‘Old Willy Thorne, his ‘air’s all gorne’. Lyrics that bring only one act to mind even if Snooker Loopy isn’t one of your favourite songs.
That act, Chas and Dave came to a long sold-out Ferneham Hall as part of their latest farewell tour. Both are accomplished musicians with a rich musical heritage.
Chas played alongside Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame, backed both Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis and had the Beatles as a support act. Together they’ve played everything from pubs to festivals, including Glastonbury 2005 and the last time I saw them, opening for Led Zeppelin in front of 200,000 at Knebworth in 1979.
In Fareham they provided their own support set with favourites from their pub rock days, old music hall hits and the songs of their youth. The real sing-along was in part two, consisting of all their hits as they extolled the virtues of London Girls, took us to Margate and had us all Rabbiting. Biggest hit, Ain’t No Pleasing You certainly did please this audience and at the end they turned a standing ovation into a knees-up with the sideboard song. I’ve been singing ‘I’ve got my beer in the sideboard ‘ere’ ever since.