FOLK SESSION – Howard Arms - Brampton

Our first session of 2020 observed a Scottish theme, in honour of impending Burns’ Night.  It was a pleasure to welcome newcomers Alan Bryans and Suze, visiting us from Newcastle, and Mick who likes us so much that he came all the way from Lincoln again.

We covered a fair bit of Scottish geography, from Maxwelton in Dumfriesshire (Annie Laurie – Phil) to B****y Orkney (Adrian – tsk!).  Alan Jefferson set off to the Coolins of Skye via The Road to the Isles; Steve was homesick for The Valley of Strathmore (Angus) and Christine for The Dark Island (Benbecula); Eileen on concertina ventured to the Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon (Ayrshire) and Sally invited us to join her on a very long hike in the Uist Tramping Song. Sam met Nancy Whisky in Glasgow and came away a poorer, wiser man.  

Songs by Burns himself featured several times in the evening, ranging from his anti-slavery protest The Slave’s Lament (Gerda) through the tender love-songs Ca’ the Yowes (Maddy) and Ae fond kiss (Christine) to the saucy Coming through the Rye (Ruth) and the outright boast Wantonness (Katy).

Mary had leg-pulling fun with the Scottish theme in the poem The Haggis Season and Anne teased us with a series of non-Scottish songs that nonetheless mention Scotland, starting with Flanders and Swann’s Song of Patriotic Prejudice.  Some of the connections became – ahem – tenuous!  Alan Bryans told us with a straight face that the eponymous hero of The Hedgehog ‘was definitely a Scottish hedgehog’ (hmmm).  Suze entertained us with an ingenious song about Anticrastination (the opposite of procrastination). And Mick, accompanying himself on Q-chord, frankly stated that the touching and sorrowful On the bus to St Clouds had no Scottish connections.

We next meet on Tuesday, 18th February at 8pm in the Howard Arms, Brampton.  The theme for February will be ‘love’

And for anyone who likes to prepare well in advance, the theme for March, in honour of St David and St Patrick, will be Welsh and Irish;

And for April, in honour of St George, it will be English.


January  Review