6th February 2011
It is our sixth anniversary, and I am told we have been coming to The White Hart for four
of those. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself, and we are sure to do that this
Joe is our compere for the afternoon and opens the proceedings with a song called
Pardoners Rant, written all about our friend Bill Pardon. He accompanies this on a
squeezebox this afternoon - Is there no end to Joe's talent.
Our next guest is introduced as Lady Formby who not only sings and plays, but wiggles.
She starts with a new song in her repertoire - There is a Tavern in the Town. This is
followed by another non-Formby song - By The Banks of the Ohio.
A handsome man from the back of the room is next - our Len. He starts with a John
Lennon song - Jealous Guy, and follows with one of my favourite Neil Young songs - Heart
of Gold. Thank you, Len.
Another handsome man is called from the back of the room , Paul Ballantyne. He is also
described as young which in fairness to Paul he heavily contests. He starts with a happy
song especially for Margaret, who says he only sings miserable songs. He starts with an
Emerson Lake and Palmer song - Lucky Man, and makes a fantastic job of it. This is
followed by a Show of Hands song - Cousin Jack.
Foxen are next and we are in for a treat as I see Margaret putting on her glove puppets.
These are almost life size but I don't accept their story that they found them by the side of
the road on the way here. They start with Fox Fox Vixen one of their joining in songs.
The next song was borrowed from a Cloudstreet CD they purchased after an appearance by
the said group at Havering Folk Club. It was written in 1894 by an Australian gentleman
-Charles Augustus Flower - and is called A Broken Down Squatter (I think).
The FaBclub buffet is declared open at the interval and we all tuck in to some lovely food.
It is also time to share stories about the last 6 years.
Joe Migdal brings us all to order and dons a guitar for the second session with a lovely
song called The Water is Wide. A Scottish fishing song next written by John Watt called
Margaret gives us some Christmas cracker jokes before singing Uncle Charlie's Special
Home Made Brew. This is followed by a George Formby medley Leaning on a Lampost
and Cleaning Windows.
Len follows with a Beatles song - Hey, You'd Gotta Hide Your Love Away. This is
followed by another - Norwegian Wood.
Paul is next with a song that he dedicates to the founder of this club, Claudine called
Linger On With Pale Blue Eyes. This is followed by a percussion orientated song
performed by various artists in the past - City of Orleans.
Foxen are next with a song performed earlier by Joe - My Bottom is Wide.
Joe comes back after a short refreshment break with a song about Cane Toads.
Margaret sings us an unaccompanied song - All Around My Fat.
Len is next with I'll Follow The Sun.
Paul follows with Just Once in a Very Blue Moon.
Foxen finish the afternoon with In Heaven There is No Beer and by popular demand, and
encore with the song Drinking Beer. What a great afternoon - As Usual!!!!