Folk Around Fishponds


This is the, "what's been happening at FAF" column.
Here you'll find regular updates on FAF activity, trivia and gossip......


The New Year kicked off in style with a great turnout and Tony as our MC. Richard got things underway with a Bernard Wrigley monologue and some tambourine juggling in We Shall Not Be Moved. Dan, making his second visit to the club, did a slow blues version of Achy Breaky Heart and Willie Nelson’s No Mas Amor, and Jane sang the Kippers’ Bring Us In Hot Tea and her setting of the poem A New Year Carol. Geoff was in prog mood, singing Greg Lake’s Still You Turn Me On before being joined by Pete for and updated Squeaky Floorboard Song, reflecting on the recent turbulent times of old Woody. Chris was the first of three newcomers to the club and impressed with his guitar playing and fine voice, including Shine On Harvest Moon. Sean was next with Old Man Song and was joined by Sandy on accordion to become Folie à Deux and perform We Need Each Other Now. Gayle was in fine voice with Four Strong Winds and It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, and Andy D sang Dylan’s The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and Gideon Welsh’s Hard Times. Tony & Grace brought in the New Year with a full version of Auld Lang Syne and Tony celebrated the end of the Severn tolls with his fabulously witty Cross The Severn (to the tune of Bread Of Heaven). Stuart & Pete did some Tom Paxton (Wasn’t That A Party?) and Jez Lowe (We’ll Hunt Him Down), Neil played a tasteful Bossa Nova instrumental and Gavin sang his own New Horizons before dividing opinion with his song Down With Sprouts! Terry played accordion as he sang The Blue Cockade and was joined by Sarah for Whispering Grass before Sarah sang Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic. John played some accordion instrumentals, including French and Greek polkas and Andy C did a bit of ISB. Two more new faces followed, Tony with a fine version of Ryan Adams’ Sweet Carolina and Geoff with his own My Pound Got Brexititis. Martin rounded things off with Navigator.


A fabulous way to end the FAF year, with festive fun, food and song, all hosted by our MC, Stuart. Eddie got us in the spirit with some nicely played Christmas tunes on the guitar and a gentle song of his own. Tom was in a gentle mood too with his version of You’ve Got A Friend before Tony & Grace sang Winter Wonderland and Tony’s ode to ageing rockers I Saw Status Quo When They Played Standing Up. Stuart had brilliantly re-written Elvis’ Guitar Man as Ukulele Man, a tale of a struggling player going around the nightspots of Kingswood, Downend and Chipping Sodbury before finding an audience at FAF, with Pete provided the uke licks. They were joined by Louise for a more sedate version of Alan Hull’s Winter Song. Sean performed for the first time (after 30 of marriage!) with Sandy on the squeeze box for Sweet Bells, the Yorkshire carol and Sean then gave us another rendition of Woody, The Loudest Floorboard In The West. Terry did a splendid Lord Franklin and was then joined by Sarah for Silent Night, a beautiful version full of harmony and counterpoint. Richard took things to another level, sporting a wig, Elton style glasses and tinsel horns for a lively Lily The Pink before being joined by Roger for Ging Gang Goolie! Roger then performed in angelic fashion, including You Are My Heart’s Delight followed by Jane with a great version of the Kipper Family’s The Ivy And The Holly and her own song about the birth of Jesus. Andy D was on familiar ground with Jesus On The Mainline and Pretty Fair Maid and Dave marked the passing of Roy Bailey with Miracles before the hilarious tale of someone who actually gets the gifts of the 12 days of Christmas and the chaos that ensues! Dave was joined by Elisa and Alison for a rather fab Ragtime Carol. It was good to see Trevor, The Bard Of Windmill Hill who began in political mood with a story of what it takes to become leader of the Conservative party and then turned to humour for Has Anyone Seen The Elephants? Next, a surprise for Sarah as we sang Happy Birthday on a significant day for her and she was given a bottle of bubbly from the committee. She then sang the classic Joni Mitchell River and was joined by Terry for The Christmas Song. Andy C sang Universal Soldier and Joe Hill and Steve did I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You and Gypsy Girl. The evening was ended in fine style by Martin with Poor Old Horse.


A splendid evening, notable for a great spotlight set from Jo & Steve and the first appearance of the FAF t-shirts, modelled by members of the committee including our MC, Pete. Richard started us off, complete with wig and tambourine hurling in a version of My Bonnie. Stuart & Pete marked an upcoming even for Stuart with When I’m 64 and an upcoming event for us all - It’s beginning To Look A Lot Like Brexit!. Some tasteful stuff from Terry, included a song about trawlermen and also from John (David Gate’s Guitar Man and Elton John’s I Need You To Turn To). Eddie gave us his usual humour with Mad For You about less than domestic bliss as well as a lovely version of Lucky Old Sun and Jane sang unaccompanied on The Band Played Waltzing Matilda and her setting of Hardy’s Colours. Sean sang The World Turned Upside Down and unveiled a new song, Woody, The Loudest Floorboard In The West, his latest on our squeaky friend and a nod to Benny Hill. He now leads Geoff 2-1 in the squeaky floorboard songwriting race! Tony did Precious Time (with Grace) and Eric Bogle’s Now I’m Easy and we were intrigued by Lynne & Helen’s new name - Duo 41, which they explained was the combined number of strings on a fiddle and autoharp. They gave us some wonderful Swedish folk tunes. Andy sang Sitting On Top Of The World and the excellent 0.5% and it was nice to see Keith, he did the fab Beatles song You Can’t Do That and the Shirelles’ Sha La La. Martin sang about wagoning and did his version of Let Union Be. The evening belonged to Jo & Steve who were in fine form. They sang three Lucinda Williams songs, the Child Ballad Clyde's Water, Milk Carton Kids’ Michigan and old favourites Edge Of The World and Long Black Veil.


Andy was our MC for what has become a traditional marking of Remembrance Day, particularly poignant this year as it was 100 years since the end of the first World War. Stuart & Pete started with Jez Lowe’s If I Could Buy A Blighty and a Tom Lehrer song, followed by Tony with a version of Billy Bragg’s Between The Wars and his own When Leicester Won The League in tribute to their recently departed owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Nice to see Pat back again and singing some Dylan (Shelter From The Storm) before Jane gave us her own Red Poppy and a version of The Green Fields Of France. 12 Volt Joe did a couple of Andy’s songs, Body Count (about Vietnam) and Picture In My Pocket (about his grandfather carrying a picture of his grandmother on the first World War). Steve was in similar vein with his own My Grandad’s War and Eddie was in reflective mood, singing Going To A War I Don’t Believe In before returning to his usual humour for a song about love in the allotment. Sean sang The Days Before The War and his twist on Universal Soldier - Universal Credit. Geoff sang a brace of anti war songs, Shipbuilding and Chris Wood’s Spitfires, Richard did You Are My Sunshine and Waltzing Matilda and John gave us a medley of first World War songs on the accordion, plus a wonderful Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Sarah sang Sting’s Fragile, Colin did two songs from War Horse, Andy C Rambling Boy and Martin The Road To Passchendaele. The evening was rounded off by an extended Pondlife/Red Notes ensemble with their version of The Green Fields Of France.


A busy night with a special guest spot from Kitchen Kapelye. Tony was our MC and we returned to the traditional layout after experimenting for the last few FAFs. Tony & Grace got us started with some cajun and Tony performed O’Carolan’s Sí Bheag Sí Mhor on the harmonica in honour of the forthcoming Bristol Harmonica Festival! Richard was in good voice, singing about the lot of miners and one if his favourites, Swing Low. Jane sang unaccompanied, including a song to mark Remembrance Day, and then we had another Richard, doing Rigs Of London and Springsteen’s Hungry Heart. Terry was in his usual good voice with The Bonny Broom and I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me before Sean sang of the high seas in Elizabethan times (Captain Ward & The Rainbow) and a version of The Cuckoo. Nice to see 12 Volt Joe again for a song about old cowboys relegated to doing the cooking and Spanish Johnny. John B sang his own take on Strictly Come Dancing in his witty style and we had a new face to the club, Mick, who gave us his own spin on the Big Bad Wolf folk tale from the wolf’s point of view. Steve also did Springsteen, Geoff sang Windy Old Weather unaccompanied and John T did Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright. Phil returned with a surreal tale of a logger and an almost full strength Pondlife marked Halloween with the spooky Lady Eleanor, made all the more so by one of the lights going out during the intro! A splendid and varied evening was rounded off with an extended set from Kitchen Kapelye. Jenny, Steph, Cath and John played an excellent selection of eastern European Klezmer and even had Tony & Grace dancing in the aisles!


A busy night with some great performances, with Stuart as our MC. He and Pete kicked off with a seasonal Autumn Almanac before being joined by Louise for White Rabbit, in remembrance of Marty Balin. Jane followed with her West Country Anthem and a tale of the lifeboat William James Holt, and Andy D (who seems to have discovered a new squeaky floorboard in the new setup) did some John Prine and Springsteen. It was nice to see Dave back again after a long absence and he gave us his tribute to Chas Hodges, performing Mustn’t Grumble and In Sickness And In Health. Geoff took us into the world of murder, magic and revenge with two traditional songs including a fine version of The Bows Of London before Tony & Grace lifted the spirits with some Cajun and Tony’s version of Neil Sedaka’s One Way Ticket To The Blues. Sean played some very tasteful guitar on a Pentangle tune and did Les Barker’s take on Whisky In The Jar, and Gavin & Simon played Gavin’s new song Seasons. A new performer at the club, Trevor, sang two songs which both featured the delights of moonshine, including his own Fireflies and Steve did Dylan and Robin Williamson’s October Song. John was in fine form on the accordion with a waltz and two reels, Andy C had us all singing along to The Last Thing On My Mind and Gayle sang a lovely version of Who Knows Where The Time Goes? The evening was rounded off by Martin with a stirring On The Border.


Pete was our MC tonight and we began with Andy C singing an Alex Campbell song before Jane gave us her own song Gypsy Girl and a setting of a Will Ogilvie poem. Pondlife were in reflective mood with The Blue Cockade and The Parting Glass and John lifted the spirits with some polkas and his ever popular mussette on the accordion. Andy D did some old time on the banjo and a splendid version of Mike & Lal Waterson's The Scarecrow, Sean sang about Salvador Allende and the police infiltration of environmental campaigners and Martin sang Lord Franklin and Jex Lowe's High Part Of The Town. It's always good to see new faces, and tonight we were pleased to welcome Friggit, a three piece from Swindon who sang shanties and of all things nautical (there is a boating lake in Swindon, apparently!) and Jan & Ian from the Forest Of Dean, who did some fabulous versions of songs by Nancy Griffith, Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb. Look out for an extended guest spot from Jan & Ian sometime next year.


A quieter night with Andy as MC, who kicked us off with his own When Jimmy Ruffin Sings and the bluegrass song Ain’t No Ash. Richard was on fine form, complete with Elton type guitar specs as he did Folsom Prison Blues and Pick A Bail Of Cotton. Stuart & Pete followed with The Napoli and I’m The Urban Spaceman (with Richard on kazoo!), and Jane did her usual tasteful versions of poems. Terry sang John Condon and The Wonder Of You and Sean had a new song, Ballad For A Broken Country as well as revising his Squeaky Floorboard song - now a lament for things past since we changed the room layout! Gavin was in reflective mood with Choose Forgiveness (inspired by the Father of Stephen Lawrence) and Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning? (about 9/11). Eddie was also quite mellow with an ode to Glasgow and Spanish Lady before Sarah marked the recent passing of Aretha Franklin with Rock Steady and a version of The Thrill Is Gone. A welcome back to Tom, who sang Elton John’s Your Song and his own Lasso The Moon and Andy C finished the first round with some ISB and It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. There was time for another round of a song each, including Terry and Sarah (Unforgettable), Sean (Have I Told You Lately?) and Gavin (Three Little Birds).


A new look FAF tonight as we turned the room sideways for a more intimate feel. With a prompt start, we were able to get everyone in without running too late. Sarah was our MC and started us off with Stuart & Pete in lighthearted mood, doing Roseville Fair and Hole In The Ground. The first of five (!) Johns was next, making a return after some time and giving us some Townes van Zandt and Hank Williams. Tony followed with Peter Bond’s Joe Peel before being joined by Grace for a stomping Jambalaya. Jane sang her own song about a trip to the Tropicana at Weston and the title track from her new CD, Down Frocester Way. Eddie had food on the mind - Does Anyone Really Like Suchi? and his ode to the greasy spoon about the Arches Cafe. Geoff brought things down to earth again with a fine rendition of Nick Drake’s Black Eyed Dog and Megson’s Generation Rent before Steve, in splendid form with John Smith’s Perfect Storm and Milk Carton Kids’ Let It Go. Our next John was new to the club and sang John Denver and the Eagles (Peaceful Easy Feeling), then Andy D resurrected an old song of his, Golden Cap about the sea cliff in Dorset. Gavin returned to his local history, Don’t Play With Fire about the 1996 Staple Hill Fire and to his northern roots in North South Divide, and Andy C did a couple of his favourites, Shady Grove and Good Old Bowling Green. Three Johns in a row - our next John (accompanied by Steve) did Frankie And Johnny and Leonard Cohen’s Tower Of Song, John B did a brace of Jake Thackray songs (Roly Poly Girl and Personal Column) and John R some fabulous French tunes and polkas on the accordion. Martin rounded off with another accordion on a version of New York Girls.


Andy took charge on a busy evening. Richard kicked off (pun intended) with Football Crazy to mark the start of the season, then Andy D gave us some Johnny Cash/Alison Krauss and John Prine songs, as well as one of his own about the loss of countryside habitats. Jane had her poems-set-to-music (including Thomas Hardy in saucy mood), before a pair of Steves - Steve G with some Springsteen and Dylan and Steve S with two of his own (one containing no rhymes). Our second Andy of the night did a fine Rolling Home and Sean was in typically political mood with his own songs (Twitter King - guess who that's about). Good to see Gavin again doing his local history (remembering 50 years since the Bristol flood this time). Stuart & Pete provided Northern Soul done folk style with The Snake, John (accompanied by Steve G) did Will The Circle Be Unbroken and Leonard Cohen's Tower Of Song and Geoff gave us a quiz, asking to find the connection between Jackson C Frank's Blues Run The Game and Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Answer - Frank and Denny were a couple for a while in the 60s). Tony did one long self penned song, a kind of talking blues about Grenfell Tower.


As the heatwave continued, we gathered in the round once more with Stuart as MC. Richard kicked off by marking the 19th anniversary of the club with the the first song he sang on the very first night - Worried Man Blues. Stuart, Pete and Jim took us to the seaside (La Mer) and celebrated Sooty's 70th birthday with Teddy Bear's Picnic, Sean was in political mood (The World Turned Upside Down and his own Grenfell) and John entertained with his dazzling array of accordion tunes. Following a fine version of The Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Geoff performed a GK Chesterton poem, The Rolling English Road to his own tune, something that Jane is well known for and she added two more of her interpretations tonight with musical versions of poems by Thomas Hardy and Eliza Cook. It was nice to see Lynne and Helen with their autoharp and fiddle duo, giving us Cape Breton, Scottish and Flemish tunes. Terry was in his usual form with I Live Not Where I Love and What A Wonderful World and Kath did some splendid concertina tunes (Margaret's Waltz and Planxty Owen). Tony marked July with Springsteen's Independence Day before being joined by Grace for a rousing What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? (they had been to Harbourfest!). Steve S showed his new found ukulele skills on It's All Over Now and Maggie's Farm and Martin was joined by Jackie for The Blue Cockade and Let Union Be. Stuart & Pete also lead the throng in a Happy Birthday to Tony. It was marvellous to see so many instruments tonight - 8 guitars, 2 ukuleles, 2 kazoos, 2 accordions, an autoharp, a fiddle, a banjo, a concertina, a washboard and a room full of voices!


Another scorcher in this hot summer, the World Cup was hotting up too (England still in!) as Pete took MC duties for another 'in the round' session. Regulars included Steve, who started us off with a couple of Dylan songs, Jane, with two of her own songs, Eddie, with his usual surrealism, Andy, including his song Benefit Street, Geoff, reflecting the weather with Summer The First Time and When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease (with Pete on uke), John (Will The Circle Be Unbroken and Dylan's Blind Willie McTell), Pondlife, who were joined by Alison for Meet Me On The Corner, Jo, with some John Prine, Andy (Hard Times Of Old England and some Tom Paxton), Laura played classical guitar (a piece by Keith Hyett) and Martin (Hard Times). Stuart and Pete did manage a nod to the England team with Three Lions. Nice to see some debuts - Kath brought her concertina for the first time and played a splendid tune, Geoff sang unaccompanied for a couple of traditional songs and Nigel (almost a debut, he had been once before) gave us two of his own songs.


For those avoiding the World Cup tonight, shorts and bare feet were the order of the day on a hot mid-summer's evening. We sat in the round and Tony was MC, starting us off with some Cajun and his version of Match Of The Day. Nice to see John again with some tasteful contemporary songs and Jane with her poetry set to music and a rousing Van Diemen's Land. We welcomed back the Klezma combo Kitchen Kapelye who's tunes included the Rabbi's Hornpipe before Gayle did some Judy Collins. Stuart & Pete reprised there Song For Europe as most attending hadn't been the time before. Geoff had got his fingers around the impossible chords of Nick Drake for beautiful versions of Northern Sky and River Man, Andy gave us a song about his Dad (an accountant who wanted to be a carpenter) and Martin played John Martyn's Couldn't Love You More.


Stuart took MC duties on a warm evening at the Cross Hands. Eddie kicked off, singing about a run-in with the law in Chepstow, including the loss of his trousers! It was culturally downhill from here, of course! Just to prove it, Stuart and Pete sang Fred Wedlock's Song For Europe (with some new verses from Stuart) and followed with Waterloo. Jane brought some sanity back with a couple of lovely and beautifully sung songs, one her own, the other a poem set to her own tune. Roger marked Armed Forces Day with a hymn and a bugle call (played on the harmonica). Terry was in fine form again, singing some trad and a Paul Metzger song before Sean marked his retirement by doing a new song with the apt working title of Retirement Song Number 1. Andy (on banjo) did a fine version of Between The Wars, Sarah had a nod to the season with Summertime while Tom was distinctly non seasonal with Autumn Leaves. Great to see Steve Smith returning to perform, he did Whatever You Do, Don't and Another Day I Didn't Die (about getting older). John marked another anniversary (the 75th) with a rousing accordion version of The Dam Busters March, Colin a version of Sloop John B and Martin some traditional stuff.



Pete took the MC role tonight. We had plenty of familiar faces, kicking off with Eddie and his Zimmer Frame Rock, Andy D with a new song and his version of Which Side Are You On? before Roger was Makin' Whoopee! Pondlife did some of their old favourites and there was an English theme from Geoff (songs by Stephen Duffy and Maggie Holland) and John (an accordion medley based around English Country Garden). Tony & Grace Provided some Divine Comedy and The Battle Of New Orleans, Andy some Tom Paxton, Colin did a couple of sea shanties, Keith delighted with two Eric Bibb songs and Martin some trad. Our relative newcomer was Laura with some fancy fretwork on the guitar.


Another busy evening with Stuart as MC.


A wonderful, packed night with our guest, Reg Meuross. Reg sang his songs in an understated style, which highlighted his perfectly crafted and observant lyrics and precise melodies. He touched on many sides of life and was passionate in his politics. Andy was our MC and introduced a few floor spots from Tony (a comment on Ausiie cricketers to the tune of their national anthem, all in an Aussie accent), Sean (his song, Cradle To Grave about the NHS), David & Jacqui (Back Home In Derry), Steve (a couple of contemporary songs), Trevor, the Bard of Windmill Hill (wonderfully witty poems), a smaller Pondlife (The Blue Cockade), Jo & Steve (Botany Bay and Long Black Veil) and 12 Volt Joe (Two Left Shoes and Dark Eyed Girl). Another great FAF evening!


Another packed night with Tony as MC, lots of variety and some new faces. Tony & Grace kicked off with some Cajun and All The Little Chickens In The Garden. Humour came from Eddie, John B (You Make Me Feel So Old and a wonderful Mike Scott song, Royals), Richard, with his usual array of percussion and kazoo and Stuart & Pete (Hunting Tigers Down In India and I Wanna Be Like You). There were old favourites from Roger (showing his range on Ole Man River), Phil (Woody Guthrie and a tale of Amelia Earhart), some Tom Paxton from Andy and two James Taylor songs from Geoff (with Pete on djembe for Fire And Rain). We had some old time songs with banjo from Andy D and Sean did West Country Maid and his own instrumental, Pachelbel’s Revolver (a small canon!). With Easter coming up, we had an unusually high number of songs with a religious theme (four songs in a row about crucifixion must be a FAF first!). Jane set the ball rolling, followed by three piece, Busk (Gavin, Simon & Rob). Gayle’s songs had a gospel theme to them too. We always love to see new people at FAF and tonight we had a splendid crop. All the way from Taunton came Alec & Jules, together known as 200 Hurts with some beautiful singing and fine guitar playing. They did a wonderful version of The Lakes Of Pontchartrain and two of their own songs, one about the Mary Rose and the other a ‘sequel’ to Blackwaterside called Matching Eyes. Regular accordionist, John, brought along his new group Kitchen Kapelye (with Steph and Jenny on fiddles and Cath on mandolin) to play some Klezmer. Another John made his solo debut with some Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. Although a club regular, Gordon gave his first performance, singing Leaving On A Jet Plane and the Pentangle song, No More My Lord.


After a quiet night last time, we had a bumper crop of performers with plenty of variety, all overseen by MC Sarah and it was good to see some different instruments being played. Stuart kicked off (despite jetlag) with Ra Ra It's Putin (nice knowing you Stu!) followed by an equally jetlagged Andy. Sean chose to do one long song, Matty Groves before we had the delights of autoharp and fiddle from Lynne and Helen (making their FAF debut). Steve brought a whistle to play on and ISB song and we had wit, taste and passion respectively from Eddie, Tom and Andy. Pete on djembe joined Geoff to reprise the song from the previous FAF and then by Tony on harmonica for a bluesy folk song. Another new collaboration was Sarah and Terry with some beautiful harmonising on Wild Mountain Thyme. We had blues from Keith, accordion tunes from John, Springsteen and Shakespeare from Martin, a Jake Thackray fave from John and Tony's comment on modern polititians - World Leaders, A Folkin' Rap. Stars of the show tonight had to be Louise, Sarah and Alison with a wonderful celebration of International Woman's Day in the form of Older Ladies - and all dressed to kill too!


A select few turned out on a freezing night. With Pete as MC, we huddled together and sang in the round. Everyone got to do a few songs and we had contributions from Steve, John, Andy, Martin, Geoff (with Pete on djembe) and Sarah (who charmed us with her Turkish flute, the ney).


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A brilliant night with our guest Mike Scott. Mike took us through his observations on all manner of things in his wonderful songs, full of wordplay and wit and delivered with his warmth and charm. There were a few floor spots too, introduced by Tony, with a strong contingent from the Nova Scotia. Tony & Grace got us underway with a Cajun tune, followed by the Willbees with Adge Cutler's Sweet Violets. Sean produced a splendid bouzouki to play his own song, Voices, 12 Volt Joe did Carolina Star , Gary a welcoming song for refugees and Helen sang beautifully, a song about a female coal miner. Geoff (accompanied by Pete) sang a revised version of his Squeaky Floorboard song, complete with a verse about Mike Scott! Martin gave us some Springsteen, Pete (from the Nova) some Jaques Brel, Steve some tasteful guitar playing (as usual) before Stuart & Pete rounded off with Texas Love Song, just in time for Valentine's Day.


Money raised from the door takings at our Christmas do in December has been donated to St Peter's Hospice. We are pleased to say that another £50 has been given via Jon Davy's page.


A decent turn out with Stuart as MC, who got us under way with his version of the Ben Kenobi sea shanty. Eddie tackled a Nick Drake song, John did a range of witty ditties - one about prunes, one a Pan Ayres poem set to music and a Jake Thackray fave. Paul made a return to the club, singing his own songs about the countyside before Steve gave us a Martin Simpson song and Tom a lovely version of Every Time We Say Goodbye. Geoff continued with some traditional songs, as did Martin, while Roger had anecdotes, a limerick, a joke and a song! Terry sang some old favourites, Danny Boy and The Wonder Of You as well as his ode to the Vindaloo (to the tune of Only You). Andy returned to Hard Times Of Old England and Tony reminded us of how Flanders and Swann viewed the weather. John was welcomed back with his accordion and we had a taste of France from him.


The new year kicked off with Andy as MC. What looked liked being a quiet night picked up with quite a good attendance, but with only a few to begin with, we held the night in the round. The two Andys were the first two acts and it was good to see Andy D back with his banjo! Eddie showed his softer side with a beautiful instrumental, complete with cuckoo sounds followed by Pondlife, greeting the year with the Gloucestershire Wassail and some witty observations on Donald Trump. Gavin & Simon had a sporting theme with songs about City & Rovers and WG Grace, Colin snag songs about the turning of the year, Keith gave us some blues and his fab version of the Kink's Sunny Afternoon and Martin did a couple of U2 songs. It was nice to welcome back Jane for a second visit and she charmed us with her versions of Thomas Hardy and a song about Concorde.


It was the traditional FAF Christmas bash with Tony doing the MC honours. There were festive songs aplenty, some with a twist, starting with Eddie's I Don't Like Christmas (very tongue in cheek, of course). Terry did a wonderful Silent Night and Rosemary's Sister, Antje & John gave us a German Christmas song, Phil a bit of nonsense about a frozen logger (!) whilst Roger had a Welsh theme. Steve followed his familiar Dylan routine with a fine Girl From the North Country, Pondlife did Winter Song and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Tony a medley of Christmas tunes on the harmonica. It was good to see Dave make a visit doing his brilliant version of Ronnie Barker's Problem Of Pismonunciation sketch and there was more comedy from Geoff with his hilarious Squeaky Floorboard song (FAF's second after Sean's version), ably accompanied by Pete on the uke. Sarah did a lovely rendition of Joni Mitchell's River, Andy an Americana style Christmas song and a reprise of his latest opus, Body Count, Alison a 17th century carol and we finished with Martin doing a Kate Rusby song. Some splendid buffet grub completed the evening.


Stuart took charge for an evening that began quietly but picked up and proved as eclectic as ever. Stuart himself gave us witty observations on women in the Navy, the demon alcohol and a twist on Marie's Wedding. Phil went back to the 60s with I Can't Stop Loving You ('for the ladies!'), Andy did some Tom Paxton and Jackson C Frank, Roger the orchestral theme from Romeo And Juliet (unaccompanied!) and Sarah sang a Paloma Faith song. There were new songs from Tony (World Leaders, A Folking Rap, complete with actions) and Andy D (Body Count, about the Vietnam war). There was a hint of the festive season in the air, Eddie did a lovely instrumental version of The Holly And The Ivy and Gavin (accompanied by Simon on the cajon) performed Mumford And Sons' I Will Wait. Geoff and Pete teamed up for a brace of Jethro Tull songs ("Tulltastic!' said Tony). Sarah, Gavin and Simon ended the evening with a fine version of the recent Rag 'n' Bone Man song, Human.


Pete was MC for what has become a traditional theme at this time of year - remembrance and anti war. Most performers did at least one song on the theme, some with personal stories. Pondlife kicked off with The Blue Cockade, and there were war songs from Terry, Sean, Geoff, Andy (singing unaccompanied!), Jo, Colin, Martin and Gavin. Steve did a song begun by his Grandfather in 1916 which he had completed and Chris (with Stuart) had an alternative take, singing the Beatle's Revolution. There were lighter moments too from Roger and Phil. Nice to see a couple of new faces - Kevin (who had been once before some years ago) with a lovely version of The Hiring Fair and Fraser, calling in on a passing trip to Bristol, and doing some fine unaccompanied singing.


A fine and varied evening hosted by Andy. Richard kicked off, ably accompanied by Roger on the tea chest bass. Stuart & Pete then set the tone with a version of the Kink's Autumn Almanac and Ronnie Lane's How Come, the Halloween theme being taken up by Eddie, Tony & Grace (Warewolves Of Fishponds and Sympathy For The Devil), and Sarah (Put A Spell On You). Martin was on good form with some traditional material and a John Martyn song, John gave us Flanders & Swann (The Sloth) as well as his usual Jake Thackray, Sean sang about immigrants struggling across the Med and we had some Dylan from both Steve and Gayle. Andy was in fine form with a stunning version of The Scarecrow by Lal & Mike Waterson and Gavin continued his songs with a local theme, singing about the Britannia air crash, WG Grace and his love of Bristol. Tony had a slightly off beat tribute to Glen Campbell - Gaviscon (!) and Sarah & Pete brought Hip Hop to the club with a very funky verson of Rapper's Delight/Good Times.


A wonderful guest night from the fabulous Ange Hardy. Ange gave us an evening of beautifully observed songs, drawing from her extraordinary life story and experiences, as well as some traditional material. She dazzled with her lovely voice, a range of instruments and her use of loop pedals to create layers, textures and beautiful harmonies. Thanks must also go to Ange's husband, Rob, who handled the PA with great skill and empathy. There were a few floor spots too from Tony and Grace (a tribute to Tom Petty), Steve (October Song), Gary (an anti war song), Sean (a reprise of his Squeaky Floorborad Song), Guy (singing about murder with humour), Martin (John Martyn's Over The Hill), 12 Volt Joe (Andy's touching tribute to his granddaughter, Little Wren) and Pondlife (their greatest hit!). Tony handled the MC duties with suitable aplomb on a packed night.


Stuart took charge tonight and there seemed to be a weather theme. Sarah (Rainy Night In Georgia) and Andy both sang about rain and Eddie did Fog On The Tyne. Elsewhere, Steve gave us a couple of Dylan songs and John some of his Jake Thackray repertoire. Gayle delighted with a version of Who Knows Where The Time Goes?, Pondlife went back to the 70s for A Horse With No Name, Roger some thought provoking stuff, Geoff some unusual choices (Song To A Siren and Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm) and Martin a rousing New York Girls. Special mention must go to Sean, who performed his new song about the club's famous squeaky floorboard!


Pete was our MC and a rainy night didn't dampen the spirts. There was plenty of jolity around - Pete & Stuart doing Shame And Scandel In The Family and a funky Kung Foo Fighting ,and Eddie with his usual witty wordplay including his Nonsense Song. Geoff did a tribute to Glen Campbell with a couple of Jimmy Webb songs, Sean a couple of his own compositions and there was some Cajun from Tony & Grace. Roger gave us hits from the shows, Colin some passionate politics, Martin some good old trad and Jo a fine rendition of Hard Times. Fresh from his triumph as a co-organiser of Party In The Ponds, it was good to see Steve Smith again. We were treated to an extended spot by Guy Hawthorn, ably accompanied by Gene. Guy has recently been raising money from the sale of his CD Poaching For Eels with proceeds going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Wonderful stuff.


Andy took charge for a wonderfully varied evening. There was plenty of the usual fare from Eddie (including two poems), Martin, Sean, Steve (some nice Joni Mitchell and John Martyn songs), John (a bit of Jake Thackray), Keith with some classical guitar and Tony (doing Rhinestone Cowboy as a tribute to Glen Campbell). Terry and Geoff gave us some good old trad and David and Andy appeared seperately (each as 6 Volt Joe?). Andy also did a wonderful tribute to John Davy, who we lost a year ago. He performed The Cape, a song which they had played together and the club joined together to sing and play Country Life, one of John's best known songs. Nice to see Mike Scott with his wonderful wit and clever wordplay. We were pleased to see some new faces, Laura sang with Keith before doing a couple of her own with an early music influence. Gavin performed his own songs, one was a particularly interesting piece about the air crash in Britannia Woods in Downend, 60 years ago. The other new face was Webbly the trainee Guide Dog, brought along by Pete & Louise. He made some new friends and seemed suitably impressed by the music (no howling!).


Tony was MC for what was no doubt another fab evening. Your editor was heading off to the Cropredy festival!


Tony was MC on the eve of his birthday, so we naturally had to mark the occasion with a rendition of Happy Birthday! Pondlife kicked off with their 'greatest hit', Meet Me On The Corner and set a French theme with La Mer, taken up later by Roger with some of Autumn Leaves in French. Smooth talking Terry serenaded Louise, John gave us his take on some classics, Tony & Grace did some old favourites and Martin did some nice versions of Caledonia and How Long Will I Love You? It was good to see some new faces, June with some beautiful unaccompanied singing, including some Thomas Hardy to her own tune, and Nigel who sang his own songs as well as a version of Sumertime. A highlight was Roger playing the tea chest bass that he had lugged all the way without the help of a roadie! He accompanied Terry and Tony & Grace and you can see a picture of him in the gallery.


Stuart took the helm tonight and he got things under way with Pete with some Woody Guthrie. Eddie gave us his take on the perils of nuclear fallout and an ode to the greasy spoon before Steve with a couple of Dylan songs. Colin had some social comment, Terry exercised his baritone vocal cords and Gayle took to the banjo again with some old classics. Keith was back with an Eric Bibb song and the Kinks' Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon, Sarah did a lovely version of Alicia Keys' New York, Tony some Van Morrison before trad stuff from Martin. After the break there was some fun from Stu & Pete (Jollity Farm with everyone doing the animal noises) and some fine banjo playing from Steve (Loudon Wainwrights' Dump The Dog). Colin then set the tone for the rest of the evening with a chorus song (some fine harmonies from the audience), a theme taken up by Terry, Gayle (Rockin' Robin), Keith, Tony (Wild Rover) and Martin. The evening ended with a rousing version of Keep Your Lamp.


Pete was MC for the usual eclectic mix. Richard, Pondlife, Andy (with his song about the Orange Tip butterfly), Geoff (some Jimmy Webb and Waterboys), Roger, Tony (fresh from Glastonbury with a Status Quo tribute), Ollie, Pat, Gayle (on the banjo as well as Andy) and Martin all served up their usual mix. Nice to see Eddie with his unique humour (I'm The Urban Spaceman and Tiptoe Through The Turnips!) and Neil (some beautiful bossa nova guitar playing).


A warm summer evening and a relaxed session held in the round was hosted by Sarah. We had some humour form Stuart and Kev did his 'jolly' songs! The recent election brought politics to the fore with songs from both Andys, Chris (making a rare appearance) and Sean (who also did some traditional songs with some very tasteful guitar). Nice to see Colin doing a hearty sea shanty, Ollie with some contemporary songs, Steve with his own songs (about his kids) and Sarah, who sang beautifully in Turkish! Geoff and Pete reflected the summer with a rendition of When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease.


A night of quality despite lower numbers with Andy acting as MC. Andy and David (12 Volt Joe) kicked off with their fine Americana, including some Kate Tempest. Pat gave us some Leonard Cohen and blues and Ed, making a solo FAF debut, sang Honky Tonk Angels and the 'reply' song. Nice to see Gayle back with her beautiful versions of Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell. Viv & John gave us the Dam Busters in their inimitable style, Martin did Jez Lowe and John Martyn songs and John provided a typically witty set with some Jake Thackray. There were some wonderful versions of traditional songs from Geoff (a fabulous Bows Of London), Steve (Pretty Polly), Jo (The Duke And The Tinker) and Ed (Shoals Of Herring). It's alway nice to see new visitors to the club, and tonight we were delighted to welcome Adam & Jayne, known together as Wildwood Jack, who looked us up on their travels. They played some lovely stuff, with classy guitar playing and ukulele including their own songs and a terrific version of Gracelend.


Another splendid evening from our guests Folklaw, who never fail to provide an evening of enrgy and quality entertainment. Great singing and playing, and great songs too! Our MC, Tony also introduced a few floor spots, himself and Grace, Steve, Sarah, Sean and Pondlife were all on good form.


Stuart was our MC for the usual fun and frollicks. Nice to see Mike Scott again at the club.


FAF saw a good selection of regulars and visitors, with MC duties from Pete. Nice to see a contingent from the Nova Scotia, including Mike who was visiting the club for the first time. Fine performances too from Terry, John and Pat who have become regulars now. Some of the others FAFers, including Andy, Stuart & Pete, Neil and Steve did their stuff, while Geoff and Ollie brought their fresh approach.


There's an article in the April edition of Fishponds Voice about how FAF has raised money for the CLIC charity shop appeal and other charities. You can see it by clicking the button below.


A packed night with Sarah and Grace sharing the MC duties. We welcomed Mitch Reynolds from Telford to the club. Mitch is visiting as many folk clubs as she can and raising money for cancer research, so we gave her a spotlight slot. She sang some unaccompanied songs, played the concertina and did some of her own tunes on the flute. Others highlights included much humour (John's Making A Gateaux to the tune of In The Ghetto), Stuart and Pete doing Tom Lehrer and Tony giving his 'Fecksit' speech (don't ask!) on the day Article 50 was triggered. We also had two newcomers, Helen, who sang a Victoria Wood song and Pat with his version of A Pub With No Beer. All this and a mixture of old folk songs, Velvet Underground, spirituals and Chuck Berry!


A fabulous evening with our special guest Nicola Clark. Nicola entertained a packed house with her wonderful voice, accomplished guitar playing and her songs full of wit and charm with twists of melody and narrative. A truly unique talent. Andy was our MC, introducing a selection of floor spots from many of the regulars. It was also nice to see the return of Mike Scott and good to see the Willbees in full swing.

FAF has donated £150 to St Peter's Hospice from our Jonathan Davy tribute. Click the button below for more details.

We have also donated £200 to the Fishponds CLIC charity shop appeal following a fundraising evening.

FAF returned after our enforced Valentine break with Tony as MC. Tonight we were raising money for the Fishponds CLIC charity shop appeal with all the door money being donated. A FAF regular also gave a generous donation of £100. Many of the regulars were in attendance and it was good to see Steve and Jo with their mixture of Dylan, Springsteen and Neil Young. St David's Day was marked by Tony & Grace and Roger, who gave us a typical mix of jokes, song and history lesson! Nice to see someone at the club for the first time - Ollie did a fine rendition of the Hosier song Cherry Wine.


A quieter evening, but not without quality as Pete did the honours as MC. Nice to see Terry (lovely versions of Icarus and a Nic Jones song) and Gayle (doing some Neil Young). Geoff returned with some trad material and Sean gave us some thought provoking material of his own. We welcomed Azelie to the club for the first time, ably accompanied by Andy on banjo and then unaccompanied with a beautiful rendition of a Joan Baez song.


Stuart MC'd as we kicked off again, and what better way to start the New Year than with Richard, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club with 2 Beatles songs. On a busy evening we were pleased to welcome newcomers to the club - David, who gave us two of own songs and Dee, with a beautiful version of You've Got A Friend. Nice to see the return of John doing some blues and Geoff with a fine version of the Kipper Family's Male Female Highwayman. Andy marked the passing of Peter Sarstedt and Tony & Grace the first anniversary of David Bowie's departure.


A jolly time was had by all as we got into the festive spirit. Andy was MC and there were plenty of songs with Christmas themes. Andy kicked off before Martin demonstrated his new accordion skills (learnt in 2 weeks!) and Tom did a splendid version of American Tune. Gary did a couple of seasonal songs and Sarah gave us a lovely version of the Coventry Carol. Steve S did his own take on Christmas plus a version of If I Had A Hammer, complete with plenty of percussion from anyone who fancied it! We then had Joseph (actually John B with a tea towel on his head) with his own take on the Christmas story and a witty twist on the Jimmy Web song, By The Time I Get To Three Sets. Roger performed Silent Night and Pondlife finished the first half with Winter's Song and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. We then enjoyed a plendid buffet (thanks to everyone who brought food to share). Andy D kicked off part two and Tony & Grace kept the fun going with a song about Grace's giant parsnip! Keith gave us some blues and a wonderful version of While Shepherds Watched. Viv & John lent there flashing accordions to Fairytale Of New York and Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody, and Sarah retuned with Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire with a beautiful accompaniment from Neil.


Tony was our MC on a busy night, with Pondlife providing the extended spotlight. There were plenty of other acts giving us fine entertainment too. The recent passing of Leonard Cohen was marked by Andy & Sonia (Suzanne), And Steve G (Marianne, with backing vocals from Bev & Louise, and Bird On A Wire). Nice to see Gary again (with his typical mix of social comment and humour), Terry (who played accordion for one song) and Lola (who sang unaccompanied). Pondlife closed both halves of the evening, doing four songs in their first set and closing the night with a tribute to Dave Swarbrick (Crazy Man Michael) and the rousing Victoria Wood song, The Ballad Of Barry & Freda, complete with props!


The new website is up and running with our very own web address!

There were distinct themes in the air tonight as Pete acted as MC. With Armistice Day coming up, we had plenty of anti war songs (from Andy, Kev, Sean, Dave and Colin), while Steve and Andy & David gave us self penned songs about their own Grandparent's experiences. The recent Nobel Prize awarded to Bob Dylan was marked, most notably by Tony, Andy and Steve who collaborated for a version of 'Desolation Row'. Finally, Stuart & Pete marked the US presidential election with Stuart's witty reworking of 'Nellie The Elelphant' adapted to comment on a certain Mr Trump!

This was a very special evening as we remembered our good friend and founder member Jonathan Davy. Stuart was MC to a packed crowd of performers and listeners. Many of the songs Jon loved to do were performed and people spoke of their memories of the man and his music. Of the songs not associated with Jon, many were poignant and thought provoking. We kicked off with a couple of tunes from Antje & John followed by Keith doing “Lamorna” and “Cousin Jack”. Dave gave us the ever popular “Cheap Flights”, Steve his own song “Turned Out Nice Again” which he wrote for Water Aid and Jo did a beautiful version of “Edge Of The World”. We then had a contingent from Gasworks Choir (Possibly the biggest group seen at FAF!). Dee led them in splendid versions of “Forever Young” and “Something Inside So Strong”. Andy followed with one of Jon's favourites, “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor” and “A New Day”, a song written for Jon with words by a family friend set to music by Andy. John gave us a couple of Jake Thackray songs before Cannon Fodder did some tunes and “Fiddler's Green”, then Steve with some Dylan and Steve Earl. Richard (there with Jon at the beginning of the club) did “This Land Is Your Land” and spoke about the early days. Martin sang some Richard Thompson and Sting and Sarah, in one of the most emotional moments of the night, performed unaccompanied versions of “Go To Sleep Little Baby” and “Abraham, Martin And John” with the last verse adapted. Tony gave us some Gerry Rafferty (“Mary Skeffington”) and Donovan (“Colours”) before Pondlife did their “Parting Glass”. The night was rounded off with everyone joining in for a version of one of Jon's favourites, “Country Life” and the club song, “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning”. It was so good to see so many people remembering their friend. It was decided to donate the usual door entry money to charity and we raised a magnificent £150 on the night.


You can see Pondlife performing the Fishfest song on their Facebook page:

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Fishfest said, "Last night's Folk Around Fishponds was fabulous - this is Pondlife with the official FishFest song!! Adapted for the festival by the very talented and very witty Stuart… if we had our own charts, a song referencing scarecrows, tapenade and The Smiths would be the xmas no1...". Praise indeed!

What a great night, the Folk Around Fishponds Fishfest Special (easy for you to say!). Nice to see a few new faces in the audience as Sarah took MC duties and we had a few words from Fishfest organiser Kate Brooks. Richard kicked us off (ably assisted by Stuart) with a couple of his favourites. Pondlife did an updated version of their Fishfest song (look out for the video somewhere soon), followed by Tom. Then it was nice to see Steve, who organises some great gigs at Alveston church. Kev did some nice banjo picking, Roger told some stories and Martin sang a fine version of Show Of Hands’ “Roots”. Steve G (with some banjo from Andy) did a beautiful rendition of “October Song” and also on fine form was Gayle with songs by Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell. Sarah wound up the first half with a Beach Boys song about vegetables - with props! Andy kicked us off again with some Kris Kristofferson, before Phil gave us Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams in his own inimitable style. Andy played banjo and guitar, then John & Viv livened things up with the Captain Pugwash theme. Tony kept the rousing mood going with “Whisky In The Jar” and “Digging Up The Fishponds Road” before Colin and his song in praise of the lock-in! Things were rounded off with “Keep Your Lamp” and we even managed a few contributions to the Fishfest food bank collection.

A big thank you to the wonderful Jess Vincent, who entertained us this evening. Jess charmed us with her beautiful voice and classy songs. Definitely a rising star. Our MC Andy also introduced a few of the regulars for floor spots, including Tony who responded to Jess telling the 'how many folk singers does it take to change a light bulb?' joke (trad arr) with his famous light bulb song!

No doubt another fab evening, but your editor was on a narrowboat with his ukulele!


Tony introduced the acts tonight. We saw a plethora of Steves - Steve M did one of his own sngs, Steve S gave us a fine version of 'Good Year For The Roses' and Steve G did some Donovan. Nice to see Kev again with some banjo tunes and Lovely to hear Sheila sing some unaccompanied Irish traditional songs. Richard went kazoo crazy and we had duelling ukuleles from Stuart & Pete.


Stuart was our MC on an evening that saw a good turn-out, including Steve, Keith, Gail (a great version of Light Flight) and Tom. Tony sang a version of The 'Welsh' Rover, with some Welsh words in the chorus - the gist of the song being attempting to do some sheep shearing, but being sent away castrated by the farmer who thought his intentions towards the sheep were dodgy! As ever delivered with Tony's usual aplomb!


Pete was MC as we treated (by chance) to songs with a French theme and about the seaside. The Gallic connection may be as a result of Brexit, the World Cup or recent events, but included a version of "La Mer" from Pondlife. Sean did a couple of his own splendid songs while Richard was joined by Stuart and Phil was joined by Grace - nice to see some collaboration, We also celebrated Tony's birthday with a lovely version of the Wellwishing Song from those members of Red Notes who were present.


Sarah took charge as we welcomed back some faces not seen for a while. Good to see Keith with beautiful classical guitar playing of his own compositions, Gayle, who gave us a fabulous rendition of 'Woodstock', Alison with some unaccompanied traditional folk and Keith Hodges with his splendid version of the Kinks' 'Sunny Afternoon'. The summer theme was also in evidence with a version of 'Summertime' by Sarah & Pete, a duo formed spontaneously at the beginning of the evening! Nice to see a new face, Dan, who gave us some lovely mellow bluesy songs. Some old favourites too - the Captain Pugwash theme on accordions from Viv & John, 'The Runaway Train' from Phil and 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely?' from Neil.


Andy took MC duties on a quieter night. There was no lack of quality however as we saw John Blake do his usual Jake Thackray songs as well as his own brilliantly witty words set to the music of Delibes. Terry gave us a superb version of 'She Moves Through The Fair' and Phil did an old skiffle number with Grace on washboard. Tony and Grace sang about the 'glorious' mud of Glastonbury as well as a fitting tribute to Chris Roach by doing one of his favourite sea shanties.


Away from the usual Cross Hands venue, FAF regulars made up a large proportion of Folk@St Peter's, an acoustic evening at St Peter's Church in Frampton Cotterell. Malcolm, the vicar, welcomed Sarah Wrann, John Blake Steve Goodfield, Pondlife, Jo Cullum and Andy Danford & David Parker to join others for a performance in the wonderful acoustic of the church.


Tony was our MC as we introduced the new "FAF Featuring...." spot, kicking off with Andy Danford & Dave Parker (aka “12-volt Joe”, although they wouldn't tell us why!). Andy & Dave gave us a splendid selection of Americana and folk, a particularly excellent version of 'Black Jack Davy" was a stand-out track. Stuart & Pete played their ode to the ukulele by Louden Wainwright and Les Barker's take on the use of a banjo (dedicated to Andy!). Nice to see Guy (of Thornbridge) and Gayle (a fine version of 'Chelsea Morning'). Colin did a couple of Leon Rosselson songs and Neil, still on a high from seeing Neil Young, gave a nod to his hero.


We were very sad to hear of the recent passing of Chris Roach. Chris had become a regular at the club over the last few months, bringing his extensive knowledge of traditional song as well as other material that was at different times thought provoking, funny and often with a message. As leader of the Pill Whalers, he graced the stage at the recent Cross Hands Beer Festival.


The highlight of the evening was seeing Jonathan again after a lengthy time away. Good to see him performing again with Bob.


A relaxed evening with some splendid performances hosted by Pete. Terry was in fine form despite having a cold and Guy gave us a couple of his own songs, one of which sounded like a classic traditional song. Alison did some Maytime folk songs (assisted by Louise and bev) and new instruments were shown off by Steve (banjo) and Jo (12 string guitar). To top everything off, Colin let his hair down and gave us some feisty songs!


After the thrills and spills of the Cross Hands Beer Festival, it was back to business as usual. Sarah took the MC role and tributes were paid to Victoria Wood from Pondlife (complete with props!) and Prince from Sarah & Tony. The findings of the Hillsborough disaster enquiry were also recognised by both Chris and Tony.


FAF at the Cross Hands Beer Festival (part 2)

The Saturday afternoon got under way with a storming set of sea shanties from the Pill Whalers. Antje & John then gave us a lovely set of instrumentals on the unusual but wonderfully sounding combination of accordion and sax. Steve Smith was back in solo mode with a set of originals and covers, before Sarah Wrann gave us her usual soulful mix of gospel and folk. The afternoon was finished off in style by a full strength Pondlife who had them dancing in the aisles!


FAF at the Cross Hands Beer Festival (part 1)

The Thursday evening session got under way with a raucus set from The Whiskey Headed Buddies playing their earthy brand of blues. They were follwed by Blueyonder, lead by Steve Smith with his self penned songs, again in a bluesy style. MAGRAT finished off the evening with a fine selection. FAF stalwarts Tony and Grace were joined by Martin (guitar/vocals) and Anna (fiddle) for some stomping tunes.


A fabulous night was had by all with our guest Mike Scott. Mike gave us a great range of songs, with his clever wordplay, great wit and charm. Tony introduced a few floor singers and many fine song writers were represented - the other Mike Scott (Waterboys) from Tony & Grace, Ralph McTell from the Willbees and Ewan McColl from Pondlife.


FAF are delighted to have been asked to provide some musical entertainment for the Cross Hands Beer Festival. A selection of FAF regulars will perform on Thursday 21st April from 9-11pm and Saturday 23rd April from 2-5pm. The festival runs from 21-23 April and up to 12 beers will be available!


Andy rushed back from Leicester to MC the night! We had a welcome return from Terry, and Sean gave us his own songs, one particularly interesting one about Cuba. Dave played some nice slide guitar with Andy, and John was on good form, ably assisted by Pete S.


Stuart took on the MC role as we saw another fine mix. Many of those who are the newer visitors to the club have now become regulars and have added greatly to the variety. Appropriately, there was a strong show from the women, some marking International Women's Day. Alison & Louise gave us some beautiful harmony singing and Sarah marked the day wit a poem. There was also some lovely singing from Christine and FAF newcomer Helen, who not only sang with great skill and wit, but also ran up a few lines of knitting during the evening! Good contributions from the men too - a couple of Show Of Hands songs (Colin and Martin), humour from Phil and some John Tams from Richard.


On an evening hosted by Pete, we were treated to music from around the country and indeed the world. Gary gave us a tongue -in-cheek riposte to recent celebrations of Yorkshire and Tony acknowledges St David's Day with a couple of Welsh songs. There was a European flavour from Viv & John, with the wonderful sound of two accordions. Roger took us to Brazil where there is an awful lot of coffee! Some fab renditions of Jake Thackray from John B too.


Stuart was our MC on a night that saw many of our newer visitors. There was plenty of unaccompanied singing and traditional songs, but surprisingly few love songs despite the upcoming Valentine's Day (although Rev Richard gave us his splendid love song to ale!). We did, however have 2 Max Boyce songs (Richard and Lesley)! It was great to see Vicki & Richard again, playing wonderfully on guitar, fiddle and whistle. Nice too to see Terry as he joined Jo & Steve on the accordion. Tom did a beautiful version of 'Autumn Leaves'. Club regular Malcolm gave his last performance before moving to Cornwall, so we wish him well in his new home.


Another busy night, hosted by Andy saw various nods to the recentlydeparted. There were many Eagles songs to honour Glen Frey, some Bowie from Jack and Stuart & Pete and even a bit of Motorhead from Tony & Grace! Jack, Paul and Sean performed their own songs and Dave marked Burns Night with his Address To A Haggis.


A superb evening with Tony at the helm saw FAF paying tribute to Alan Mitchell. There were numerous mentions of Yorkshire and songs from the county by Tony & Grace, Rev Richard, Martin and Gary (sporting a "Brighouse On A Saturday Night" t-shirt). Dave and Malcolm (making a welcome visit) performed some of Alan's favourite monologues, and there were some thoughtful and spiritual pieces from Steve, Pondlife and Sarah. People spoke with fondness of their memories of Alan and the club gave a collective and rousing rendition of "Brighouse On A Saturday Night", Alan's 'greatest hit'.

There were also nods to the recently departed Lemmy and David Bowie (with a couple of the latter's songs performed), a rare and beautifully sung performance by Lola and some fine classical guitar from Keith.


Looking forward to seeing everybody at FAF in 2016, starting on January 12th when we will paying tribute to our great friend Alan Mitchell.


All at FAF wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and musical New Year!


Another jolly evening of festive fun with MC Stuart. We were treated to Carols from the All Saints choir as well as the usual familiar faces. Martin gave us some Elvis Costello, Dave did his hilarious 'thank you' letters regarding the gifts of the 12 days of Christmas and there was some lovely singing from Christine. Nice to see Paul with his thought provoking songs and new face Steve with some very tasteful stuff. John was ably assisted by Keith, who also gave us some 'dirty old blues'!


A packed programme hosted by Pete saw many of the regulars and others (too many to mention) in a festive mood. A fine spread of food appeared as the room filled up and there was even a surfeit of mince pies!


Look out for a double page article about FAF in the new edition of Fishponds Voice. Sarah & Stuart are interviewed and give some insights into the club along with photos of some of the regulars.


A Fantastic night with the wonderful Carrivick Sisters. Charlotte & Laura were in superb form with their beautiful harmony singing and instrumental virtuosity - so many instruments! Thanks to the floor singers and Andy for MC-ing. Thanks also to Dave Williams for the loan of chairs, much needed on a sell out evening.


A terrific night, ably hosted by Sarah. Songs to mark Remembrance Day were in evidence in a varied evening. Richard gave us a medley of music hall songs dressed in a bowler hat and waistcoat, Kevin brought his newly acquired banjo and we were delighted to see Keith and Colin. It was also great to see performers who are new to the club or who had only been a couple of times before - Vicki & Richard gave us some beautiful harmonies and lovely playing, Carol sang unaccompanied superbly, Jacki did some old favourites and Steve showed his songwriting talents. Variety too with poetry from Trevor - the Bard of Windmill Hill and his ode to tea!


We're delighted to say that the Carrivick Sisters have sold out!


Tickets for the Carrivick Sisters on 24th November are selling fast - only a few left. This is likely to sell out in advance so make sure you book your ticket ASAP.


Tony was our MC on a busy evening. Dave brought the family band, Pete from Somerset gave us some blues and Phil did a bit of CSN&Y. We had a Halloween theme from Tony & Grace and Pondlife. Good stuff to from Henry, Jo and Steve and nice to hear newcomer Sean with a couple of his own songs.


Stuart took the helm tonight.


Pete was MC on a fairly quiet night. Eddie gave us his unique wit and Richard became a one man band. Steve (who has been once or twice before) gave us own reflections on life and it was good to see Jo again.


Tony took the helm and we welcomed back Jonathan after major surgery. It was good to hear a couple of his old favourites again. We also had Paul from Weston-super-Mare with his tasteful guitar instrumentals, lovely singing and playing from Gayle, and Pete revealed his new cigar box guitar for a song with Stuart. Tony & Grace finished with some 'community singing'!


Andy found himself MC-ing (again!) as we saw the welcome return of Pete from Somerset and Kev. Martin and Steve both gave us fine renditions of Richard Thompson songs. Pondlife took us Mingulay by boat. We ended the evening, not with the usual "Keep Your Lamp", but with a version of "Country Life", a song often performed by Jonathan, who has not been well lately. We hope we sent some positive vibes to one of our founder members!


Pondlife Pete, the writer of this column was at Cropredy and lack of information means that he can't report on this particular evening! No matter, we'll move on to the following FAF night.


Andy was our MC for a fine mix of songs and styles, with some nice stuff from all including Martin, Sarah, Steve and Tony & Grace.


Stuart was at the helm for a fine evening, with the usual mix of styles. It was good to welcome back John Blake with his wonderful Jake Thackray songs, and Gayle, who we haven't seen for a while. We were also treated to a couple of self penned songs from Jean on her performing debut at FAF.


Sarah took charge for a busy evening including Chris, Kevin and Stuart & Pete.


Pete was on MC-ing duties and we had a fine selection. Roger, Tony & Grace, Jo, Neil and Martin were all on good form and it was nice to see John Shaw.


A regular night hosted by Andy with some great stuff from the regulars plus visitors Sian and Rob.


A fabulous night with a blues special from the Whiskey Headed Buddies, with FAF regular Keith Hodges leading the band. Tony was in the MC hotseat.


A more intimate evening hosted by Stuart and performed in the round. Some lovely stuff from some of the regulars and very tasteful guitar playing from Neil, who did some of his Brazillian tunes. Special mention goes to Seren The Heron, a young singer/songwriter from Abergavenny who came over and delighted us with her beautiful songs and voice.


Jonathan introduced yet another assortment of allsorts, from Cuban (Pondlife) to Match of the Day (Tony), via Richard Thompson (Jonathan & Bob) to Johnny Cash (Richard & Colin) and a beautiful tribute to the late John Renbourn (Steve). We also had a true travelling minstrel, Ian, who was en route and called in to give us some stunning Renaissance music, complete with lute!


MC duties were shared by Grace and Sarah who welcomed FAF newcomer Dawn doing some beautiful songs. Mentions also go to Steve, Sarah and Kev in another varied evening.


Our next guest evening will be on May 12th with FAF regular and favourite Keith Hodges plus his band the Whisky Headed Buddies. More details to follow soon.


A fabulous evening was had by all with the wonderful Jez Lowe, a performance full of charm, wit and thoughtfulness with some great playing and singing. There was a full house, so a big thanks to Jez. Tony did his usual cracking job as MC and there were a select number of floor spots. It was nice to hear a couple of songs from the FAF CD done live (Keith and Steve) and a song beautifully sung by FAF debutant, Jacqui.


Tickets for the Jez Lowe gig on March 10th have sold out!


A quieter FAF night, but with the usual eclectic mix. Hosted by 'Pondlife' Pete, we saw fine performances from Steve, Jo doing T-Rex, story telling from Gary and a mix of philosophy and classic songs from Roger. Amid some interesting tuning issues, Grace got her washboard out! Tickets for Jez Lowe were selling well and there are now only a few left.


Jez Lowe is coming to FAF soon and we are delighted that he has been nominated for two BBC Folk Awards - Folk Singer of the Year and Best Original Song ("The Pitmen Poets"). Good luck to Jez on 22nd April.


A cracking FAF night, busy and full of quality with lots of regulars. MC was Andy who did a splendid job. Nice to see Joss again, who made his first appearance last time and lowered the average age! Richard and Colin were the new 'super duo' with Colin showing us his percussion skills. Love was in the air with Valentine's Day approaching and there were a fine selection of love songs, including Tony's version of "Angels" and Pondlife doing "It Must Be Love". Tickets went on sale for the Jez Lowe gig and sold well - get yours fast to avoid disappointment.