Seven singers made a return visit to the Elephant & Castle to take part in their Saturday Folk Club's Come-All-Ye session on the theme of “Birds”.
As a South Downs Folk Singers group, in the first half we contributed Cuckoo, Nightingale and Three Maidens (Bird in a Bush).
Being somewhat depleted by illness (Adrian sadly being absent with a bad back and Margo suffering with a cold during the evening) we decided to “go independent” (as the excellent compere put it) for the second half during which Gaynor, John K and John L contributed solo numbers. (My chosen solo had sadly already been sung in the first half and I had no back up piece.)
The evening overall consisted of a wide variety of poems, storytelling, songs and instrumentals including larks, crows, owls, thrushes, vultures, drunken maidens (!) and many other birds presented by several of the club’s stalwarts and a few newer, shyer participants, bringing together a memorable mixture of old favourites and lesser known pieces.