FOLK SESSION – Howard Arms -
FOLK SESSION – St Martin’s Cottage, Brampton
We had such a good turn-
The theme was ‘people’s names’, which made it easier for our patient instrumentalists who sometimes have to be pretty creative to find a link to the theme. Frank on diatonic accordion played March of Clare’s Dragoons; Donald McLeod’s Reel and Bobbing Joan. Peter on Puerto Rican cuatro used Jenny Lynd to ‘bookend’ a song, and Steve played Sally Gardens as an instrumental before singing the song.
If Phil managed to find the song with the largest number of names (Like me and you), Ruth probably found the longest single name (Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore.) For sheer exuberant silliness Adrian must deserve a special mention for Susannah’s a funicle man, complete with grunts and whistles, and for inventiveness, Angus’s Scottish Cheating Song told us about a man suspicious of his girlfriend’s phone calls to Kirk Aldy and Bo Ness.
In many of the songs the names featured prominently in the titles: Gerda on concertina
and Cathy on banjo sang the ‘happy blues’ Old Joe Clarke and Darling Cory. Christine
went for straightforward Country and Western in Jolene. Gwen, June and Peter had
great fun with the 1930s song Egyptian Ella. Alan went for very traditional in the
ballad Tam Lyn, as did Eliza with John Anderson, my jo. Sally sang about a namesake
in Sally free and easy. Mary’s parody of John Peel took us to the modern Lake District
of traffic congestion and four-
The names were tucked away in the verses in some of the songs. Tecumseh Valley (Christine) charted the tragic downfall of Caroline; Adrian’s Song of Western Men thundered out defiance of King James and defence of Trelawny, and June, Peter and Gwen got us all singing along to Biker Hill (mentions Geordie Johnson).
We next meet on Tuesday 19th February at 8.30pm -