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-
Sally Hardaker on flute played two night-
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
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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!