FaBclub review
5th September 2010
written by
Clive Meggs


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 Little Words.

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 town.


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 break.

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.