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  • Come All Ye Open Zoom
    Friday 12th February 2021 - 8.00pm
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  • Come All Ye Open Zoom
    Friday 12th March 2021 - 8.00pm
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  • Come All Ye Open Zoom
    Friday 9th April 2021 - 8.00pm
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    Come All Ye
    Friday 12th February 2021 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN ZOOM
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    Our second Come All Ye Open Zoom (CAYOZ) of 2021 will be on Friday 12th February. To give you some idea of what goes on, at our January (CAYOZ), with Christmas, St Stephen’s Day and Twelfth Night still in our minds, the singers gave us a Sussex West Gallery carol, two Wren Day songs and a couple of Wassails. We also dipped into the near future on the traditional calendar with a pair of Plough Monday items (Colin Cater’s “Penny For The Ploughboy” and a song from the Mepal Molly Men) and Steve Ashley’s “Candlemas Carol”. There were several songs on the subject of midwinter and the turning of the year and, on a lighter note, a self-penned song commiserating with those whose birthdays coincide with Christmas.

    The spoken word was well represented as always. Chris Brown read several affecting passages from the wartime diaries of Ted Ayling (which moved another performer to sing Ralph McTell’s “Maginot Waltz”) and Danny Matthews gave us Pam Ayer’s poem “About Lockdown”. As often with folksong, the lyrics of many of the compositions on offer were reflective including “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears” and “The Dying of the Day”. By way of a contrast there was a drinking song, a Kipper Family’s parody and a couple of extremely amusing pieces from a Birmingham performer - a song that listed the majority of English mainline stations(!) and a remarkable medley of popular novelty songs performed concurrently on concertina and panpipes(!!).

    As always traditional songs were very much in evidence, including “The Taw Corbies”, “Blackwaterside” and “The Ploughboy’s Dream”. All this plus a couple of instrumentals, “The College Hornpipe” on concertina and a selection of Schottisches on flute, and a Gospel Song for good measure. Another splendid night from our splendid performers.

    Tim and Lawrence will be hosting the evening and welcoming everyone, performers and audience members alike. It's almost as good as the real thing and it's a delight to see a screen full familiar faces and hear some very enjoyable music and tales. Bring your own drink!


    If you're interested in attending please click here to send an e-mail.

    Admission free (obvs)


  • Come All Ye
    Recording of "live" performance
    available online until 6th January 2021
    MISTLETOE GARLAND
    YouTube

    Last year we adapted the perennially popular seasonal show Maypoles To Mistletoe to fit into the Assembly Room at the Guildford Institute. The show was called Mistletoe Garland and this year we adapted our adaptation to fit into Zoom. The show was streamed "live" a week before Christmas and a recording is available online indefinitely.

    The Music Institute's resident club singers, plus Heather, Fiona, Roger and George, are joined once again by the wonderful Martyn Wyndham-Read to bring you some Christmas cheer and perform all your favourite seasonal songs and tunes interspersed with anecdotes and poems about traditional customs and folklore. All that plus a Mummers Play! A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

    The show is in aid of the charity Maypoles To Mistletoe has supported for decades, St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley. Mistletoe Garland is free to view, but should you wish to make a donation to St Catherine's please visit the justgiving.com website.

    The choruses of the songs in Mistletoe Garland can be downloaded here.

    The show is available on YouTube (click here for link).


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