Club setlists

Morris Folk Club setlists
('setlists' from Morris Folk Club nights, gathered here primarily for the interest of choir members and folk club attenders)

January 2024
Tuesday 30th – upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
First Morris Folk Club of the year, at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening variously of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Tanja (banjo), Ginny (recorder), Mary (whistle) and Tom (whistle)) played Cock O’ The North/Wi’ A Hundred Pipers and White Cockade/Highland Laddie;
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Only The Whales Know Why;
- Fiona sang The Fish Gutters’ Song (Come All Ye Fisher Lassies) (Ewan MacColl);
- David and Eddie sang The Blackfly Song (Wade Hemsworth);
- Jake (with guitar) sang Northern Sky (Nick Drake);
- Iain sang Making Time (Tim Jones/Iain MacDonald);
- Michelle sang Ye Banks And Braes (Robert Burns);
- Joanie (with ukulele) sang Brighid (Damh The Bard);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Dreaming My Dreams With You (Waylon Jennings);
- Kim (with ukulele) sang her own Lechy Bin Man;
- Tom sang Marrying The Sea (Declan O’Rourke);
- Michelle taught us the chorus of The Coaly Tyne as a round, then Haul On The Bowline.
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band played Wha Wad Be King But Charlie/Scotland The Brave and, with Fiona and David leading the singing, A Man’s A Man For A’ That;
- David and Neil sang Spencer The Rover;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Old Gods (Emily Scott Robinson);
- Bernard (on clarinet) played Miss Campbell of Saddell’s Strathspey (Robert Mackintosh);
- Eddie sang Hoist Up The Thing (The Longest Johns);
- Michelle (fiddle) played Old Molly Hare;
- Michelle taught us a round, Sleep Bonny Bairnie;
- Frieda sang The Road To The Isles and The Uist Tramping Song;
- Iain (with dulcimer) sang On The Road Again (Canned Heat);
- Jake (with guitar) sang The Dowie Dens O’ Yarrow;
- Theo (with guitar) sang Colours (Donovan);
- and The Morris House Band played us out with Edwyn’s Jig/The Plane Tree and Michael Turner’s Waltz/Orange In Bloom.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

November 2023
Tuesday 28th – downstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
Another good evening at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, downstairs again. Alex was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening variously of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Ginny (recorder), Tanja (whistle) and Iain (guitar)) played Michael Turner’s Waltz/Orange In Bloom and Edwyn’s Jig/The Plane Tree;
- Fiona sang Young Girl Cut Down In Her Prime (from The Askew Sisters);
- James sang The Schooner Ellenmore (Gordon Bok);
- Tanja (whistle) and Ginny (recorder) played Oj Detesce Moje Drago;
- Alex sang The John MacLean March (Hamish Henderson);
- Theo (with melodeon) played his own In My Arms Abide;
- Michelle sang The November Singing Song (her adaptation of The November Drinking Song);
- Michelle led us all in I Heard A Bird Sing;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Shadows And Sorrow;
- Naomi sang Space Girl (Ewan McColl & Peggy Seeger);
- Fiona, with Jake (guitar), sang Rivers Run (Karine Polwart);
- David sang Thousands Or More; 
- Sheila (with guitar) sang Hurt (Trent Reznor);
- Iain sang Flower Of Scotland.
Side Two: 
- The Morris House Band played Highland Laddie/Wi’ A Hundred Pipers and A Man’s A Man (sung by Alex)/Cock Of The North;
- Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas carol);
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Written In The River;
- Iain sang Stand Down Margaret (The Beat) and When She Loved Me (Randy Newman);
- Bernard (with clarinet) played three Ukrainian folk songs (Blackthorn’s blossoming, Why didn’t you come, and Two oaks on the mountain); 
- Sheila (with guitar) sang Don’t Panic (Coldplay);
- James sang Thorneymore Woods (after Anne Briggs);
- Michelle (fiddle) and Iain (guitar) played Sommervals (Ale Moller);
- Kim (with ukulele) sang her own Don’t Puke Over My Bed;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Willie O’ Winsbury;
- Michelle (with accordion) played D Tune (Murray Grainger);
- Michelle taught us One Voice (The Wailin’ Jennys);
- Alex (with guitar) sang Divorce (Billy Connolly);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own London Cares;
- Naomi sang The Banks Of The Lee;
- Fiona sang Lay My Heart (Rachel Sermanni).
- At the close, The Morris House Band played us out with The Boys Of Bluehill/Off To California/Harvest Home.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

October 2023
Tuesday 31st – downstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
Another good evening at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, this time downstairs for a change. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening variously of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Ginny (recorder), Tanja (banjo) and Iain (guitar)) played Michael Turner’s Waltz/Orange In Bloom and Edwyn’s Jig/The Plane Tree;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Reynardine; 
- Ineke (Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica)) sang Simon’s own I Can See You In My Dreams;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Harvest Moon (Neil Young);
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Rooted;
- Michelle led us all in Have You Seen The Ghost Of Tom and Soul Cake;
- Charis sang Skin And Bones;
- Alex (with guitar) sang Jean Desprez (Country Joe McDonald’s setting of Robert Service’s poem);
- Ali sang I Come And Stand At Every Door;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Working Man Blues (Merle Haggard);
- Iain (with Appalachian dulcimer) sang Germ Free Adolescents (X-Ray Spex);
- Tom A sang Timid Frieda (Chris Larner/Jacques Brel).
Side Two: 
- The Morris House Band played Over The Waterfall/Angelina Baker and Seneca Square Dance/Shove the Pig’s Foot;
- Alex (with guitar) sang Sam Stone and I Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die Rag (Country Joe McDonald);
- Ali sang Witchcraft (Coleman/Leigh); 
- Iain sang She Moved Through The Fair;
- Fiona and Suzanne sang a Shape-Note hymn, A Funeral Thought (Isaac Watts);
- Michelle (with violin) sang The Bows Of London;
- Jake (with guitar) sang The Unquiet Grave (from John Smith);
- Tanja sang Zaspo Janko; 
- Fiona sang The Wife Of Usher’s Well (from The Askew Sisters);
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own If I Had A Ship;
- Ginny and Iain sang I Am Stretched On Your Grave;
- Charis sang The Rambling Man (Laura Marling);
- Michelle (with Tanja and Iain also playing) led all in Eli The Barrow Boy.
- At the close, The Morris House Band played us out with The Boys Of Bluehill/Off To California/Harvest Home and Far From Home/Flowers Of Edinburgh.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

September 2023
Tuesday 26th – upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
Another good evening at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Seth (pandeiro) and Iain (guitar)) played Michael Turner’s Waltz/Orange In Bloom and Seneca Square Dance/Shove the Pig’s Foot;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Spencer The Rover; 
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own I Can See You In My Dreams;
- Iain sang California Earthquake (from Mama Cass Elliot, by John Hartford);
- Michelle led everyone in a roujnd, Autumn Leaves Are Falling;
- Seth sang When This Bloody War Is Over;
- Fiona sang You Know Where You’re Going (Karine Polwart).
Side Two: 
- The Morris House Band played Dennis Murphy’s Polka/John Ryan’s Polka and Rochdale Coconut Dance/Tip Top Polka;
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Bright Field (The Rheingans Sisters);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Love Is Looking For You;
- Bernard (with clarinet) played Horses Brawl;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Place To Be (Nick Drake);
- Patsy sang Fiddlers’ Green (John Conolly);
- Frieda sang The Braes O’ Killiecrankie;
- Michelle led everyone in Haul Away Joe;
- Iain sang The Shoals Of Herring (Ewan MacColl);
- Fiona sang Over The Border (Songs Of Separation);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Two Margarines (John Shuttleworth);
- Charis sang One Day At A Time (Jeremy Voltz);
- At the close, The Morris House Band played us out with Edwin’s Jig/The Plane Tree and Over The Waterfall/Angelina Baker.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

August 2023
Tuesday 29th – upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
Another good evening at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
- Seth and Alicia (her first time singing at Morris) sang Blackbird (The Beatles);
- Michelle led us in a round, Ah Poor Bird (https://www.bethsnotesplus.com/2013/02/ah-poor-bird.html);
- Caroline sang Bold Riley (https://mainlynorfolk.info/lloyd/songs/boldriley.html);
- Naomi sang Saucy Sailor (https://mainlynorfolk.info/peter.bellamy/songs/thesaucysailor.html);
- James sang Keep That Wheel A-Turning (http://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=3362);
- Michelle (on fiddle) played Lorna/Snakes Wild (Pete Cooper/from Rowan Rheingans);
- Fiona and Sarah sang Winter Of Life (https://sbgsongs.org/song-selection-1);
- Lucia (with guitar, another Morris first-time performer) sang her own Lorenzo And Catherine;
- Tanja (on banjo) played Bald-Headed Judge;
- Michelle taught us King Arthur's Servants (https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/ingoodkingarthursdays.html);
- Caroline sang How Can I Keep From Singing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Can_I_Keep_from_Singing);
- Frieda sang Duerme Negrito (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duerme_Negrito);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Between The Wars (Billy Bragg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjUA3RU4B8E);
- Fiona sang Four Strong Walls (Karine Polwart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZoENFejA0I);
- Naomi sang Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Black_Veil);
- Seth sang Free Little Bird (https://www.bluegrasslyrics.com/song/free-little-bird/);
- Tanja (on banjo) played Eliza Jane banjo tune learned at banjo retreat in Italy
- James sang The Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney - https://mainlynorfolk.info/cyril.tawney/songs/thegreyfunnelline.html); 
- Shreya (another Morris first-time performer) sang She Used To Be Mine (Sara Bareilles - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Used_to_Be_Mine_(Sara_Bareilles_song));
- Michelle led everyone in Paddy On The Railway (https://mainlynorfolk.info/louis.killen/songs/paddyworksontherailway.html).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

July 2023
Tuesday 25th – upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
Another good evening at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Ginny (recorder), Tanja (banjo), Seth (pandeiro) and Iain (guitar)) played Michael Turner’s Waltz/Orange In Bloom and Seneca Square Dance/Shove the Pig’s Foot;
- Iain sang On Horseback (Mike Oldfield);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Story (Brandy Carlile);
- Jake (with guitar) sang Deep In Love (Bonny Light Horseman); 
- James sang The Widow’s Party (Peter Bellamy’s setting of Rudyard Kipling);
- Ineke (Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica)) sang Simon’s own Shadows And Sorrow;
- Patsy sang Who? (Jim Causley’s setting of Charles Causley);
- Fiona and Sarah sang Travel These Ways (Karine Polwart);
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Hadestown (Anais Mitchell);
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Under The Sargasso Moon;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Chicken Scratch (Slim Harpo);
- Michelle led us in a Japanese round, Kaero No Uta;
- Michelle led us all in Cluck Old Hen.
Side Two: 
- The Morris House Band played Edwin’s Jig/The Plane Tree and Rochdale Coconut Dance/Tip Top Polka;
- Fiona sang Donkey Riding;
- James sang The Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang his adaptation of The Creation Song;
- Michelle (with accordion) played A Wee Bit Of Cajun (Ian Lothian);
- Bernard sang Who Killed Cock Robin?;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Useless Desires (Patty Griffin);
- Theo (with guitar) sang I Remember Loving You (Utah Phillips);
- Ginny, Rachel and Iain sang Oh Good Ale;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Shelter From The Storm (Bob Dylan);
- Amber sang Follow The Heron (Karine Polwart);
- Ineke (Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica)) did Simon’s own Gratitude;
- Seth sang All For Me Grog;
- Iain sang Parcel O’ Rogues;
- Michelle led us all in Little Liza Jane;
- and Michelle led us all in Handsome Molly.
- At the close, The Morris House Band played us out with Over The Waterfall/Angelina Baker and Durham Rangers/Morpeth Rant.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

June 2023
Tuesday 27th – upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood
Our first time upstairs at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, and we hope it won’t be our last; it was a splendid evening. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening, variously, of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Tanja (banjo), Alex (guitar), Seth (pandeiro), Iain (guitar) and Ginny (recorder)) played The Curly-Headed Ploughboy/Galopede and Denis Murphy’s/John Ryan’s;
- Iain sang The Model Shanty (after Kraftwerk);
- Alex (with guitar) sang Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash);
- Michelle led us in a round, Freedom Train;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Dollar Bill Blues (Townes Van Zandt);
- Ali B sang Tin Angel (Joni Mitchell);
- Fiona sang Fatima’s Lady Macbeth (Nancy Kerr);
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Rooted;
- Patsy sang There’s A Bridle Hanging On The Wall (Carson Robison);
- Joanie (with bodhran) sang The Hebridean Mourning Song;
- Ineke (Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica)) sang Simon’s own London Cares;
- Michelle sang Five Hundred Miles;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Dreaming My Dreams With You (Waylon Jennings);
- Sarah (on fiddle) played Snowy Hill (from Ross Grant).
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band played Durham Rangers/The Morpeth Rant and Seneca Square Dance/Shove The Pig’s Foot;
- Ginny sang Ye Mariners All;
- Iain sang Thomas O’ Winesbury;
- Tanja (banjo) and Iain (guitar) sang Chilly Winds (from The Kingston Trio);
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Dreamcatcher Boy;
- Frieda taught us a German round, Abendstille Uberall;
- Ineke (Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica)) sang Simon’s own Don’t Go;
- Michelle taught and led us all in Sumer Is Icumen In;
- Ali B sang You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Bob Dylan);
- Charis sang Scarborough Fair;
- Michelle (on fiddle) played My Lagan Love / The Hunt;
- Fiona taught us Rise Up (Karine Polwart);
- Alex (with guitar) sang City Of New Orleans (Steve Goodman);
- and Morris Folk Choir sang Better Days (written for the choir by Iain and Michelle, based on Seth’s granny’s life).
As we dispersed, a hardy core of the Morris House Band played some more tunes to see us on our way.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

May 2023
Tuesday 30th – St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Some of our regulars were missing, but a healthy list of performers all the same, including some first-timers at Morris. Iain was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- Iain sang I Once Loved A Lass;
- Bernard (on clarinet) played Miss Campbell of Saddell’s Strathspey (Robert Mackintosh);
- Amber sang Highwomen (The Highwomen);
- Tanja sang Sivi Sokole;
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Flight To Copenhagen;
- Frieda sang Tirolerland Wie Bist Du Schon;
- Martine gave us her own Working From Home sonnet;
- Sarah (on violin) played a John Dipper tune / Morpeth Lasses; 
- Morris Folk Choir sang Linden Lea;
- Joanie sang her own new song with the working title The Attachment Theory Horror Folk Song;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Master Kilby;
- Fiona sang Windblown (Karine Polwart);
- Ali sang Where Were You My Titmouse?
Side Two:
- Iain sang Twa Corbies;
- Alex (guitar) and Jeff (mandolin and kazoo) sang The Whisky Song;
- Jeff sang Mary Anne;
- Joanie sang The Circle Is Unbroken (The Incredible String Band);
- Martine gave us her own poem, Sorry Sober Sunday;
- Fiona sang John Ball;
- Theo (with guitar) sang his own Only The Whales Know Why;
- Ginny and Iain sang Sweet Nightingale;
- Amber sang Never Any Good (Martin Simpson);
- Tanja sang Ederlezi (a Romany Gipsy song from the Balkans);
- and Jake (with guitar) sang My Home Town (Bruce Springsteen) and Oak (Spell Songs).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

April 2023
Tuesday 25th – St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Back at St Barnabas – we tried out the smaller, more echoey downstairs hall for a change; feedback suggests the acoustics were better for the performers but worse for the audience. James was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening, variously, of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Tanja (banjo), Alex (guitar), Seth (pandeiro) and Iain (guitar)) played Atholl Highlanders;
- James sang Barrack Street;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Damn Shame (Jolie Holland);
- Iain (with shruti) sang Garten Mother’s Lullaby / Fhir A’ Chinn Duibh;
- Charis sang My Son John;
- Alex sang The Pace-Egging Song;
- David gave us Clancy Of The Overflow (a poem by Banjo Paterson);
- Michelle (on fiddle) played Wild Snakes Tune / Sweet Marie;
- Greg (with guitar) sang Angel Of The Medway (The Singing Loins);
- Martine sang her own satirical song, Sing A Song Of Sixpence;
- Joanie sang her own Lichen Tree;
- Michelle led us all in The Pear Tree.
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band played Seneca Square Dance / Shove The Pig’s Foot;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Zaspo Janko;
- Alex (with guitar) sang Duncan (Paul Simon);
- Iain sang Older (They Might Be Giants);
- Michelle and Tanja (with banjo) sang Dark Swift And Bright Swallow (Martin Simpson);
- Martine gave us her poem, Dear Prime Minister;
- Fiona sang Sir Eglamore (via Kate Rusby);
- Seth sang All For Me Grog;
- Greg sang Sally Free And Easy (Cyril Tawney);
- Tom sang Drill Ye Tarriers Drill;
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Oak (Ashley Hutchings);
- Joanie sang her own Mountain Song;
- Alex sang Blow Up Your TV (John Prine);
- Tanja (banjo) and Seth (pandeiro) sang Three Little Birds (Bob Marley);
- Iain led everyone in The Banana Boat Song (marking Harry Belafonte’s death that day);
- James sang Bamfield’s John Vanden (Chris Frye of The Bills).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

March 2023
Tuesday 28th – Ryan’s N16
Having had a venue we were going to try out let us down at the last minute, we were very glad to get a room at the Ryan’s N16 bar, where we had a good evening, with numbers boosted by new faces and friends marking a choir member’s birthday. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening, variously, of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Glyn (fiddle), Tanja (banjo), Lauren (clarinet), Seth (pandeiro) and Iain (guitar)) played Walter Bulwer’s No 1 / Walter Bulwer’s Polka No 2;
- Iain sang I’m Not Afraid To Die (Gillian Welch/David Rawlings);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Gratitude;
- James sang The Rochester Recruiting Sergeant;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Sprevajaj Me Mila (a Croatian song);
- Greg sang The Brisk Lad;
- Michelle (with accordion) sang The Dancing (Andy Shanks/Jim Russell); 
- Martine sang her own How To Appear At The Privileges Committee;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Jake (with guitar) sang Clyde Water;
- Fiona sang As I Roved Out;
- Theo (with guitar), with James (on flute), sang his own In Between Times;
- Michelle led everyone in Keep On The Sunny Side.
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band played Seneca Square Dance / Shove The Pig’s Foot;
- We all sang Happy Birthday to Patsy and Chok;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Linden Lea;
- Jake (with guitar) sang Ten Thousand Miles;
- James sang That ’Un And This ’Un (Ray Hearne);
- Michelle sang The Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney);
- Fiona sang Follow The Heron (Karine Polwart);
- Joanie led us in It’s Okay To Cry/Motherless Child;
- Theo (with guitar), with James (on harmonica and flute), sang his own Squeeze Me Good;
- Mary (with flute) played The Beautiful Goldfinch;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Caledonia (Dougie MacLean);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own London Cares;
- Iain sang Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division);
- James sang Reedy River (Chris Kempster’s setting of a poem by Henry Lawson);
- Michelle led everyone in Voices That’s All (Chumbawamba).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different. Keep an eye out for information on what the venue might be!

February 2023
Tuesday 28th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Alex was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One: 
- The Morris House Band (made up this evening, variously, of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle), Charis (tenor recorder), Alex (guitar) and Iain (guitar)) played Walter Bulwer’s No 1 / Walter Bulwer’s Polka No 2 and Denis Murphy’s / John Ryan’s;
- James sang The Worst Old Ship (Waiting For The Day) (Bob Roberts);
- Michelle (with accordion) played The Ramnee Ceilidh (Gordon Duncan);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Harmonica Man (Tom T Hall);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang I Gave My Love A Cherry;
- Chris sang Captain Bover (from the version by Barrie and Ingrid Temple);
- Fiona sang She Loves Me (When I Try) (Dougie MacLean);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica) did Simon’s own Gratitude;
- Charis (with tenor recorder) sang Fragile Water (Nancy Kerr);
- Iain sang Down In Yon Forest;
- Michelle led us all in Union Maid;
- Alex (with guitar) sang Pie In The Sky (Joe Hill).
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band played The Atholl Highlanders;
- Iain sang Wallet (Regina Spektor);
- Fiona sang Write Your Name On Me, Rebecca (Karine Polwart);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica) did Simon’s own London Cares;
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Go To Work On Monday (Si Kahn);
- Sue read two poems, George Square (Jackie Kay) and Democracy (Langston Hughes);
- Alex (with guitar) sang The Ballad Of Joe Hill;
- Viki sang The Bold Fisherman;
- Ginny and Iain sang The Death Of Queen Jane (Karine Polwart version);
- Amber sang Travel These Ways (Karine Polwart);
- Frieda sang Dark As The Dungeon;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Matterhorn;
- Tanja sang Mad World (Tears For Fears);
- Chris sang Watercress O (Roger Watson);
- Michelle led us all in Cotton Mill Girls;
- James sang A Miner’s Life.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

January 2023
Tuesday 31st - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
A small crowd at the first Morris Folk Club of the year (to the extent that we didn’t have an interval, so no Side Two this evening), but including a few new faces in the audience and performing. Seth was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- The Morris House Band (made up on this occasion of David (accordion), Tanja (banjo), Ginny (recorder), Seth (pandeiro), Iain (guitar) and, first-time audience member Glyn becoming a first-time band member (fiddle) played Seneca Square Dance / Shove The Pig’s Foot and Walter Bulwer’s No 1 / Walter Bulwer’s Polka No 2;
- Iain sang Soldier Soldier (with revised ending...);
- James sang The Little Pot Stove (Harry Robertson); 
- Seth sang Lime Juice Tub;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Your Long Journey (Doc and Rosa Lee Watson);
- Alex (with guitar) sang The Banks O’ Doon (Robert Burns);
- Fiona sang Up In The Morning Early (Robert Burns);
- Gwen sang a setting of her own of a list of mound contents from The Mound People by P V Glob;
- Alex (with guitar) sang Parcel O’ Rogues (Robert Burns);
- Fiona sang Crossing The Bar (Tennyson);
- Tanja sang Turn, Turn, Turn (Pete Seeger);
- The Morris House Band played Denis Murphy’s / John Ryan’s;
- Tanja, with Iain instead of banjo this time, sang Your Long Journey (harmony from the version by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant);
- Bernard sang Hole In The Ground (from fellow Bernard, Cribbins);
- Iain sang In The Month Of January; 
- Viki sang The Reed Cutter’s Daughter.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

November 2022
Tuesday 29th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
A quieter but very enjoyable evening at Morris Folk Club. Tanja was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- The Morris House Band (made up on this occasion of David (accordion), Tanja (banjo), Michelle (fiddle), Ginny (recorder) and Iain (guitar)) played Walter Bulwer’s No 1 / Walter Bulwer’s Polka No 2;
- Iain (with guitar and songsheets) sang and led Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses);
- Michelle (with accordion) played Dans Klemm;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Useless Desires (Patty Griffin);
- Fiona sang Hares On The Mountain; 
- Frieda sang Stille Nacht;
- Michelle led us in a round, I Heard A Bird Sing;
- The Morris House Band played Woodland Flowers/When Daylight Shines;
Side Two: 
- The Morris House Band played Denis Murphy’s/John Ryan’s;
- Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas carol);
- Fiona sang The Prickle-Holly Bush;
- David (with accordion) played a set of three waltzes: Michael Turner’s, The French Assembly, Patrick Bouffard’s;
- Iain sang Poor Little Jesus;
- Alex (first time at folk club) sang Freedom Come All Ye;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang One I Love (from Jean Ritchie);
- Fiona sang Memories (Maroon 5);
- Michelle sang Give Me Roses While I Live (The Carter Family);
- Iain sang Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie);
- Michelle (with accordion) led us in Deck The Halls.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

October 2022
Tuesday 25th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
A pleasingly and unexpectedly busy evening at Morris Folk Club after a few quiet ones. Several new faces, some new performers, and an excellent first-time songwriter performance from one of our regulars. Be sure to come next time if you can. Sue was MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- The Morris House Band (made up on this occasion of David (accordion), Tanja (banjo), Iain (guitar), Mary (flute), Ginny (recorder) and Lauren (clarinet)) played Walter Bulwer’s No 1 / Walter Bulwer’s Polka No 2;
- Iain sang Boots Of Spanish Leather; 
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Hard Time Killing Floor Blues;
- Fiona sang The Dreadful End of Marianna For Sorcery (Karine Polwart);
- Lauren (with clarinet) and Tanja (with banjo) sang Dark Swift And Bright Swallow (Martin Simpson);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon’s own Loneliness;
- Mary (flute) played Give Me Your Hand;
- Nina (with guitar) sang her own You Don’t Bring Me Flowers;
- Ginny and Iain sang I Am Stretched On Your Grave;
- James sang Hard Times Of Old England Retold (Billy Bragg's updated version);
- Martin (with guitar) sang Midnight On The Water (words by Ron Kavana).
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band (as earlier, minus Tanja) played Woodland Flowers/When Daylight Shines;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang a version of Christ Is All (after The Soul Stirrers), changed to Liz Truss Is All;
- Tanja and Ginny sang The Mingulay Boat Song;
- Martin (with guitar) sang Which Side Are You On?;
- Helen sang Hare On The Mountain; 
- Iain sang Chilly Winds;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang her own Did You Find A Way?;
- James sang The Manchester Rambler (Ewan MacColl);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon’s own Glow;
- Nina (with guitar) sang Motherland (Natalie Merchant);
- Fiona sang John C Clark (Karine Polwart);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon’s own Glow.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

September 2022
Tuesday 27th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Another good evening at Morris Folk Club, which this month saw the inaugural performance of the Morris Folk Club House Band. Seth was MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- The Morris House Band (made up on this occasion of David (accordion), Michelle (fiddle) and Iain (guitar)) played Walter Bulwer’s No 1 / Walter Bulwer’s Polka No 2;
- Iain sang Flowers Of The Forest;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields);
- Michelle led a round, Trees Bend Your Branches Down;
- James sang The Grand Conversation On Napoleon;
- David (with accordion) sang Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her;
- Fiona sang What Is The Life Of A Man?
Side Two:
- The Morris House Band played Woodland Flowers/When Daylight Shines;
- Fiona sang John Barleycorn;
- Bernard sang High On A Tree A Cuckoo (an English version of Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck);
- James sang Us Poor Fellows (from Peter Bellamy’s The Transports, as sung by the late Paul Sartin);
- David (accordion) played a pair of jigs, Merrily Kissed The Quaker’s Wife/Dingle Regatta;
- Charis sang The Lost Words Blessing (Spell Songs);
- Michelle led a round, Autumn Leaves Are Falling;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (a Croatian folk song);
- Iain sang Tak A Dram (Afore Ye Go) (by Mirk’s Ian Sinclair);
- Michelle led everyone in Roll The Old Chariot Along.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

August 2022
Tuesday 30th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
The last quiet summer session of Morris Folk Club, another very pleasant evening. Iain was MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Sweet Nightingale (from the Threlfalls’ version); 
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields);
- David (with accordion) and Eddie sang The Blackfly Song (Wade Hemsworth);
- Michelle led us all in a round, Come Follow (The Greenwood Tree);
- Michelle sang The Seeds Of Love (from the Melrose Quartet’s version);
- David (with accordion) and Mary sang The Log-Driver’s Waltz (Wade Hemsworth).
Side Two:
- Michelle (with accordion) played The Ramnee Ceilidh (Gordon Duncan);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Michelle sang The Water Is Wide;
- Eddie sang The Fox (Went Out On A Chilly Night);
- Frieda sang a ‘first verse medley’ of Braes Of Killiecrankie, Come Along, Eriskay Love Lilt and The Skye Boat Song;
- Iain sang I Am Stretched On Your Grave;
- Michelle introduced us to Jon Boden’s Colourchord system of learning simple harmonies, and we all sang Amazing Grace and Country Life using it;
- Iain sang The Brown And The Yellow Ale;
- Tanja sang Zaspo Janko (a Croatian folk song);
- Frieda sang Bandiera Rossa and a little Linden Lea;
- Brian sang Cluck Old Hen / This Old Hammer;
- Michelle (with violin) sang The Grey Funnel Line.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

July 2022
Tuesday 26th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
A short but sweet setlist from a small but perfectly formed Morris Folk Club. Seth was MC, and this is how it went:
- Tanja (with banjo) opened the evening with traditional song Water Is Wide; 
- James sang Bring Out The Banners;
- David and his son Eddie (first time singer at MFC) sang Don’t Jump Off The Roof Dad by Tommy Cooper;
- Martine sang her own song Ballad of Breakfast News;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Song of Wandering Aengus by Caroline Herring, based on a poem by WB Yeats;
- Tom Albu (also on his MFC debut) sang Marrying The Sea by Declan O’Rourke;
- James sang The Rare Auld Times by Pete St John;
- David (on melodeon) and Tanja (on banjo) played Seneca Square Dance and Shove The Pig’s Foot a Bit Further In The Fire;
- Martine sang her own song Three Old Slappers In a Caravan;
- Seth sang Haul Away Joe;
- Eddie wrapped up the evening by singing Blackfly by Wade Hemsworth.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

June 2022
Tuesday 28th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Seth was MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain (with guitar) sang Lady Of The Sea (Seth Lakeman);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Ginny sang Tomorrow Will Be Kinder (The Secret Sisters); 
- Michelle led us in a round, By The Waters Of Babylon;
- Fiona sang The Hartlepool Pedlar (The Young Uns);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Loneliness;
- Michelle sang St Giles Bowl;
- Philip (with ukulele) sang Dirty Old Town;
- Naomi sang Mollymauk;
- Nick (with ukulele) and Philip gave us a medley of We’ll Meet Again, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles;
- David sang Jack Tar;
- Morris Folk Choir sang How Can I Keep From Singing?
Side Two:
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Hard Times Come Again No More;
- Naomi sang The Weary Whaling Grounds;
- Michelle (with fiddle) and Tanja (banjo) played and sang Cluck Old Hen;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Stillness;
- Nick and Philip (with ukuleles) sang Folsom Prison Blues;
- Fiona sang Thousands Or More;
- Tanja (banjo) and David (accordion) played Waiting For The Federals/Shove The Pig’s Foot;
- Iain (with guitar) sang The Only Living Boy In New York (Simon & Garfunkel), with a bonus verse of Mother (Pink Floyd);
- Seth sang All For Me Grog;
- Charis sang Mingulay Boat Song.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

May 2022
Tuesday 31st - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Slightly lower numbers because of half-term, but still some new folk and old friends making it along. Small but perfectly formed, we went three times round. Iain was MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain introduced with A Calling-On Song (Steeleye Span);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still;
- James sang Willy-Ole Lad (Keith Marsden);
- Fiona sang Come Back To Me (Big Country);
- David (with accordion) played Talk To Me Of Mendocino;
- Caroline sang John Ball;
- Frieda led us in a round, The Battered Elm Tree, and in Elephant In The Attic;
- Chris sang Cold Iron (Peter Bellamy’s setting of Rudyard Kipling’s song);
- Mary (with flute) played Tatter Jack Walsh and Cook In The Kitchen;
- Martine sang her own Ballad Of Sue Gray;
- Iain sang Granny’s In The Cellar.
Side Two:
- Mary, with Morris Choir, sang We Will Sing (Kate Rusby);
- Iain sang Bogie’s Bonnie Belle;
- Caroline sang Little Yellow Roses (Trevor Peacock);
- David (with accordion) played Turner’s Waltz, French Assembly and Bouffard’s Waltz;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (a Croatian folk song);
- Frieda sang We Dinna Want Polaris;
- Fiona sang Sleep Now (Karine Polwart & Pippa Murphy);
- Chris sang It’s All Part Of Being A Pirate;
- Martine sang Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin);
- James sang Ding Dong Dollar;
- Iain sang Can’t Stand Losing You (The Police);
- Fiona sang Hal An Tow;
- Caroline sang Emigrantvisa (Rowan Piggott);
- David (with accordion) played Waiting For The Federals;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Iain sang So Much Wine;
- Frieda sang Here’s To The Feet Wot Have Walked The Plank (from Russell Thorndike’s Doctor Syn);
- Chris sang It’s A Long Way To Tipperary;
- James sang Karl Edstrom And The Hesper (Lois Lyman);
- and Tanja sang The Story (Brandi Carlile).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

April 2022
Tuesday 26th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
It was club regular and Morris Folk Choir member Alejandro’s last folk club before moving back to Spain. Seth was MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Angel Band;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played a Breton tune;
- Tanja sang Caledonia (Dougie MacLean);
- Michelle led everyone in a round, When You Were Born;
- Jude (with guitar) sang her own Company Of Strangers;
- Fiona sang If I Was An Englishman (Michael Marra);
- The GaGa Ladies (Jude and Sarah) sang I’ve Just Seen A Face (The Beatles);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Hounslow;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Michelle (fiddle) played a Galician muiniera dance tune;
Side Two:
- Morris Folk Choir sang Sing All Our Cares Away (Damian Dempsey); 
- Alejandro (with guitar) and Elise (with flute) sang a song;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Loneliness;
- Jude (with guitar) sang her own Lonelyheart;
- Fiona sang A Place Called England (Maggie Holland);
- The GaGa Ladies (Jude and Sarah) sang Foggy Mountain Top;
- Michelle sang Dark Swifts and Bright Swallows (Martin Simpson);
- Alejandro (with guitar) and Elise (with flute) played a tune;
- Tanja sang Sprevajaj Me Mila (a Croatian song);
- Iain sang The Boxer (Paul Simon); 
- Iain and Michelle led everyone in The Parting Glass.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

March 2022
Tuesday 29th - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
The first Morris Folk Club to feature (a preliminary version of) our Morris Folk Club song book, containing some club favourites for joining in with. James was our MC, and this was how it went:
Side One:
- James sang The Faithful Plough;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Winter’s Come And Gone (Gillian Welch);
- Michael (with guitar) sang Snow Is Gone (Josh Ritter);
- Michelle led us in a round, Round And Round We Turn;
- Iain sang his own The Wise Singers;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang John Henry; 
- Oliver sang his own translation of a German anti-war song, Maskerade;
- Fiona sang Follow The Heron (Karine Polwart);
- Mary and David sang The Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney);
- Ginny sang The Green Fields Of France (Eric Bogle);
- Michelle (with accordion) played The Ramnee Ceilidh (Gordon Duncan);
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (accordion) (who announced they have given their duo a name: Ineke) did Simon’s own song, Drifting;
- Mary (with flute) played a Sligo polka;
- Alejandro (with guitar) and Elise (with flute) played a Breton tune then sang Sir Aldingar.
Side Two:
- Michelle taught us All Sing Together (The Irish Rovers – written, perhaps surprisingly, by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams);
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (accordion) (who announced they have given their duo a name: Ineke) did Simon’s own song, Presence;
- Charis sang Down In The River To Pray;
- Iain (with guitar) sang Chilly Winds;
- Alejandro (with guitar) and Elise (with flute) played a Scottish tune and a Breton tune;
- Michael sang John Ball;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Song For My Broken Heart (David Rovics);
- James sang Prospect, Providence (Keith Marsden);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Ye Banks And Braes (Robert Burns);
- David sang Farewell To The Gold (Paul Metsers);
- Alejandro (with guitar) and Elise (with flute) played a non-Asturian song (!);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Dutchman (from Liam Clancy, written by Michael Peter Smith);
- Oliver sang The Big Rock Candy Mountain;
- Michelle (fiddle), Tanja (banjo) and Iain (guitar) led everyone in Handsome Molly.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.


February 2022
Tuesday 22nd - St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Seth was our MC, and this was how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang The Brown And The Yellow Ale;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Michelle sang A Swallow Song (Richard Farina);
- James sang D'ye Ken John Peel?;
- Michelle led everyone in a round, Old Jim John;
- Oliver sang Spancil Hill (Michael Considine);
- Philip and Nick (with banjolele) sang The Motor Launch Song;
- Oliver W sang Old Bloke Picking On A Banjo;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Stillness;
- Alejandro (with whistle) gave us a Cantabrian song and an Asturian tune;
- Michael sang Snow Is Gone (Josh Ritter).
Side Two:
- Morris sang Singing Out The Days;
- Fiona sang Thrift (Spell Songs);
- Frieda sang a children's song from Austria;
- Cat (with mandolin) played Liza Jane;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Innocent When You Dream (Tom Waits, via Jon Boden);
- Alejandro sang Ay Carmela;
- Michelle (with accordion) played Old Molly Of Oxford and Old Tom Of Oxford;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own I See The Beauty;
- Oliver sang The Ballad Of St Anne's Reel (David Mallett);
- Iain sang Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash);
- Nick (with banjolele) sang A Little Bit Of Cucumber;
- Cat (with mandolin) played Dry Dusty; 
- Seth sang Free Little Bird;
- Tanja sang Sivi Sokole;
- James sang Goodbye My Riley;
- Oliver W gave us a story from the Grimm Brothers, The Moon;
- Michelle led us all in Shallow Brown.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

January 2022
Tuesday 25th – St Barnabas Dalston church hall
The first Morris Folk Club of 2022. Viki was our MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- James sang Champion At Keeping Them Rolling;
- Michael (with guitar) sang On The Water (Josh Ritter);
- Iain (with guitar) sang Sally Free And Easy (Cyril Tawney);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Soldier’s Joy;
- Fiona sang A Man’s A Man For A’ That (Robert Burns);
- Tanja and Chris sang Long Time Travelin’ (Anna & Elizabeth);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang My Portion (I Draw Slow);
- Michelle (with accordion) played Old Molly Of Oxford;
- Chris sang Hare Spell (Fay Hield);
- Charis (with recorder) sang The Skye Boat Song (Robert Louis Stevenson version);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica) sang Simon’s own song Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (bouzouki) played Porcía (by Felpeyu, an Asturian tune) and Paddy Ryan's Dream (by Réalta).
Side Two:
- Michelle (with guitar) led everyone in Mary Mack / Far Am Bi Mi Fhin;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Sweet Thames Flow Softly (Ewan MacColl);
- Chris (with guitar) sang Carolina (I Draw Slow);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Dollar Bill Blues (Townes Van Zandt);
- Michelle (with accordion) played Old Tom Of Oxford;
- Fiona sang Come Away In (by Karine Polwart, inspired by the Burns poem The Wren's Nest);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris (with guitar) sang Wayfaring Stranger;
- Iain (with shruti box) sang Bat Out Of Hell (Meat Loaf / Jim Steinman);
- James sang Grey Goose Gone Home;
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (bouzouki) played La Molinera (by Luar Na Lubre, a Castilian song) and Bargaz (by Corquieu, an Asturian tune);
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica) sang Simon’s own song Resilience;
- Tanja and Iain led everyone in The Parting Glass.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

December 2021
Friday 17th – The Zoom Club, online
We had a bonus Christmas folk club online! Here’s how it went:
- Caroline sang Chariots (John Kirkpatrick - https://mainlynorfolk.info/john.kirkpatrick/songs/chariots.html);
- Fiona & Sarah sang Fairytale Of New York (Pogues & Kirsty McColl);
- Viki gave Beloved (a poem by Elizabeth Barret Browning);
- James sang Little Pot Stove;
- Pat sang January Man;
- Chris sang Bluey Brink;
- Jon W & Sarah P sang While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (to the tune of House Of The Rising Sun);
- Clair sang I Heard A Bird Sing In The Dark Of December (https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8114990-i-heard-a-bird-sing-in-the-dark-of-december);
- Fiona & Sarah sang God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 
- Amber sang What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?;
- Chris sang Little Donkey Riding (a mash-up of Little Donkey and Donkey Riding):
- Viki sang Lord of All Hopefulness;
- Elaine sang If We Make It Through December;
- Fiona sang Joy To The World, I Guess (Findlay Napier);
- Ginny sang Days A Little Darker (Nancy Kerr);
- Amber & Sue sang Twelve Days Of Christmas;
- Caroline sang John Ball.

November 2021
Tuesday 30th – St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Seth was our MC for the November Morris Folk Club, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- Iain sang Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang Goin’ Across The Mountain (from Anna & Elizabeth); 
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (bouzouki) played a set of Breton tunes;
- Tanja and Iain sang Kathy’s Song (Paul Simon);
- Fiona sang Paddy On The Railway;
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica) did Simon’s own Drifting;
- Michael (with guitar, in his Morris FC debut) sang Blossom And Fruit (Tim Jones);
- Clair sang Barrett’s Privateers (Stan Rogers);
- Amber sang Fast Car (Tracy Chapman);
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (bouzouki) played a set of Asturian tunes;
- James sang Mobile Bay (Charlie Ipcar’s adaptation of a Cicely Fox Smith poem with added shanty chorus);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Wayfaring Stranger.
Side Two: 
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (bouzouki) sang an Asturian song;
- Chris and Amber sang Hit The Road Jack (Percy Mayfield);
- James sang A Miner’s Life;
- Marian sang Solidarity Forever;
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica) did Simon’s own Love Is Looking For You;
- Clair sang The Jolly Beggarman;
- Iain sang his own Every Road Here Leads To The Sea;
- Seth sang All For Me Grog;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Dark Night Blues;
- Fiona sang The Jute Mill Song (Mary Brooksbank);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang Red-Winged Blackbird (David Francey).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

October 2021
Tuesday 26th – St Barnabas Dalston church hall
Morris Folk Club for October was, if anything, even better than September’s. It’s good to be back, and the church hall is working very nicely as a venue. Numbers picking up, despite half-term, and a couple of new faces. Iain was our MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- Iain sang I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby (Louvin Brothers);
- Fiona sang The Ballad Of Penny Evans (from Michelle Shocked, by Steve Goodman);
- Michelle led us in a round, The Ghost Of Tom;
- Amber (with ukulele) and Sue sang I’ll Fly Away;
- Ruth sang The Uttoxeter Souling Song;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played The Kid On The Mountain and The Morrison Jig;
- Michelle (fiddle) played a pair of polkas from the Occitane;
- Oliver sang The Time Of The Cherries, his translation of Le Temps Des Cerises;
- Chris and Tanja sang Dayspring (Hannah James);
- Anna sang Wedding Bells (Melrose Quartet);
- Morris Folk Choir sang My Son John.
Side Two:
- Ginny, Michelle (with fiddle), Fiona and Iain sang Portland Town (from Lady Maisery, by Derroll Adams);
- Anna sang Rolling To Cairo Town;
- Chris and Amber sang Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers); 
- Ruth sang Caleb Meyer;
- Oliver sang Friendly Faces, his translation of a German song; 
- Tanja sang Zaspo Janko (a Croatian folk song);
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played Muñeira'l Centru (by Llan de Cubel) and Medraina (by Xeliba);
- Iain sang Graveyard Dream Blues (from Bessie Smith, by Ida Cox);
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Hadestown (Anais Mitchell);
- Alejandro (with guitar) sang Santa Bárbara bendita;
- Michelle led us in The Deil Is Deid;
- Fiona sang The London Waterman;
- Michelle sang Eli The Barrow Boy.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

September 2021
Tuesday 28th – St Barnabas Dalston church hall
The first in-person Morris Folk Club since February 2020! It was lovely to sit in the same room with each other again, relaxing and talking and laughing, and drinking a little, but mainly singing. Ginny was our MC, and this is how it went: 
Side One:
- Iain (with shruti box) sang Women Of The World (Ivor Cutler);
- Fiona sang The Herring’s Head;
- James sang Follow Me ’Ome (Rudyard Kipling, set by Peter Bellamy);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Drifting;
- Michelle led us in a round, Pirates Sail On The Deep Blue Sea;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang My Portion (I Draw Slow); 
- Michelle (with violin) sang Goose And Common (The Askew Sisters).
Side Two:
- Michelle (with violin) led everyone in The Mingulay Boat Song;
- Tanja and Chris sang Turtle Dove;
- James sang Idlers And Skivers (Keith Marsden);
- Charis sang The Boreens of Derry;
- Iain sang The Brown And The Yellow Ale;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Harvest Moon (Neil Young);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Love Is Looking For You;
- Fiona sang Oor Wee Wean (Matt McGinn);
- Chris sang The Pitman Poets (Jez Lowe);
- Michelle (violin) and Tanja (banjo) led everyone in Handsome Molly and Sail Away Ladies;
- James sang Davy Cross;
- Iain sang Making Time (Tim Jones and Iain);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Presence;
- and Iain sang his sea shanty version of The Model.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

August 2021
Tuesday 27th – The Zoom Club, online
Morris Folk Club for August! Still on Zoom... Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC. Another shorter, summer, list of performers this month, and featuring five tributes to musicians who had died in recent weeks. This is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Lightning Express (Everly Brothers);
- Fiona sang It’s A Hard Life (Nanci Griffith);
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival);
- Caroline sang Summer’s End (Jim Causley); 
- Michelle taught us If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus (an old civil rights song);
- Anja sang Die Moorsoldaten (the German original of Peat Bog Soldiers);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (a Croatian folk song);
- James sang My Son John (an updated version by Martin Carthy).
Side Two:
- Michelle led us all in Everyone Sang (Chumbawamba);
- Naomi sang a version of As I Roved Out;
- James sang The Birth Of Robin Hood;
- Anja sang Sing About Love (Chumbawamba);
- Caroline sang The Looking Glass (Rudyard Kipling, set by Peter Bellamy);
- Lydia sang Creep (Radiohead);
- Michelle sang Press Gang;
- Suzanne sang Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones);
- Fiona sang Poor Jenny (Everly Brothers);
- Iain sang Who’s Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? (Everly Brothers).
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

July 2021
Tuesday 27th – The Zoom Club, online
Morris Folk Club for July! Still on Zoom... Tanja was the technical director, Caroline the MC. Lower numbers, so we went round a third time for those who were up for a third. This is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Another Day (The Rutles);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Caledonia (Dougie MacLean);
- Jon (with banjo) sang The Englishman (G K Chesterton, set by Jon to the tune Peterloo); 
- Pat sang When I Came Up To Avignon (Charles Causley, set by Jim Causley);
- Chris sang The Battle Hymn Of The Republic;
- Ruth sang The Wood Thrush Song (Laurie Lewis); 
- Caroline sang It’s All Part Of Being A Parrot (an unPirated version by Ian Petrie...);
- Fiona sang Virginia Woolf (The Indigo Girls);
- and Olivia led us in a conversation about what fruit we would be and how we refresh when we are tired.
Side Two:
- Iain sang Death Of Queen Jane (from Sheena Wellington);
- Tanja sang Grad Se Beli Preko Balatina (a traditional Croatian song);
- Jon (with banjo) sang The Rolling English Road (G K Chesterton, set by Jon to the tune Sandy Boys);
- Pat sang Two Brothers On Their Way;
- Chris sang The Rolling English Road (G K Chesterton, set to a traditional English tune by Chris’s brother, Thom);
- Ruth sang Free Little Bird;
- James sang Us Poor Fellows (Peter Bellamy);
- Caroline sang I Once Lived In Service (Peter Bellamy – both this and the previous song from The Transports);
- Anja sang Colcannon;
- Iain sang The Death Of Queen Jane (from Karine Polwart);
- Tanja sang When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again;
- Pat sang The Tailor And The Mouse;
- Chris sang The Irish Rover;
- Caroline sang Vyšly Ryby, Vyšly (a traditional Czech song);
- Anja sang El Fusilado (Chumbawamba);
- James sang John Ball.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

June 2021
Tuesday 29th – The Zoom Club, online
Morris Folk Club for June! Still on Zoom... Tanja was the technical director, Caroline the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Handsome Molly;
- Michelle led us in a round, Your Voice Is Necessary;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Riddle Song;
- Ruth sang Linden Lea;
- Charis sang We Can Do Hard Things (from Brandi Carlisle);
- Naomi sang Corn Rigs;
- Caroline (with banjo) sang Blackest Crow;
- Clair sang Oak And Ash And Thorn;
- Ginny sang I Wish The Wars Were All Over;
- Penny (with piano backing) sang Down By The Salley Gardens;
- James sang Hanging On The Old Barbed Wire;
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Cotton Mill Girls.
Side Two
- Iain sang Highland Lament;
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Lorna (Peter Cooper) and Sweet Marie;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Morning Come, Maria Gone (from Jean Richie’s version);
- Charis sang Over My Head I Hear Music In The Air;
- Caroline sang In The Shade Of The Old ’Arris Mill; 
- Naomi sang The Banks Of The Lee;
- Clair sang On Yonder Hill;
- Mervion sang Lovely On The Water;
- Fiona sang American Tune (Paul Simon);
- Ginny sang God Bless The Grass (Malvina Reynolds);
- Ruth sang The Farmer’s Boy;
- Olivia read her piece, Dear Us;
- James sang Captain Bover;
- Michelle played in a recording of Morris Folk Choir singing Sail Away Ladies for us to sing along with.
Join us next time for more of the same, but completely different.

May 2021
Tuesday 25th – The Zoom Club, online
Morris Folk Club for May! Still on Zoom... Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Tanja sang The Cuckoo (trad, Doc Watson’s version - https://mainlynorfolk.info/lloyd/songs/thecuckoo.html - Doc Watson's version);
- Caroline sang Sailor's Prayer (Tom Lewis - http://www.tomlewis.net/lyrics/sailors_prayer.htm);
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Good Times (Edie Brickell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqL1BLzn3qc);
- Michelle (with fiddle) sang Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney - https://mainlynorfolk.info/cyril.tawney/songs/thegreyfunnelline.html);
- James sang That 'un and This 'un (Ray Hearne - http://rayhearne.co.uk/lyrics/that-un-and-this-un/);
- Paul (with guitar) sang Bob Dylan's dream (Bob Dylan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan%27s_Dream);
- Chris gave her her own poem, Trapped in the phone;
- Pat sang Who Is It At My Window Weeping (trad. Newfoundland (?) - http://heyrosetta.com/lyrics/who-is-at-my-window-weeping-the-silver-dagger/);
- Iain sang Everyone Sang (Siegfried Sassoon’s poem given a tune by Iain);
- Ruth sang another version of The Cuckoo.
Side Two: 
- James sang Over The Hills And Far Away (trad - https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/overthehills.html);
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Folsom prison blues (Johnny Cash - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folsom_Prison_Blues);
- Olivia gave us her own poem, Planning to live above your circumstances;
- Naomi sang She Moved Through The Fair (trad - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Moved_Through_the_Fair);
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Doney gal/Jeff Sturgeon (trad American tunes);
- Mervion sang The Blackest Crow (trad, American(?) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6jh1vqNvMs);
- Iain sang So Much Wine (The Handsome Family);
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Recognition;
- Caroline sang Alice White (Alan Bell - http://www.waterwaysongs.info/alice_white.htm);
- Fiona sang My Father Left Me An Acre Of Land (trad - https://mainlynorfolk.info/copperfamily/songs/anacreofland.html);
- Tanja sang Turn! Turn! Turn! (Pete Seeger - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn!_Turn!_Turn!)
- Michelle led us all in Tower Of Strength.
Join us on the last Tuesday of next month for more of the same, but completely different.

April 2021
Tuesday 27th – The Zoom Club, online
Morris Folk Club for April! Still on Zoom... Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Caleb Meyer;
- Michelle led us in a round, A Round Is A Circle (Tom Chapin);
- Caroline sang A Place Called England (Maggie Holland);
- Rosie sang Jock Stewart;
- Amber sang Fast Car (Tracy Chapman);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Let The Sun Shine Down On Me (Jean Ritchie);
- Alejandro (with guitar) sang The Bonny Ship The Diamond;
- James sang The Land (Rudyard Kipling, set by Peter Bellamy);
- Michelle played in a recording of Morris Folk Choir singing Martin Said To His Man.
Side Two:
- Tanja played in a recording of her (with banjo) and Chris singing Red-Winged Blackbird (David Francey);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Ye Banks And Braes;
- Alejandro (with guitar) sang Johnny Is The Fairest Man;
- Fiona sang On One April Morning;
- Naomi sang Bella Ciao;
- Caroline sang St Giles Bowl (Tim Jones);
- Anja sang England Green And England Grey (Reg Meuross);
- Seth sang Free Little Bird;
- Sue read her own Greengages;
- James sang If I Was An Englishman (Michael Marra);
- Iain sang Strange Fruit.
Join us on the last Tuesday of next month for more of the same, but completely different.

March 2021
Tuesday 30th – The Zoom Club, online
Morris Folk Club for March! Still on Zoom... Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Michelle and family led us in John Kanaka;
- Iain sang The Wild Rover;
- Caroline sang How Can I Keep From Singing;
- Pat sang My Johnny Was A Shoemaker;
- Fiona sang If I Was An Englishman (Michael Marra);
- Tanja played in a distance duet recording she (with banjo) and Chris had done of Geordie (after Anais Mitchell);
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Shule Aroon;
- Seth sang All For Me Grog;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Drifting;
- Everyone sang This Land Is Your Land (half a line each!).
Side Two:
- Caroline sang Pretty Nancy Of Yarmouth; 
- Ginny sang Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (Colum Sands);
- Belinda sang The Fields Of Athenry;
- Michelle (on fiddle) played Rondeau after Ulysse Salesses and Rondeau after Fernand Tarrit;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Harvest Moon (Neil Young);
- Naomi sang The Snow It Melts The Soonest;
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Pyramid Scheme;
- Mervion sang Let No Man Steal Your Thyme;
- Anja sang An der Nordseeküste (On the North Sea Coast), a song to the tune of The Wild Rover;
- Fiona sang The Seeds Of Love;
- Lydia sang Drops Of Jupiter (Train);
- Iain sang Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still;
- Michelle played in Morris Folk Choir singing A Hundred Miles for us to sing along with.
Join us on the last Tuesday of next month for more of the same, but completely different.

February 2021
Tuesday 23rd – The Zoom Club, online
Second folk club of 2021, still online – our twelfth Zoom folk club. Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Caroline sang Santiana;
- Michelle led us in Nancy Where You Bound To?;
- Pat sang Factory Girl;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Love Is Like A Butterfly (Dolly Parton);
- Paul (with guitar) sang When The Green Man Walks The Forest (Graeme Miles);
- Anna S (and her daughter Emily) sang Shiny-O;
- Rosie sang Young At Heart (Frank Sinatra rather than Bluebells);
- James sang The Railwayman’s Farewell To Darlington (Graeme Miles);
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Da Auld Resting Chair.
Side Two:
- Fiona sang Love Is (Simon Wells/Karine Polwart, with an added topical verse of her own);
- James sang Deep Blue Sea; 
- Chris gave us her poem, Marie Devlin, Love And A Folk Tale;
- Caroline sang Drift From The Land (Graeme Miles);
- Lydia sang Her (Claire Voyant);
- Naomi sang Swannanoa Tunnel;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Winter’s Come And Gone (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings);
- Clair (with guitar) sang Coshieville (from Archie Fisher, by Stuart MacGregor)
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Isolation Hotel;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Presence;
- Michelle played in a recording of the choir singing Roseville Fair for us to sing along with to finish the evening.

January 2021
Tuesday 26th – The Zoom Club, online
Our first folk club of 2021, still online. Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Michelle and family led us in Love Lifted Me as a warm-up;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Boulder To Birmingham (Emmylou Harris);
- Phil G sang Bread and Cheese and Cider;
- Fiona sang John C Clark (Karine Polwart);
- Dot and family sang Do-Re-Mi (from The Sound Of Music);
- Ruth sang Green Grow The Rashes O (Robert Burns);
- Caroline sang Sugar, Rum and Tea (a shanty put together by Chris E);
- Pat sang The January Man 
- Jon (with banjo) sang Sandy Boys;
- Mervion sang The Lover’s Ghost;
- James sang Roll Down (Peter Bellamy);
- Michelle and family led us all in The Wellerman.
Side Two:
- we sang with a choir recording of Follow The Heron, requested by choir member Neil who couldn’t be with us;
- Michelle (on fiddle) played a pair of French bourees;
- Rhiannon E shared a video of her group Feorin playing a pair of tunes;
- Naomi H sang Willow Tree;
- Peter G sang Shenandoah;
- Fiona sang You Can’t Weld A Body (Karine Polwart);
- James sang Shoals of Herring (Ewan McColl);
- Ginny sang Ye Banks And Braes (Robert Burns);
- Caroline sang The Joy Of Living (Ewan MacColl);
- Phil G sang Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy;
- Clair sang The Great North Road (Archie Fisher);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (a Croatian folk song);
- Michelle finished the evening by playing in a 2012 recording of the choir performing I’ll Fly Away.

December 2020
Tuesday 29th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club, but this was the first ever in December. Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
-Michelle and family led everyone in a round, God Bless All;
- Iain sang In The Sidings Now;
- Dot sang Tis The Season To Be Jolly;
- Rosie sang Ghafoor’s Bus;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang One I Love (Jean Ritchie);
- Amber sang The Year Turns Round Again (John Tams);
- Caroline and Chris sang Let Union Be;
- Ruth sang The King;
- Neil sang The Trees They Are All Bare (after Bob Copper);
- Pat sang The Blacksmith;
- Tara sang The Cherry Tree Carol;
- Clair (with guitar) sang The Trip To Jerusalem (after Christy Moore);
- Paul (with guitar) sang Peter’s Dream (Lennie Gallant)
- Belinda sang When I Reach The Place I’m Going (from Wynonna Judd); 
- David (Kidman) sang I Am Christmas (Bill Meek and John Conolly);
- James sang I’ll Never Get Home (Jez Lowe).
Side Two:
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Chariots (John Kirkpatrick);
- Pelagie gave us a Les Barker poem, My Bag For Life;
- Caroline sang John Ball;
- Fiona sang Joy To The World, I Guess (Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier);
- Chris Gibbs sang a French lullaby (which he collected in France!);
- Tanja played us a recording she and Chris had prepared earlier, a duet of Wayfaring Stranger (with Tanja on banjo);
- Seth sang Blame It On The Parkinsons (Mitch Faile);
- Chris (of Chris and Paul) gave us her poem Birthday wishes linger till December;
- Chris (Eagle) sang I have a sweet hope of glory in my soul;
- Linda Burk (with guitar) and Francis sang Winter Wonderland;
- Iain sang There Is Always Love;
- Suzanne Gailey sang One December Morn;
- we played in an assembled video of Morris Folk Choir singing Prickly Thorn;
- James sang Apple Tree Wassail;
- Lydia sang Those Were The Nights (a Hannukah song);
- Amber sang The Parting Glass;
- Michelle played in a recording of Morris’s first public performance of Tar Barrel In Dale in 2011 for us all to sing along with.

November 2020
Tuesday 24th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in November, on Zoom. Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang James K Polk (They Might Be Giants);
- Dot (on piano) played We Three Kings and the Woolfenden Family Band (with Michelle on ukulele and Joe on harmonica and all four singing) sang and played Jingle Bells;
- Charis sang A Hymn To The Virgin (Edmund Rubbra);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Spanish Ladies (after Sarah Blasko);
- Caroline sang Grace Darling; 
- Chris gave us her own poem, Spring Round The Corner;
- Amber (with ukulele) sang I’m The Urban Spaceman (Neil Innes);
- Michelle (fiddle) and Dot (piano) played The Honeybee (Anna Rheingans);
- Rosie sang Oliver James (Fleet Foxes);
- Anja gave us the poem Hurrah For Sovereignty (Paul Simmonds);
- Lydia sang How We’re Blessed (Daniel Cainer);
- James sang On Raglan Road (Patrick Kavanagh);
- Michelle led everyone in Mary And The Baby, Sweet Lamb.
Side Two:
- Caroline sang Pretty Nancy Of Yarmouth;
- Amber (with ukulele) sang What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve;
- Fiona sang Come Back To Me (Big Country);
- Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas carol)
- Michelle, Neil, Clair and Seth took a verse each in Here We Come A-Wassailing (after The Watersons’ version);
- Paul (with guitar) sang Wise Old Love (written by him and Chris);
- Anja sang Union Jack House (Virginia Kettle);
- James sang Cold Coast Of Iceland (Mike Waterson);
- Mervion sang Alison Gross;
- Charis sang Adam Lay Ybounden;
- Iain sang Up The Junction (Squeeze);
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own (Eyes Wide Shut);
- Clair sang You Rambling Boys Of Pleasure.

October 2020
Tuesday 27th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in October, on Zoom. This is how it went:
- Tanja opened with High Germany; 
- Chris (one half of Paul and Chris) read her poem Lines On a Cat; 
- James sang Close The Coalhouse Door (by Alex Glasgow); 
- Steve (playing a saw) sang Song At Twilight;
- Elaine sang her own song Feed The Kids, to the tune of Feed The Birds;
- Fiona and Sarah sang The Keys of Canterbury;
- Amber sang Bread and Roses (after Mimi Baez);
- Lydia sang Hurt (after Johnny Cash);
- Ginny and her sister Helen sang The Beautiful City of Sligo.
- In the second half, Belinda sang Nick Cole’s Have You Heard About Hugh?;
- Steve sang and step-danced to Tea For Two;
- James sang Barrett’s Privateers (Stan Rogers);
- Paul (the other half of Paul and Chris), with guitar, sang his own song Goodbye Sugar Beet;
- Tanja sang a Bosnian folk song, Voljelo se Dvoje Mladih;
- Suzanne G sang I Saw The Dead (Villagers);
- Michelle taught everyone to sing a Halloween round, Have You Seen The Ghost of Tom;
- Ruth sang the Uttoxeter Souling Song;
- Amber (with ukulele) sang Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (after Sophie Madeleine);
- Michelle sang Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya;
- Chris ended the evening with her own poem Cropping The Verse.

October 2020 bonus – Morris Weekend Away At Home
Sunday 18th – Zoom, online
As we were unable to have our planned choir weekend away, we had a weekend of events at home, concluding with a singaround. Members past and present were encouraged to sing something linked with their time in the choir. Seth was the MC, and this is how it went:
Warmup: Michelle, Tom, Dotty and Joe – Ooo la la lay (a round)
1st half
Ginny – The Dancing
Michelle & Tom (with guitars) – Santiano (trad)
James – Banks of the Sacramento (a capstan shanty)
Tanja – Shenandoah (trad)
Jon (with guitar) – The Bad Squire (Charles Kingsley/Jon Raven)
Rosie – King of Birds (Karine Polwart)
Seth – Raise Your Voice (Jess Arrowsmith/Melrose Quartet)
Ruth – The Wood Thrush’s Song (Laurie Lewis)
Sue and Amber (with ukulele) – I’ll Fly Away (Albert E. Brumley)
2nd half
Michelle (with guitar) – Be Careful There’s A Baby in the House (Loudon Wainwright III)
Anja – Hoppin' Down in Kent (Mary Ann Haynes)
Tanja – Sivi Sokole (a communist song from former Yugoslavia)
Elaine – Jock Stewart (trad)
Jon (with guitar) – The Ballad of Tim Evans (Ewan MacColl)
James – Fareweel Regality (Terry Conway)
Amber – The Parting Glass (trad)
Seth – Better Days (Iain MacDonald & Michelle Woolfenden)
Suzanne G (with guitar) – Caleb Meyer (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
Video of Morris and Ceri James – When in Darkness/Games People Play (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuK7gSqfsQ8 )
Fiona – Follow the Heron (Karine Polwart)

September 2020
Tuesday 29th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in September, on Zoom. Tanja and Caroline were the technical directors, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang In The Highways;
- Tanja and Chris (with Frances on whistle) sang one they had prepared earlier, I Will Go With My Father a-Ploughing;
- Neil sang Yonder Down The Winding Road (John Tams);
- Steve (Andisaw, on pan pipes and concertina) played a packed medley of tunes old and new;
- Caroline sang Summer’s End (Jim Causley);
- James sang Yellow’s On The Broom;
- Mervion sang Martin Said To His Man (Who’s The Fool Now?);
- Michelle led us all in a round, Bella Mama, and then in Molly Malone (with a bonus rendition by Steve on musical saw).
Side Two:
- Michelle and Sarah sang Turtle Dove;
- James sang It’s All Part Of Being A Pirate;
- Mervion sang Black Is The Colour;
- Caroline sang The Death Of Nelson (On Board A Man of War);
- Steve (with ukulele) sang his own Railway Station Song;
- Clair (with guitar) sang Black Jack Davy;
- Lydia sang Martha’s Harbour (All About Eve);
- Iain (with guitar) and Tanja (with ukulele) sang one they’d prepared earlier, So Much Wine (Handsome Family);
- Fiona sang The Lothian Land (words by Andrew Dodds, set by Corrina Hewat);
- Charis sang The Call (Regina Spektor);
- Chris sang Heartwood;
- Iain sang I Am Stretched On Your Grave.

August 2020
Tuesday 25th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in August, on Zoom. Caroline was MC for this almost entirely all-women folk club, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Michelle led us in The Peace Round; 
- Dot sang Let's Go Fly a Kite; 
- Joe sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; 
- Amber sang Bad Moon Rising (Creedance Clearwater Revival); 
- Mervion sang Just As the Tide Was Flowing; 
- Caroline sang Awaking Dreams (from Eliza Carthy) ; 
- Lydia sang Yah Ana Emtzacha (When I Go To  Find You) (Dan Nichols); 
- Ruth sang The Trees They're All Bare; 
- Tanja sang Eli the Barrow Boy, accompanying herself on a banjo purchased specially for the occasion; 
- Anja read a poem (Living Life on the Lookout for a) Second Wave by Protest Family (https://protestfamily.com/2020/07/31/living-life-on-the-lookout-for-a-second-wave/); 
- Fiona sang Bob Dylan's Visit to Embra (Michael Marra); 
- Michelle and Tom played Lucy Farr's (Martin Hayes)
Side Two: 
- Amber sang Firethief (Karine Polwart) ; 
- Michelle led us in Ooh La La Lay; 
- Mervion sang Dark Eyed Sailor; 
- Suzanne (with guitar) gave us the world premiere of her own Eyes Wide Shut; 
- Caroline sang Sammy's Bar (Cyril Tawney); 
- Chris sang The Song of the Lower Classes; 
- Lydia sang a Hebrew lullaby; 
- Anja sang Lullaby of London (The Pogues); 
- Ruth sang Jesus Chris the Apple Tree; 
- and Michelle and Tom sang and played (fiddle and guitar) What's Going On (Four Non Blondes).
Join us on the last Tuesday in September – still virtually, surely – for more of the same but completely different.

July 2020
Tuesday 28th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in July, on Zoom. It was run as a fundraiser for Abney Park, where Morris Folk Choir should have sung earlier this year, and we encouraged songs on themes relevant, one way or another, to Abney Park. Seth was the MC, and this is how it went:
- Michelle led us in Under the Trees (a round written by Michelle as an ode to Abney Park);
- Neil, Annie and Treve sang Rain (The Beatles);
- Caroline sang Joy of Living (Ewan MacColl);
- Lydia sang Ilam (a Hebrew song about trees);
- Addie sang I’m Still Standing (Elton John);
- Tanja sang Zaspo Janko (a Croatian song about an apple tree);
- Ginny sang The Ash Grove (a Welsh song - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ash_Grove);
- Mervion sang The Pear Tree (www.yorkshirefolksong.net/song.cfm?songID=38);
- Pete (Seth's dad) sang Blood Red Roses;
- Chris Dickinson gave us A lady’s maid & the servant (her own poem about her grandparents);
- Michelle sang Linden Lea (https://mainlynorfolk.info/steeleye.span/songs/lindenlea.html);
- Simon sang his own Stillness;
- Ruth sang The Trees They Do Grow High (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trees_They_Grow_So_High);
- James sang The Hag in the Beck (a poem by George H Cowling, set to music by Fay Hield);
- Zach from Abney Park spoke to us about Abney Park;
- Hannah sang Can You Canoe (The Okee Dokee Brothers);
- Fiona sang Yew Tree (Karine Polwart and R M Hubbert);
- Olivia gave us Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (a poem by Robert Frost);
- Clair sang The Old Churchyard (https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/theoldchurchyard.html)
- Mervion sang The Lemon Tree (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_Tree_(Will_Holt_song));
- Michelle sang Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell);
James sang All On A Falling Tide (a version of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Annie); 
- Tanja sang Morning Come Maria Gone (from Jean Richie’s version) (https://mainlynorfolk.info/peter.bellamy/songs/mariasgone.html);
- Seth sang Free Little Bird;
- Caroline sang Briar and the Rose (Tom Waits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKpnZLU1sUk);
- Anja sang The Oak Trees of Trafalgar Square (King Driscolls)
- Paul Dickinson sang Bonny Bunch of Roses (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bonny_Bunch_of_Roses);
- and Michelle led Morris Folk Choir in singing The Oak (Ashley Hutchings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3qmhOTI2qA).
Join us next time – probably still virtually, we expect – for more of the same but completely different.

June 2020
Tuesday 30th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in June, on Zoom, and another enjoyable evening. Tanja and Ruth were the technical directors, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Tanja sang Trouble So Hard (as sampled by Moby);
- Michelle (with ukulele) and Tom (guitar) sang Keep On The Sunny Side / There’ll Be Bluebirds;
- Iain sang Angel Band;
- James sang The Chemical Workers Song (Ron Angel);
- Amber sang Revolutionary In The Wrong Time (by Grace Petrie);
- Caroline sang Down In The River To Pray;
- Ruth sang The Trees They Do Grow High;
- Fiona sang All Will Be Well (Michael Marra);
- Olivia read her poem, Keeping Strong During Lockdown;
- Rosie sang Three Little Babes;
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Recognition;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Loneliness;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang one they’d prepared earlier, My Son John.
Side Two:
- Iain sang Don’t Get Around Much Any More;
- James sang A Chat With Your Mother (The F-Word) (Lou and Peter Berryman);
- Michelle taught a round, Ya Ma Yaya Sat Su (a canoe song);
- Caroline sang Tarry Trousers;
- Amber (with ukulele) sang I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan);
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang Eagle (Abba);
- Paul (with guitar) sang Dancing Days (John Conolly);
- Lydia sang a Hebrew song;
- Ruth sang Songbird (Fleetwood Mac);
- Olivia sang How Great Thou Art;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Don't Go;
- Anja sang You Build A Wall (Grace Petrie);
- Pearl sang Now Is The Cool Of The Day (Jean Ritchie);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Father Neptune (Connie Converse);
- Clair (with guitar) sang Ringing of Revolution (Phil Ochs);
- and Michelle, Seth, Ruth, Suzanne, Tanja and Sarah rounded off the evening by leading everyone in Mingulay Boat Song.
Join us next time – virtually, again, we expect – for more of the same but completely different.

May 2020
Tuesday 26th – The Zoom Club, online
Another online folk club in May, on Zoom, and another enjoyable evening. We’re seeing an increasing number of Covid-related songs! Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
Iain sang The Model (Kraftwerk, seashantified);
Michelle’s daughter Dot sang A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman);
Simon (with guitar) sang his own Stillness;
Amber (with guitar) and Sue sang Hadestown;
Addie (Dot’s friend) sang Castle On A Cloud (from Les Miserables);
Caroline sang The Bay of Biscay;
Michelle led everyone in Land Of The Silver Birch (Blue Lake And Rocky Shore);
Neil sang Yonder Down The Winding Road (John Tams);
Tanja (with banjo) sang Winter’s Come And Gone (Gillian Welch);
Lydia sang Inside Of You (Alice Martineau);
Rosie sang Primrose Hill;
Seth and Jan played a pandero tune (on panderos!) called Samba;
Michelle (with fiddle) sang The Maple’s Lament (Laurie Lewis);
Fiona sang Daisy (Karine Polwart);
Jon (with banjo) sang Old Moke Picking On A Banjo;
Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang a duet they’d prepared earlier, Little Bird Of Heaven.
Side Two:
Jon (with banjo) sang Self-Isolating Stranger (his own Wayfaring Stranger adaptation);
Amber sang Take Its Own Time (Karine Polwart);
Michelle (with recorder) played The Railway and The Fiery Clock Face;
Suzanne G (with guitar) sang her own Driftwood;
James sang Come, Me Little Son (Ewan MacColl);
Iain sang Farther Along (with covid lockdown lyrics by Ginny Page);
Simon (with guitar) sang his own I See The Beauty;
Alejandro (with guitar) played Loch Lomond and sang High Germany;
Chris E sang Cold Iron (Peter Bellamy’s setting of Rudyard Kipling’s words);
Tanja (with banjo) sang Song For My Broken Heart (David Rovic);
Trev (with mandolin) sang a lockdown version of She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain;
Ruth sang The Wood Thrush Song (Laurie Lewis);
Caroline sang On Board A Man O’ War (Death Of Nelson);
Anja sang Dat Du Min Leevsten Büst (a night visiting song in Low German);
Michelle led us in a lockdown version of Only Remembered (after The Unthanks version, with verses written on the night by folk clubbers);
Suzanne G (with guitar) sang No Change (The Levellers);
Chris G sang I Wish That The Wars Were All Over;
James sang Lish Young Buy-A-Broom.
Join us in June – virtually, again, we expect – for more of the same but completely different.

April 2020
Tuesday 28th – The Zoom Club, online
After March’s successful trial run, we held a more-widely-publicised online folk club in April, on Zoom. Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Michelle sang Dark Swifts and Bright Swallows (Martin Simpson);
- Dot played (on piano) Yankee Doodle and the Westminster Chimes;
- Fiona sang Hal an Tow;
- Caroline sang The Deserter;
- Tanja and Chris sang (together, in a recording they’d prepared earlier) Turtle Dove;
- Tim (with guitar) sang Locks And Bolts;
- Peter G sang Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her;
- Amber (with ukulele) and Sue sang I’ll Fly Away;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Longing To Hold You;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Sprevajaj Me Mila (a Croatian song);
- Maddie and Jay sang their own The Other Side;
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Bright Field (the Rheingan Sisters);
- James sang Cholera Camp (Peter Bellamy’s setting of Rudyard Kipling).
Side Two:
- Michelle led us in a round, Come, Come Away;
- Amber sang The Year Turns Round Again (John Tams);
- James sang The Last Shanty (A Sailor Ain’t A Sailor) (Tom Lewis);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Hounslow;
- Seth sang Erase Your Virus (his coronavirus version of Melrose Quartet’s Raise Your Voice);
- Michelle (on fiddle) played Coleman’s March;
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang her own Isolation Hotel;
- Ruth sang The Cuckoo;
- Tanja and Chris sang (together, 3 Chrises and 2 Tanjas, in a recording they’d prepared earlier) Sinner Man;
- Marian read two poems, The Dead (Billy Collins) and The London Bus Driver’s Prayer (Ian Dury);
- Tim (with guitar) sang Lady Howard;
- Chris sang Grandma’s Hands (Bill Withers);
- Caroline sang Willy ‘Ole Lad;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang One Fine Day (David Byrne);
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own St Giles Bowl.
Perhaps join us virtually in May, if you can, for more of the same but completely different.

March 2020
Tuesday 31st – The Zoom Club, online
We had our first online folk club tonight, for members and old friends, at the Zoom Club! It ran smoothly, and was a lovely thing. Tanja was the technical director, Seth the MC, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash);
- Dot sang and played (on violin) When The Saints Go Marching In;
- Michelle and Tom sang Columbus Stockade Blues;
- Chris and family sang By The Waters Of Babylon;
- Neil sang Multigrab and Unibrew (written by Miles Wootton);
- Caroline sang Flatten The Curve (Fathom The Bowl rewritten by the Longest Johns for the current times);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Drifting;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Some Day We’ll Look Back (Merle Haggard);
- Seth sang Free Little Bird;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang There Is A Time (The Dillards);
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Homeward Bound;
- Fay (Michelle’s mum) sang Je ne Regrette Rien;
- Amber sang Ngarra Burra Ferra (a Yorta Yorta - Australian Aboriginal - version of an American spiritual, Turn Back Pharaoh’s Army).
Side Two:
- Michelle led us virtually in the round, When You Were Born You Cried;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Turn, Turn Turn;
- Simon (with guitar) sang Distant Shore (Billy Bragg);
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang her own Pyramid Scheme;
- Iain sang Angel Band;
- Fiona sang Love Is (Simon Wells/Karine Polwart, with an added topical verse of her own);
- Chris E sang Our Fathers Of Old (Rudyard Kipling’s words set by Peter Bellamy);
- Marian sang Johnny Be Fair (Buffy Saint Marie);
- Ruth sang Magpie (from The Unthanks);
- Michelle (with fiddle) played a Swedish polska;
- Belinda sang Wicked Game (Chris Isaak);
- Jan played some Brazilian rhythms on the pandeiro;
- Caroline sang John Ball;
- Chris sang Whisky You’re The Devil (Bella Hardy);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Tall Pines (Laurie Lewis);
- Charis sang Down In The River To Pray;
- James sang The Doleful Dance Of Death;
- Michelle sang Some Old Salty (Lal Waterson);
- Caroline sang St Giles Bowl (Tim Jones).

February 2020
Tuesday 25th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
Morris Folk Club for February was a busy one, but the last one for quite a while, we fear.
The MC was Clair, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Michelle (with violin) played Polska efter Lars i Kontere / Old Molly Hare/ Wind The Bobbin Up;
- Tanja (with dulcimer) and Chris sang Pack Up Your Sorrows (Richard Farina);
- Fiona sang London Lights (from the Songs Of Separation version);
- Michelle led us all in a round, Fly Fly Fly;
- Simon (with guitar), with Mark (harmonica), sang his own Drifting;
- Iain sang Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb);
- Ruth, with Iain (guitar), sang Fast Car (Tracy Chapman);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang That’s The Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard);
- Tanja (with banjo) played Sally In The Garden;
- Clair sang A Poor Man’s Labour Is Never Done;
- Anja sang Roses From The Wrong Man (Christine Lavin);
- Belinda sang The Water (Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling);
- James sang Rank Stranger (after Ralph Stanley);
- Michelle led us all in The Little Fishes;
- Michael (with guitar) sang his own English Is So Difficult To Learn.
Side Two:
- Michael and Suzanne (with guitars) sang Michael’s song, The Crossroads;
- Charis sang Spring Is Coming Soon (Jackie Oates);
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played The Orphan (John Renbourn);
- Simon (guitar), with Mark (harmonica), sang Simon’s Love Is Looking For You;
- Belinda sang The Mother (Brandi Carlile);
- Iain (with shruti box) sang Songbird (Fleetwood Mac);
- Chris and Clair (guitar) sang The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang He’ll Have To Go (Jim Reeves);
- Amber sang Why We Build The Wall (Anais Mitchell);
- Tanja, with Alejandro (piano), sang Hijo De La Luna;
- Morris Folk Choir sang So Much Wine (The Handsome Family);
- Suzanne and Michael (with guitars) sang Promised (The Walkabouts);
- James sang The Female Drummer;
- Anja sang God Save The Hungry (Grace Petrie);
- Alejandro (with guitar) sang Debajo De Tu Ventana;
- Megan, with Pasquale (guitar), sang Dreams (Fleetwood Mac);
- David (with accordion) sang two Italian songs;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Raggle Taggle Gypsies.
There will be no live Morris Folk Club in March, unfortunately.

January 2020
Tuesday 28th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
First Morris Folk Club of 2020, and a farewell event for Hannah before she moves away. The MC was Ginny, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang I Want To Live In A Dream (Clearlake);
- Tanja and Chris sang Green Pastures (after Emmylou Harris);
- James sang Reedy River (a setting of a poem by Henry Lawson);
- Michelle led us all in Your Voice, Your Voice, and Byker Hill;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang My Son John;
- Ruth sang The Birds Upon The Tree;
- Hannah told us the story of The Lion And Albert (Marriott Edgar);
- Michelle (fiddle) played Ashokan Farewell / Swananoah Waltz;
- Michelle led us all in Cotton Mill Girls;
- Simon (with guitar), with Mark on harmonica, sang Simon's I See The Beauty;
- Anja led us in Citizen Shanty (Commoners Choir);
- Ruth sang Green Grow the Rashes (Robert Burns);
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (guitar) played The Currachman (John Doyle);
- Fiona sang Sing Ovy Sing Ivy;
- Michelle led us all in Hannah Don’t Allow (a version of Mamma...) and King Of Birds (Karine Polwart).
Side Two:
- Michelle and Olivia led us in I’m Going To Lift My Sister Up;
- Olivia sang If I Had A Wing Like An Eagle;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang Blues Run The Game (Jackson C Frank);
- Craig sang Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa (Robert Tannahill);
- Clair (with guitar) sang Bella Ciao;
- Belinda, Fiona and Michelle sang Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby;
- James sang Working Chap (Mike Waterson);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Stillness;
- Fiona sang We’re All Leaving (Karine Polwart);
- Alejandro (with guitar) played Clarsach / The Orphan (John Renbourn);
- Charis sang The Boreens Of Derry;
- Anja sang I Wish That They'd Sack Me (Chumbawamba);
- Elise (with guitar) sang Three Hours (Nick Drake);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Talk And No Action;
- Iain sang Unisex Chip Shop (Bill Bailey’s tribute to Billy Bragg);
- Michelle led us all in I’ll Fly Away.
Join us on the last Tuesday of February for more of the same but completely different.

November 2019
Tuesday 26th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
The MC was Belinda, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Man Of Constant Sorrow;
- Izzy sang O Can Ye Sew Cushions?;
- Simon (with guitar) and Michelle (fiddle) sang Simon’s Love Is Looking For You;
- Fiona sang Elsie Marley;
- Michelle (with fiddle), Chris and Tanja sang The Blackest Crow;
- Craig sang Freedom Come All Ye;
- Michelle led us all in a round, I Heard A Bird Sing, and then the November Drinking Song;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played Hellebore and Jiggery Pokerwork;
Side Two:
- Anja sang Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (Colum Sands);
- Ruth sang The King;
- Belinda sang River (Joni Mitchell);
- Fiona sang There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis (Kirsty MacColl);
- Michelle led us all in Logs To Burn;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Drifting;
- John sang Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers);
- Elise (with guitar) sang Arthur McBride (Paul Brady);
- Michelle, Tanja and Chris sang Gaudete;
- Alejandro (guitar) played Salamander (Jethro Tull);
- Phil sang Meeting Point (Tim Dalling's setting of Louis MacNeice's poem);
- Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas song);
- Michelle sang The Dancing (Saturday Night At The Adam Smith Hall) (Andy Shanks & Jim Russell);
- James sang The Bureau;
- Iain (shruti box) sang On Causewayside (The Proclaimers).
Join us on the last Tuesday of January for more of the same but completely different.

October 2019
Tuesday 29th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
The MC was Sue, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain (with shruti) sang Crying In The Rain (Everly Brothers);
- Clair taught us all The Skeletons Are Out Tonight;
- James sang Alabama John Cherokee;
- Garry sang Our House Is The First House (Ted Waite);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Love Is Looking For You;
- Craig sang A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke);
- Fiona sang The Dreadful End of Marianna For Sorcery (Karine Polwart);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang Blues Run The Game (Jackson C Frank);
- Charis sang The Dress (Emily Scott Robinson);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Linden Lea.
Side Two:
- Michelle led us all in Have You Seen The Ghost Of Tom?, and then Davy Cross;
- Fiona and Alison sang All The Shops Have Fallen Down (Megson);
- Alison and Johnny (with ukulele) sang Small Axe (Bob Marley);
- Olivia read a poem of her own, What They Call Sanctuary;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played a pair of reel tunes, Trip To Pakistan and Glen Kabul;
- Iain sang Miss Otis Regrets (Cole Porter);
- Michelle (fiddle) and Tanja (banjo) sang Cluck Old Hen;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Drifting;
- Elise (with guitar) sang Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore;
- Anja sang Patrick (Kirsty MacColl);
- Ruth sang The Uttoxeter Souling Song;
- Alejandro (with guitar) played two reels, Maggie’s Pancakes and The Ale Is Dear;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Eli The Barrow Boy.
Join us on the last Tuesday of November for more of the same but completely different.

September 2019
Tuesday 24th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
For September's Morris Folk Club, the MC was Seth, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Simon (with guitar) opened with his own Love Is Looking For You;
- Chris sang Hava Nagila;
- Alison sang My Love Is In Germany (after Trials of Cato);
- Seth sang Raise Your Voice (after Melrose Quartet, with extra Morris verse by Ginny);
- Fiona sang Flash Company/Yellow Handkerchief (after Phoebe Smith);
- Michelle sang the Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney), and then led everyone in singing a round;
- Amber sang way Down Hades Town (Anais Mitchell);
- Ruth sang Handsome Molly.
Side Two:
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Drifting;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played The Meelick Team Jig (Eddie Kelly) and a Turkish tune by Bilal Karaman;
- Michelle (fiddle) played The Rochdale Coconut Dance and Angeline The Baker, and then led us in singing The Apple Pickers' Reel (Larry Hanks);
- Thea May (first time singing at Morris) sang Bonny At Morn and then Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis);
- James sang These Coal Town Days (Jez Lowe);
- George (another Morris first-timer) sang his own The Last Barge;
- Anja sang Stand Down (Merry Hell);
- Thea May sang Love Me Or Leave Me (Donaldson & Kahn).
Join us on the last Tuesday of October for more of the same but completely different.

August 2019
Tuesday 27th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
August's Morris Folk Club was on the last hot Tuesday of summer, last week at the Vortex Downstairs bar in Dalston. The MC was Elaine, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Ettrick Lady;
- Fiona sang The Swimming Song (Loudon Wainwright III via Eddi Reader);
- Tanja (with banjo) and Chris sang Gabriel’s Trumpet;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Shadows and the Sorrow;
- Michelle sang Hand Me Down (Melrose Quartet), and led everyone in Tall Trees, Warm Fire;
- Jon (with banjo) sang Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker);
- Anja sang Coming Home Song (Merry Hell);
- Michelle sang The Tree In The Wood (The Green Leaves Grew Around);
Side Two:
- Elaine sang Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree (James Vincent McMorrow);
- Tanja and Chris sang Sinner Man (after The Weavers);
- James sang Shawnee Town (Dillon Bustin);
- Fiona sang Green Grows The Laurel;
- Iain (with shruti box) sang Moonshadow (Cat Stevens);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Loneliness;
- Jon (with guitar) sang You Can't Be A Pirate (Don Freed);
- Michelle sang Ware Out Mother (Melrose Quartet).
Join us on the last Tuesday of September for more of the same but completely different.

July 2019
Tuesday 23rd - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
Another warm summer evening for July's Morris Folk Club at the Vortex Downstairs bar in Dalston. The MC was James, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain (with shruti box) sang Greenman (XTC);
- James sang Between The Wars (Billy Bragg);
- Michelle led us all in a round, Come Follow Me, then The Birds Upon The Tree;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Don't Go;
- Anja (with melodica) sang The Oak Trees of Trafalgar Square (The King Driscolls);
- Jon (with guitar) sang Pancho and Lefty (Townes van Zandt);
- Belinda and Michelle sang Emmylou (First Aid Kit);
Side Two:
- James sang The Wild Colonial Boy;
- Charis sang Shenandoah;
- Chris and Michelle sang Scarborough Fair;
- Belinda sang Saturday Night (Suede);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Shadows and the Sorrow;
- Iain sang Lowlands (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings);
- Anja sang Lemon Tree (after Peter, Paul and Mary);
- Jon sang The Manchester Rambler (Ewan MacColl);
- Chris sang At Seventeen (Janis Ian);
- Phil sang Desperado (The Eagles);
- Michelle led us all in Essequibo River and Shallow Brown.
Join us on Tuesday 27th August (after the bank holiday) for more of the same but completely different.

June 2019
Tuesday 25th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
Morris Folk Club for June was on a warm summer's Tuesday evening at the Vortex Downstairs bar in Dalston. The MC was Seth, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain (with shruti box) sang A New England (Billy Bragg);
- Phil sang A Great Northern River (Graeme Miles, via The Unthanks);
- Izzy (Morris debut!) sang Oak, Ash and Thorn (Peter Bellamy's setting of Rudyard Kipling's words;
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (whistle) played Bonny At Morn;
- then Michelle sang Bonny At Morn!;
- Fiona sang Heartwood (Robert Macfarlane / Spell Songs);
- Seth sang Free Little Bird;
- Morris Group 3 sang Cousin Jack (Steve Knightley);
- Alison sang You Ain't Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan);
- Michelle taught and led us all in Tower Of Strength and My Shoes Are Made Of Spanish;
- Tanja and Chris sang a version of Turtle Dove;
- James sang Partans In His Creel (Allie Windwick);
Side Two:
- Ruth sang The Cuckoo Is A Funny Bird;
- Morris Group 1 sang Come Away In (Karine Polwart);
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (guitar) played Abbots Bromley Horn Dance;
- Phil sang The Jolly Bargeman (Cicely Fox Smith);
- Tanja (banjo) sang a different version of Turtle Dove;
- James sang My Son David;
- Iain sang Leaves That Are Green (Simon & Garfunkel);
- Anja sang She Fell Down The Stairs (Reg Meuross);
- Michelle taught and led us all in The Herring Song;
- Chris (voice), Elise (flute) and Alejandro (guitar) gave us Bedlam Boys;
- Tanja sang Zaspo Janko (a folk song from the Balkans);
- Morris Group 2 sang Fields Of Athenry.
Join us on Tuesday 23rd July (NB not 30th!) for more of the same, but completely different.

May 2019
Tuesday 28th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
Morris Folk Club for May was on Tuesday evening at the Vortex Downstairs bar in Dalston. Half-term, so lower numbers than usual, but we had a good time! The MC was Fiona, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Morris Folk Choir sang Letter From America (The Proclaimers);
- Fiona sang The Jute Mill Song;
- Iain (with shruti box) sang One Day Like This (Elbow);
- Elaine sang Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine, via Nanci Griffith);
- Phil sang Meeting Point (Tim Dalling's setting of Louis MacNeice's poem);
- Chris, with Iain on guitar, sang Anyone But Me (Josienne Clark & Ben Walker);
- Sue read two poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Mrs Sisyphus and Mrs Darwin;
- Iain sang Matty Groves;
- Fiona sang The Jeely Piece Song (Adam McNaughtan);
- Phil sang Ah Cud Hew (Ed Pickford);
Side Two:
- Morris Folk Choir led everyone in Shores Of Botany Bay, The Bonny Ship The Diamond, Deportees and S'Fhada Leam An Oidhche Gheamhraidh;
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played a Macedonian folk song;
- Phil sang Highway Song (James Taylor);
- Chris sang Down To The River To Pray;
- Iain (with shruti box) sang It's Different For Girls (Joe Jackson);
- Alejandro (guitar) and Elise (flute) played a Galician folk song, Roi Xordo (Luar na Lubre);
- Charis sang Roll The Old Chariot Along;
- Morris Folk Choir led everyone in Ghafoor's Bus (The Young'Uns);
- Phil sang Goodbye (Elton John);
- Elaine closed the evening by leading everyone in Jock Stewart.
Join us on the last Tuesday of June for more of the same, but completely different.

April 2019
Tuesday 30th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
Morris Folk Club for April was on Tuesday evening at the Vortex Downstairs bar in Dalston. The MC was Michael D, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain and Ginny sang Sweet Nightingale (from the Threlfalls' version);
- Anja sang The Hackney Gentrification Song (Robin Grey);
- Chris, with Roselyn on tenor recorder, sang It Would Not Be A Rose (Josienne Clarke);
- Michelle led us all in By The Waters Of Babylon;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Let My People Go;
- Simon (guitar), with Mark on harmonica, sang his own Hounslow;
- Michelle sang The Cuckoo;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Gospel Train;
- Phil sang Bound Down Trinidad;
- Tanja played Bound To Have Some Fun (on banjo);
- Michelle led us all in May Song (by Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson).
Side Two:
- Morris Folk Choir sang 'S Fhada Leam An Oidhche Gheamhraidh;
- Chris, Tanja (banjo) and Michelle (fiddle) sang The Blackest Crow;
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (guitar) played The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home (after John Renbourn);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Stillness;
- Michael D (with guitar) sang One More Song (Gillian Welch);
- Michelle led us all in Hal an' Tow;
- Phil sang Essequibo River;
- Elise (flute) and Alejandro (guitar) played The Tarbolton (after John Renbourn);
- Fiona sang A Place Called England (Maggie Holland);
- James sang Jericho (Gordon Bok);
- Iain sang Cruel Brother;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Roll Down;
- and Judit sang a traditional Hungarian closing time song, Eddig Vendeg.
Join us on the last Tuesday of May for more of the same, but completely different.


March 2019
Tuesday 26th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
We had Morris Folk Club for March on Tuesday evening at the Vortex Downstairs bar in Dalston. The MC was Ginny, and this is how it went:
Side One:
- Iain sang Bonnie Earl O' Moray;
- James sang Waiting For The Ferry (Graeme Miles);
- Tanja sang Paddy's Lamentation;
- John (first time at Morris) sang Danny Boy (after Eva Cassidy);
- Michelle (with guitar) and Clair (with fiddle) sang The City Of Chicago (Barry Moore);
- Simon (with guitar), with Mark (harmonica), sang his own Looking For Shelter;
- Michelle led us in a round, I Walked To The End Of The Road;
- Fiona sang The Golden Vanity (after Sam Kelly);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard);
- Clair (with fiddle) sang She Moved Through The Fair;
- Michelle led us all in The Coming Home Song (Merry Hell).
Side Two:
- Morris Folk Choir sang Letter From America (The Proclaimers);
- Charis (first time singing at Morris) sang Caledonia (Dougie MacLean);
- Philip sang his own Turkey Bones;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Wood Thrush Song (Laurie Lewis);
- James sang The John MacLean March (Hamish Henderson);
- Alejandro (with guitar) sang The House Of The Rising Sun;
- Michelle sang Dark Swift And Bright Swallow (Martin Simpson);
- Elise (with guitar) sang Over The River Charlie (Jean Ritchie);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Stillness;
- Anja sang We Need Each Other Now (Merry Hell);
- Iain sang Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty);
- Michelle led us all in We Sailed Away (Tom Reid).
Join us on the last Tuesday in April for more of the same, but completely different.


February 2019
Tuesday 26th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
It’s the last Tuesday of the short month of February, and we just had our Folk Club night at the Vortex in Dalston. This is how it went -
Part 1:
James opened with The Springtime It Brings On The Shearing
Alison sang 500 Miles Away From Home
Elaine and Neil sang The Banks Of Marble after Pete Seeger
Tanja (with banjo) sang Pastures of Plenty after Woody Guthrie
Michelle taught everyone to sing a round, Early to bed and early to rise, and then taught everyone Bound for Botany Bay
Fiona sang Heartwood By Robert McFarlane, from the Lost Words collection
Peter read from his storybook Stitch in Time
Simon (with guitar) sang his own song When Everything Changed
Liz sang Bonny North Tyne by Mike Tickell
Amber sang Keep Your Eyes On The Prize after Pete Seeger
Michelle finished the fist half by singing Whiskey in My Tae
In Part 2:
Fiona sang A Blessing Song, also from Lost Words
Liz sang a Northumberland song, Felton Lonnin
Michelle and Tanja (with fiddle and banjo) led the choir into Whiskey from Rockingham
James sang The Fitters Song by Ewan MacColl
Ruth sang Birds Upon The Trees
Clair (with guitar) sang her own song called My Friend Johnny
Michelle sang Good Ale
Simon (with guitar) sang his own Sparkle
Elise (with guitar) completed the evening by singing Donna Donna after Joan Baez
See you all on 26th March at the next Folk Club!


January 2019
Tuesday 29th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
January's Folk Club on 29th, again at the Vortex Downstairs. Here's how it went...
- James introduced the evening with Old Dolores (James Grafton Rogers)
- Tanya (with Banjo) sang High Germany
- Jon sang Cold Coast of Iceland (Mike Waterson)
- Fiona sang Love Is (Simon Wells/Karine Polwart)
- Clair sang Paul Brady’s Nothing But the Same Old Story
- Morris Folk Choir sang Round led by Michelle
- Chris sang Ain't no Sunshine (Bill Withers);
- Michelle (with violin) sang Lady Franklin's Lament (George Malcolm Laws)
- Phil sang Nobody Knew She Was There (Ewan McColl)
- Suzanne & Mike sung No Room for Doubt (Lianne Le Havas/Willy Mason)
- Peter told Part 1 of story from his own collection "The Powder Monkey"
- Morris sang Sail Away Ladies led by Michelle
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Pyramid Scheme
- Peter told Part 2 of story "The Powder Monkey"
- James sang Carrying the Coffin (The Young'uns)
- Tanya / Chris (with Banjo) sang My Son John
- Mike (with guitar) sang his own "Song for Leon"
- Rosie read poems The Orange Tree and The Tip of Your Tongue (both Martin Galton)
- Alejandro - Sang Trad Irish song (v lovely)
- Ruth sang Green Grow the Rashes (Robert Burns)
- Phil sang The Grave (Don McLean)
- Marion read poem from Roma gypsy collection
- Jon sang John Brown's Body (abolutionist song)
- Michelle sang Lady Franklin’s Lament with violin
- Fiona sang Jeely Piece Song (Adam McNaughtan)
Thank you to Eliane for MC-ing, Mike for scribing the performers' list and for all who came and supported. Looking forward to seeing everyone there again this month on Tuesday 26th February.


November 2018
Tuesday 27th - Vortex Downstairs, Dalston
November's Morris Folk Club was at a different venue for us: the Vortex Downstairs. It was a bumper evening of performers and audience, and a good time was had by all! Here's how it went:
- Iain sang All Around My Hat (Steeleye Span);
- Michelle led us in a round, Your Voice Is Necessary;
- James sang The Anchor Song (Kipling's words set by Peter Bellamy);
- Alison sang Guilt (Mountain Man);
- Phil sang Hawthorn (Charles Causley's words set by The Unthanks);
- Seth sang Carrion Crow;
- Simon (with guitar), with Michelle, sang Simon's I See The Beauty;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Good King Wenceslas;
- Mark W sang No Man's Land;
- Sue gave us Benjamin Zephaniah's poem, We Are Refugees;
- Hannah sang The Leatherwing Bat (Megson);
- Philip sang his own Turkey Bones;
- Chris sang I'll Fly Away;
- Peter (with accordion) played his own Fisherman's Tales;
- Mike (with guitar) and Michelle sang All Of Me;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- Maddy C sang her own No Shoes In The Summer;
- Michelle (with violin) sang John Ball;
- James sang Eros (Sydney Carter);
- Anja sang Reign of the Fair Maid (Jake Walton);
- Michelle (with violin), with Iain on guitar, led us all in the November Drinking Song;
- Phil sang New Holland Grove (Sean Mone);
- Iain sang On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (after Laurel and Hardy);
- Tanja and Chris sang I Am Weary, Let Me Rest;
- Mark W sang Danny Boy;
- Peter told some of his own story, The Powder Monkey;
- Ruth sang The King;
- Mike (with guitar) and Jen sang The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields);
- Fiona sang Suitcase (Karine Polwart / Martin Green);
- and Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas song).
Join us on the last Tuesday in January for more of the same, but completely different.

October 2018
Tuesday 30th - Speakeasy, Dalston
This is how October's Morris Folk Club went:
- James sang (All Jock Tamson's Bairns Are) Coming Home (a Steven Clark song);
- Fiona sang Ghosts (Kris Drever);
- Seth sang Redemption Song (Bob Marley);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Happy (Bruce Springsteen);
- Michelle led us all in The Ghost of Tom (a round);
- Iain sang Little Musgrave (from Christy Moore's version);
- Chris sang Down In The River To Pray;
- Anja sang War Outside (The McCalmans);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Longing To Hold You;
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Moving On Song (Ewan MacColl);
- Mike (with guitar) sang his own Forget The Words To The Song;
- Morris Folk Choir (with Tanja on banjo and Michelle on fiddle) sang Eli The Barrowboy (The Decemberists);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang April Morning;
- Peter told one of his own folk tales, Behind The Net Curtain (from his book Fisherman's Tales);
- Iain sang Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits);
- Michelle (with guitar) led us all in With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Impermanence;
- Fiona sang Oor Wee Wean (Matt McGinn);
- James sang And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle);
- Ruth sang The Uttoxeter Souling Song;
- Mike (with guitar) sang Shine On, Harvest Moon (from Leon Redbone's version);
- Michelle led us all in The Unquiet Grave (from Lau's version);
- Anja sang Kilkelly, Ireland (by Peter Jones);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Magic (Ben Folds Five);
- and Morris Folk Choir (with Tanja on banjo) sang Caleb Meyer (Gillian Welch).
Join us on the last Tuesday of November for more of the same, but completely different.

September 2018
Tuesday 25th - Speakeasy, Dalston
This is how September's Morris Folk Club went:
- Iain sang Chilly Winds (from The Shee's version);
- James sang Tramps and Hawkers;
- Fiona sang Come Away In (by Karine Polwart, after giving us the Burns poem The Wren's Nest by which it was inspired);
- Simon (with guitar) sang, with Michelle, his own I See The Beauty;
- Michelle taught and led us in O Re Mi, a Nigerian highlife song;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Lonesome Traveller;
- Chris (first time performing at Morris) sang The Pitmen Poets (Jez Lowe);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Small Cases Full Of Big Dreams (Julie Matthews);
- Suzanne and Mike (with guitars) sang Promise Me (The Walkabouts);
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Homeward Bound;
- Michelle taught and led us in Wonderful World, Beautiful People (Jimmy Cliff);
- after the interval, Michelle taught and led us in Freedom Train;
- Seth sang The Riddle Song;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- Neil sang Yonder Down The Winding Road (John Tams);
- James sang If I Could Buy A Blighty (Jez Lowe);
- Michelle taught and led us all in Martin Said To His Man;
- Iain sang Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division);
- Mike (with guitar) sang Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (from The Aristocats);
- Fiona sang Flyway (Jenny Sturgeon & Inge Thomson).
Join us on the last Thursday of October for more of the same, but completely different.


August 2018
Tuesday 28th - Speakeasy, Dalston
Easing out of the summer with our post-bank-holiday folk club. Small, but perfectly formed, with some rather fine performances from not-yet-regulars! This is how it went:

- Fiona sang The Hartlepool Pedlar;
- Iain sang Kate Dalrymple;
- Simon (guitar), with Mark (harmonica), sang his own Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- Phil sang Rosemary's Sister (Huw Williams, via Simon Nicol);
- Anja gave us Brian Bilston's poem Hold My Hand Whilst We Jump Off This Cliff;
- Alison sang The L&N Don't Stop Here Any More (Jean Ritchie);
- Fiona sang It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King (Robert Burns' words set by Hannah Read for Songs of Separation);
- Simon (guitar), with Mark (harmonica), sang his own You Will Find Love;
- Iain sang Man Of The World (Fleetwood Mac);
- Anja sang City Of Chicago (Barry Moore aka Luka Bloom);
- Tricia (Alison's mum, first time singing at Morris) sang Westering Home;
- Phil sang The Jolly Bargeman (Cicely Fox Smith);
- Amber (another Morris first-timer) sang Eyes On The Prize;
- Eleanor sang Cold And Raw;
- Elaine led us in Roseville Fair;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Dollar Bill Blues (Townes Van Zandt);
- Iain sang The Brown And The Yellow Ale;
- and we closed the evening with The Mingulay Boat Song.

Join us at the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, on the last Tuesday of September for more of the same, but completely different.


July 2018
Tuesday 31st - Speakeasy, Dalston
We thought it might be a quiet July folk club, but there was plenty of music to be heard, with several first time Morris performers and some other firsts. First time two songs were entirely performed by whistling for sure!

Tanja (with banjo) opened with Woody Guthrie’s Roll On Columbia
Michelle played Lorna and Sweet Marie on the fiddle
James sang Banjo Paterson’s Song of the Artesian Water
Michelle taught everyone to sing All the Birds Were Singing
Magaly (with guitar), a first time Morris performer and a visitor from Colombia, sang three songs, accompanied by her daughter Valentina on vocals: Cat Stevens’ Baby it’s a Wild World, Que Bonito Ta Mi Nino and La Piragua. The two Colombian songs represent Colombia’s two oceans, Pacific and Atlantic respectively.
Phil (with guitar), another first time Morris performer, sang his own song Midlife Blues
Simon (with guitar) and Michelle sang Simon’s own song I See The Beauty
Mark (with harmonica) sang Crazy About You
Belinda sang Fields of Athenry
Jon wrapped up the first half by singing Old Fid by Bill Lowndes, first time singing unaccompanied in public

The choir opened the second half by singing the first couple of verses of Haul Away Joe. To our defence we didn’t have the words in front of us...
Jon sang The Hunting Song (with guitar) and Joe Hill (with banjo)
Elaine sang Cottages Reply
Valentina, singing accompanied by a ukulele for the first time, sang Hasta La Raiz by Natalia Lafourcade
Magaly demonstrated some astonishing whistling skills by whistling El Condor Pasa through her hands and then whistling Pajaro Chogui, a song from Paraguay, without moving her lips.
Phil (with guitar) sang his own song Nan’s Bread Pudding
Simon (with guitar) sang his own song Loveliness
Michelle taught everyone to sing A Country Life after the Watersons
Mark (with harmonica) sang Nancy Kerr’s Fragile Water
Anja sang Get Back On Your Bus And Go Home, as sung by the Commoners Choir at the recent anti Trump protest
Ruth sang Cuckoo Is a Funny Bird
James sang Nancy Kerr’s Through The Trees
Tanja (with banjo) sang Woody Guthrie’s New Found Land
Anja sang The Citizen Shanty, to the tune of Roll The Old Chariot, also sung at the anti Trump protest
Sophie, a first time Morris performer, sang Cruel Mother
Michelle sang Health To The Company
Finally, Magaly (with guitar) sang Killing Me Softly

See you all on the last Tuesday of August (28th, just after the bank holiday) for some more music.


June 2018
Tuesday 26th - Speakeasy, Dalston
We had an enjoyable evening at the Morris Folk Club for June, in advance of Morris Folk Choir's 10th Birthday Concert on the Saturday.
Here's how it went:
- Alison sang Train Song (Vashti Bunyan);
- Iain sang I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail (from the Everly Brothers);
- Erica and Cleiton (who perform as Aurora Boreal, visiting from Brazil) played and sang By The Time It Gets Dark (Sandy Denny);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Trouble So Hard;
- Michelle led us all in an arrangement she taught us of Wade In The Water;
- Mark W sang The Butcher Boy;
- James sang Three Score And Ten;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Impermanence;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Three Little Babes/Motherless Child;
- Phil sang Crossroads (Don McLean);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Shosholoza;
- Mark W sang Searching For Lambs;
- Michelle and Iain sang Your Long Journey (from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant);
- Phil sang Not Perfect (Tim Minchin);
- James sang Frankie's Trade (a Rudyard Kipling poem set by Peter Bellamy);
- Anja sang Hal-An-Tow;
- Fiona sang Dignity (Deacon Blue);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- Michelle led us all in Simmer Dim;
- Elise (with guitar) sang The Well Below The Valley;
- Anja, Tanja and Iain sang The Parting Glass;
- Michelle led us all in The Bad Squire.

Join us at the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, on the last Tuesday of July for more of the same, but completely different.


May 2018
Tuesday 29th - Speakeasy, Dalston
We had May's Morris Folk Club on Tuesday. As is often the way at half-term, it was smaller and shorter than usual, but we few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters who were there had a good evening. Special award to James who came for the second half straight off the Inverness train, fresh from the Orkney Folk Festival.
Here’s how it went:
- Iain introduced the evening with A Calling-On Song (Steeleye Span);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Mairi's Wedding;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- Phil sang The Half Loaf (based on a poem by Cicely Fox Smith);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang High Germany;
- Philip sang The Loch Tay Boat Song;
- Fiona sang If I Was An Englishman (Michael Marra);
- Iain closed the first half with The Parting Glass and opened the second half with (his guitar and) Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash);
- James sang Generations Of Change (Matt Armour);
- Tanja played two banjo tunes, Liberty and Dark Girl Dressed In Blue;
- Phil sang A Great Northern River (Graeme Miles, via The Unthanks);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Hounslow;
- Alison and Ruth (first time as a duo) sang Green Grow The Rashes-O (written/collected by Robert Burns);
- James sang his own setting of Fieldfares (a poem by F W Moorman);
- Phil sang The Green Fields Of England (Peter Bellamy);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Caleb Meyer;
- and the evening closed with Neil leading us in Thousands Or More (the Copper Family song).
Join us at the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, on the last Tuesday of June for more of the same, but completely different.

April 2018
Tuesday 24th - Speakeasy, Dalston
We had April’s Morris Folk Club on Tuesday, and had a very good evening. Marking Fashion Revolution week, a lot of the songs were on the theme of clothing-related industries (some more tenuously than others…).
Here’s how it went:
- Iain sang Wherever I Lay My Hat (Marvin Gaye via Paul Young);
- James sang Poverty Knock;
- Anja, Elaine, Fiona, Neil and Marian sang There Is Power In A Union;
- Michelle sang Dark Swift And Bright Swallow (Martin Simpson);
- Michelle led us all in Cotton Mill Girls;
- Simon (with guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon’s Longing To Hold You;
- Anja sang a combination of Aragon Mill (Si Kahn) and Ordinary Man (Peter Hames);
- Jen sang The House of the Rising Sun;
- Jane sang It’s A Long Way To Fight For Freedom (from the Hackney Centerprise project);
- Mark (with harmonicas) sang Flyin' Shoes (Townes van Zandt);
- Michelle (with mandolin, with Iain on guitar) led us all in Peg and Awl;
- Seth sang Free Little Bird;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Raise Your Voice (Jess Arrowsmith);
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon’s own When Everything Changed;
- Phil sang Mill Boys (Barclay James Harvest);
- Jane sang Union Banner (from the Hackney Centerprise project);
- Anja sang My Winter Coat (Maggie Roche);
- Ruth sang Pick a Bale of Cotton;
- Philip (first time performing at Morris) sang The Ballad of Joe Hill;
- James sang The Dalesman’s Litany;
- Michelle led us all in Factory Girl;
- Mike (guitar), with Mark (harmonica), sang his own Country Queen;
- Elise (with guitar) sang I’ll Fly Away;
- Iain sang I Know My Love;
- Michelle (with flute, with Iain on guitar) and Fiona sang The Jute Mill Song (Oh Dear Me);
- Jen sang Dedicated Follower of Fashion (Kinks).
Join us at the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, on the last Tuesday of May for more of the same, but completely different.

March 2018
Tuesday 27th - Speakeasy, Dalston
We had March’s Morris Folk Club on Tuesday, and had a very good evening – settling well into our new home in the basement of the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, happy that our CD Crowdfunder is going so well, a couple of debuts, and plenty of joining in!

Here’s how it went:
- Iain sang Bogie’s Bonnie Belle;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Follow The Heron (Karine Polwart);
- Caroline sang Hold The Lantern High (Barrie Temple & Steve Evans, from the singing of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith);
- Jon (with guitar) sang 25 Minutes To Go (Shel Silverstein);
- Simon (with guitar) with Mark (on harmonica) sang his own song I See The Beauty;
- Michelle taught us all Somagwaza;
- Phil sang Goodbye (Elton John);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (a Croatian folk song);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Eli The Barrowboy;
- James sang Fare Thee Well, Cold Winter;
- Alison sang Alas I Cannot Swim (Laura Marling);
- Steve sang The Jolly Waggoners;
- Michelle led us all in Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho;
- Suzanne (guitar) sang No Change (Levellers);
- Jen and Belinda sang The Water (Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling);
- Fiona sang The Rambling Comber;
- Phil sang A Miner’s Life;
- Belinda (fiddle), Elise (flute) and Jon (guitar) played The Swallowtail Jig;
- Michelle (fiddle) played Ashokan Farewell / Swananoah Waltz;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Raggle Taggle Gypsies;
- Iain sang Lowlands of Holland;
- Ruth sang The Birds Upon The Tree;
- Jon (banjo), with Iain (guitar), sang Wayfaring Stranger;
- Tanja (banjo) played Soldier’s Joy (a combination of both American and British versions);
- Michelle led us in a round, The Waters Of Babylon (after Don McLean);
- James sang Paddy West;
- Elise (flute) and Belinda (fiddle) played The Battle of Aughrim;
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon’s own Solitude;
- Steve sang Only Remembered;
- Michelle and Judit sang Mary Mack / Far Am Bi Mi Fhin.
Join us at the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, on the last Tuesday of April for more of the same, but completely different.

February 2018
Tuesday 27th - Speakeasy, Dalston
Our second Morris Folk Club at the Speakeasy, Dalston Lane, was also the launch of the Crowdfunder for Morris Folk Choir's 10th Anniversary CD! This is how it went:
- Iain sang Man Of Constant Sorrow;
- Michelle sang Roll Down (/ Sweet Ladies Of Plymouth);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Haul Away Joe;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Mike (with guitar) sang High Germany;
- Jon (with guitar) sang Alone And Forsaken (Hank Williams);
- Michelle led us all in It'll Be A Hard Winter (Jan Harmon);
- James sang Bampton Fair (Paul Wilson, via Melrose Quartet);
- Fiona sang What You Do With What You've Got (Si Kahn, via Dick Gaughan);
- Morris Folk Choir sang King Of Birds (Karine Polwart);
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon's own Solitude;
- Elaine, Fiona and Iain sang Jock Stewart;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Paddy On The Railway;
- Phil sang Soldiers (James Taylor);
- Suzanne (guitar) and Mike (guitar) sang Dance Me To The End Of Love (Leonard Cohen), with a smidgin of Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Kylie);
- Mark sang Spanish Ladies.
After the break:
- Morris Folk Choir sang Horo Haradala;
- Simon (guitar) and Mark (harmonica) sang Simon's own When Everything Changed;
- Elise (with guitar) sang One I Love (Jean Ritchie);
- Jon delivered a poem, Waste Not Want Not (Les Barker);
- Jen sang her own The Modern Way;
- Jane sang There Was An Old Woman From Conner In Hell;
- Mike (guitar) and Elise (flute) sang Chim Chim Cher-ee;
- Michelle led us all in Raise Your Voice (Melrose Quartet);
- Iain sang Willie Taylor (from The Voice Squad);
- Tanja (banjo) and Mike (guitar) sang Hey Me, Hey Mama (Ray LaMontagne);
- Phil sang Take Me To Church (from Morgan James, a Hozier song);
- James sang Bad Luck To The Rolling Water (Lankum);
- Marian and Elaine sang Joe Hill;
- Mark sang Fiddler's Green;
- Lydia sang Roseville Fair (Bill Staines);
- Michelle (violin) played Doney Gal and Richmond Cotillion;
- and Morris Folk Choir sang Mingulay Boat Song.
Join us on Tuesday 27th March for more of the same, but completely different.

January 2018
Tuesday 30th - Speakeasy, Dalston
- James opened the evening with Freedom come all ye;
- Tanja played Cold Frosty Morning on the banjo;
- Simon (with guitar) with Mark (on harmonica) sang his own song Longing to hold you;
- Choir warmed up with a South African round;
- Choir sang Byker Hill;
- Fiona sang Come And I Will Sing You, a song from From Newfoundland;
- Belinda (first time singing at Morris Folk Club) sang Make you feel my love (which was written by Bob Dylan, and not Adele);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Chattanooga Choo Choo;
- Anja got everyone to join in Voices, That's All by Chumbawamba.
In the second half:
- Michelle (violin) with Tanja (banjo) sang Didn't He Ramble, after Charlie Poole;
- James sang Davy Cross;
- Elise (with guitar) sang Swing And Turn, Jubilee;
- Michelle taught everyone to sing Red Red Rose (after a Burns poem);
- Simon (with guitar) with Mark (on harmonica) sang his own song I See The Beauty;
- Belinda sang Fields of Athenry;
- Mark W (first time singing at Morris Folk Club) sang Rolling Down On Old Maui;
- Phil sang The Rattling Bog;
- The choir sang Ho Ro Haradala.

November 2017
Tuesday 28th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
We had the Morris Folk Club for November on Tuesday - the last one of 2017. This is how it went:
- Iain sang Roving Journeyman (The Corries);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang To Live Is To Fly (Townes van Zandt);
- Tanja sang Omili Mi U Selu Divojka (a traditional song from Dalmatia);
- Michelle led us all in Chilly Winds;
- Phil sang Black and White (Ewen Carruthers);
- Fiona sang Poor Man’s Son (Andy Mckay, via Kris Drever);
- Don (with guitar) sang Another Lonely Day (Ben Harper);
- Michelle (with fiddle), accompanied by Hannah (clogs), sang Cluck Old Hen;
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Wren In The Furze;
- Michael (with guitar) and Mark (with harmonica) sang Truck Driving Man (Terry Fell);
- Iain sang Jamie Raeburn;
- Tanja (with banjo) and Geri sang The Cool Of The Day (Jean Ritchie);
- Jonathan F-T sang As The Dawn Breaks (Richard Hawley);
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Coventry Carol;
- Phil sang Ah Cud Hew (Ed Pickford);
- Peter sang Mother Of Mine;
- Simon (with guitar), accompanied by Mark (with harmonica), sang his own song, I See The Beauty;
- Michael (with guitar), Don (with harmonica) and Angharad sang Dark As A Dungeon (Merle Travis, via Johnny Cash);
- Michelle sang Bonny At Morn;
- Dan (with guitar) and Geri sang The Sea Captain (Sandy Denny);
- and Michelle led us all in Hard Winter (Jan Harmon) and Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn (The White Stripes).
Join us at the Stag's Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in January, for more of the same but completely different.


October 2017
Tuesday 31st - Stag's Head, Hoxton
- Iain sang Willing Conscript (a Tom Paxton song);
- James sang Frida Kahlo's Visit to the Taybridge Bar (Michael Marra);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang It's Too Late (Little Walter);
- Michelle led us all in Have You Seen The Ghost Of John (a round) and The Deil is Deid;
- Fiona sang Crossing The Bar (Tennyson);
- Mike (with guitar) sang Shine On Harvest Moon;
- Liz sang Griesly Bride (John Manifold);
- Tanja (with banjo) played Shove The Pig's Foot A Little Further In The Fire while Hannah clogged;
- Phil sang The Jolly Bargeman (Cicely Fox Smith);
- Mick sang Winter Turns To Spring (Robb Johnson);
- Michelle led us all in Reuben James, with Tanja on banjo and Hannah on clogs;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own You Will Find Love;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Fallen Peaches (Handsome Family);
- Eleanor sang The Snow It Melts The Soonest;
- Suzanne sang I Saw The Dead (Villagers);
- Anja sang Home Fires (The Men They Couldn't Hang);
- Michelle (with violin) sang The Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney);
- Anna sang When The Snows Of Winter Fall (Graeme Miles);
- JP sang Ode To Autumn (Robert Burns);
- Michelle led us all in Soul Cake;
- Jen sang her own Riches Of Silver;
- Iain sang Running To Stand Still (U2);
- Liz sang Here's The Tender Coming;
- James sang Flowers Of Knaresborough Forest;
- Mike and Elise (with guitars) sang I'll Fly Away;
- Michelle (with Tanja on banjo) led us all in Eli The Barrow Boy (The Decemberists);
- Jez (with guitar) sang Pass It Along (Scott Cook).
Join us at the Stag's Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in November, for more of the same but completely different.

September 2017
Tuesday 26th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
Here's how the Morris Folk Club for September went last night:
- Jon (with banjo) sang The Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Is The Light Of An Oncoming Train) (a Half Man Half Biscuit song) and The Gambler (after Kenny Rogers);
- Tanja (banjo) and Michael (guitar) sang Oh Sister (Bob Dylan);
- James sang Taking On Men (Jez Lowe);
- Michelle led us all in Three Drunken Maidens;
- Hannah sang The Changeling's Lullaby (after Lady Maisery);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Move That Thing (Memphis Jug Band);
- Iain sang In The Sidings (Cyril Tawney);
- Geri (with guitar) sang Go Your Way (Anne Briggs);
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Wood Thrush Song (Laurie Lewis);
- Dan (with guitar) sang All Tomorrow's Parties (Velvet Underground);
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Angeline The Baker, and Richmond Cotillion (after Simpson/Cutting/Kerr);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Abroad As I Was Walking;
- James sang Farewell To The Gold (Paul Metsers);
- Iain sang Patrick (The Humblebums);
- Michelle led us all in Sammy's Bar (Cyril Tawney);
- Elise (flute) and Michael (guitar) played Carolan's Welcome;
- Tanja (banjo) played Planxty George Brabazon;
- Michael (guitar), Tanja (banjo) and Elise (flute) sang Erie Canal (after Bruce Springsteen);
- Anja led us all in Good Fortune And Blessing (an English version of a German round);
- and Michelle led us all in Haul Away Joe.
Join us at the Stag's Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in October (Halloween!), for more of the same but completely different.

August 2017
Tuesday 29th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
We were a smaller group yesterday than usual with a number of our regulars away, but we had an excellent and diverse evening of music nevertheless, with several first time visitors and performers. Here is what we heard during the evening:
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Poison in a Glass of Wine
- Tanja played Dark Girl Dressed in Blue on the banjo
- Geri (with guitar), a first time performer at Morris, sang Fare Thee Well, after Joan Baez
- Dan (with guitar), another first time performer at Morris, sang his own song inspired by the Master and Margarita, called The Silent Stone
- Phil sang Ah Cud Hew, a northern mining song by Ed Pickford
- Ruth sang The Cuckoo is a Funny Bird
- Everyone sang Roll the Old Chariot Along
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own song Sparkle
- Fiona and Elaine led everyone into singing Jock Stewart
- Phil opened the second half by singing Polly on the Shore, after Fairport Convention
- Fiona sang The Fox, after Pete Seeger
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Song for my Broken Heart by David Rovics
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Coventry Carol
- Dan (with guitar) sang his own song I Didn't see the Moon
- Geri (with guitar) sang The North Country Maid
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own song Hounslow
- Ruth and Simon led into the Wood Thrush's Song by Laurie Lewis
- Tanja (with banjo) led everyone into Rueben James
- David, a first time performer at Morris, sang As the Tide is Flowing
- To wrap up the evening, Anja led everyone into Mingulay Boat Song.

July 2017
Tuesday 25th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
We were in sad and reflective mood on Tuesday at the Morris Folk Club for July, as our beloved friend and Morris Folk Choir member Mandy had died at the weekend, and she was very much in our minds as we spoke and as we sang. It was a rather special evening.
Here's how it went:
- Michelle led us in a round, When You Were Born You Cried ('and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice');
- Iain sang Whole Wide World (Wreckless Eric);
- Jon (with guitar) sang Gangsters (The Specials) and (with banjo) Wagon Wheel;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Every Grain Of Sand (Bob Dylan);
- Michelle led us all in Freedom Train;
- Fay (Michelle's mum, first time performing at Morris) sang La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf);
- Matt sang Shepherds Song;
- Hannah and Ginny sang Oh, Have You Seen That Turtle Dove?;
- Suzanne G sang One December Morn (The Young'Uns);
- Morris choir sang King Of Birds;
- Pete (Seth's dad) sang Johnny Todd;
- Mike (with guitar) played Romance Anonimo and sang Agua (Jarabe de Palo);
- Caroline sang The Briar and The Rose (Tom Waits);
- Marian read two poems, Late Fragments by Raymond Carver and The Dead by Billy Collins;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own The Hardest Heart;
- Michelle led us all in The Mingulay Boat Song;
- Fay sang Hymne a L'amour (Edith Piaf);
- Esme (first time solo at folk club) sang The Southern Girl's Reply (from Tim Eriksen);
- Iain sang The Wild Mountain Thyme;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Cuckoo Bird;
- Pete sang The Water Is Wide;
- Marian sang The Fields Of Athenry;
- Anja sang The Edge Of The World Shanty (The Mekons);
- Michelle sang Your Long Journey;
- and Michelle, Tanja and Matt (on fiddle, banjo and guitar) led us in Roseville Fair to finish.
Join us at the Stag's Head, Hoxton in August for more of the same, but completely different.


June 2017
Tuesday 27th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
We were missing a few regulars at our June folk club, but our numbers were amply swelled by a group from The Wrablers, and everyone was in good voice.
Here's how it went:
- Iain sang The Collier Laddie;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Leaving of Liverpool (/Europe!);
- Jon (with guitar) sang Far From Any Road (a Handsome Family song);
- Michelle led us all in Round & Round We Turn (a round!) and Until The Dark Time Ends (Alouette Iselin);
- Pete and Seth (our first father and son duet?) sang Joe Hill;
- The Wrablers sang Shenandoah and Farewell My Friends;
- Tanja played Barlow Knife on banjo;
- Elaine sang her own topical, election-related version of Fathom The Bowl);
- Morris Folk Choir sang All For Me Grog;
- Michelle played Lorna (Pete Cooper) and Sweet Marie on fiddle;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Love Is Alive;
- Jon (with banjo) sang The Money Rolls In;
- Anja sang I Wish That They'd Sack Me (Chumbawamba);
- Michelle led us all in Homeward Bound (a capstan shanty);
- Mark (with harmonicas) sang Flyin' Shoes (Townes van Zandt);
- Iain sang When All Night Long (Gilbert & Sullivan);
- The Wrablers sang Westering Home;
- Wendy and Louli (from The Wrablers) sang Duncan Gray (Robert Burns);
- Michelle sang The Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney);
- Jen sang Somewhere Between Your Heart And Mine (Merle Haggard);
- Michelle led us all in another song called Homeward Bound (Ben Kweller).
Join us at the Stag's Head, Hoxton in July for more of the same, but completely different.


May 2017
Tuesday 30th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
We saw out May with another good night at Morris Folk Club, a busy evening with several firsts.
Here's how it went:
- Iain sang Intro (an Ariana Grande song);
- Anita (a regular at folk club but a first-time performer) sang If I Were A Blackbird;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang My Home Is A Prison (from Slim Harpo);
- Michelle sang Dark Swift And Bright Swallow (Martin Simpson);
- Hannah gave us Cuttin Id Teeth, a dialect poem by Joseph Baron;
- Michelle led us all in a round, Early To Bed, and then The Padstow May Day Song;
- Michael led us in a round version of Pick A Bale Of Cotton/Cluck Old Hen;
- Michael (with guitar) and Elise sang Milord (from Edith Piaf);
- Fiona (with, for the first time, mandolin) sang Daisy (Karine Polwart);
- Seth (first time solo) sang Lime Juice Tub;
- Ginny and Iain sang The Death Of Queen Jane (from Karine Polwart's version, with their own harmony);
- Ruth sang John Ball;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Love Is Alive;
- Morris Folk Choir sang Free Little Bird;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Press Gang;
- Liz (another first-time performer at folk club) gave us the poem, Your Baby Has Fell Down The Plughole;
- Iain sang Where Two Hawks Fly (The Corries);
- Elise (with guitar) sang The L&N Don't Stop Here Any More (Jean Ritchie);
- Michelle led us all in May Song (We've Been A Rambling All Of The Night);
- Jen sang her own The Modern Way;
- Michael (with guitar) sang his own song about the Crystal Palace Park Train;
- Michelle (with mandolin) sang Cotton Mill Girls;
- finally Michelle led us all in Hal an Tow.
Join us at The Stag's Head, Hoxton, at the end of June, for more of the same but completely different.


April 2017
Tuesday 25th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
Although we were missing choir leader Michelle at Morris Folk Club on Tuesday night, so didn't have as much learning and singing together as usual, we still had a good night.

Here's how it went:
- James sang The Beggarman (from Jeannie Robertson);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang River of Joy (from Jaybird Coleman);
- Caroline sang Naughty Baby (from Fay Hield);
- Seth gave us John Betjeman's poem, Middlesex;
- a Morris Folk Choir group sang The Cuckoo is a Funny Bird;
- Michael (with guitar) and Tanja sang Stories of the Street (Leonard Cohen);
- John (with guitar) sang his own song, The Poverty Line;
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own song, Driftwood;
- Murray (with guitar) sang his own song, The Woods of my Heart;
- a Morris Folk Choir group sang Three Craws;
- Fiona sang Ghosts (Kris Drever);
- Iain sang Come By The Hills (from The Corries);
- Elise, Michael and Mark (with guitars and harmonica) sang When I Go Away (Levon Helm);
- Tanja played Ievan Polkka on violin;
- Seth and Iain (with guitar) sang Flower of Scotland (The Corries);
- Tanja and Elise (with guitars) sang Emmylou (First Aid Kit);
- a Morris Folk Choir group sang Carrion Crow;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own You Will Find Love;
- James sang We Will All Go Together When We Go (Tom Lehrer);
- a Morris Folk Choir group (with Tanja on violin) sang Dej Mi Boze Joci Sokolove;
- Caroline sang Little Yellow Roses (from Fay Hield, written by Trevor Peacock);
- Iain sang Kishmul's Galley (from The Corries);
- Lydia sang a song about Ruth the Moabite;
- Michael led us all in The Grey Goose;
- Ruth, Simon and Ginny led us in The Wood Thrush Song (Laurie Lewis);
- and Murray (with guitar) sang On The Nickel (Tom Waits).
Join us at The Stag's Head, Hoxton, at the end of May, for more of the same but completely different.


March 2017
Tuesday 28th - Stag's Head, Hoxton

Morris Folk Club last night was another good one.
This is how it went:
- Iain and Ginny sang Sweet Nightingale (from Jane and Amanda Threlfall's version);
- James sang Bold Sir Rylas;
- Michelle (on fiddle) played Coleman's March;
- Michelle led us all in Cuckoo, a French round;
- Fiona sang Three Ravens (from Malinky's version);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Born With The Blues (Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee);
- Iain sang Billy Taylor (from Malinky's version);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Follow The Heron (Karine Polwart);
- Phil sang Lovely Molly (from Sam Lee's version);
- Anja sang Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck and Kommt ein Vogel geflagen;
- Michael (with guitar) sang Framboise (Boby Lapointe);
- Michelle led us all in The Cuckoo is a Funny Bird;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own The Hardest Heart;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Danny Boy;
- Michelle led us all in The Cock Fight (The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey);
- Iain sang Ophelia's Song (from Jane and Amanda Threlfall);
- James sang Last of the Widows (Jez Lowe);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Chickens In The Garden (from Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young);
- and Michelle (with fiddle) led us in Cluck Old Hen.
Come along to the Stag's Head, Hoxton, at the end of April for more of the same, but completely different.


February 2017
Tuesday 28th - Stag's Head, Hoxton

Morris Folk Club last night was another good one; packed with good stuff, and slightly emotional as we bade farewell to Tim as a member of the Morris Folk Choir, though we expect to see him regularly, on visits up from Devon, on the London folk circuit!

This is how it went:
- Iain sang (and taught) Three Craws;
- Fiona sang You Can't Be A Pirate (Don Freed, via Tom Lewis);
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Blossom And Fruit;
- James sang Smith Of Bristol;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Dej Mi Boze Joci Sokolove;
- Michelle taught and led us all in When You Were Born You Cried (a round) and Oh Good Ale;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Ride Of Death (an English version of the Dutch song Dodenrit);
- Caroline sang The Hog-Eye Man;
- Iain sang Nathan Jones (The Supremes, via Bananarama);
- Ruth sang Handsome Molly;
- Brian (with guitar) sang Racing With The Sun (from Ella Jenkins);
- Morris Folk Choir sang Magpie (from The Unthanks);
- Anja taught us Good Fortune And Blessing, an English version of a German round);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own The Hardest Heart;
- Julia, Annie and Mark (with, variously, accordion, concertina and fiddle) sang Olive Tree (by Tom Springfield and Diane Lampert) and I Wish The Wars Were All Over;
- Michelle and Julia sang Turtle Dove;
- Michelle (on fiddle) played The Cuckoo's Nest / The Falls Of Richmond;
- Tanja, Ginny and Iain sang The Parting Glass (after The Voice Squad);
- Elise (with guitar) sang Poor Black Mattie (R L Burnside);
- Michelle led us all in The Mingulay Boat Song;
- Tim (with guitar) led us in his own St Giles' Bowl;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Nailmakers' Strike (from Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin);
- James sang Schooldays End (Ewan MacColl);
- Caroline sang Jim Beam (a scurrilously-adapted version of John Ball!);
- Iain sang Making Time (his version of one of Tim's songs);
- and we closed with Tim leading us all in Thousands Or More (the Copper Family song).

Come along to the Stag's Head, Hoxton, at the end of March for more of the same, but completely different.


January 2017
Tuesday 31st - Stag's Head, Hoxton

Morris Folk Club was back at the Stag's Head, Hoxton on Tuesday for the first club of the year. We didn't have as many Folk Choir and communal items as usual, in Michelle's absence, but here's what we did have:

- Jon (with guitar) sang By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Jimmy Webb);
- Iain sang The Loch Tay Boat Song;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Little Birdie (from The Kossoy Sisters);
- James sang The Rambling Rover;
- some of the choir led us all in Jock Stewart;
- Fiona sang A Man's A Man For A' That;
- Caroline sang The Sucking Pig;
- Michael and Elise (with guitars) sang Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit (Georges Brassens);
- Jon (with guitar) sang Old Purple Tin (Alabama 3);
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own song, Recognition;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own song, The Hardest Heart;
- James sang The Woolloomooloo Lair;
- Iain sang She Moved Through The Fair;
- some of the choir led us all in Chickens In The Garden;
- Michael (with guitar) sang Dance Me To The End Of Love (Leonard Cohen);
- Marian and Sue read a satirical Trump-related poem (in the style of Burns) by Lorna Wallace, A Scot's Lament Fur Her American Fellows;
- Caroline sang The Briar and The Rose (Tom Waits);
- Elise (with guitar) sang a song of her own;
- and the evening ended with us all singing The Mingulay Boat Song.

Join us on Tuesday 28th February at the Stag's Head, Hoxton, for more of the same (and a bit more), but completely different.


November 2016
Tuesday 22nd - Stag's Head, Hoxton
Morris Folk Club on Tuesday: a packed evening for our last folk club of the year.
Here's how it went:
- Iain sang Long Time Gone (from the Everly Brothers);
- Tim (with guitar) sang Sweet Lemany;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye (the first Leonard Cohen tribute of the night);
- Michael (with guitar) sang Sally Wheatley (by Joe Wilson);
- James sang I Can Hew, Boys (David Dodds);
- Ruth and Iain sang The King;
- Michelle warmed us up with a round, Banbury Ale, and then led us all in The November Drinking Song (Magpie Lane);
- Fiona sang Song For Mary (written by Karine Polwart for Shee);
- Caroline sang In The Shade Of The Old 'Arris Mill;
- Matt sang Eddie Don't Like Furniture (John Hegley);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang On The Road Again (The Memphis Jug Band);
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Wren In The Furze (after The Chieftains);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Don't Go;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang St Giles Bowl (Tim's song!);
- Michelle (with violin) sang a version of Turkey In The Straw which incorporated an Ojibway version of the song;
- Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas carol, 'What is that light?');
- Anja sang Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck saß;
- Elise (with guitar) sang a song of her own;
- Michelle led us all in Hunting The Wren;
- Caroline sang John Ball;
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Alexandra Rose;
- Elaine, Fiona and Iain sang Echo Mocks The Corncrake (from Songs Of Separation);
- James sang Time Ashore Is Over (Bill Meek);
- Joanna sang Cadgwith Anthem;
- Iain sang Flora (the Lily of the West) (from Peter, Paul and Mary);
- and Michelle led us all in Bird On The Wire (Leonard Cohen, of course) and Cotton Mill Girls.

And that's it for 2016! Join us in 2017, on the last Tuesday of January, at the Stag's Head Hoxton, for more of the same, but completely different.


October 2016
Tuesday 25th - Stag's Head, Hoxton
Morris Folk Club on Tuesday, and another good evening. Half-term meant that some regulars were away, but also that we had some new folk.
If you weren't there, this is what you missed:

- Iain sang April Morn (from Jane & Amanda Threlfall);
- Tim (with guitar) sang Stratton Water;
- Mark (with two harmonicas!) sang Ghost Riders In The Sky;
- Fiona sang The Dreadful End of Marianna For Sorcery (by Karine Polwart);
- Michelle led us in a warm-up round of Ah Poor Bird;
- Michelle taught us all The Magpie (from The Unthanks' version);
- Mike (with guitar), first-time solo performer at the club, sang Little Sadie;
- Peter (with guitar) sang his own song, To The Moon;
- Tanja and Iain sang The Wagoner's Lad (after The Kossoy Sisters);
- Christina (a first-timer at folk club, down from the Isle of Lewis) sang the Gaelic song Milleadh nam Bràithrean;
- Brian sang an updated version of his old band’s Little Man;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Three Little Babes;
- Michelle taught us all a version of In My Time Of Dying;
- Michelle sang The Wood Thrush's Song (Laurie Lewis);
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Where The Lily and Ivy Grow;
- Iain sang A Sailor's Life (after Fairport Convention);
- Ruth sang The Uttoxeter Souling Song;
- Peter (with guitar) sang his version of the tale of Adam and Eve;
- and Michelle led us all in Eli The Barrow Boy (The Decemberists).

Join us on the last Tuesday of November, at the Stag's Head Hoxton, for more of the same, but completely different.


September 2016
Tuesday 27th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
Another good evening at the Morris Folk Club last night; some regulars missing, but some new folk along, and singing!
This is how the evening unfolded:

- Iain sang Good King Wenceslas;
- Fiona sang The Lark In The Clear Air;
- Tim (with guitar) sang a new song of his own, possibly called Stitches and Patches;
- Michelle led us all in a warm-up round, As The Swan Swims;
- James sang Clyde Water;
- Peter (with guitar) sang his own School is a Sausage Factory;
- Marian (singing solo at the club for the first time) sang Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma (the Melanie song); 
- Michelle led us all in My Singing Bird;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own The Open Door;
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang Eagle (the Abba song);
- Michelle sang a version of Turtle Dove;
- Michelle led us all in A Maiden Came To London Town;
- Joanna (another first-timer) sang Galileo (the Indigo Girls song);
- Bernadette (another first-timer at the club) sang John Ball;
- Anja sang The King of Rome (the Dave Sudbury song);
- Iain sang Losing You (the Randy Newman song);
- Fiona sang a completely different version of Turtle Dove;
- Tim (with guitar) sang Down Among The Dead Men;
- Peter (with guitar) sang his own I Love A Country Song;
- Suzanne (with guitar) sang her own Tragic Comedy;
- James sang Mandalay (Kipling’s poem/song, in Peter Bellamy’s setting)
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Ashokan Farewell/Swananoa;
- and the evening was rounded off by a communal reprise of My Singing Bird and then Mingulay Boat Song.


Come along to the Stag’s Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in October, for more of the same, but completely different.


August 2016
Tuesday 30th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
A folk club for the end of summer last night, appropriately laid-back for a warm August evening.
This is how the evening went:
- Iain sang Derwentwater’s Farewell;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Scarborough Fair;
- Michelle led us all in a round, When You Were Born You Cried;
- Fiona sang The Lark In The Clear Air;
- Michelle (with violin) sang Linden Lea;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own You Will Find Love;
- Michael (with guitar) and Elise (with flute) sang Waterbound (a Dirk Powell song);
- Ruth sang Handsome Molly;
- Michelle taught us all Mollymauk (a Bob Watson song);
- Iain sang Nevertheless (a Rutles song);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Lungs (a Townes van Zandt song);
- Michael (with guitar) sang I Like Birds (an Eels song);
- Morris Folk Choir led us all in King of Birds (a Karine Polwart song);
- Elise (with guitar) sang La Llorona (a traditional Mexican Spanish song);
- Michelle sang a version of The Cuckoo Bird;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Where Have You Gone?;
- Ruth sang The King;
- and Michelle (with guitar) rounded off the evening by leading us all in The Rattling Bog.
Come along to the Stag’s Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in September, for more of the same, but completely different.


July 2016
Tuesday 26th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
Another good evening at the Morris Folk Club last night, with old friends and new.
If you weren’t there, this is what you missed:
- Iain sang I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now;
- Tanja sang Sivi Sokole;
- Michelle led us all in Tumbalalaika;
- Brian O’F and his friend Brian (with guitars) sang Cluck Old Hen/This Old Hammer, and Santiano;
- James sang Lock Keeper (from Stan Rogers);
- Morris Folk Choir and all sang Haul Away Joe;
- Fiona and Sarah sang Wild Goose (Ranzo);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Hounslow;
- Don (with guitar) sang Jock Stewart;
- Michelle sang Woodpecker (from Handsome Family);
- Morris Folk Choir (with Tanja on banjo) and all sang Bonny Ship The Diamond;
- Hannah sang Michael (from Red Molly);
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang Wonderful Life (from Black);
- Iain sang Wallet (from Regina Spektor);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Turtle Dove;
- James sang Lowlands Away;
- Brian (with guitar) sang an English version of Bruach na Carraige Báine;
- and Morris Folk Choir and all sang Roseville Fair.
Come along to the Stag’s Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in August, for more of the same, but completely different.

June 2016
Tuesday 28th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
People were a bit subdued at last night’s Morris Folk Club to start with, post-referendum, what with one thing and another, but our spirits were lifted - for the evening at least - by an evening of singing together.
Here’s how it went:
- We all sang Down In The River To Pray;
- Fiona, Iain, Jon, Tim (guitar) and Tanja (banjo) led us in Union Maid;
- Iain sang two short songs together, Dear Friends and The Way Old Friends Do (originally by Queen and Abba, respectively);
- Fiona sang Between The Wars (Billy Bragg);
- Peter (with guitar) sang his own humorous variation on Where Have All The Flowers Gone?;
- Jon (with guitar) sang The Frozen Logger (from Cisco Houston);
- We all sang Handsome Molly (with Tim, Tanja and Peter accompanying);
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang The Times They Are A-Changing;
- Brian sang his old band’s Little Man;
- Elise (with guitar) sang an as-yet-untitled song of her own;
- Tim (with guitar) sang Captain Of The Waterways (unearthed in the EFDSS library);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Turtle Dove (this version from The Duhks);
- Jon (with guitar) sang Waiting Round To Die (Townes Van Zandt);
- after the break, Iain sang The Haughs O’ Cromdale;
- Peter (with guitar) sang his own humorous variation on My Name Is Macnamara;
- Jen sang Somewhere Between Your Heart And Mine (Merle Haggard);
- Brian led us all in Haul Away Joe;
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang her own Tragic Comedy;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Little Birdie (with Tim on guitar) (from The Kossoy Sisters);
- Tim led us all in Chicken On A Raft;
- and Tim, Brian and Iain led us in General Taylor to finish.
Come along to the Stag’s Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in July, for more of the same, but completely different.


May 2016
Tuesday 31st - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
This is what happened at yesterday's Morris Folk Club:
Morris sang Eli the Barrow Boy with Tanja on the banjo and Jon on the guitar
Jon (guitar) and Tim (on John Renbourne's banjo, no less) sang Rolling in my sweet baby's arms
James sang Fair Flower of Northumberland
Tanja sang Vehni Vehni Fijolica, a Croatian folk song
Morris sang Summer Is Icumen In
Peter (with guitar) sang a cheerful variation on Streets of Laredo
Simon (with guitar) sang his own song When Everything Changed
Michael sang his own song The Pneumatic Express, accompanied by Elise on slide guitar
Morris sang Keel Row
Fiona sang Johnny Be Fair
Brian (with guitar) sang Big Yellow Taxi
Caroline sang Oh My Son Henry
Tim sang Whistle and I'll come to you my lad
After the break, Jon (with guitar) sang Love Will Tear Us Apart
Tim sang his own song Hearts Reflected On The Water
Michael sang his own song Life's Alright With Me
Elise (guitar) accompanied by Tim (banjo) sang Shady Grove
Peter (with guitar) sang the Wee Wee Song
James sang London Town
Caroline sang John Ball
Tanja led Morris into singing Hal and Tow to wrap up the evening.
See you all again on the 28th June!

April 2016
Tuesday 26th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
We had a few new people along at Morris Folk Club on Tuesday, via friends, Google and Radio 3!
There was, as ever, much joining in (sea songs were much in evidence), which is how we like it. Here’s how it went:

- Tanja (banjo), Tim (guitar) and Jen led us all in I’ll Fly Away;
- Iain got us to join in on The Model Ship (a sea-shanty version of Kraftwerk’s The Model);
- Tim (with guitar) sang Sweet Lemany;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang The Cuckoo Bird;
- Brian and Ben (with guitars) sang Galway Girl (a Steve Earle song);
- we all sang Blood Red Roses;
- Tim and Elise (with guitars) sang The Hares On The Mountain;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Hopping Down In Kent;
- Fiona sang The Whole Of The Moon (from The Waterboys, via Karine Polwart);
- Simon (with guitar) sang Some Things Last A Long Time (his version of a Daniel Johnston song);
- Jen sang her own Riches Of Silver;
- Caroline sang Santiana;
- Elise (with guitar) sang Green Grows The Laurel;
- Gervaise sang Follow Me ‘Ome (by Rudyard Kipling);
- Ruth sang Home, Lad (from a poem by Cicely Fox Smith);
- we all sang South Australia;
- Iain sang The Death of Queen Jane (from Sheena Wellington);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Maid In Bedlam;
- Brian, with Ben on guitar, sang On Raglan Road;
- Tanja sang Ederlezi (a Romany Gipsy song);
- Iain sang Lowlands Away;
- Caroline sang John Ball;
- and Morris Choir sang Reuben James and the Mingulay Boat Song.

Come along to the Stag’s Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday in May, for more of the same, but completely different.


March 2016
Tuesday 29th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
We had another good evening at Morris Folk Club on Tuesday. We thought it might be quieter than usual, being just after the Easter weekend, but we had a good turnout, most performers did more than one song, and everyone was in fine singing mood.
This is how it went:
- Anja led us all in Bella Mama;
- Iain sang Angel Band;
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Oyster Girl;
- Fiona sang Braw Sailin’ On The Sea (from Kris Drever);
- Jon (with guitar) sang Sixteen Tons;
- Caroline sang Let Union Be In All Our Hearts;
- Hogtoon (a possibly one-off ensemble of Don, Michael and Simon!) sang Sloop John B;
- Jen, with Tanja (banjo) and Tim (guitar) led Morris Folk Choir in Handsome Molly;
- Tanja, Ginny and Iain sang The Parting Glass;
- James sang Rolling Down The River (a Jack Forbes song);
- Jen sang her own Modern Way;
- Ruth led us in A Long Time Ago;
- Simon (with guitar) sang Some Things Last A Long Time (his version of a Daniel Johnston song);
- Trev (first time performing at Morris) sang (with guitar) his own Along The Way;
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang The Boatman (The Levellers);
- Tanja sang a Croatian song, Dej Mi Boze Joci Sokolove;
- Tanja, Elaine, Michael and Suzanne G led us all in Johnny Bowker;
- Iain sang April Come She Will;
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Alexandra Rose;
- Jon (with guitar) sang Willie Nelson’s I Gotta Get Drunk;
- Caroline sang Little Yellow Roses;
- Don (with guitar) sang his own Deirdre Barlow Eyes;
- Ruth sang Old Sir Simon The King;
- James sang Bamfield’s John Vanden (Chris Frye of The Bills);
- Trev (with guitar) sang his own We Will Wake;
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang her own Homeward Bound;
- Jon (with guitar) sang Stagger Lee;
- Tim (guitar) and Tanja (banjo) played the Morpeth Rant;
- Jen, by popular demand, reprised her new song with fine singalong chorus, Modern Way;
- Don led us Morris Folk Choir in Press Gang;
- Caroline led us all in John Bull;
- and as people headed off into the night, people were still singing and playing songs like I’ll Fly Away and Down In The River…

Do join us on the last Tuesday of April, at the Stag’s Head in Hoxton, for more of the same, but completely different.


February 2016
Tuesday 23rd - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
Another splendid evening last night at Morris Folk Club, with our usual hallmarks: plentiful joining in, and songs from an impressively wide range of sources, none sounding out of place.

If you weren’t there, here’s what you missed:
- Iain sang California Earthquake (from Mama Cass’s version);
- Jon W (with guitar) sang The Kindness of Strangers (Nick Cave);
- Michelle (with recorder) sang Bonny At Morn;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang St Louis Blues;
- Michelle led us all in The Drunken Sailor;
- Caroline sang The Briar and The Rose (Tom Waits);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (a Croatian folk song);
- Fiona sang The Unst Boat Song (a Shetland song in Norn);
- Michelle led us all in Chicken On A Raft (Cyril Tawney);
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Never Lose Your Sparkle;
- James sang Black Diamonds (Jez Lowe);
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Blow Your Candles Out;
- Elise (with guitar) sang Queen of Hearts (from Joan Baez);
- Michael (with guitar) sang Shine On Harvest Moon (from Leon Redbone);
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang The Boatman (The Levellers);
- Anja (first time performer at MFC) led us in Bella Mama;
- Jon W (with guitar) sang Gangsters (The Specials);
- Iain sang Peggy Gordon;
- Tim (with guitar) sang a medley of I Wonder What’s Keeping My True Love Tonight (Trad) and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor Swift);
- Michelle (with guitar) sang Be Careful, There’s A Baby In The House (Loudon Wainwright III);
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Waiting Round To Die (Townes Van Zandt);
- and we finished off with Michelle (with fiddle) leading us all in Country Life (The Watersons).

Come along to the Stag’s Head, Hoxton, on the last Tuesday of March for more of the same, but completely different.


January 2016
Tuesday 26th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton (no December club)
Another good night at Morris Folk Club last night.
Here's how it went (some photos to follow!):
- Michelle led us all in A Long Time Ago, Sally Free And Easy, and South Australia;
- Iain sang Parcel O' Rogues and Life On Mars?;
- Jonathan W sang Last Train And Ride (with guitar) and Crawdad Song (with banjo);
- Don (with guitar) sang Wild Mountain Thyme;
- Tim (with guitar) and Jen sang Poison In A Glass Of Wine;
- Morris Folk Choir sang The Mingulay Boat Song;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang I Wonder As I Wander;
- Brian (with guitar) sang Sail Away Ladies;
- Tanja (on banjo) played Staten Island;
- Alex sang Wildwood Flower (with guitar) and The Banks Of Claudy;
- Fiona sang January Man;
- Gervase sang Now Westlin Winds;
- Iain, Tim and Mark led everybody in All For Me Grog;
- Michelle sang Lord Franklin;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own You Will Find Love;
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang her own Driftwood;
- Caroline sang The Briar And The Rose and John Ball;
- Michael (with guitar) sang his own Plea To A Bee;
- Tommy (with guitar) sang St James Infirmary;
- Elise (with guitar) sang Donna Donna;
- Tim, Tanja and Elaine sang Sammy's Bar;
- Tim and Jen sang Tim's song, Christina Collins;
- all compered by Jo, who also gave us an improvised dramatic performance piece we'll call Cat First Aid...
Special thanks to all who performed and joined in - that is, everybody!
Come next time - the last Tuesday in February - for more of the same but completely different.


November 2015
Tuesday 24th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
Last night's folk club was a lot of fun, with several newcomers and a few previews of small group train songs and readings/stories ahead of Saturday's Morris Folk Choir concert.
Here's what you missed if you weren't there:
- Michelle led us all in learning Chicka Hanka;
- Sue read a Wendy Cope poem;
- a Morris group sang Train On The Island;
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Seafarers;
- Caroline sang John Ball (Sydney Carter);
- a Morris group sang In The Sidings (Cyril Tawney);
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Sweet Thames Flow Softly (Ewan MacColl);
- Jonathan F-T (back after saying farewell last month!) sang As The Dawn Breaks (Richard Hawley);
- a Morris group sang John Henry;
- Michelle led us all in learning Harriet Tubman (Walter Robinson);
- Morris choir sang Another Train (Pete Morton);
- Elaine told us a train-related story;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Love Is Alive;
- James (first-timer at folk club) sang The Bold Fusilier;
- Jonathan W (with banjo) sang Pretty Polly;
- Gervase (another first-timer) sang Row On;
- Michael & Elise (with guitars, more first-timers!) sang Roving Women (Connie Converse);
- Michelle led us all in Shosholoza;
- three Morris groups sang in turn The Rock Island Line, The L&N Don't Stop Here Any More (Jean Ritchie) and Morningtown Ride (Malvina Reynolds);
- Sue told us a train story;
- Iain sang Thomas O'Winesbury;
- Suzanne G (with guitar) sang a song of her own for the first time, the lovely Homeward Bound;
- Michelle (with fiddle) rounded off the evening singing The Grey Funnel line (Cyril Tawney).
Special thanks to all who performed and joined in.
Come next time - not December, probably January - for more of the same but completely different.


October 2015
Tuesday 27th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
In our best visited Folk Club yet earlier tonight at The Stag's Head, we had loads of performers and guests. There were some Halloween themed songs, and many others. We also had a number of club firsts, and some club lasts.
Matt, who compered the evening, opened with Neighbourhood Watch by Boothby Graffoe
Tanja played Nail that Catfish on the Tree on the banjo
Everyone sang two warm up songs, Ghosts and Bedlam Boys
Morris sang Reuben/ 500 miles
Don sang his own song Rockwell Museum
Hannah sang Blackbirds and Thrushes by Niamh Parsons
Everyone learned to sing The Twa Sisters
Tim played a set of two tunes on the guitar, Bonnie at Morn from Northumbria, and Jenny Pluck Pears, a Playford tune he learned from Leveret
Michelle sang Joan Baez's There But for Fortune
Pearl, a newcomer to our folk club, sang her own song Carn
After the interval, Jonathan FT and Tim sang the choir's favourite Welsh song Y Brawd Houdini
Simon sang his own song The Door
Everyone learned to sing The Daemon Lover
Jonathan FT sang a song by the Unthanks, Farewell Regality, as a farewell to Morris
Ruth, another newcomer to the club, sang the Uttoxeter Souling Song
Caroline, also a first time Morris performer, sang John Ball
Morris performed Vashti Bunyan's Train Song
Suzanne G, performing with a guitar for the first time ever, sang John Fullbright's song High Road
Fiona and Sarah performed Castleford Ladies Magical Circle as a duo
Tim and Jen also performed as a duo, singing Tim's song Christina Collins
Pearl returned to sing Cold Haily Windy Night and the Pirate's Gospel
Caroline and Fiona sang Mollymauk
We finished the evening with Mingulay Boat Song


September 2015
Tuesday 29th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton (no August club)
Another good night at Morris Folk Club last night - second time at the Stag's Head, a lovely room.
If you weren't there, this is what you missed:
- Iain sang A Calling-On Song and Gartan Mother's Lullaby;
- Tanja (banjo) and Tim (guitar) played The Seneca Square Dance, with clogging from Hannah (not her only clogging of the night!);
- Jonathan sang Jenny Waits For Me;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Man of Constant Sorrow;
- Simon (with guitar) sang Song To The Siren and his own Don't Leave Me In Hounslow;
- Michelle sang Here's A Health To The Company, and played (on fiddle) Sweet Marie / Jeff Sturgeon;
- Tim sang his own songs Blow Your Candles Out and The Banks Of Italy;
- Matt sang When You Go;
- Suzanne sang My Jolly Sailor Bold;
- Fiona sang The Testimony of Patience Kershaw;
- Morris Folk Choir sang This Old Hammer/Cluck Old Hen and Little Black Train;
- Michelle taught/led us all in Tower Of Strength, Union Maid and The Man That Waters the Workers' Beer;
- and we rounded the evening off by all joining in on St Giles' Bowl (one of Tim's songs in the choir's repertoire).
Join us on the last Tuesday of October for more of the same, but completely different!


July 2015
Tuesday 28th - Stag’s Head, Hoxton
We had a very good night at the Stag's Head in Hoxton last night for our July folk club. No club in August, but will we be back in Hoxton for our September night? Time will tell...
If you weren't there, here's what you missed:
- Michelle (with herself on fiddle and Tanja on banjo) sang Turpin Hero;
- Jon (with banjo) sang 900 Miles;
- Iain and Danica (first-time performer at Morris, with uke-impersonating fiddle) sang Who's Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?;
- Louis sang Carol, a poem by John Short set to a tune of Louis's own;
- Fiona sang John C Clark;
- Jonathan sang Rebel Soldier;
- Iain sang The Old Maid In The Garret;
- Danica played on fiddle The Turkey In The Straw and a British tune of unremembered name;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own When Everything Changed;
- Iain and Ginny sang The Slave's Lament;
- Tanja (with banjo) sang Oj Javore (The Maple Tree);
- Suzanne sang No Expectations (one of The Rolling Stones' folk songs);
- Michelle (with fiddle) played Green Willis;
- throughout the evening Michelle taught/led us all in John Kanaka, Factory Girl and Hopping Down In Kent;
- and, by way of a requested encore, Jon and Tanja on banjos and everyone else on voice ended the evening with I'll Fly Away.
Join us in the autumn for more of the same, but completely different!


May 2015
Tuesday 26th - St Barnabas Mission Hall, Dalston (no June club)
St Barnabus Church Hall was our folk club venue for the second time yesterday. Here is what we did:
- Morris sang the Clover Hacking Song, a traditional song from Kent, followed by Fathom The Bowl
- Simon sang his own song called Never Lose Your Sparkle, accompanied by Mark on the harmonica
- Fiona sang Being a Pirate by Don Freed, a song about the hazards of being a pirate (A pirate! A pirate!)
- Morris sang My Son John
- Tim sang a traditional song called I Wonder What's Keeping My True Love Tonight
- Mark sang John Barleycorn accompanying himself on the harmonica
- After the interval Morris sang Three Drunken Maidens
- Don sang his own song Leave It Up To Me
- Maddy sang a Kate Rusby song Who Will Sing Me Lullabies
- Tom sang The Mermaid
- Morris sang King of Birds by Karine Polwart
- Michelle played Green Willis, an American fiddle tune
- Tanja sang a song called Selma by Bosnian band Bijelo Dugme, because of its train theme
- To finish, Morris and guests learned to sing This Train (Is Bound For Glory) as sung by Big Bill Broonzy
The next folk club will be on Tuesday 30th June, and we'll let everyone know if there's a venue change.


April 2015
Tuesday 28th - St Barnabas Mission Hall, Dalston
We managed to turn the St Barnabas Church upper hall into a folk club last night pretty successfully!
I wonder where we'll be for the May folk club? We'll keep you posted.
Here's what the April folk club held for us:
- Iain sang I Once Loved A Lass;
- Tanja sang Ederlezi (a Romany spring festival song from the Balkans);
- Morris Choir sang Sumer Is Icumen In;
- Michelle (with violin) sang Wise Old Love;
- Tim (with guitar) sang a new, untitled song of farewell;
- Tim, Matt and Tanja played some tunes to ease us back into the second half, including Mairi's Wedding and Whiskey Fore Breakfast;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Don't Leave Me In Hounslow;
- Ed (with guitar), a first-timer at our club, sang You'll Never Miss Your Mother Till She's Gone (from Fiddlin' John Carson);
- Morris Choir sang Turn Around;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Black Betty (from Ram Jam's famous version, though Mark assured us it was based on a traditional marching tune, and we're sure he's right!);
- Lewis, another first-timer at our club, sang a version of Yeats's Song of the Old Mother, which he had set to a melody;
- Morris Choir sang Mairi's Wedding;
- Tom sang Tallow Candles;
- Iain sang The Ark (a Gerry Rafferty song);
- Michelle played (on violin) Ashokan Farewell And Swannanoa Waltz (by Jay Ungar and Rayna Gellert respectively);
- Morris Choir sang I'll Fly Away;
- and at various points in the evening, Michelle, our Morris Folk Choir director, taught/led us all in arrangements of: a medley of Mary Mack and Far Am Bi Mi Fhin; She Moved Through The Fair; Hamba Lulu (a Zulu wedding song)
Join us on the last Tuesday of May - wherever we may be - for more of the same, but completely different.


March 2015
Tuesday 31st - Dissenting Academy, Newington Green
Morris Folk Club last night at The Dissenting Academy went pretty well. Watch this space to see where Folk Club will be held in April...
Here's what you missed:
- at various points in the evening, Michelle, our Morris Folk Choir director, taught/led us all in This Old Freedom Train, By The Waters Of Babylon (Don MacLean version), The Bad Squire and John Ball;
- Don (with guitar) sang his own Time Of Life;
- Iain sang On Horseback (a Mike Oldfield song);
- Morris Folk Choir sang the Mingulay Boat Song;
- Jon (with guitar) sang In The Pines;
- Hannah did some clog-dancing, accompanied by Tanja on banjo and Tim on guitar (playing Seneca Square Dance followed by Shove The Pig's Foot a Bit Further In The Fire):
- Brian (with guitar) sang his own song, perhaps called Keep Inside The Lines;
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Poison In A Glass Of Wine;
- Tim (with guitar) sang a new song of his own, Sally Brown;
- Esme, Eli, Hannah and Elaine, accompanied by Tanja (banjo) and Matt (guitar), sang Roseville Fair;
- Tim, Mark, Matt, Jonathan and Brian sang The Old Dun Cow;
- Matt sang It's Far Too Serious (Boothby Graffoe);
- Fiona sang The L&N Don't Stop Here Any More;
- Iain sang Boots Of Spanish Leather;
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own song, perhaps called Let It All Wash Over;
- and Michelle played a pair of fiddle tunes: Lorna (by Pete Cooper) and Sweet Marie (trad).
Join us on the last Tuesday of April, somewhere or other, for more of the same but completely different.


February 2015
Tuesday 24th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
Last night's Folk Club was something special, with lots of smaller groups from the Morris Folk Choir trying out songs in advance of their gig on Saturday 7 March. Here's what you missed:
- in open rehearsal with the choir through the evening, everyone sang I've Been To Harlem, Whiskey From Rockingham and Barley Mow
- Don (with guitar) sang his own Rockwell Museum
- a Choir Group (we should give them names, really!) sang Ye Mariners All
- a CG sang Fathom The Bowl
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Don't Go
- a CG sang Just The One
- Mark (with harmonica) sang Crow On The Cradle (Sydney Carter)
- a CG sang Oh Good Ale
- a CG (with guitar) sang Sammy's Bar
- a CG sang Shepherd's Song
- Tim (with guitar) sang his own Long Red Hair
- a CG (with guitar) sang Martin Said To His Man
- Tanja sang Vehni, vehni fijolica (a Croatian folk song)
- a CG (with guitar) sang Jock Stewart
- a CG (with string band) sang Whiskey Fore Breakfast
- Iain sang Fhir A' Chinn Duibh (an old Gaelic song) and Highland Lament (a version of a Burns-collected song)
- Ruth and Helen (with guitar) - a first-time duo at folk club - did Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice
- Hannah gave us Any News Of The Iceberg? (a Les Barker monologue)
- a CG sang The Parting Glass
- a CG (with guitar) sang St Giles Bowl (written by Tim)
Join us on the last Tuesday of March for more of the same, but completely different.
Or before that, there is the Morris Folk Choir concert and ceilidh on Sat 7 March…


January 2015
Tuesday 27th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
First Morris Folk Club of the year last night, and it went rather well.
Here's what you missed:
- Tim (with guitar) sang two newly-written songs, Oyster Girl and Blossom & Fruit
- Fiona, Ginny and Iain (a first-time trio from the choir) sang Sorrys (a Burns Unit song)
- Tanja, with Matt on guitar, sang Dej Mi Boze Oci Sokolove, a traditional Croatian song
- Brian (with guitar) sang Raglan Road
- Simon (with guitar) sang his own Don't Go
- Mark (with harmonica) sang The Leaving Of Liverpool
- Iain sang Allelujah (the Fairground Attraction song, not Mr Cohen's)
- Fiona sang On Captain Grose (a Robert Burns song)
- Michelle sang The Grey Funnel Line (a Cyril Tawney song)
- Morris Folk Choir did Drunkard's Special, John Barleycorn, and Poison In A Glass Of Wine
- everyone learned in open rehearsal with the choir Byker Hill and Here's A Health To The Company (which we closed the night with)
Join us on the last Tuesday of February for more of the same, but completely different.


November 2014
Tuesday 25th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland (no December club)
Another good night at folk club last night. Our last club of the year, so a little Christmassy, but finishing, appropriately, with an echo of this month's Remembrance Day:
- in open rehearsal with Morris Folk Choir, throughout the evening, we sang Christmas Bells, Soul Cake, Rise Up Shepherd and Must Be Santa.
- Morris Folk Choir sang, at various points, November Drinking Song, So Much Wine (a Handsome Family song), I Saw Three Ships and Patapan.
- Iain sang Poor Little Jesus (from the version by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band).
- Michelle sang The Snow It Melts The Soonest
- Don, with guitar, sang his own Deirdre Barlow Eyes
- Tim sang Thousands Or More (a Copper Family song)
- Simon, with guitar, sang his own The Open Door
- Jonathan sang Suo Gan (a Welsh lullaby)
- Mark, with harmonica, sang Somewhere Between (a Merle Haggard song)
- Tanja sang O Kakva To Svetlost (a Croatian Christmas song)
- Brian, with Ben on guitar, sang a song whose name is yet to be revealed...
- Ginny and Iain sang The Death Of Queen Jane (from Karine Polwart's version, with their own harmony).
- Matt sang A Dollar Short Of Happy (a Nick Lowe/Ry Cooder song).
- Fiona sang Hanging On The Old Barbed Wire.
No folk club in December, so join us on the last Tuesday of January for more of the same, but completely different.


October 2014
Tuesday 28th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
What you would have heard (and perhaps sung along with) at last night's Morris Folk Club:
- learning with Morris Folk Choir, through the evening: Bad Moon Rising, The Bonny Bonny Bows of London, and Eli the Barrow Boy
- performed by Morris Folk Choir, through the evening: Caleb Meyer, Three Little Babes/Motherless Child, and Werewolves of London
- Iain singing Twa Corbies
- Don, with guitar, singing his own Leave It Up To Me
- Tim, with guitar, singing Three Score And Ten
- Jonathan singing This God Damn House (a Low Anthem song)
- Fiona singing The Unquiet Grave
- David, with guitar, singing Forever Autumn (from War Of The Worlds)
- Kieron, with tiny guitar, singing his own Landscape From A Dream
- Mark, with harmonica, singing Reuben James
- Matt on guitar and Michelle on fiddle played a Martin Hayes tune which will have to remain nameless for now (update: thanks to www.folktunefinder.com, Michelle can now tell you that it's The Booley House!)
- Suzanne G singing I Saw The Dead (a Villagers song)
- Tanja singing Am I Born To Die (a Charles Wesley hymn in the Sacred Harp tradition repertoire)
- Iain singing Thriller (a Michael Jackson song, though, as Iain pointed out, actually written by a Lincolnshire lad, Rod Temperton of Cleethorpes)
- Elaine reciting a seasonal poem, Paul Pumpkin
Join us on Tuesday 25 November, for more of the same, but completely different!


September 2014
Tuesday 30th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
Here's some of what you missed at tonight's Morris Folk Club:
- everyone joined the choir in Mairi's wedding, The ploughboy and the Cockney, and Paddy on the railway
- Tim and Tanja played Whiskey Fore Breakfast (on bazouki and banjo)
- Iain sang The brown and the yellow ale
- Jonathan sang Standing in line (a Lester Simpson song)
- Brian and Ben (a first-time team at folk club) sang and played Wagon wheel
- Iain, Ginny and Mandy (a first-time trio from the choir) sang I am stretched on your grave
- Fiona sang Hamish Henderson's Freedom come-all-ye
- Suzanne G sang No change (by The Levellers), accompanied by Michelle on the fiddle
- Simon sang and played his own song, Don't leave me in Hounslow
- Matt sang a short, weird song I'm going to have to ask him about! [Matt sang Boothby Graffoe's Pull back and reveal!]
- Don sang and played his own song, Timewasters please
- Tim sang and played Barbara Allen
- Tanja played Nancy
- Michelle sang and played Ban the bomb
- and special guest Brendan Collins sang and played a set of his own songs.
Don't miss next month's Morris folk club, on Tuesday 28 October; expect some seasonal offerings - the season, of course, being Halloween.


August 2014
Tuesday 26th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
If you didn't make it along to August's Morris Folk Club on Tuesday, here is some of what you missed:
Don sang his own Rockwell Museum;
Michelle sang Whisky in me Tay and played Cherokee Shuffle on fiddle;
Simon sang his own When Everything Changed;
David and Natasha performed You Do Something To Me (Paul Weller) and While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles);
Jonathan sang King of Rome (Dave Sudbury);
Fiona sang William and Davy (Kate Rusby);
Tanja played Planxty George Brabizan on banjo;
Mark did Black Betty (Ram Jam) with harmonica;
Morris Folk Choir performed Caleb Meyer and All for me grog;
and the assembled multitude learnt and sang (in open choir rehearsal fashion) Yenamanoa, Ye Jacobites by Name and Columbus Stockade Blues.
Another splendidly mixed bag. Come along in September for more of the same, except completely different!


June 2014
Tuesday 24th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland (no July folk club)
A good time at Morris Folk Club last night, with singing (solo, choir and much joining in), guitars, banjo, melodeon and mouth organ.
Here's some of what you missed:
The choir sang Babes In The Wood, and an African song (in round, and harmony!) from the open rehearsal.
Michelle sang The Cuckoo, and led everyone in Fathom The Bowl and Shallow Brown.
Iain sang When The Tigers Broke Free (Pink Floyd) and Wave or Particle (Spirit of Play).
Tim sang his new WWII song called Far Normandy, and The Man Who Waters The Workers Beer.
Simon sang his own song, Where Have You Gone?
Mark (with mouth organ) sang a Dutch folk song from Dunkirk, and Sea Song (Robert Wyatt).
Fiona sang The Sun's Coming Over The Hill (Karine Polwart).
Alan played Orange In Bloom (Sherborne Waltz) and Shepherd's Hey on the melodeon.
Tanja played Elzig's Farewell on banjo and sang When Johnny Come Marching Home.
Come along next month for more of this kind of thing, and whatever you bring yourself!


May 2014
Tuesday 27th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland?
No listing. Possibly no folk club.


April 2014
Tuesday 29th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
No listing, though there was a folk club.


March 2014
Tuesday 25th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
If you didn't make it to Morris Folk Club last night, what you missed included fine versions of Barbara Allen, Young But He's Growing, The Deil is Deid, Allunde, Coulter's Candy, Cruel Mother, Prairie Lullaby, folk versions of Bruce Springsteen's Happy and the Police's Can't Stand Losing You, tunes on fiddle, on banjo and mandolin, and two songs written by Morris Folk Choir members. Don't miss it next time!


February 2014
Tuesday 25th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
No listing, though there was a folk club.


January 2014
Tuesday 28th - Hysteria Bar, Kingsland
No listing, though there was a folk club.
The first folk club in the Hysteria Bar, and the first of the committed relaunch where it became definitely a folk club that would definitely happen…!


November 2013
Tuesday 26th - The Regent, Liverpool Road N1 (no December club)
No listing, though there was a folk club.


October 2013
Tuesday 29th - Hope & Anchor, Upper Street
Scheduled, but didn’t happen, as room lease terminated without warning

September 2013
Tuesday 24th - No folk club (choir went to Sharp’s)


July 2013
Tuesday 30th - Hope & Anchor, Upper Street (no August club)
No listing, though there was a folk club.
‘it was our best club night yet, featuring shanties, some Tom Lehrer and Nick Cave, and lots of London songs, all spiced up with some Croatian and Guyanan folk music. ’


June 2013
Tuesday 25th - Hope & Anchor, Upper Street
Rehearsal for upcoming concert held instead of folk club.


May 2013
Tuesday 28th - Hope & Anchor, Upper Street
No listing, but a folk club was planned


April 2013
Tuesday 28th - Hope & Anchor, Upper Street
No listing, but a folk club was planned


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