What a great night Tales & Ales turned out to be! Over 40 choir members, their partners and friends packed into the Gelsmoor for a wonderful evening of music, singing, stories and poetry.
Our regular soloists were well to the fore with some great new material on offer ranging from the comic, to the poignant and even venturing on the dark side.
We had Ann with an hilarious version of Victoria Woods, Let’s Do It! (In dialect of course!) Madeleine, gave us a beautiful rendition of The Witch Of Northumberland, which definitely needs to be heard again and Brian K shocked everyone, including his wife by singing solo during the Prickle-eye Bush! Ably supported by Jane and Ruth all three were on fiddle but managed to sing at the same time.
Chris along with husband Ken, Jane M, Ann’s daughter Emma, Julie C and John S all contributed some lovely songs many of which got everyone singing along. It was particularly nice to hear Jane M and Chris singing solo for the first time and an excellent job they made of it too.
Mention needs to be made of Mary, Madeleine, Ruth and Linda who made an excellent job of May Your Cup … sang in honour of Sue K’s birthday who was very impressed by the effort!
As befitting the occasion, poets and storytellers made their mark with Shelagh, by virtue of Pam Ayres, urging us to look after our teeth. Brian C caused some hearty belly laughs with his very well told tale of woe involving two Scottish ladies and a toilet seat while Jane’s husband Gordon must take the prize for the shortest story ever told in just six words!
For something completely different we had new member, Boyd treating us to some Native American drumming
while Andy brought us closer to home with a lovely waltz played on classical guitar.
You wouldn’t think it could get any better, but yes! There was also a fine supper of pizza and chips washed down with plenty of Gelsmoor Gold!