Why would you want to spend the evening gazing doe eyed at your Significant Other over a plate of scampi and chips when you could be at our Kiss & Tell Valentine event?
Why indeed and those that did forego a night of passion in favour our eclectic mix of music storytelling, poetry and the odd spot of origami can congratulate themselves for making the right choice!
Rowan opened proceedings by astounding us all with her storytelling ability which soon had everyone grinning at her skilful use of twist endings which certainly took us by surprise.
The Folk On The Farm Choir was next up and considering we only had five weeks to practice our latest repertoire and several of our members a lot less, I thought we did really well. Having the FOF musicians play between the verses of our French troubadour song gave it an interesting twist and if Willow’s nerves will stand it, maybe we’ll see more of this!
Our Open Mic section followed with no less than 14 individuals and small groups stepping up to the mark. As well as our own members, it was nice to welcome several visiting performers, one of which was a storyteller so it was particularly nice to see this aspect of the folk arts well represented.
Jane Reynolds was another surprise of the evening. Obviously a woman of many parts, she proved to be an accomplished paper folder and rather appropriately, transformed an ordinary sheet of paper into a set of pouting lips!
The evening was rounded off with some wonderful and suitably romantic harmony singing from On The Fence. David and Julia Taylor are well known on the folk circuit, but there were many in the audience seeing them for the first time and judging from their reaction, it won’t be their last.
At this point you may be wondering why there is no video since the camera was whirring away for most of the evening. Unfortunately due to my poor training of the camera operator, we have lots of clips of the floor, children’s jigsaw puzzles and visitor’s jumpers, plus laughter, disembodied voices and tuning up, but no actual performance!
I did manage to salvage a photo though!
Next time we’ll be spot on! Talking of which, choir sessions begin again on Tuesday, 28th February, 7.00 pm in Newbold School mobile annex as usual. This block will last for 8 weeks and end with our May Day celebrations. More details here