Another Glorious, Summer Sing Out – Lammas Ale

We had fantastic weather for the second Folk On The Farm Summer Sing Out which was entirely appropriate as we celebrated Lammas which marks the start of the harvest.

A hot, sunny afternoon found 27 of us gathered amongst the flowers and fruit trees of the Folk On The Farm garden and this peaceful backdrop provided a fitting setting to the array of seasonal songs our leaders, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham presented us with.

We sang about pigs in the vicarage garden, goodly things, harvest suppers and or course paid homage to the bearded man himself, John Barley Corn.

A first for everyone there, including Keith and Sylvia, was an airing of Lammas Tide.  This lovely Lammas song was written by Sheila MacBeth who kindly allowed us to sing it at our Sing Out.

Singing over, a hearty communal picnic followed during which we were royally entertained by what is fast becoming a Folk On The Farm band!  Many thanks to Ruth, Sue, Ian, Keith and our visitor from the USA whose name I’ve forgotten!

The fast ripening corn also provided some great material for making corn dollies which we all had a go at including little Annie!

And not so little Brian!

This was followed up by some great storytelling from Sophie Snell who told us about a fisher man who got a little more than he bargained for!  Sophie’s son, Ben wound up with a series of jokes so no doubt another performer in the making!

The final Summer Sing Out continues with the harvest theme and takes place on Sunday, 21st August, 2-5 pm.  Once again we’ll have a shared picnic and more entertainment from our musicians, storytellers and comedians!

Full details Harvest Home Summer Sing Out

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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    
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