A small but enthusiastic group of seven singers gathered at the Royal Oak for the first Lewes session of 2014, including new singers Mac Poulton and Margaret Daly from Saltdean.
We sang old favourites West Sussex Drinking Song, Old Adam, Life of a Man, Ebernoe Horn Fair, Cuckoo, Rolling in the Dew and Jolly Good Song. Newer songs tackled with great gusto were Sussex by the Sea, Where Stormy Winds do Blow, Blacksmith and Unquiet Grave.
There was also discussion of two very different upcoming gigs: on 1st February, the Lewes Saturday Folk Club has a come-all-ye evening with a theme of “Birds”. In our repertoire we have Cuckoo, Nightingale, Three Maidens (Bird in a Bush), Rosebuds in June (small birds) and Eilean Na Ruin (fly with a broken wing) and we currently have six singers going along. Then on the weekend of 5th to 6th July we have been invited to take part in a festival in Waldshut Tiengen, Lewes’s twin town in Germany. This is at a very early stage of finding out levels of interest and availability so keep an eye on the blog!