FAB CLUB SPECIAL – NATIONAL ANIMAL
WELFARE TRUST SPECIAL FUNDRAISER
A first for FaBclub – this week we provided a fund-raising
afternoon for the Thurrock Branch of the National Animal
Welfare Trust which rescues and re-homes cats and dogs in
the Borough. The funds raised by the event – some £200
from tickets and the raffle as well as sales of special edition
CDs donated by Trevor “Man in a Hat” Barham – will go to
the cost of supporting the work the local branch of this
excellent charity, as well as raising its profile, and hopefully
attracting more volunteers.
Regular FaBclub artists each contributed a 30 minute slot,
with a final open floor spot.
Debbie-Ann Shears was our compere today, keeping the
afternoon swinging with her excellent sense of humour.
Rockin’ Bob was delighted to see so many new faces so he
could play some of his numbers familiar to the rest of us
including (just to name a few) Have I told you lately that I love
you, Lucky April Shower, Pretty Baby as well as his own
interpretation of I walk the Line. Keep on Rockin’, Bob
Tone Deaf Leopard – “who do for good taste what sage and
onion stuffing do for the turkey” (not my words, honest guv)
provided a great selection of some of their funniest numbers,
with a variety of percussion and dance activities by Sue (GO
SUE!) as well as Trevor's new rotating Disco Ball hat – yes
only from TDL – GRRR! The leading (? only?) performers of
Glam Folk provided us with “Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat “
(somewhat after Dylan), “4x4”, Down by the Ohio” (in
psychopathic C minor), “Wild Rabbit”, “Gallows Pole” and
“Teenager in the Bathroom”
After the absolutely wonderful teatime buffet catered by
committee member and organiser of this specific event, Anne
Barrow and her husband –and the super special FaBclub
Raffle, we were treated to the lovely SKI. She provided us with
modern and traditional pieces including songs from Kate
Rusby, Simon and Garfunkel, Dylan and that well known
composer “Trad”. She has such a beautiful pure voice, and
wonderful guitar skills; we were all absolutely entranced. But
she did get us all making silly animal noises to “The Ram of
Derby” which she had never performed before. Thanks to
Sue on Rubber Chicken (in the correct key), Trevor for the
Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig, and Margaret for the Cat!.
To round off the “big sessions”, Trevor “Man in a Hat”
Barham took us from Sally Gardens to Mercury Gardens.
Trevor played us many of his own songs which are inspired
by local and personal experiences including “The sun shines
over Romford”, “Easy Street” (the title track from his
forthcoming album), “All Lovers are Young”, “English Rose”,
“Sign like Batman” and – of course – to end “Breathe”.
Trevor’s songs are so well constructed and performed that
everyone was singing along immediately. We are so lucky to
have such great local performers.
A few minutes were left at the end of the afternoon and
Debbie-Ann invited a few more FaB club regulars up to
perform. Margaret “Lady Formby” got us all singing with her
Ukelele (“Oh Boy” and “Every day”). Paul Steele – with his
amazing acoustic guitar work , played a couple of numbers –
finishing with what has to be the best arrangement of
“American Girl” I have ever heard. Then to round off Liz M
with a couple of FaBclubs favourite poems “Oh my – Haven’t
they changed” and, of course, “Shoes”.
What a tremendous afternoon – watch out for more charity
events from the FaBclub – have fun and feel good about life
at the FaBclub
13th January 2008
Written by Liz Montgomery