FaBclub review
17th October 2010
written by
Clive Meggs

Its Club in the Pub this afternoon and we are starting early for a change. It is 2.15pm and the audience are rolling in. Most of the seats are taken. Our comperes for the afternoon are Tone Deaf Leopard. They start off with a lively number - I Want You But I Can't Dance.

Joe Migdal is next, on first for a change because he has somewhere else he has to dash off to. We are treated to a rendition of Big Fat Sexy Man, a song we haven't heard for some time.

Rockin' Bob gives us a song from the thirties - Ramona. He chooses not to use the PA, which is a shame, but we can still hear his unique tones. Thank you, Bob.

Feeling peckish? Ploughman's Lunch are next. They sing one of their traditional songs about a man who lost an eye in the Dardanelle's. Enough to put you off your food I'd say!

Helen is introduced next to add a bit of glamour to proceedings and gives us All Things Are Silent.

Our guest artists, Three Sheets To The Wind, are next. They comprise Geoff Higginbottom, Derek Gifford and Keith Kendrick three very talented performers in their own right. They start with a medley of 3 shanty songs to get us warmed up. They follow this with a Gordon Lightfoot song about a ship called The Wreck of the Ellen Fitzgerald. A shanty about TEU's is next called Rolling Down The River. A TEU, they informed us, is a container so it is quite a modern shanty and it is about Tilbury Town. A Graham Miles song next, sung in very strong harmony about collecting coal from the beaches of Hartlepool, called Sea Coal. A rude song next with lots of double entendres- Radcliffe Highway. Next - a sea shanty called Handy Me Boys. They recently performed this song in Germany where the audience thought it was a shanty about mobile phones because they are called Handies over there. Poor Old Man is next followed by Haul on the Bowline and Go Down You Blood Red Roses, made seamlessly into another medley of rousing songs by our guests. Saying Goodbye To The Sea is next, written about a trawlerman who was made redundant because of the quotas imposed by the EU. After some humorous attempts to plug their merchandise they finish the first session with Got No Use For The Shantyman. Great Stuff!!

We have a short refuelling and de-fuelling break where we buy our raffle tickets and get rid of excess fluids.

The conversation is so loud TDL have some difficulty getting the audience to re-convene. They sing us one of their gloomier songs but explain that are going to cheer things up with a song by Bill Pardon, who gives us a self - penned song Three Sheets to the Wind. A new one on me - and a very fine tune, Bill!

The raffle is drawn and for the first time on record all the prizes are won in the club, but many thanks to those in the bar for their donations. I will enjoy the bottle of red wine that we won.

Helen volunteers to give us another song from the floor- I'm Reaching Out, before the return of our guests.

Three Sheets to the Wind start their second session with a medley of three well known shanty songs to get us warmed up. They follow with a song I remember the Spinners singing - Liverpool Judies. Old Billy Riley is next. This is followed by a Trawling song written in the sixties by John Connolly from Cleethorps.- The Trawling Trade. A song next written about Homer
( not Homer Simpson) - I'll Never Go To Sea No More. Geoff wrote the next song which, although I didn't catch the title had fantastic harmonies. We Will Roll Down follows this - another shanty with great chorus and harmonies. Heave away next as we're Bound For South Australia. A song about food next as we Roll The Old Chariots Along. They say they are finishing with the next song A Sailor Ain't a Sailor Any More but I have my suspicions that their excellent performance will demand an encore. And I was right, they give us another - a song to see us home - Haul Away. So we're haul away with fantastic memories of a wonderful afternoon.

We are back again next Sunday in the function room for a get a floor spot session.