FaBclub review
9th January 2011
written by
Clive Meggs

Our function room has had a fresh lick of paint over the holidays and looks very nice. Slowly but surely the performers are arriving and we are almost ready to blow away some festive cobwebs. Margaret is our compere for the afternoon and after a couple of Christmas Cracker jokes she gets down to the serious business of singing us one of her wartime songs - Lilly of Marlene. She follows this with a George Formby song, appropriately titled for the New Year , Keep Fit. Must make a mental note to take notice.

Paul is up next to entertain us on his new 12 string guitar. After checking with Len he gives us a rendition of Cousin Jack - a Show of Hands song. My that guitar sounds great! He follows with a Nancy Griffiths song - It's a Hard Life.

Mike is next, and he dons his accordian for his first song, a new one to a lot of us - The Bakers Daughter of Islington. He swaps instruments for his second song to his guitar and follows with an old favourite, Streets of London, a Ralph McTell classic.

We have a new group next who call themselves the M and M's ( Margaret and Maureen). Maureen has been learning to play the uke and was instructed by Margaret to bring it with her today. Together they sing Take These Chains From My Heart and in contrast She'll Be Coming Round The Mountains. A great effort Maureen considering this is the first time you have played the uke or sung at any folk club.

Len is next with one of my favourite Neil Young songs - Old Man. He follows this with a Beatles Classic - Strawberry Fields Forever. You are really on form today, Len.

Bernard and Maureen finish off the first half with some foot tapping tunes, Enrico - The Worcestershire Hornpipe - The Curlew Hills and Swiss Boy.

Paul starts us off in the second half with a Bruce Springsteen song - Youngstown. He follows with a Richard Thompson song - Down Where The Drunkards Roll. He forgot to wear his mouth organ for the first song but like a true professional he made up for it in the second song with an improvised piece of playing.

Margaret is next with her banjo ukulele and starts with Blue Blue Day. She has a trip to the coast for her next number, Blackpool Belle, reluctantly given to her by some miserable uke player from up north.

Paul plays us an Eric Bogle song - Now I'm Easy.

Len gives us two Cat Stevens songs Lisa Lisey (not sure of the spelling) and The First Cut is the Deepest.

Joe Migdal joins us in the second half with a love song written for Kathy called Loving You. Such a beautiful song. In contrast he follows this with a humerous little number with the unlikely title of Cane Toad Goes Large in the U.K. More of the same please Joe.

The M & M's give us another couple of fine tunes.

Mike takes us on an alcoholic extravaganza with A Jug Of Punch and Bottle of Wine.

Liz recites two of her seasonal poems, Winter Dreaming and The First Snow.

Bernard is encouraged to give us a second tune after his first with Bowed Psalter.

Len leaves us Hanging On A Wire and Mike takes us A- Roving.

We finish off what proved to be a very enjoyable afternoon with a jamming extended chorus song -Midnight Special - led by Margaret with an enthusiastic audience providing excellent backing on percussion. Thanks to all the performers. If you can make it we are back again on 23rd in the pub when our guests will be Louise Jordan followed by Moriarty and Guest. Hope to see you there!!