A Rooting Sizzler Of Summer Gigs For Roots Community Singers

Roots Community Singers

Roots Community Singers at Moira Canal Festival 2016

2016 has proved to be one of our busiest performance summers since our inception five years ago. We took part in a wide range of very enjoyable gigs around the locality each of which was well supported by choir members.

The new sound equipment we purchased with the aid of a grant from NWLDC community chest fund has made a huge difference to our performances and is now being used at most of our gigs beginning with …
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacon Lighting On Breedon Hill
This saw us brave a cool and windy evening in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Our new crop of songs was given a try out in the church and seemed to be much appreciated by a sizeable audience as they waited for someone to find a match to set the beacon going!

Roots Community Singers join Bare Bones Border Morris for a Maypole dance to celebrate May Day!

Roots Community Singers join Bare Bones Border Morris for a Maypole dance to celebrate May Day!

May Day
Our annual celebrations took place this year at the King’s Arms, a delightful little pub situated on Coleorton Moor. We joined Bare Bones Border Morris and folk band Calling Time to provide entertainment for locals who seemed to appreciate our efforts by happily joining in with the Maypole dancing.

Roots Community Singers take a bow at Moira Canal Festival

Roots Community Singers take a bow at Moira Canal Festival

Moira Canal Festival
Using our new sound equipment for only the second time, we had an excellent turn out of members and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this very popular local event. We received several very nice compliments with one audience member saying she had been emotionally touched by some of our songs. (Hope that was a compliment!)

Roots Community Singers in action at Ashby Arts Festival 2016

Roots Community Singers in action at Ashby Arts Festival 2016

Ashby Arts Festival
We have become quite a fixture at this annual Arts Festival, singing first for the prize winners of the painting classes and then moving down to the Food Festival on the Bath grounds. A lovely, hot summer’s day and our sound equipment put to good use meant we had a very enjoyable time singing to a large and appreciative audience.
Newbold School Queen’s Birthday Celebrations
A somewhat smaller, but no less enjoyable event was the Queen’s birthday celebrations at Newbold school. The weather once again was kind for our outdoor performance and the cream teas were to die for!

Roots Community Singers sing down the sun on the longest day of the year at Hough Mill, Swannington

Roots Community Singers sing down the sun on the longest day of the year at Hough Mill, Swannington

Midsummer Social
Having worked very hard on our public performances we decided we needed to relax with a social! This took place at the New Inn, Peggs Green, who provided us with a delicious supper of pie and chips plus pudding. A general sing around followed with a walk up to nearby Hough Mill to sing down the sun on the longest day of the year.
Moira Beer Festival
This was the last of our official gigs. We joined several other bands and performers to showcase the tracks which are included on the forthcoming Wayfarers All CD. The CD is a compilation of original work from a variety of bands and performers which aims to celebrate the formation of the National Forest and will launch during the next few weeks.

Kendrick’s Lammas Ale & Beer Festival

Brian Crosbie leads a dulcimer workshop at the Kendrick's Lammas Ale & Cider Festival

Brian Crosbie leads a dulcimer workshop at the Kendrick’s Lammas Ale & Cider Festival

A last minute occasion, but great fun none the less! The event was held on Sue & Brian’s farm on one of the hottest days of the year! As well as Roots, local bands Stargazy and Dark Horse pitched in with entertainment plus Brian Crosbie from Stargazy ran two Appalachian dulcimer sessions.
Solo performers stepped up to the mic to add to the mix and we even had a hastily formed molly dance side in action.
The Swingle-tree Chaff Hoppers were enthusiastic if nothing else and managed to persuade a few recruits to have a go!
The evening was finished off with some ear-bleeding disco music from DJ Kush which seemed to go down well with the younger element!
All in all £535.25 was raised and donated to the Air Ambulance Service.

The cabin in the wood

Base camp for Roots in the Lakes!

Roots In The Lakes
For the third year running members head north for a social weekend of walking, camping, sight sight seeing and singing at an idyllic hillside farm setting. The plan this year is to explore the Pendle Witches story.
Autumn Sessions
The choir restarts it’s practice sessions on Tuesday, 6th September in Newbold school at 7.00 pm when we tackle a range of new songs and old favourites which will target our two main events of the autumn and winter, Halloween and Christmas. Details here.

Video!
Yes lots of these some better than others but here’s a clip for starters … join the Roots Facebook page for more! ROOTS COMMUNITY SINGERS ON FACEBOOK

 

Article by Widdershins

Widdershins Morris dancer, writer, part time farmer and melodeon player. Author of several sheep keeping books and also Kindle fiction stories including THE INBETWEEN THE DIGFIELD CONJUROR HOW TO BOIL AN EGG    

Leave a Reply

Subscribe To Folk On The Farm!

Enter your email address to subscribe to Folk On The Farm and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Exclusive Folk T-Shirts

Life would be better if we wore more bells!