One of the best ways to spend a summer evening is sitting in a pub (or its garden) with a glass of something long and cool in the company of folk who just love to sing. Two new female voices joined us because their Lewes choir is on holiday and they needed to exercise their vocal chords – hopefully, we filled the gap and they will return next month. Jonathan came back for a third session, so there were 14 of us. We must be improving because a couple from Essex and another diner stayed for the whole of the first half and borrowed word sheets so that they could join in.
We warmed up with Fathom The Bowl and The Turmut Hoer, before looking at songs that a small group will sing at Mac’s Alfriston Folk Club in October. The two sets will consist of Kipling songs and sea songs, so we sang Follow Me ’Ome, Constant Lovers, Oak Ash And Thorn and Pleasant And Delightful, before a refill break and then Brave Eleven, Littlehampton Collier Lads, My Boy Jack, Bee Boy’s Song, A Smuggler’s Song and They Won’t Let Us Go To Sea Anymore. Tina had prepared harmonies for ten of the songs, mostly a lower drone line which could be sung by either low or higher voices. Our songs sounded much richer with the variety added.
We agreed that next month we will aim to arrive at The John Harvey Tavern earlier and try and start singing by 7.30pm so that we don’t overrun past 10pm. Probably wishful planning, but we’ll try anything to get more singing time! We finished with Thousands or More.