We perform at festivals and folk clubs, in pubs, theatres and concert halls, in parks, gardens and cemeteries, and in tube and train stations. And we organise our own events - concert ceilidhs are a speciality! (Keep an eye on our performance schedule, or use the sidebar link to be added to our emailing list.)
Since 2008 we have been coming together to learn sea-shanties, murder ballads, protest songs, work songs, love melodies, folkified non-folk songs, and good old knees-up tunes, from all across the centuries and from all over the world. We learn tunes and harmonies by ear (ability to read music is not required).
Our repertoire reflects the inclusive, internationalist, outward-looking nature of folk music: treasuring songs which have their roots in the tradition of local and national communities but which belong to anyone and everyone, embracing songs from one another's traditions, and understanding that anything that has roots is living, growing and changing.
Our thirty members, from all over London and from all kinds of backgrounds (all are welcome), are led by choir director Michelle Woolfenden, and range from seasoned singers to those who hadn't sung since school.
And we don't just sing: our choir ensemble can include banjos, guitars, fiddles, concertina, mandolin, ukelele, recorder, cello, shruti box and a host of random percussion instruments.
Our choir is currently fairly full - but if you can sing or would like to, or can pick a guitar, fiddle a fiddle, blow a harmonica or tap a bodhran, contact us to see how things stand at the moment. We have a waiting list for female voices, but do currently have space for a couple more male voices...
[NB sadly the next two paras are temporarily not true during current Covid restrictions]
We meet weekly in term-time on Tuesdays in Dalston (more rehearsal info here) - except on Folk Club nights...
If you aren't able to be part of the choir for now, everyone is welcome at our Morris Folk Club, which happens on the last Tuesday of the month (in most term-time months, and sometimes in holiday months too). You'll get a taste of what singing with the choir is like, as we usually learn to sing a song or two together during the evening. Check Twitter and Facebook for this month's information.
Morris Folk Club has continued successfully online throughout 2020-21, so this could be your chance to try us out, or to come along if other things prevented you in the past! Go to our Morris Folk Club page to read more, and to sign up for Zoom invites.