So near to Christmas and the shortest day, but five of us made a lot of noise in the snug at The John Harvey Tavern. At least six of our number were making even more noise with the Napier Quire in Brighton Pubs.
We started with Ha’nacker Mill and then worked on harmonies to several songs such as Poor Froze out Gardeners and Where Stormy Winds Do Blow. In Seasons Turn we repeated verses to get our way around the words. Continuing with The Woodcutter’s Song, Copper’s Christmas Song, Christmas Now Is Drawing Near at Hand at a determined pace, Sweet Chiming Bells and “Pentonville” at which point we had the attention of a talented young folk musician, Jack, who was pleased to hear us singing folkie versions of Hark The Herald Angels Sing (with lots of Alleluias) and The Holly and The Ivy, too. He is with Ditchling Morris and was keen to invite us to the village on Boxing Day when Mummers and the Morris will be performing. Tina managed to get us back on track and singing Pleasant and Delightful, Farmer’s Toast, finishing with Thousands Or More.
We are delighted to know that our colourful young singer Cat has given birth to a beautiful boy, Rhion Marvin, so congratulations to Cat and Matt, and also to Adrian who has got engaged to Jane. Lots to sing about over the dark winter holidays.
A bit more information from Margo: Might suggest that folk look up their local Morris side's website. On 1st January 2017 Sompting Village Morris are at The Richard Cobden (behind The Beechwood Hall Hotel, at 12 noon. And on Thursday, 5th January they are in Tarring High Street at 8pm.
Brighton Morris Men are at the Pump House, 12 - 3pm on 1st January 2017.