Our first FaB Club of the new year is a Get a Floor Spot session, and
it's a packed house after the holiday break - with lots of old and new
faces. Jo Migdal is our MC for today.
It's an exciting start to the New 08 as we already have our guest
sessions booked up right through to November - and lots of GAFS
sessions planned too for everyone to join in and have fun.
And don't forget next week we have the FaB Club Charity fund raiser
for the local Thurrock branch of the National Animal Welfare Trust and
their work to rescue animals and to house pets that might otherwise
be abandoned as a result of owners going into care or hospital ; with
a big raffle and one of our FaB club buffets; a great show is promised.
It will be £5 very well spent…
NORMAN opens up with a virtuoso performance on two different
Banjo Ukeleles - he tells us they have two completely different
tunings - first a George Formby number of course - Andy the
Handyman then Guarding the Home Guards Home (I think…). It's nice
to hear some "new" numbers, and always interesting to hear Norman
talk about Ukeleles
BERNIE and MAUREEN are introduced cheekily by Jo as the Little
and Large of FaB Club - Maureen promises to sort 'im aht after. A
medley of Walter Kiddleys Waltz and Three Hand Reel on concertina
and guitar is our recompense, followed by an arrangement of more
traditional tunes - Woodland Flowers and Marmelade Polka - lovely
The man of steel - PAUL STEELE - provides a change of style with his
gritty and impassioned delivery of modern folk numbers - Sweet Little
Mystery (John Martyn) and a great Band song - Rockin' Chair -
(Clive) Our resident poet next LIZ - provides us with some late
seasonal stuff - Christmas Day at Coalhouse Fort and Christmas
Shopping at Lakeside. Rounds of applause and lots of joining in from
the shoppers in the audience.
Be afraid very afraid - TONE DEAF LEOPARD - provide us more with
traditional (ish) fare - the Cuckold song - version B loosely based on
Seven Drunken Knights - Oddzoons..!!!!!! Then a great Eric Bogle
song - Can you sing any Dylan? (the answer is no!)
The variety continues and we have more ukulele fun with MARGARET
"LADY FORMBY" - rounds off our first half with a song always
associate with the New Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You. And
then to prove that the ukulele is certainly not limited to George
Formby - "Hi Ho Silver Lining" - which really gets the crowd showing
their age and joining in with the chorus
Time for a natter… and to sell more raffle tix
JO opens up the second half with our second John Martyn number of
the day on one of his many beautiful guitars - May you never -
fabulous picking and arrangement as ever. Then onto a mandolin
number - composed after an encounter with Hands Around - the
ladies morris side- called English Roses - which he tell us is on his
forthcoming new album - a great upbeat number.
Marie (drums), Penny (guitar) and Tony (whistle) join us from up the
line near Cambridge - they are FFION FAER - and featured on the Link
FM Fab Club show in November. Now we are delighted to welcome
them as live FaB Club virgins…Yay… quick bit of tuning necessary by
Marie due to "all the hot air" in the room - surely not !!! - a medley of
Jigs from County Clare to kick off. An arrangement of Step it up Mary
follows -with storming guitar and vocals from Penny and solid
backing from Marie and Tony.
Amazing FaB Club raffle next with lots of prizes and happy winners…
still a few mystery prizes left from before Christmas - I won a beautiful
Waterman fountain pen in my mystery prize then - I can't think of
anything more inspiring for creating new verses
Rounding off the afternoon:
NORMAN goes swimming with the wimmen - actually no - its TT
Races - the reason he joined the George Formby Appreciation Society
BERNARD and MAUREEN provide us with another atmospheric
And PAUL STEELE - this time with all ten fingers - and all picking as
fabulously as ever - and as emotional a delivery as you could ever
want of I want you (Bob Dylan, of course…)
(Clive)LIZ and Oh My - Haven't They Changed…well at least 3 people
in the audience haven't seen this before, but those three people were
so impressed !!!!! I don't know what it is about this poem but I can
listen to it again and again and still hear something different.
MARGARET performs a song Dennis Homes wrote for her: I feel
lucky; and provides us an update on Maureen and Keith who will be
back in the UK shortly.
And our last half -
JO performs Nature's Wonderland - a lovely track from his last CD -
based on St Agnes in the Scilly Isles.
TDL treat us to an Elvis number, as it is around the anniversary of his
birthday - Trevor claims he performed this in Dusseldorf the night
Elvis died (or was it Trevor died - I got confused at this point) - a
version of Are you lonesome night (involving Aludrox and Tums and
ExLax - phew what a combo!) he claims he found on the net….
And a final serenade from FFION FAER. Penny leads a song inspired
by the works of a Fenland poet local to them, about the Roma - Bow
Top. Then some reels with fine whistle work - London Lasses and
Sally Gardens. To finish off a joiny in thing - lots of other guitars and
shakers emerge around the room - Rattling Bog. Come back back
We may have to have a FaB club outing to their club I think!
6th January 2008
Written by Liz