ZOOM FOLK SESSION – Virtual Brampton

We met virtually on 16th March with the soothing theme of ‘sleep and dreams’.  A warm welcome to Frances and John, joining us for the first time.


Frances started us off with the lullaby Coorie Doon, the first of several over the course of the evening.  The Border reiver’s wife lulled her baby with Sleep, my babe (Anne) and the Irish mother urged her hungry child to sleep in Dún do Shúil (Elaine).  Sam Millington and Terry showed us very different facets of American life in, respectively, The Hobo’s lullaby and Broadway lullaby.  Ruth took us back to the Elizabethan era with Golden slumbers kiss your eyes.  Slightly too sophisticated to be a true lullaby, but still gentle and sleep-inducing, was John o’ Dreams (Steve).  Also in the not-quite-lullaby category were Morningtown Ride (Mary) and Little Man, you’ve had a busy day (Mick).


Sally Hardaker on flute played two night-themed tunes, Starry Night in Shetland and Da Slockit Light.  Richard Hardaker sang a night-visiting song, When a man’s in love, arguing that the parents at least must have been asleep or there would have been trouble!  The little boy in Phil’s Why does it have to be me? protested vigorously at having to wake up and go to school.  On the other hand, Gerda’s Sleepless sailor longed for rest ‘on the deep sea’ and Jeremy sang about the final sleep of death in the hymn Only remembered.


The ‘dream’ part of the theme was treated in various ways: we had plenty of literal dreams.  Energetic ones, as in Keep your feet still, Geordie hinny (Charlie); absurd ones (The Drover’s Dream – Sam Simmons); prophetic or prescient ones such as piper Duncan Campbell’s vision of his death at Ticonderoga (Ged) and the sailor’s dream of the girl he had deserted on the Magdalen Green (Katy); homesick ones (Spancil Hill – Patsy and Bob).  John explained that he hadn’t realised we had a theme but suggested we treat his song Painting Box as ‘all a dream’ (the true creative spirit!)


Then there were the dreams that express longing because that is The way dreams are (Mike).  As Sally Jones pointed out, Waltzing’s for dreamers, while Eleanor sang about Waiting for the shooting stars and Christine confessed Last night, I dreamed of loving you.  On a cheerful note, Jan sang about a dream that came true (Gilli Gilli Oxenpfeffer Katzenellenbogen - and made some of us feel very old when we realised that we remembered the song in its heyday).  Dreams, however, are fleeting, a point picked up in Sylvia’s Mandarin Chinese song Woman Flower.  The sailor in The Wreck of the Dandenong (Tori) dreams hauntingly of the family, warmth and home he will never see again.  


Finally, there are the dreams that are aspirations: for A new world in the morning (Alan); the ‘stolen dreams’ in Caledonia (Richard Harradine); the longing for escape (Sonny’s dream – Patsy and Bob) and simply for an end to this pandemic! (This fall – Bev).


We meet – still virtually – next month on 20th April at 8pm.  The theme will be ‘Spring’.  ALL WELCOME!




March  Review