Latest Songs

 

Might summer actually have arrived – maybe not? Whether in contention or not, Thursday evening sessions are great for helping us maintain a sunny outlook come rain or shine. We’re now running through to the end of July.

 

 

 

 

11th July 2019
Brassy Sassy warm-up
Great Day! (Penny Stone) 5 harmonies this time!
Mravalzhamier (Georgian table/toasting song, transl. many years/long life)
Ode to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven) with lyrics by Pete Seeger
Helele Mama (trs Hail to the Mother i.e. Earth, Zulu) with improvisations
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, 1342-c.1416)
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, body percussion by Evie Ladin) teaching video can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMSFJF-EnA0

4th July 2019
If I Say Yes (aka Freedom Song, Joe Crookston)
Khutso (Sotho trs “Peace” sung to 1827 Scottish hymn melody, “Martyrdom” or “Avon” or “Sacred Throne by Hugh Wilson of Fenwick in Ayrshire, a shoemaker, music teacher and maker of sundials)
Only Love (Natural Voice Network Songs of Change Collective, inspired by words of Martin Luther King “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”)
Helele Mama (trs “Hail to the Mother” i.e. Earth, Zulu)
Strip the Willow (Penny Stone, inspired by The Lost Words Exhibition, RBGE, 2018)
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, 1342-c.1416)

27th June 2019
Numbers Warm-up
Mimi Ni Kame Tu (Zangi, Alex, Swahili)
Summertime (Gershwin, arr Penny Stone)
Små Grodorna (Trad. Swedish midsummer)
This is Home (Sofia Efthimiou) and in French, 3 harmonies
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad. used during democracy movement)

20th June 2019
Sasquatch and other folklore beings warm-up (Sasquatch is a large hairy bipedal humanoid in American folklore)
Kilele (Kenyan welcome song)
Great Day! (Penny Stone) 4 harmonies, 5th to come!
Sizinyoni (Trad. Zulu about being birds)
Suliram (trad. Indonesiam lullaby) – here is a beautiful rensition by Miriam Makeba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCHfPYjAkz0
Otter in the Water (Penny Stone, inspired by Singing the Lost Words into Life workshop, 2018)
This is Home (Sofia Efthimiou) tune and high harmony, lower harmony to come

13th June 2019 Self-led session
Ah Weel Naebody’s Hame to tune of Vent Frais
Vent Frais (Fr. trad. round)
I Wanna Sing + When the Saints Go Marching In + Swing Low
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad. approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
To Stop the Train
Oleyo
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
I like the flowers, Trad. English Round
My Paddles Keen and Bright (Margaret Embers McGee, Canadian round to help keep time paddling a canoe)
This is Home (Sofia Efthimiou) and in French and recorded to send to Penny to wish her well
Banaha/Si Si Si (trad. The Congo)
Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)

6th June 2019 Self-led session
My Paddles Keen and Bright (Margaret Embers McGee, Canadian round to help keep time paddling a canoe)
Kaki Lambe (Sengalese song arr. Brian Tate inspired by an African ritual dance and drum rhythm in celebration of the growth of crops, life and the birth of children) Vocal performance can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HYqNoxfNRI
Round and Round the Earth is Turning (Trad. round)
I Trust the Water (with 3-beat clapping accompaniment, Jana Runnalls)
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
This is Home (Sofia Efthimiou) and in French
River Chat (John Warner, Australia)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
Hackney Street Chant (Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)

30th May 2019
Apples and Bananas Warm-up with vowel sounds
Let the Circle be Wide (Tommy Sands)
This Old Oak Tree (Penny Stone)
One song, one dance, South African tune “Mayenziwe”, new words by Cynthia Cockburn
Great Day!
Mnogaya lita (Ukrainian celebratory song, trs. “Many years to you”)
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)

23rd May 2019
Abeeyo (Australian Aboriginal welcome song)
Great Day!
Små Grodorna (trad. Swedish midsummer song about frogs and pigs)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Ziwele Mama (Kenyan, Swahili, in celebration of being a mother)
Mary Maloney Labelle (Penny Stone, inspired by MM, an Irish suffragette who followed Churchill around for a week ringing a bell whenever he tried to speak)
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)

16th May 2019
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
Sunshine plus improvisation (Penny Stone)
Strip the Willow (Penny Stone, inspired by The Lost Words Exhibition, RBGE, 2018) – first airing
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, full body percussion by Evie Ladin this time) teaching video can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMSFJF-EnA0
Vem Kan Segla (Swedish trad. about friendship)
Ziwele Mama (Kenyan, Swahili, in celebration of being a mother)

9th May 2019
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Ziwele Mama (Kenyan, Swahili, in celebration of being a mother)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Fruit Salad Song

2nd May 2019
Bayesa Kusasa, (trad. Zulu, section from a healing song and also sung by Pete Seager)
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad., approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, body percussion by Evie Ladin)
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad., approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
One world, one chance
Deep down in my soul (Gospel)

25th April 2019
Ping Pong Ball warm-up
Freedom Train
Heavy Rain (Liverpool song group The Spinners)
Hame Samogua (Zulu)
Suliram (trad. Indonesian lullaby)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
One world, one chance

Two week break

4th April 2019
Hello (Penny Stone)
Ide Were (Yoruba [Nigerian], arr. Dee Jarlett, in praise of Oshun, the spirit that embodies womankind’s love and sexuality; being sung at the forthcoming Water-Aid)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Goodnight Sweetheart (James Hudson and Calvin Carter)
Tue Tue (Ghanaian harvest song, with clapping game)
This is Home (Sofia Efthimiou)

28th March 2019
Just As You Are (Warm-up round)
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, full body percussion by Evie Ladin this time)
Honey and Salt (lyrics from poem “Between Mountain and Sea” by Norman MacCaig, melody Jane Schonveld)
Pokarare Ana (by an unknown group of Maori Soldiers 1914, later adapted and new lyrics added by P H Tamoana in 1917, a love song)
This is Home (Sofia Efthimiou)
Thina Singu (trad. Zulu, transl. “We are a burning fire”, also used to intimidate opponents)

21st March 2019
If I Say Yes (aka Freedom Song, Joe Crookston)
Pokarare Ana (by an unknown group of Maori Soldiers 1914, later adapted and new lyrics added by P H Tamoana in 1917, a love song)
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian) in farewell to Kyomi from Japan who has been with us for a year
Freedom (in anticipation of forthcoming Pete Seeger 100th birthday singathon being organised by Penny)

14th March 2019
Ho Ho Watane (Sleep, sleep my little one, Iroquois Lullaby) in celebration of the birth of member Andrea’s baby
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Što me e milo (Trad. Macedonia, about a young man who wants to own a shop in the town of Struga)
Sail Downriver (Penny Stone)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)

7th March 2019 (songs in celebration of International Women’s Day)
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu, how wonderful are mothers)
If I Say Yes (aka Freedom Song, Joe Crookston)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, full body percussion this time) body percussion teaching video here:

Rhythm & Syncopation
Ho Ho Watane (Sleep, sleep my little one, Iroquois Lullaby)

28th February 2019
Alfred the Alligator (source unknown, warm-up song)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
If We Lose This Forest
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
Now the Sun is Rising Up (Sammy Hurden)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
River Chat (John Warner, Australia)
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)

21st  February 2019
Why Don’t You Give a Little Kindness to Yourself
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, full body percussion this time)
Kothbiro (trs, rain is coming, by Ayub Ogada for the film The Constant Gardener, we mimic the sound of his instrument, the Luo niyatiti)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
Što me e milo (Trad. Macedonia, about a young man who wants to own a shop in the town of Struga)

14th February 2019
Coventry Wassail
Saul’s Lullaby (Penny Stone, Lucy Gilbert)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)
Ziwele Mama (Kenyan, Swahili, in celebration of being a mother)
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, we’re building up to the full body percussion)

7th February 2019
I Don’t Know Why I Sing
Tula Mama (Zulu lullaby)
We Are The Cholita Climbers (Penny Stone, in tribute to a group of cholita climbers who embarked on an adventure to climb eight Bolivian mountains. Many worked as porters and cooks with their tour-guide husbands, but now they’re doing it on their own. Once discriminated against, cholas, or cholitas, are making a resurgence in modern Bolivian culture)
Bring me Li’l Water Silvy (trad. American folk song attr. to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, we’re building up to the body percussion)
Da Day Dawn (trad. Shetland fiddle tune played at New Year, words by Jane Hazelden, arr. Mairi Campbell)
Ziwele Mama (Kenyan, Swahili, in celebration of being a mother)

31st January 2019
Every Morning When I Wake Up
Zwele Mama (Kenyan, Swahili, in celebration of being a mother)
I Wanna Sing (Dee Jarlett)
Što me e milo (Trad. Macedonian, 7 beat rhythm, about a young man who wants to own a shop in the town of Struga)
Only Love (Natural Voice Network Songs of Change Collective, inspired by words of Martin Luther King “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”)

24th January 2019
I Wanna Sing (Dee Jarlett)
Sizinyoni (Trad. Zulu about being birds)
Što me e milo (Trad. Macedonian, 7 beat rhythm, about a young man who wants to own a shop in the town of Struga)
Only Love (Natural Voice Network Songs of Change Collective, inspired by words of Martin Luther King “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”)

17th January 2019
I know that you know that I love you – warm-up round
Banaha/Si Si Si (trad. The Congo)
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad., approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
Hackney Street Chant (Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
River Chat (John Warner, Australia)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
Woyaya (Osibisa, 1970’s Afro-pop band)

20th December 2018
Sail Downriver (Penny Stone)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, based on a Ukranian folk chant)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)
One Foot/Lead with Love (Melanie deMore, written the day after Trump’s election – do look her up on YouTube) with improvisations
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad. used during democracy movement)
O Tannenbaum (trad. German, lyrics: Ernst Anschütz, 1824)
Rhythm and Syncopation

13th December 2018
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Gatatumba (Trad. Spanish carol)
Remember the Little Things (Esyllt Harker)
Madeleine Song (Penny Stone, 2018) in celebration of donated madeleine cakes from ELC
Nana Korobi Ya Oki (Japanese proverb, translates as “Fall seven times, rise eight”)
One Foot/Lead with Love (Melanie deMore, written the day after Trump’s election – do look her up on YouTube)
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, 1342-c.1416)
And in celebration of Penny’s birthday, self-led rendition of Mnogaya Lita (Ukrainian celebratory song, trs. “Many years to you”)

6th December 2018
Whatwhati To Hope (“Learning to Dance” chant used in preparation for Poi, Stick and Haka performance rituals)
Snow is Falling Down (Trad. adapted by Penny Stone)
Love Call Me Home (Peggy Seeger, 2001)
Sassy Brass Round improvisation
Nana korobi ya oki (Japanese proverb, translates as “Fall seven times, rise eight”)
Buzezo Way (Zulu welcome song, blessing to you)

29th November 2018
Tamini Mamini (Mali)
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
Silent Night (Franz Xaver Gruber, lyrics by Joseph Mohr) 2-part harmony and verse in German
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Solstice Patapan (Mary McCann lyrics, trad. Burgundian Carol)
Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, based on a Ukranian folk chant)
Put One Foot in Front of the Other
O Tannenbaum (trad. German, lyrics: Ernst Anschütz, 1824)

22nd  November 2018

Hello (Penny Stone)
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, based on a Ukranian folk chant)
Aggranadeo (Sengalese clapping song)
Percussion improvisation
Otter in the Water (Penny Stone, inspired by Singing the Lost Words into Life workshop, 2018)
O Tannenbaum (trad. German, lyrics: Ernst Anschütz, 1824)
Tue Tue (Ghanaian harvest song, no bean bag passing this time)

15th November 2018
Mosquito Song (Words: Dalai Lama, Music P.Stone)
Mimi Ni Kame Tu (Zangi, Alex, Swahili – do look him up on youtube)
Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, based on a Ukranian folk chant) – all the way through, all harmonies!
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
Solstice Patapan (Mary McCann lyrics, trad. Burgundian Carol)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing

8th November 2018
Whatwhati To Hope (“Learning to Dance” chant used in preparation for Poi, Stick and Haka performance rituals)
Round and Round the Earth is Turning (Trad. round)
Everything is Going to be Alright (Penny Stone inspired by the works of Martin Creed)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Solstice Patatpan (Burgundian Carol with new lyrics by Mary McCann)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)

1st November 2018
Hello (Penny Stone)
Ole Moliba Makasi (Congo boat song)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, based on a Ukranian folk chant)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
Bicho Papão (lullaby in Brazilian Portuguese trs. Bogeyman, Get off of the roof, Let my baby sleep peacefully)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)

25th October 2018
The Gardener (greeting song, Rima Nasir Tarazi, Arabic)
Now the Sun (Sammy Hurden)
Deep down in my soul (Gospel)
Ho Ho Watane (Sleep, sleep my little one, Iroquois Lullaby)
Tue Tue (Ghanaian harvest song) with bean bag passing!
Mnogaya lita (Ukrainian celebratory song, trs. “Many years to you”)
Aggranadeo (Sengalese clapping song)

18th October 2018 – Half-term break

11th October 2018
Whakatu Waewae (a Maori Haka)
Ode to Song (In celebration of World Singing Day 2018, lyrics curated by Scott Johnson, tune of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy)
Freedom is a Noble Thing (Ewan McGregor)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Think of Me Forget Me Not (South Africa, Diamond Choir)
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu, how wonderful are mothers)

4th October 2018
The Gardener (Rima Nasir Tarazi, Arabic)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
C’est Le Vent Du Large (The Wind of the Open Sea, Trad. French)
Mimi Ni Kame Tu (Zangi, Alex, Swahili – do look him up on youtube)
If We Lose This Forest
My Boat is Coming (Arabic, Trad. Lebanese)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Think of Me Forget Me Not (South Africa, Diamond Choir)

27th September 2018
Ole Moliba Makasi (Congo boat song)
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
Human (Music in Detention)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Mnogaya lita (Ukrainian celebratory song, trs. “Many years to you”)

20th September 2018
Numbers warm-up, this time with footwork!
Sing a Little, Swing a Little with body percussion
Hamba Nathi (S.African “Go with us”)
Heavy Rain (Cliff Hall, The Spinners)
Bumalena (Baka song from Cameroon, ‘my heart is happy’)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Human (Music in Detention)
Mimi Ni Kame Tu (Zangi, Alex, Swahili)
Ah Poor Bird (Medieval English round)

13th September 2018
Body Percussion rhythm warm-up
Mimi Ni Kame Tu (Swahili by Zangi, Alex, UK based Kenyan gospel singer – do look him up on youtube)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Ngarra Burra Ferra (traditional Yorta Yorta song, the language spoken by the Indigenous peoples of the Goulburn and Murray Valleys in Victoria, Australia but also sung in American Gospel traditions before translation into Yorta, sung in the 2012 film The Sapphires)
Yemaya (song to Cuban Goddess of the Sea, Yoruba language)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, 1342-c.1416)

6th September 2018
Mimi Ni Kame Tu (Zangi, Alex, Swahili)
Music is the Rock (based on trad. gospel)
Mnogaya lita (Ukrainian celebratory song, trs. “Many years to you”)
El Bombon by Elena (Elena takes chocolate, Puerto Rico)
Murmuration (Penny Stone inspired by The Lost Words exhibition, 2018)
Ho Ho Watane (Sleep, sleep my little one, Iroquois Lullaby)

August 2018 – No sessions, holiday break

26th July 2018
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
Otter in the Water (Penny Stone) composed to celebrate The Lost Words exhibition
Halalalalaya (Old Arabic song, made famous by Fairuz) completed all the lines
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Improvised percussion session with Penny also playing her Hang (similar versions known as Hapi steel tongue drums)
Buzezo Way (Zulu welcome song, blessing to you)

19th July 2018
Evening combined with other singers rehearsing for Nelson Mandela Party on Portobello Beach to celebrate Mandela’s 100th centenary year.

12th July 2018
Numbers warm-up challenge – a while since we’ve done that one!
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho)
One Child, One Teacher (Penny Stone, in celebration of Malala Yousafzai’s birthday, 12th July) 5 part-harmony
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement) improvisation opportunity
Halalalalaya (Old Arabic song, made famous by Fairuz) another line learned
A Song for Fergus (by member of the group, Christine Thomson, in celebration of the life of founder member, Fergus McInnes) recorded for his family

5th July 2018
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Amajoni (S.African Freedom song) Verse also this time so 5-part harmony!
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley) now on to the verses
Pobelelo pole z ovcama (Slovenian ring dance song, the fields were whitened with sheep)

 28th June 2018 (AGM at interval) – definitely sizzling summer this week!
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan) and with improv harmonies
Halalalalaya (Old Arabic song, made famous by Fairuz) next line learned
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley) now on to the verses
Shona Malanga (Till We Meet Again, Zulu anti-apartheid song) with rousing ending

21st June 2018
I Got Sunshine
Buzezo Way (Zulu welcome song, blessing to you)
Hangin’ Around
Halalalalaya (Old Arabic song, made famous by Fairuz)
Amajoni (S.African Freedom song)
Three Little Birds chorus (Bob Marley)

14th June 2018
C’est Le Vent Du Large (The Wind of the Open Sea, trad. French)
Shona Malanga (Till We Meet Again, Zulu anti-apartheid song) All parts and full song
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks) plus a big bouquet to thank Christine for all her flapjacks and similar goodies over many months!
Three Little Birds chorus (Bob Marley)
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)

7th June 2018
I Got Sunshine
Hanging’ Around
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)
Amajoni (S.African Freedom Song)
Hackney Street Chant (Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991)

31st May 2018 – self-led session
I know that you know that I love you – warm-up round
Ping Pong Ball warm-up
Ah Poor Bird (Medieval English round)
Banaha/Si Si Si (trad. The Congo)
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad., approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
Epo i Tai Tai (Maori)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
Baba La Gumbala (Yoruba ? greeting song)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
River Chat (John Warner, Australia)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)

17th May 2018
Naka Naka Hoi (Japanese warm-up, inside/outside)
Sol, Solet (Sun, little Sun, Catalan)
Aggranadeo (Sengalese clapping song)
Sá Ég Spóa (Icelandic, Curlew song) Sang the Icelandic version this time
Wangari (Polly Bolton, celebrates Wangari Maathi Day, 3rd March) echos this time to give 6 parts!
Pobelelo pole z ovcama (Slovenian ring dance song, the fields were whitened with sheep)
Love Call Me Home (Peggy Seeger, 2001)
Shona Malanga (Till We Meet Again, Zulu anti-apartheid song) with the break

10th May 2018
Sasquatch and other folklore beings warm-up (Sasquatch is a large hairy bipedal humanoid in American folklore)
Belle Mama (Torres Strait, in praise of mother earth)
On a pea green boat (Hungarian version of owl and pussycat but in English)
Shona Malanga (Till We Meet Again, Zulu anti-apartheid song)
Wangari (Polly Bolton, celebrates Wangari Maathi Day, 3rd March)
Hackney Street Chant (Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991)
Pobelelo pole z ovcama (Slovenian ring dance song, the fields were whitened with sheep) has 15 verses – we started with one, three-part harmony learned in 5 minutes!

3rd May 2018
Sing a Little, Swing a Little (warm-up)
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad., approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
Buzezo Way (Zulu welcome song, blessing to you)
Sá Ég Spóa (Icelandic, Curlew song) English and Icelandic versions
Love Call Me Home (Peggy Seeger, 2001)
Freedom is Coming (Anders Nyberg)

26th April 2018
Epo i Tai Tai (Maori)
Green Fingers (Laura Bradshaw)
Love Call Me Home (Peggy Seeger, 2001)
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks)
E Malama (Hawaiian, We must take care of the earth)

19th April 2018
Oley-o (warm-up)
Buzezo Way (Zulu welcome song, blessing to you)
Hackney Street Chant (Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991)
Wangari (Polly Bolton, to celebrate Wangari Maathi Day)
Green Fingers (Laura Bradshaw)

5th and 12th April 2018 Easter Break

29th March 2018
We’re Going to Sing (Kate Thomas)
Beshkan! Beshkan! (Trad. Persian Nowruz song) chorus this time
U-mun-tu (Zulu)
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
In Dangerous Times (Ali Burns)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

22nd March 2018
Tamini Mamini (Mali)
I Saw a Curlew (Icelandic folk song)
Beshkan! Beshkan! (Trad. Persian Nowruz song, Beshkan is a Persian snap of fingers)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
Shen Khar Venakhi (You are a vineyard, thousand year old Georgian hymn, in praise of Georgia and the patronage of the Virgin Mary)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

15th March 2018
Ping-pong Ball warm-up
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
When the Sun Rises (Penny Stone work in progress, Zulu and Spanish verses)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement) groovy words for accompanying harmonies this time
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, alternative arrangement)

8th March 2018
The Penguin Song (Jack Hartmann) warm-up
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu, how wonderful are mothers)
We’re Going to Sing (Kate Thomas)
When the Sun Rises (Penny Stone work in progress, Zulu and Spanish verses – we feel very honoured!)
Snow is Falling Down (Trad. adapted by Penny Stone)
Freedom is Coming (Anders Nyberg)
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)

1st March 2018 – venue closed due to snow

22nd February 2018
Gentle body percussion warm up
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho) – call added this time
All You Need is Love (Lennon & McCartney)
Gong Xi (Trad. Chinese New Year song, Mandarin) with Feng Gong sound introduction
Far More United (words by the late Jo Cox, music by Janet Wood)
Sunshine (Penny Stone)

18th February 2018
Gong Xi (Trad. Chinese New Year song, Mandarin)
All You Need is Love (Lennon & McCartney)
Shen Khar Venakhi (You are a vineyard, thousand year old Georgian hymn, in praise of Georgia and the patronage of the Virgin Mary)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Tumba Tumba Circle Dance

11th February 2018
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu, how wonderful are mothers)
Blue Moon (Rodgers & Hart, The Marcels arrangement)
Shen Khar Venakhi (You are a vineyard, thousand year old Georgian hymn, in praise of Georgia and the patronage of the Virgin Mary)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) & overlays
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)

2nd February 2018
A Ram Sam Sam warm-up (Children’s song with hand actions from Morocco)
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho)
Blue Moon (Rodgers & Hart, The Marcels arrangement)
Pachelbel’s Canon adapted for wassailing with names of apples
Under the Full Moonlight (written by a bunch of women somewhere! – Penny learnt it from Greenham Women’s Peace Camp)
All You Need is Love (Lennon & McCartney)

25th January 2018
Dog & Cat can-can warm-up
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan) – 4th harmony this time!
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho)
There’s Some Wad Say (Mairi Campbell & David Francis, commissioned by Scotland Sings for Renewing the Tradition 2016, inspired by Burns’ poem A Fiddler in the North)
All You Need is Love (Lennon & McCartney)

18th January 2018
Sasquatch and other folklore beings warm-up (Sasquatch is a large hairy bipedal humanoid in American folklore)
Let the Circle be Wide (Tommy Sands)
3 Wassails (tunes of Swing Low, When the Saints, I’m Gonna Sing)
Rillaton Wassail
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Wassail the Silver Apple (Mike O’Connor)
All You Need is Love (Lennon & McCartney)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)

11th January 2018
Sasquatch and other folklore beings warm-up (Sasquatch is a large hairy bipedal humanoid in American folklore)
Think of Me Forget Me Not (South Africa, Diamond Choir)
Rise up, O Flame (Christoph Praetorius, 1600)
Rillaton Wassail
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Plovi Barco (Croatian love song)

14th December 2017 – self-led sociable session at a private venue
We covered rounds from way back, easy part harmonies we were very familiar with, songs with multiple parts we could remember and learned about Alfred the Alligator as a challenging warm-up, before and after imbibing. It was a jolly evening!

7th December 2017
Coventry Wassail
Think of Me Forget Me Not (South Africa, Diamond Choir)
I’m Gonna Do it All (Karine & Steven Polwart) Yeah – completed all parts!
Tumba Tumba Circle Dance

30th November 2017
Think of Me Forget Me Not (South Africa, Diamond Choir)
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Zu Arende (about sunset, Zimbabwe)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Mravalzhamier (Georgian table/toasting song, transl. many years/long life)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965) – this time with Penny’s amazing finale harmonies!

23rd November 2017
Winter Calls a Clear Horizon
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Bambelela (trans. Hang on in there, South Africa)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)
We Shall Overcome in Hindi (tranl. by S. Suresh Kumar)
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, alternative arrangement)

16th November 2017
Winter Calls a Clear Horizon
Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby (trad. USA, featured in film “Brother Where Art Thou?”)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)

9th November 2017
Bim Bam body percussion warm-up
Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby (trad. USA, featured in film “Brother Where Art Thou?”)
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
Mosquito Song (Words: Dalai Lama, Music P. Stone)
I’m Gonna Do it All (Karine & Steven Polwart)
Tumba Tumba Circle Dance

2nd November 2017
Kilele (Kenyan welcome song)
Under the Full Moonlight (written by a bunch of women somewhere! – Penny learnt it from Greenham Women’s Peace Camp)
Ibachey (Yoruba, transl. thank-you for sky and earth)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Witches Reel (Some Scottish women, 1591)
Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots, Chinese proverb (Maggie O’Connor)

26th October 2017
We’re Going to Sing (Kate Thomas)
Caballos Galopando (Jules Gibb, Spanish about galloping horses)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Bambelela (trans. Hang on in there, South Africa)
Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby (trad. USA, featured in film “Brother Where Art Thou?”)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing

19th October 2017 – half-term break

12th October 2017
Oley-o warm-up (Ghanian call to work song)
We’re Going to Sing (Kate Thomas)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
I’m Gonna Do it All (Karine & Steven Polwart)

5th October 2017
Tue Tue (Ghanaian harvest song, an old number revisited with harmonies)
In Dangerous Times (Ali Burns)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks)
Mravalzhamier (Georgian table/toasting song, transl. many years/long life)
Tumba, Tumba, Tumba

28th September 2017
Caballos Galopando (Jules Gibb, Spanish about galloping horses)
Mravalzhamier (Georgian table/toasting song, transl. many years/long life)
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
People take time in life (Liberian) and with improvisation

21st September 2017
Goose Gaggle warm-up
Kilele (Kenyan welcome song)
Silver Sunlight (Penny Stone, 2017)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
I’m Gonna Do it All (Karine & Steven Polwart)
Tumba Tumba Circle Dance
People take time in life (Liberian) and with improvisation
A Miner’s Lullaby (Coorrie Doon, Matt McGinn)

14th September 2017
Vowels  warm-up
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
In Dangerous Times (Ali Burns)
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks)
I qu-de we ma la kha la (Zulu, woman’s work song about cockerel crowing and getting out of bed)
Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby (trad. USA, featured in film “Brother Where Art Thou?”)
Am a wee bee, Baka people (Cameroon)

7th September 2017 – it’s great to be back
Head and Shoulders variation warm-up
Kilele (Kenyan welcome song)
Caballos Galopando (Jules Gibb, Spanish about galloping horses)
Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby (trad. USA, featured in film “Brother Where Art Thou?”)
Funky Flapjack Song (Penny Stone, to celebrate member, Christine’s weekly flapjacks)
Mbula Bula (Polynesian greeting and farewell song)
All Shall Be Well (Julian of Norwich, alternative arrangement)

August – summer break, starting again 7th September

27th July 2017
We n’ de ya ho (Cherokee morning song, I am of the Great Spirit)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
People take time in life (Liberian) and with improvisation
Summertime (Gershwn, arr Penny Stone)
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
Honey and Salt (lyrics from poem by Norman MacCaig, melody Jane Schonveld)
O Lilizela (Xhosa, South Africa)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

20th July 2017
I like to eat apples and bananas vowel warm-up
Wild Geese Go Flying Along warm-up round
Vem Kan Segla (Swedish trad. about friendship)
Ole Moliba Makasi (Congo boat song)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
O Lilizela (Xhosa, South Africa)
Blue Danube harmonies
Plovi Barco (Croatian love song)

13th July 2017 (AGM at break time)
Rhythm and vocals warm-up
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho)
Honey and Salt (lyrics from poem by Norman MacCaig, melody Jane Schonveld) with variety of sound effects accompaniment
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
People take time in life (Liberian) and with improvisation
Ore-e-mi (Ghana, come and join the party everyone, even mum and dad)

6th July 2017
Wild Geese Go Flying Along warm-up round
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho)
Love call me home (Peggy Seeger, 2001)
As-Salāmu ‘Alaikum (trad. Arabic greeting song, trans. “peace be upon you”)
Hion do, Gaelic seal song from Uist (with improvisations on harmonies and drones and ocean drum accompaniment!)
Aggranadeo (Sengalese clapping song)

29th June 2017
Can-can warm-up round
I know that you know that I love you, round
Love call me home (Peggy Seeger, 2001)
O Lilizela (Xhosa, South Africa)
Yoik (Sami about a little reindeer)
People take time in life (Liberian) and with improvisation
Rousay Lullaby (Orkney dandling song)
Ke Arona (power to the people, Sotho)

22nd June 2017
Beat-box warm-up round
Hola Viva (Val Regan)
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Everybody Welcome (Penny Stone, Sept. 2015)
Round and Round the Earth is Turning (Trad. round)
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Hion do, Gaelic seal song from Uist (with improvisations on harmonies and drones!)
Am a wee bee (rainforest vocables)

15th June 2017
Alphabet warm-up round
Mawenna Macolay (Ghanaian about dancing)
Ni ni ya moumou (Moroccan children’s song)
River Chat (John Warner, Australia)
Inanay Capuana (Iguana song, Australian Aboriginal lullaby)
Vem Kan Segla (Swedish trad. about friendship)
Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert, Beach Boys cover)
Baba La Gumbala (Yoruba ? greeting song)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)

8th June 2017
Right and Left warm-up challenge
Mawenna Macolay (Ghanaian)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Plovi Barco (Croatian love song)
Bambelela (South Africa)
Earth Turns Night and Day (tradl.)
Everybody Welcome (Penny Stone)

1st June 2017
Numbers warm-up challenge
Can you hear the voices
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
River Chat
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Earth Turns Night and Day
Plovi Barco (Croatian love song)

25th May 2017
Cuckoo Song warm-up (trad.)
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu)
Shii Na Sha (Navaho Lullaby, also about going home)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
Vem Kan Segla (Swedish trad. about friendship)
Sushine in the morning
Belle Mama, Torres Strait, in praise of mother earth

18th May 2017
Life is But a Melancholy Flower warm-up
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu)
Mosquito Song (Words: Dalai Lama, Music P.Stone)
Panama m Tonbe (My Hat Fell Off, Haitian Creole children’s song)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
Ni ni ya moumou (Moroccan children’s song)

11th May 2017
Echo warm-up improv
I Saw a Curlew (Icelandic folk song)
Sow Seeds of Hope (Penny Stone)
O Lilizela (Xhosa, South Africa)
Ni ni ya moumou (Moroccan children’s song)
Deep down in my soul (Gospel)
Panama m Tonbe (My Hat Fell Off, Haitian Creole children’s song)

4th May 2017
Alphabet warm-up round
Iavnana (Georgian lullaby sung to sick children to encourage release of afflicting spirits)
Operatic Pasta! (Carolyn Necklan)
Sushine in the morning
O Lilizela (Xhosa, South Africa)
Ni ni ya moumou (Moroccan children’s song) and to finish . . .
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

27th April 2017
Kye Kye Kule (trad. Ghanian play song with actions)
Dog Song (Civil Rights Movement song)
Ishe Oluwa – a Yoruba song from Nigeria specially arranged for Water-Aid day
Tumba Tumba Circle Dance
O Lilizela (Xhosa, South Africa)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

13th and 20th April 2017 – EasterBreak

6th April 2017
Banaha (trad. The Congo)
Hackney Street Chant (Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991)
Under the Full Moonlight (written by a bunch of women somewhere! – Penny learnt it from Greenham Women’s Peace Camp)
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
Shalom my Friend (English and Hebrew)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Ori Ori (Nepal about the 7 colours of the rainbow in the field being ploughed)
Tue Tue (Ghana, harvest song)
Think of Me Forget Me Not (South Africa, Diamond Choir)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)

30th March 2017
Ping Pong Ball warm up (Wm. Tell Overture)
The Mosquito Song (Dalai Lama quote about feeling small)
Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert, Beach Boys cover)
Circle March (Trad. Shaker. collected in New Hampshire, 1844, arr. Katy Lavinia Cooper)
Ishe Oluwa – a Yoruba song from Nigeria specially arranged for Water-Aid day

23rd March 2017
Mr.Sandman (Chordettes)
Bom Bom warm-up
Dog Song (Civil Rights Movement song as warm-up)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)
Hola Viva (Val Regan)
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Bambelela (South Africa)
I bid you Goodnight, Trad. USA adapted by Penny

16th March 2017
Rhythm round, warm-up
Shel-la-ley (Naming song in Shona language, Zimbabwe)
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu, calling on our ancestral mothers)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)
Des Colores (Trad. Mexican Folk Song)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

9th March 2017
Hola Viva (Val Regan)
Haida (Hebrew folk song) and with circle dancing
Way Mammy Zolo (Zulu)
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)
Circle March (Trad. Shaker. collected in New Hampshire, 1844, arr. Katy Lavinia Cooper) and with circle dancing

2nd March 2017
Ping Pong Ball warm up (Wm. Tell Overture)
Belle Mama (Torres Strait, in praise of mother earth)
Des Colores (Trad. Mexican Folk Song)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Yalla Awlehd (Trad. Syria)

23rd February 2017
Backing to Mr. Sandman (Bom Bom . . . . etc) as warm up
Four White Horses (Clapping song, Virgin Islands)
We n’ de ya ho (Cherokee morning song, I am of the Great Spirit)
Des Colores (Trad. Mexican Folk Song)
Daughter of the Water (3 part swimming song, Antipodes, anon.)
Haida (Hebrew folk song)

16th February 2017
Baba La Gumbala (Yoruba ? greeting song)
Far am bi mi fhin (Gaelic)
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Asho Ch’ela (ox-cart driver’s song from the Samegrelo region in the west of Georgia near the Black Sea)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

9th February 2017 
Japanese Frog Song, Kaeruno
Sow Seeds of Hope (Penny Stone)
Bambelela, South African, “never give up”
Asho Ch’ela (ox-cart driver’s song from the Samegrelo region in the west of Georgia near the Black Sea)
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (Carter and Hudson)

2nd February 2017 
Nana Havesa
Far am bi mi fhin (Gaelic)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Grow the Roots Deep Down
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)
Sing a New Song O (Penny Stone)

26th January 2017 
There once was a frog (warm-up)
Noyana (S.Africa, Zulu)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Bodmin Wassail (Traditional Cornish)
Liebe Schwester, Trad. German children’s song
Birds in the Dawning (Betsy Binstock)

19th January 2017 
Land on Shore
Circle March, Trad. Shaker song, arr. Katy Cooper
I Wanna Sing + When the Saints Go Marching In + Swing Low
River Chat
Deep Down in My Soul
Oley-o
Remember the Little Things, Esyllt Harker
Carhampton Wassail, Trad. Somerset
Coventry Wassail
Liebe Schwester, Trad. German children’s song

12th January 2017 
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
Solstice Patapan (Mary McCann lyrics, trad. Burgundian Carol)
Nyangaybo (Sierra Leone, children’s song to cry for help if lost in forest)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Scottish Applebel’s Canon (tune of Pachelbel’s Canon)
Bodmin Wassail (Traditional Cornish)

15th December 2016
Four white Horses (clapping song, Virgin Islands)
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
We n’ de ya ho (Cherokee morning song, I am of the Great Spirit)
Era Nato Poveretto (A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who sold his pants for a plate of spaghetti)
Zinga Zee! (Trad. Ghanaian, “we’re on our way” or “we’re making a noise”)
Christmas is coming

8th December 2016
1; 1,2,1 etc Counting Song but this time with z’s and further complications!
She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore
Give Me Some Singing (Val Regan)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Era Nato Poveretto (A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who sold his pants for a plate of spaghetti)
Rhythm & Syncopation
Carhampton Wassail (trad. Somerset)

1st December 2016
1; 1,2,1 etc Counting Song but this time with z’s (to warm up the brain!)
Round and Round the Earth is Turning (Trad. round)
Zinga Zee! (Trad. Ghanaian, “we’re on our way” or “we’re making a noise”)
Ah Poor Bird (Medieval English round)
Era Nato Poveretto (A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who sold his pants for a plate of spaghetti)
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)

24th November 2016
We n’ de ya ho (Cherokee morning song, I am of the Great Spirit)
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Soul Cake (trad., seasonal – All Soul’s Eve – but we had some of Ileana’s delicious blueberry cake so changed some words)
Carhampton Wassail (trad. Somerset) – it’s that time of year again – Wassail event will be 21st January
May the Long Time Sun (Mike Heron, Incredible String Band, arr. Andrew Emmet)

17th November 2016
Round and Round the Earth is Turning (Trad. round)
Zinga Zee! (Trad. Ghanaian, “we’re on our way” or “we’re making a noise” – and we  certainly did!)
Rhythm & Syncopation
Era Nato Poveretto (A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who sold his pants for a plate of spaghetti)
Peace Will Come (Tom Paxton)
May the Long Time Sun (old Scottish folk song and Irish blessing)

10th November 2016
We n’ de ya ho (Cherokee morning song, I am of the Great Spirit)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Era Nato Poveretto (A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who sold his pants for a plate of spaghetti)
Su la lu la (Swedish lullaby)

3rd November 2016
Head & Shoulders Baby warm-up (Also good for brain connectivity!)
Soul Cake (trad., seasonal)
Siuthadaibh, a Mhnathan (Gaelic waulking song, Skye, Mairi nighean Alasdair Ruaidh
[Mary Macleod], 17th century )
Yote Yawezekana (all is possible, Kenyan trad., used during democracy movement)
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Janey Mama (Spanish/Jamaican)
Froh Zu Sein (german trad., about being happy)
Su la lu la (Swedish lullaby)

27th October 2016
Baba La Gumbala (Yoruba ? greeting song)
Four White Horses (Clapping Song, Virgin Islands)
Falling leaves return to their roots, Chinese proverb
Siuthadaibh, a Mhnathan (Gaelic waulking song, Skye, Mairi nighean Alasdair Ruaidh
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Rhythm & Syncopation
Waltz song

20th October 2016 – half-term break

13th October 2016
Baba La Gumbala (Yoruba ? greeting song)
Epo i Tai Tai (Maori)
Shiny Conkers (Penny Stone)
I’m Feeling Good (Newley & Bricusse, Nina Simone arrangement)
Frog Song (US trad.)
Rousay Lullaby (Orkney dandling song)

6th October 2016
Abeeyo (Australian greeting song)
She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Japanese Frog Song, Kaeruno
Ishe Oluwa (Nigeria, Yoraba – That which your creator made can never be destroyed)
The Music Box Waltz

29th September 2016
Epo i Tai Tai (Maori)
Vent Frais (Fr. trad. round)
Tula Mama (Zulu lullaby)
Janey Mama (Spanish/Jamaican)
Peace Will Come (Tom Paxton)

22nd September 2016
She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
If You Can Talk, You Can Sing (trad. Zimbabwe)
Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert, Beach Boys cover)
Peace Will Come (Tom Paxton)

15th September 2016
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
Janie Manie (Santiago greeting song)
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Feet on the Ground (Val Regan)
Rhythm & Syncopation
Rousay Lullaby (Orkney dandling song)
Hamba Nathi (S.African “Go with us”)

8th September 2016 (after some  summer opportunities to sing elsewhere)
Boom Chika Boom (new warm-up)
Epo i tai tai (Maori)
Rhythm & Syncopation
Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert, Beach Boys cover)
Circle Dance (Germany)
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)

14th July 2016
Coventry Wassail
Tue Tue (Ghana, harvest song)
Unst Boat Song (Trad. Shetland)
Let the Circle be Wide (Tommy Sands)
Remember the Little Things (Esyllt Harker)
For So Long (Christine Kydd)

7th July 2016
Pokarare Ana (unknown group of Maori Soldiers 1914, later adapted and new lyrics added by P H Tamoana in 1917, a love song)
Aggranadeo (Sengalese clapping song)
Hey Mr. Miller (written and arranged by David Machell)
Third section from In the Mood (Joe Garland and Andy Razaf)
Tue Tue (Ghana, harvest song)
Daisies White (Trad. Appalachian)
Shosholoza, (South African/Zimbabwean train song)

30th June 2016
Goose Gaggle warm-up
Let the Circle be Wide (Tommy Sands)
Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert, Beach Boys cover)
Ole Moliba Makasi (Congo boat song)
Remember the Little Things (Esyllt Harker)

23rd June 2016
Ori Ori (Nepal about the 7 colours of the rainbow in the field being ploughed)
Pokarare Ana (New, by an unknown group of Maori Soldiers 1914, later adapted and new lyrics added by P H Tamoana in 1917, a love song)
Bambelela (South Africa)
Daisies White (Trad. Appalachian) learning the harmonies

16th June 2016
Naka Naka Hoi (warm-up)
Remember the Little Things
Hackney Street Chant, Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991
Era Nato Poveretto (New, A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who was so poor he sold his pants for a plate of macaroni. He sings if you want to win the war, make sure all the cannons are filled with macaroni)
Yeah Yeah Aggranadeo (Sengalese clapping song)
Tula Mama (Zulu, “hush now mother” but meaning “hush baby”)

9th June 2016
Rainbow Lorikeet (Jane Thomson)
Mabako Niwa Phwe (trad. West Africa, Do You Want to Come & Dance?)
Era Nato Poveretto (New, A. Benedetti Michelangeli, about a soldier who was so poor he sold his pants for a plate of macaroni. He sings if you want to win the war, make sure all the cannons are filled with macaroni)

2nd June 2016
Rainbow Lorikeet (Jane Thomson)
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
River Chat
Sail Downriver (Penny Stone)
How Lovely is the Evening (Trad. English)
Shalom My Friend (original words)
So So Babo So (Guinea, Welcome to the Elders)
Daisies White (Trad. Appalachian)
Now my Friend, the Meeting’s Over

26th May 2016
Away Away (warm-up)
The Waters of the World (Penny Stone)
Dis Moi, Beau Printemps (trad. French springtime song)
Yalla Awlehd (Trad. Syria)
Yeah Yeah (with body percussion, trad. Senegal)
Now my Friends the Meeting’s Over
Somos El Barco (Lorre Wyatt, 1983)

19th May 2016
Away Away (new warm-up)
Body Percusson Rhythm Warm-up (round)
Dis Moi, Beau Printemps (New, lovely French springtime song)
Shosholoza, South African trad. (testing time switching between high and low harmonies!)
Tree of Liberty (four parts overlaid)
For So Long (Christine Kydd)

12th May 2016
Belle Mama, Torres Strait, in praise of mother earth
So So Baba So (New Guinea welcome song)
Cuckoo, As I went Walking (Trad., approx. 8th century from 1st edition of Oxford Book of Rounds)
For So Long (Christine Kydd)

5th May 2016
Popocatapetl (Anon.)
Circle March (Trad. Shaker. collected in New Hampshire, 1844, arr. Katy Lavinia Cooper)
Senwa Dadende (Ghana, from song about lazy vulture who builds nest & when the rains come, he can’t remember where he built it)
Tongo, Tongo (Solomon Islands, Polynesia)
For So Long (Christine Kydd) New
Cuckoo, as I went walking, (Trad.)

28th April 2016
Earth Turns Night and Day
Zidele a Makembo (“Take a Chance” or “Give Yourself Up, Bones and All”, trad. African, music by  Bruce Knight)
Gazapkhuli (Spring, Trad. Georgian, as sung by Anschiskhati Choir, first verse completed!)
Mawenna Macolay (Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”)

21st April 2016
Naka Naka Hoi (Japanese physical warm up – new)
Sithi Malweni (South African Welcome Song)
Sunshine (Penny Stone) New
Gazapkhuli (Spring, Trad. Georgian, as sung by Anschiskhati Choir, first verse nearly completed!)
Mawenna Macolay (Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”)

14th April 2016
1; 1,2,1 etc Counting Song (to warm up the brain!)
Yalla Awlehd (Trad. Syria)
Mawenna Macolay (Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”)
Popocatapetl (Anon.) New
Gazapkhuli (Spring, Trad. Georgian, as sung by Anschiskhati Choir) New
Deep Down in my soul (round, origin unknown)

7th April 2016 (last run-through of some songs before Spring Fling)
Tongo, boat song, Polynesian Islands
Unst Boat Song (Shetland)
Mawenna Macolay, Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”
Shosholoza, South African trad.
California Dreaming (Yeah – all the way through!)

31st March 2016
Mawenna Macolay, Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
Hion do, Gaelic seal song from Uist (with improvisations on harmonies and drones!)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)
California Dreaming (Yeah – second verse mastered!)
Now the Sun, Sammy Hurden

24th March 2016
Under the Full Moonlight (Round)
Unst Boat Song (Shetland)
California Dreaming (Yeah – second verse mastered!)
Mawenna Macolay, Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”
Shosholoza, South African trad.

17th March 2016
3 pitch harmony warm-up (to be developed)
Cuil Fin An Ane (Irish Gaelic)
Tamini Mamini (Mali)
Plentyn Bach (Welsh lullaby)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)
Remember the Little Things
Hion do, Gaelic seal song from Uist

10th March 2016
Ori-Ori (Nepal)
Fruit Salad Song
Rhythm of Life (Fields, Simon, Coleman)
River Chat (John Warner)
I trust the Water (Jana Runnalls)
On the Moor I Saw a Plover (Linton Adie Warm-up)
Snow is Falling Down (Trad. adapted by Penny Stone)
Hackney Street Chant (Hackney Street Music Festival 1991)
The Waters of the World (Penny Stone)
On Shore (Trad. Appalachian)

3rd March 2016
Goose Gaggle/Pom Pom warm-up song
Grow the Roots Deep Down
Nero’s Expedition (Moondog)
Wangari (both parts, to celebrate Wangari Maathi Day)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)

25th February 2016
I Like to Sing – brain teaser warm up
Nga Iwi E, traditional Maori
Tongo, boat song, Polynesian Islands
O-le-le, Congolese boat song
Everybody Welcome (Penny Stone, Sept. 2015)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)

18th February 2016
Tongo, boat song, Polynesian Islands
O-le-le, Congolese boat song
Asho Ch’ela (ox-cart driver’s song from the Samegrelo region in the west of Georgia near the Black Sea) – second part
Shosholoza, South African trad.
Yalla Awlehd
Oley-o

11 February 2016
Yena Manoa Manoa (Gaelic vocables)
California Dreaming (John & Michele Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas version, 1965)
Oley-o
Earth Turns Night and Day
Shosholoza, South African trad.

4 February 2016
Ori Ori (Nepal trans. re ploughing in fields and 7 colours of rainbow)
Zidele a Makembo (“Take a Chance” or “Give Yourself Up, Bones and All”, trad. African, music by  Bruce Knight)
Everybody Welcome (Penny Stone, Sept. 2015)
The Penguin Song (Jack Hartmann)
Earth Turns Night and Day
Chela (Cart-driver’s song, Samegrelo Region, Georgia)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)

28 January 2016
Bumalena, Baka song from Cameroon, ‘my heart is happy’
Pachabel’s Canon
Sing a New Song, O (Penny Stone, after “The Tree of Liberty” by Robert Burns)
The Penguin Song (Jack Hartmann)
Harmonising improvisation

21 January 2016
Yena Manoa Manoa (Gaelic vocables)
Zidele a Makembo (“Take a Chance” or “Give Yourself Up, Bones and All”, trad. African, music by  Bruce Knight)
Sing a New Song, O (Penny Stone, after “The Tree of Liberty” by Robert Burns)
Happy Birthday (with body percussion devised by Penny Stone)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)
Now the Sun (Sammy Hurden)

14 January 2016
Blessings for the New Year (Mary McCann)
Zidele a Makembo (“Take a Chance”, trad. African, music by  Bruce Knight)
Wassail the Silver Apple (Mike O’Connor)
Coventry Wassail Song
Edinburgh Wassail (lyrics by OCSG members and Penny Stone)
Now the Sun (Sammy Hurden)

Christmas Break

17 December 2015
One Heart Beating
Snow is Falling Down (round, to the melody of Vent Frais, one of our favourite rounds)
Shona Malanga (Till We Meet Again, Zulu ant-apartheid song)
Gaudeamus Hodie (Let us Rejoice Today, traditional Latin round)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)
Edinburgh Wassail (lyrics by OCSG members and Penny Stone)
Bless us all, good friends here, with a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

10 December 2015
O-le-le, Congolese boat song
Gaudeamus Hodie (Let us rejoice today, traditional Latin round)
Asho Ch’ela (ox-cart driver’s song from the Samegrelo region in the west of Georgia near the Black Sea)
Yoik – Reindeer (Sami)
Edinburgh Wassail (lyrics by OCSG members and Penny Stone)
Now the Sun is Rising Up

26 November 2015
On shore
Rhythm of Life
Sithi Malweni
Li Li Li
One Heart Beating
Tue Tue
Ore-e-mi
Let the circle be wide
Oley-o
Life is but a melancholy flower
Think of me, forget me not

12 November 2015
Bim Bom Bim Bom (Percussion)
Buzzy Bees
I Trust the Water (with shakers)
Tongo
Inanay kapuana
Yoik
Shalom my friend
Bella mama
Vent frais
Ore emi

22 October 2015
Earth Turns Night and Day, round by Jane Cocker
Songs of Freedom, round by Serenity Singers
O-le-le, Congolese rowing song
Autumn round (Colchiques dans les prés) French trad.
Wassail, peace and plenty
Hamba nathi, south African “walk with me for the journey is long”
Sami reindeer yoik
O-lec, tobo lullaby from Paraguay

15 October 2015
Belle mama, Torres Strait, in praise of mother earth
Mr Miller, round
Bambelela, South African, “never give up”
Hion do, Gaelic seal song from Uist
Tree of liberty, round by Penny after Burns
Sami reindeer yoik
Now the Sun is Rising up

8 October 2015
Hion do, Gaelic seal song, Uist.
Ore e mi, Ghanaian hi-life party song
Let the circle be wide, Tommy Sands
Falling leaves return to their roots, Chinese proverb
Coventry Apple wassail, trad. English
Now the sun is rising up

1 October 2015
How lovely is the evening
Hackney Street Chant, Written for Street Music Festival, Hackney 1991
Panama m tonbe, Haiti children’s song
Weave and Spin, unknown
Shona Malanga, Zulu, South African
Senwa Dadende, Ghana, from song about lazy vulture who builds nest & when the rains come, he can’t remember where he built it.
Unst Boat Song (Shetland)

24 September 2015
Ori ori, Nepalese song
Tue Tue, Ghanaian harvest song
If we lose this forest, round
Wangari, Polly Bolton
Shosholoza, South African trad.
Paraguayan tobo lullaby, with percussion!

17 September 2015
Mawenna Macolay, Ghanaian Children’s Song “do you want to come and play?”
Earth turns night and day, round by Jane Cocker
O-le-le, Congolese rowing song,
Deep Down in my soul, round, origin unknown
One song, one dance, South African tune “Mayenziwe”, new words by Cynthia Cockburn
Break ’em on Down, Harmony Grisman
Autumn Round, French Trad.

10 September  2015
Tongo, boatsong, Polynesian Islands
Tue tue, Ghanaian harvest song
E Malama, Hawaiian
Mango mango, dafty round!
Panama m’tonbe, Haiti children’s song
Circle song, shaker song, arr. Katy Cooper
Remember the little things, Esylt Harker

3 September 2015
Abeeyo, Australian Aboriginal welcome
Nero’s expedition, Moondog
Panama m’tonbe, Haiti children’s song
Shosholoza, South African traditional train song
One song, one dance, South African, new words Cynthia Cockburn
Yoik, Sami, about a little reindeer

30 July 2015
Bella mama, Torres Strait islands
Under the full moonlight, written by a bunch of women somewhere! (Penny learnt it from Greenham women’s peace camp)
Hackney street song, collective, London
E Malama, Hawaiian “we must take care of the earth”
Let the circle be wide, Tommy Sands
Shona malanga, South Africa (shorten the days until we meet again)
Feeling good (with improvisation)
Am a wee bee, Baka people (Cameroon)

23 July 2015
Bayesa, trad. South Africa, section from a healing song
Tula Mama, trad South African lullaby, Zulu
Circle March, trad. Shaker song, USA, arr. Katy cooper
Bumalena, Baka song from Cameroon, ‘my heart is happy’
Asara ti-am luat basma, trad. Romanian
Remember the little things, Isylt Harker
O le le, Congolese rowing song
Now the sun is rising up

16 July 2015
Bim Bom (trad USA children’s game)
Banaha, Congolese welcome song
Circle March, Trad. Shaker song, arr. Katy Cooper
Iav Nana, Georgian Healing song & lullaby
Senwa dadende, Ghanaian song about lazy vulture Am A Wee Bee, Baka game song, Cameroon
Feeling Good, Bricusse Newley
Zidele, trad. South African phrase “Take a Chance”, music by Bruce Knight
All Shall Be Well, last words of Julian of Norwich
What a Goodly Thing, Words: Jean Ritchie, Trad tune

9th July
Bella Mama
Oh What a Goodly Thing
Yeah Yeah with body percussion
Daisies White – Appalachian folk tune
All Shall be Well
Lay Down Sisters
Bim Bom body percussion
River Chat
Oh How Lovely is the Evening
Shalom
The Waters of the World
Hackney Street Chant
On Shore

2 July 2015
Tongo – Polynesian boat song
Come awa’ in – written by local songwriting group, including our very own Helen!
What a goodly thing – Jean Ritchie
All shall be well – last words of Julian of Norwich
Iav Nana – Georgian lullaby/healing song
Rhythm of life – Sweet Charity
Somos el barco – Lorre Wyatt
Now the sun is rising up

26 June 2015
Belle Mama, Torres Straight Islands trad. – ‘in praise of mother earth’
The Sweet singing of the Birds, Irish Gaelic Trad.
One Heart Beating, Sue Kirkpatrick
Bambelela, Trad South African “Never Give Up”
I bid you Goodnight, Trad. USA adapted by Penny
Zidele, trad. South African phrase “Take a Chance”, music by Bruce Knight
Hion Do, Trad. Scots Gaelic song from the seals, S. Uist

11 June 2015
OCSG in combination with rehearsal for Water Aid “Sing for Water” to take place on 27th June in Edinburgh
Thina Simunye – from KwaZulu-Natal – South Arica?
Ride this Train and There’s a Train a Coming – the chorus of the old gospel song Ride This Train (Come Along my Friend, Come Along) partnered with a couple of riffs and a partner song: There’s a Train a Coming.
Ishe Oluwa – a Yoruba song from Nigeria specially arranged for WaterAid day
Elia Lrde – a very old song from the wild mountainous Sveneti region of Georgia.
Kaki Lambe – a song from the Baga people of Guinea on the coast of West Africa and roughly translated means: Kaki Lambe: protector of the harvest, Kecombe: come to me, come to us

4 June 2015
Sorry, a glitchy data gap!

28 May 2015
Memory glitch, full list not completed
O-le-le, Congolese Rowing Song
Water of Leith, Mary McCann

21 May 2015
No singing – a week off

14 May 2015
Rhythm of Life
Ori Ori
Shosholoza
Remember the Little Things
Oh What a Goodly Thing
Slap Clap Huh
Oleyo
Mawenna Macolay
How Lovely is the Evening
Hackney Street Song
Tongo

7 May 2015
Coo-Coo, as I went walking, Trad. Scots/English round
O-le-le, Congolese Rowing Song
Water of Leith, Mary McCann
Mangwane Mpulele, Sotho Children’s song, South Africa
Ori Ori, Nepalese song “I am ploughing in the fields, my fields are the seven colours of the rainbow”
Ho Tarukoi, Japanese firefly song
Lay Down Sisters, USA adapted by Penny

30 April 2015
Shalom My Friend (with Hebrew words)
On Shore
One Heart Beating
Banaha
I like the Sunshine
Oleiyo
Hackney Street Chant –
Tue Tue
Sail Downriver – Penny Stone
Let the Circle be Wide – Tommy Sands
I’m Gonna Sing
The Waters of the World
Noyana –   a lullaby
Senwa Dadende – South African Welcome Song
Sithi Malwene – South African Welcome Song
Kye Kye Kule
Amanue

23 April 2015
Slap, Clap, Huh! – warm up
Oh How Lovely is the evening, English Round
Sail Downriver, Penny Stone
Ise Oluwa, Yoruba “that which has been created can never be destroyed”
Am a wee be, Baka game song, Camaroon (With rainforest hand sounds)
O-le-le, Congolese rowing song
Peace, Salaam, Shalom, Pat Humphries

16 April 2015
Mawanna Macolay, Ghanaian children’s song
Let the Circle Be Wide, Tommy Sands
Shona Malanga, South African ‘shorten the days until we meet again’
Dog Dog, Civil Rights song, James Bevel and Bernard LaFayette
Gille Beag O, Gaelic Lullaby, North Uist.
Sail Downriver, Penny Stone
Peace, Salaam, Shalom, Pat Humphries
Feeling Good, Bricusse & Newley
Donkey Song, English Round

8 April 2015
Now the Sun, Sammy Hurden
I like the flowers, Trad. English Round
Elesa, Georgian work song (log carrying!)
Shona Malanga, South African ‘shorten the days until we meet again’
Remember the Little Things, Esyllt Harker
Feeling Good, Bricusse; Newley

2 April 2015
Mawanna macoley (Ghanaian children’s song)
Ancient mother (Piquat, indigenous Peruvian tribe), translated into English by Libana, Canada
Am a wee be (Baka game song, Cameroon)
Shosholoza (South African song)
Unst Boat Song (Shetland)
Iav Nana (Georgian lullaby)

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