younger than Len. The heat is affecting the tuning of his
guitar but when he gets going boy, were we in for a treat. He starts with an unnamed
instrumental - a master class in guitar picking. Someone suggests we call it Margarets new
canary, and make various other suggestions. He follows with another toe-tapping piece on
his out of tune instrument. If that is out of tune…..Well!! Thanks Ben, it is great to hear
We take a break to refresh our glasses and enjoy the fabulous food on offer.
Joe Migdal starts us off the second spasm with a Birthday Rock Medley played on his
electronic organ. He continues with Big Fat Sexy Man and drives the audience crazy. I
expected to see Trevor's pink knickers come flying to the stage.
Mike is next up with a self-penned song - Coalition - written about the government and the
state of the nation. Written to the tune of Skip to My Loo he says he has to sing it while it
is topical - and it certainly is. He follows with a poem - Folk Singer, the first of the
afternoon, quite profound and well written. Thank you Mike.
Isn't it typical - you wait all afternoon for a poem and another one comes along, just like a
bus. Liz is next and gives us an old favourite - Turn Around - spoken both in French and
English. She dedicates this to Claudine (our founder) who has paid us a welcome visit this
afternoon. A humorous poem next about the sixties and the various things that went on
during that period - my, how the memories come flooding back!
Claudine is next and we all practice a song she has written for the Birthday People. She is
in her classroom mode as we are given precise instructions on what to do. This is
completely unrehearsed, and considering this is the case quite a good job was made by one
and all. Claudine recorded the song and is sending a copy on a CD to Bob.
Helen is next. Her mandolin has been in the boot of her car since this morning and is
severely out of tune. We give her a bit of time to re-tune it whilst the raffle is drawn, but
this is not possible. She borrows Trevor's mandolin which is in tune and gives us a
traditional song - The Blacksmith. She follows this with another song - Elizabeth. Helen
made a good job of both songs with an unfamiliar instrument.
We have a second short break whilst the birthday cake is cut and handed around. It is now
5.15pm and we have time for a few more songs.
Norman gives a new song - Oh Don't The Wind Blow Cold.
Mike gets his squeeze box out and gives us a stirring sea song - The Mermaid.
We record another Birthday song from Claudine and her wandering minstrels.
And the afternoon reaches its climax with a song led by TDL and joined in with by
everyone in the audience - Me and Bobby Magee. We are back again on 18th July in the
bar where our guests are Sanddragon.