Old Gold Folk Club

Sea Songs And Singalongs

Ballyhooley Appearing at the Turning Wave Folk Festival joined by Andy Muir on Bouzouki September 21st  2014
Event Date: 
5 Oct 2014

Why does everyone love a singalong? Turns out that's easy to answer – singing, and particularly group singing releases hormones which calm the body and mind, and provides gentle exercise to the whole cardio-vascular system. Just Google “Health Benefits of Singing” if you don't believe me.

But, hey, does that mean you have to take expensive music lessons and join a choir?  Nah, just come out to the Old Gold Folk Club next Sunday and join in our Sea Songs and Singalongs spectacular!  For Free!

Why sea songs? Turns out that sea-shanties are about the easiest form of singalong ever developed.  Again, not surprising – those scurvy knaves that sailed the sea weren't all that interested in attending church to take part in the choir!  But, just because they are easy, doesn't mean they are boring.  Songs that you sing every day as you go about your work have to have good memorable melodies, and attention-grabbing words. And be fun!

And they certainly “don't all sound the same”.  There are lots of different jobs aboard a sailing ship, and each job has an ideal rhythm.  So we have slow songs for heavy jobs like hauling in the anchor, fast songs for short jobs like raising the small sails, and well-paced songs for long jobs like pumping.  The more the ship leaks, the longer the song!

Shanties date from the late days of sail, when the sailing ship companies faced increasing competition from the new-fangled steam ships.  By making the routine operations like hoisting and lowering sails more efficient, transit times could be reduced very significantly.  So the sailing companies found it worth their while to employ a shantyman to lead the singing.  The shantyman had to understand the jobs and the rhythms required, and steer a steady course between the Captain's desire for the work to go faster, and the sailors' need to pace themselves and not end up exhausted.  

We won't be limiting ourselves to sea-shanties on Sunday, but we'll also throw in singalong songs from other traditions. Naturally, Irish pub songs like The Girl With The Black Velvet Band will be on the menu. And resident band Ballyhooley, freshly back from performing at the Turning Wave Festival in Yass will have some new songs to present.

So that's all at The Old Gold Folk Club, next Sunday (5th October) at the Diggers Rest Tavern, Original Gold Rush Colony in Mogo. Admittance is free, drinks and snack food are available at the bar, but remember, no EPTPOS!

Now, one thing to keep in mind.  Daylight saving will begin again in NSW that very day, so we'll be switching to our summer hours of 4pm to 7pm. Remember to set your clock forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday night!  You wouldn't want to miss out on an hour's singing!

More Details
Cost: 
FOC
Location: 
The Diggers Rest Tavern Mogo
Hosted By: 
The Gold Rush Colony
Contact Details: 
02 44742123

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