ZOOM FOLK SESSION – Virtual Brampton

Our theme when we met on 15th December was ‘Birds and animals’, with liberty to give it a seasonal slant.  A warm welcome to Arthur from Norfolk, joining us for the first time.


Now, I don’t know how many times we say ‘it’s not a competition’, but somehow people do still like to compete.  So let us start with those who aimed for the largest number of different animals in one song or poem:  Aitch probably topped the list with 23 separate species in Place in the choir.  Ruth did rather well too – ten kinds of bird, two kinds of insect and a fish in Who killed Cock Robin?  Sally Hardaker’s Poacher’s 12 days of Christmas named varieties of game, some pretty inedible (stoned crows, really, Sally?) and Sam’s song of lost love, Me and the Elephant, took us to see the rhino, zebra, kangaroo etc at the zoo.


Farm animals featured in Alan’s Treat my daughter kindly and Sylvia’s Mandarin Chinese song The night of the grassland is beautiful.  Gerda grieved that The Angels have taken my Racehorse away.  Elaine’s own song, Fergus the Zen Dog, immortalised a friend’s pet.  Leaving dry land, we heard the lament of the Leviathan (Steve), the yearning of the sailor to be back among the seagulls and whales in Masefield’s Sea Song (Bill), and Stan Roger’s protest about pollution in the Great Lakes, Tiny Fish for Japan (Mike), while Terry watched seven swans on Lonely Waters.  Wild animals - and birds and insects – prowled in Dave’s Alive, fluttered in Mick’s Childhood Memories and dug their burrows with double entendre in Richard’s The Moudiwark [mole].


We managed some seasonal allusions, naturally: reindeer in Phil’s parody Flying in on the wind in a sleigh; turkey in Mary’s poem The Twelve Days of Turkey, the wild boar in The Boar’s Head Carol (Adrian).  A dove features in Arthur’s Christmas Lullaby, a lamb in Sally Jones’ Do you hear what I hear? and the camels of the Magi in Les Rois Mages (Katy).  Reaching deep into tradition, Anne sang the ballad The Carnal and the Crane.


We next meet virtually at 8pm on Tuesday 19th January, by ZOOM.  The theme will be ‘music and dancing’ – any song that refers to a musical instrument, or a dance, for example.  This might make it a bit easier for instrumentalists for a change, as by definition anything they do involves an instrument!  ALL WELCOME!



December  Review