FOLK SESSION – Howard Arms -
We had such a record attendance on 18th June that it will be difficult to do justice to all the fun that was had – but here goes! A warm welcome to visitors from Kent, Chris and Alan Davis, and to Harry, Bridget and Gerry. Welcome back to Les and Di; Charlie Chomse and Corrie.
The theme was ‘landscape’. We had a generous helping of instrumental music, and
of unusual accompanying instruments: Frank (diatonic accordion) and Corrie (Northumbrian
small pipes) played Green Bracken; Les and Di on guitar and fiddle gave us the intriguingly-
Harry read us his own poem The hills are alive, a stern memory of brushfires in the
Maddy (This Land) and Ruth (But it’s mine) found songs featuring forests; Mary’s song featured a lake – her irreverent parody Windermere Sailor. Several ingenious people managed to work in a whole range of landscape: sandy heath; grassy plain; mossy boulders (Where ravens feed – Sally); shores; peak; bay; bogland (The Green and Red of Mayo – Sam); pasture; moor; fields; drystone dykes (The Tailor of the Dales – Phil).
We next meet on 16th July in the Howard Arms, Brampton. The theme will be ‘health’ – anything that contributes to making you healthy or unhealthy. Healthy exercise versus alcohol; brown bread versus gunshot wounds…and there are all those 18th Century songs about unfortunate rakes. Being creative is half the fun!