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

FaBclub Review
13th January 2008

Written by Liz Montgomery