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Tunes session 4th March, tunes workshops 6th and 20th, barndance 24th, Helen North at the Brenchley session 25th

Helen North

Helen North, who is singing for us at Brenchley on Sunday March 24th

  • Big thanks to Peter Collins for a lovely session at Brenchley last week!
  • There’s a tunes session at the Gun, Horsmonden on Sunday the 4th from 8pm (it’s the first Sunday)
  • The next two tunes workshop are at the Gun, Horsmonden on the 6th and 20th March from 8pm! As we’re now working up to the workshop barndance on the 24th March, we’ll be practising the tunes we’ll need on the night. These will be Smith’s a Gallant Fireman, Off to California, Fred Pigeon’s No 2, Dashing White Sergeant, From Night ’til Morn, Quickstep in the Battle of Prague, The Marmalade Polka, Oh Dem Golden Slippers, Major Mackie’s, The Hullichan Jig, Squirrel in a Tree, Rig a Jig Jig, Shave the Donkey, The Dark Island. See the tunes workshop page for the music etc.
  • Kent’s own Helen North is our visiting friend for the regular mixed songs and tunes session at at the Castle Inn, Brenchley on the 25th March from 8pm. She has a really good voice and a distinctive repertoire including her own excellent songs, so it will be a treat to have her along… Folks are welcome to come and just listen, of course, but if you’ve got a song, a tune, a poem or anything else you might call trad, old-fashioned or entertaining please bring them along.

Peter Collins sings at the end of December Frittenden session, 29th December

Peter Collins photographed by Jacqui Ross

We’re greatly looking forward to our session with Peter Collins on the evening of the 29th December.

The session is always a moment of sanity in the madness of the Christmas period, and we’re always pleased to welcome our old friend and session regular Peter to chip in with a well-considered selection of songs in line with a reflective time of year, in between the parties of Christmas and the New Year.

We’ll try not to let things get too conventionally Christmassy, but no doubt there will be the odd old carol – and we will have the Nonsuch Mummers along to entertain us. I expect high drama, costumes, a near fatality (and with perhaps a spot or two of corpsing, which is almost the same), and some spirited ad-libbing.

The sessions take place at the Bell & Jorrocks pub at Frittenden, Kent, and start at 8pm and continue until it’s time to sing Nellie Dean and say goodnight. They’re informal and free, with lots of old fashioned and traditional songs and tunes, and a big emphasis on variety, humour and entertainment generally – as we like to say, if you liked your pub the way it was before the telly and the computer came, this is the event for you.