We’ve successfully kept ourselves warm through a chilly first couple of months to the year with a combination of Beatles love and folk harmonies from around the world. Our weekly singing continues right up to and including March 29th 2018, then we’ll have a two week break and recommence on Thursday 19th April 2018. This year being the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth we’ll be doing a few more S. African songs in preparation for a celebratory event (still in the planning, so no date fixed as yet) to take place on Portobello beach. Possibly in May, details will be posted when available… As ever new singers are welcome to come and try us any week and it’s been a pleasure to welcome a number of new folk in 2018 as well as some old hands returning after various pauses – the latest songs page gives you an idea of what we sing each week.
Having had an enjoyable autumn term welcoming many newcomers who are now regular attenders we are looking forward to resuming on 11th January in the New Year. In our final Penny led session of this term as well as learning some final parts of “I’m Gonna do it all” we had a wee practice with one of our wassail songs to begin preparation for the wassail scheduled for Sat 20th January at Gracemount Community Garden. Here’s a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1550244865071628/ If you’d like to try singing come along and join us any Thurs evening from 11th Jan!
It’s been lovely to welcome many new people to the group during September who have injected energy, joy and more voices to build our harmonies. Please feel free to come along and try us any Thursday evening with our taster fee and we hope you’ll be inspired to continue to explore finding your voice. It’s great to build our regular attender membership and increase the richness of our harmonies with a variety of voices and experiences. Please note that we will NOT be meeting on Thurs 19th October as we are taking a short mid-term break :o)
We’ve been enjoying our singing right up to 27th July, but as usual take a break during August – too many other things to do with the festival going on. Come along and try out the fun and pleasure of singing and experimenting with all sorts of voice and different folk traditions from around the world any Thursday evening from 7th September 2017 which is when we re-start. We welcome newcomers and all “I can’t Singer’s”! The great joy is you’ll discover you can :o)
We’ve started our Spring term with some great sessions – including a self-led one when Penny was off enjoying herself on a musical break. That gave some of the more confident amongst us the opportunity to teach us some of their own songs and get a flavour of the joys and pitfalls of leading! We’ve learnt a new round in German from one of our number and re-visited the improbable, but delightful, experience of singing three different songs simultaneously (Swing low sweet chariot, When the saints and I wanna sing). A group of us were also able to join Penny in supporting the community Wassail event at Gracemount House Community Garden on 21st January – part of an all day community event to help develop the community resource at Gracemount House. Why not come along to try out singing and join in the fun!
Thursday 15th Dec is our last meeting before Christmas and the New Year. We’ve had a busy term and are building up to recording a few of our favourite songs so that folks visiting will have a better feel of the kind of singing we do together – and of course will be encouraged to come along and join in!
Our first effort may well be a rendition of “Era Nato Poveretto” brought to us by an Italian member who has since returned to Italy and is apparently looking forward to us sending our recording so she can share it with her Italian singing group 🙂
We resume in the New Year on Thurs 12th January 2017 and look forward to welcoming new members – especially folks interested in the wassail tradition as we’ll be participating in wassails at community orchards in January.
We’re back singing together every Thursday except 20th OCT – when we’re NOT MEETING, then we expect to continue until whenever we get around to breaking for Christmas. We had a great first session last week with a number of new songs, lots of fun messing around with “Rhythm & Syncopation” and a pretty decent effort at Barbara Ann, despite over half of us wanting the luxury of singing the tune, the backing singers did very well to hold their own! No doubt lots more exciting new songs to be experimented with through the Autumn and maybe some harmony jamming sessions too…