FOLK SESSION – Howard Arms -
As the holiday season comes to an end, the theme was, appropriately enough, ‘Work’, when we met in the Howard Arms on 17th September. A warm welcome to Hazel, joining us for the first time; to Pat and Ron visiting us from Middlesbrough; and to Richard and Sally Hardaker from Penrith.
The theme naturally lent itself to ‘trades’. Mill work was well-
More unexpected were Mary’s Banker’s Ballad (‘the only legal robber’); Angus’s Barrett’s
Privateers (the legal robbers of the 18th Century, coincidentally!); the removal
men in Right, said Fred (Alan); the sewer man (I’m glad I’m working down below -
A number of items were about ‘work’ in the abstract: Sally Jones identified the paradox of our feelings on the subject in I just can’t wait, where the singer complains about his job for verse after verse, then dreads retirement. Ruth read the famous passage from Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, beginning ‘I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours…’. Richard pinpointed the necessity of work, however uncongenial, in The Dalesman’s Litany and Sam traced a tragic story of unemployment, prostitution and suicide in Tecumseh Valley. Christine, on the other hand, identified the satisfaction of work undertaken as a hobby in The Shed in the Garden.
And finally… thank you to Pat and Ron for playing us out with Keep on the sunny side of life.
We next meet on 15th October in the Howard Arms, Brampton, at 8pm (please continue to note new start time). The theme will be ‘numbers’. ALL WELCOME!