Each Monday except bank holidays. Theme nights at least once per month:
January 22nd – Mainly Maritime – Guest Host Graeme Knight
February 12th – Valentines – Songs of love and absence
March 12th – Spring – Songs of nature and rebirth
April 9th – April Fools – Humorous Songs
April 23rd – St George’s Day – England! and Mummers Play performed
May 14th – May – May Songs
June 11th – Queens Birthday – ‘Serving King and Country’
July 9th – Summer – Songs of Summer
August (Closed for summer? – TBC)
September 10th – Harvest – Harvest and Farming
October 8th – Halloween – Mystery and Magic
October 22nd – Trafalgar Day – Mainly Maritime
November 12th – Remembrance – Remembrance
December (10th?) – Christmas Party – songs, carols and party pieces
Chorus songs night, Mainly Maritime,
but ALL chorus songs accepted
On Monday 15th January we have our first special theme night – with Guest MC Graeme Knights to keep everyone in order.
Bob Walser will be visiting us on Monday 23rd October and will perform an extended spot. He has lots of admirers in this country, so it’s likely to be a busy night.
Bob is a folklorist, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Minnesota specialising in sea songs, and will be visiting the UK as part of his engagement on the James Madison Carpenter Project (see below).
The James Madison Carpenter Collection is an extensive collection of traditional songs and folk (mummers’) plays recorded between 1927 and c.1943. The collection was made by Dr James Madison Carpenter (1888–1983) using a Dictaphone machine and portable typewriter. Most of the items date from 1928–1935, when Carpenter carried out fieldwork in Britain; the remainder were gathered in parts of the US.
Although Carpenter edited some of the corpus, it was never published. He sold the collection, which comprises papers, wax cylinders, lacquer discs, photographs and drawings, to the Library of Congress in 1972. The collection has recently been digitised, and work is progressing to publish the transcriptions.
Read more here…