FOLK SESSION – Howard Arms -
We had a packed session on 15th August, with a wealth of contributors and a friendly sprinkling of listeners. It was a particular pleasure to welcome Tony, visiting from Yorkshire with his concertina, and Ray who had not visited us for some time.
Our theme was ‘clothing’. Phil sang Big Knicker Blues and Ruth read her autobiographical
poem Small Knickers (subtitle: How I was put off knitting) but otherwise we were
most restrained, considering what possibilities folk music offers! We sang about
fine clothes and ragged clothes, work clothes and uniforms. James James Morrison
Morrison W George Dupree’s mother ‘put on a golden gown’ (Anne); Angus on banjo-
Miners’ work clothes featured in Schooldays Over (Sally) and Blackleg Miner (Maddy),
and (by implication at least) in Cousin Jack (Ray) while Adrian reminded us of the
functional ‘old leather britches’ of George Fox. As for uniforms, we had the Lancashire
Lads dressed in scarlet (Dave); the green-
A lot of people found splendid, rousing chorus songs with a ‘clothes’ theme. We demanded Donald, whaur’s yer troosers? with Alan; yodelled The Happy Wanderer with Mary (the song mentions a hat); regretted a misspent youth in Yellow Handkerchief (Maddy) and sentimentalised over The Galway Shawl (Steve).
We next meet on Tuesday, 19th September in The Howard Arms, Brampton, at 8.30pm. The theme will be ‘occupations’ (eg tinker, tailor, soldier sailor…)
And for anyone who likes to be really organised, the theme for October will be ‘tools and utensils’. So you can start planning now…