5th September 2010
The function room has had a fresh lick of paint especially for the start of the new FaBclub
season. We have been blessed with a nice sunny day to start us off. There has been a break
of over a month to allow regulars to go to their festivals or enjoy time with their families
on holiday or in the park. But we are back now, and raring to go.
The Leopards have volunteered to compere the proceedings this afternoon. Trevor is
bandanaless this afternoon and looks quite different (see photograph). They start us off
with Crazy, as Trevor says because it is how they have been over the break, going here
there and everywhere. They follow with a song written in 2003 by Trevor called Three
Old Bill Pardon is next and has decided to do one for the percussion department, a self -
penned clutterbuck shanty called Three Sheets To The Wind. He follows this with Ten
Little Sisters Living in Leigh, a counting song .
One half of Foxen is next who Trevor affectionately names Zen. Unfortunately Margaret
has the sniffles this afternoon and is unable to sing so Zen (John) starts with a self-penned
song - The Girl With The Guinea Pig - inspired by a photograph taken by a photographer
friend. He follows this with a song he wrote in 1973 whilst he was employed as a journalist
covering events in Magistrates and Juvenile Courts for a local paper, called Waif and
Stray. Zen has shown some hidden depths with these two great unheard numbers.
Len has been given a temporary break from his papparazi pontifications and is asked to
perform. He starts with Reason To Believe, a song made popular by Rod Stewart but in
fact written by Tim Harding. He follows with a Bob Seeger song - Let It Shine. Len really
amazes me with his range of songs
Mike is asked to follow and dons his guitar this afternoon for a classic folk song- The
Water Is Wide, beautifully sung in his rich dulcet tones. He follows this with Fare Thee
Well Cisco - hi ho silver!
Young Bill is next with an unaccompanied song I think is called The Ballad of Danny
Farrel. He follows this with Gold Watch Blues a song written and performed by Donovan
in the sixties. It takes some nerve to stand up front and sing unaccompanied, you did a
great job, Bill, please come back again soon.
Tiddle time is declared by our compere - time for relief, refreshment and raffle.
Time for another spasm according to our compere. The first song was not inspired by any
of those present in the audience Trevor hastens to point out. It is called The Floorsinger,
an amusing insight into the inadequacies of various folk singers - but not us of course. The
next song was written by Wendal Hall who had a banjo named after him. It Ain't Gonna
Rain No More was a dream song for the percussionists amongst us who really went to
Old Bill is next and puts down his coke to sing a song called And I Was Never Sober. He
follows with a ghostly tale about The Old Essex Coast with Len Thunderpants providing
the sound effects. A great chorus song for us all to join in with.
The Full Foxen are next with Margaret joining John to sing The Bottom Song with one of
the funniest lines I have ever heard, suggesting that her bottom is so big that it needs its
own postcode, written for them by Trevor Sharples from Havering Folk Club. This is
followed with a romantic teenage love song about a gloworm (wildlife included at no extra
cost) written by John in his younger years. Sung by John and beautifully accompanied by
Margaret on her bowed psaltery.
Len is next. His first song is dedicated to Sue because he knows she likes Show of Hands.
One of their most popular songs - Cousin Jack- is given the Len treatment in great style.
He follows this with a Byrds song - Fifth Dimension. We thought there would be some
whistling in it somewhere - but No!!
Mike return to the front with an old favourite of mine - Fiddlers Green. A debate followed
about whether or not it was an Irish song, and it was agreed that it was not, even though
Mike got it from an Irish book. He continues with Rambling Boy and we have a great time
joining in the chorus.
Young Bill gives us a couple more songs before we draw the raffle. He starts with a fly song
where we have to repeat a refrain of Shhhhh! At appropriate points in the song - quite
rude! He follows with a traditional folk song - Whisky on a Sunday.
We draw the raffle and have a short break. There is time for one more song after the
Bill Pardon gives us the Match of the Day Song.
Foxen give us a song about a man who couldn't get a job because his hair was grey.
Len sings us a Neil Young song about an old man.
Young Bill sings us a song about a last drink and then…………
Trevor persuades John Stafford to come up to the front and give us a long missed
performance of Sweet Low Sweet Chariot - and then finishes off the afternoon with a
Pogues song about New York Girls doing the polka.
We are back again in the bar on Sunday 19th September when our guests are Mc Guiness -
an act not to be missed.