ZOOM FOLK SESSION – Virtual Brampton

Some of our regulars were away on holiday (and good for them!) on 20th July, but we had a lively session, circling around the theme of ‘transport’, including some rousing chorus songs which, alas, are not half so much fun when sung virtually.  

Mike’s song Rolling English Road had the widest chronological scope, ranging through the centuries from the Roman road to the modern bypass, and including feet, horseback, wagons, coaches and traffic jams.  Gerda’s journey to Oregon spanned the width of the United States, again with feet, horses and wagons, and adding boats for good measure.  Sam stuck to water transport in his parody Betty’s Wet Weekend, but still managed to list barges, trawlers, rafts, schooners and canoes.

Trains were popular: we heard about building them (Poor Paddy on the Railway – Chris); and riding them (The Lakes of Pontchartrain -Jeremy).  Sylvia’s Sky Road is magically summarised by herself: ‘the railway built to the Tibet Snowy Plateau.  Like one after another, dragons climbed over the mountain’.  On a very serious note, Bev sang her own song, Farewell, about the Kindertransport, and Ged’s Ballad of Anne Frank mentioned the railways that carried Hitler’s cattle trucks eastwards to the camps.

Horses enjoyed an honourable mention in The Maid of Reigate (Katy) and High Germanie (Anne).  

Ships and boats were well-represented: Elaine told us about Noah and the Flood; Sally sang about Whitby Harbour; Alan about the Ferry across the Mersey; Phil about The Transports.  

Just to prove that folk song can be very contemporary, Mary’s form of transport was a spaceship, as she told us how The Martians have landed in Wigan.  And, for variety, Mick mentioned a kiddie-car in Little Man, you’ve had a Busy Day; Ruth recommended A Bicycle Built for Two, and Adrian, ever inventive, not only picked up the challenge to find a song featuring a motorbike (Cosher Bailey) but found us a paddle boat and a bus in The Day we went to Bangor.

We next meet – still virtually – on 17th August at 8pm.  The theme, by popular acclaim, will be ‘animals’, including, of course, birds, fish and insects.

July  Review