Twenty three of us plus our good canine friends Buster and Stanley enjoyed a very jolly sing at the Chichester Inn on Thursday evening. We warmed up by singing Oak Ash & Thorn, the Bee-Boys Song and Pleasant and Delightful and then went on in the first half to sing many old favourites, including The Smugglers Song, On Sussex Hills, all four verses of the West Sussex Drinking Song, The Turnip Hoer and The Magpie. We were certainly singing very well as a choir and having a lot of fun too.
In the second half we tackled some new and less familiar songs, starting with Gordon’s humorous The Three Moles; Alan taught us to sing the beautiful winter song The Fields Lie Silent and Dave introduced us to a new song entitled One for the Rook which tells how the old ploughmen used to have to sow four seeds in order to ensure that at least one “lived to grow”. We finished the evening by bravely singing two verses of the Song of the Sussex Downsman and Keith managed to guide us through the tricky bits and keep us all on track. I really hope we eventually manage to learn this lovely song and sing it out.
Thanks to all of you who came to make this a very successful evening. Please be aware that next month we will meet on Thursday 20th September, but at The Three Moles Inn in Selham, near Graffham. See you there!