Brampton Session now.....
We are a friendly, informal singers’ session, meeting on the third Tuesday of every month at 8pm. We work on the principle of going round the group, taking turns. Anyone, of any ability or degree of confidence, is welcome to join us: our ‘mission statement’ has always been:
‘Live Music by Real People in the Community’
We welcome singers, instrumentalists, story-tellers, poetry reciters and anyone who would just like to sit with their pint and listen! The music you will hear might be a tune that Wellington’s soldiers whistled as they went off to fight in the Peninsula, or a song about the Border Reivers, but it’s just as likely to be a music-hall number or ‘here’s one I wrote last week’.
A little potted history.....
The session was founded in the early 1990s in Gilsland, (on the Cumbria/Northumberland border), and has proved cheerful, determined and tenacious! It has survived two declines followed by comebacks and three changes of venue – from Gilsland to Low Row and then to the Howard Arms in Brampton, and now (temporarily we hope) onto Zoom. At each stage we have been happy to acquire new friends, sadly seen old ones move away, welcomed visitors and newcomers, been grateful to our regulars.
Over the years, our numbers have varied from five people singing in a corner of a pub, to over thirty with a function room all to ourselves. These days, we are getting to know new friends from all over the world on Zoom. The ages of performers have ranged from nine years old to eighty-nine. The thing that remains constant is that we have kept alive the centuries-old tradition of music made by ordinary people, we have extended a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us, and we have really enjoyed ourselves!
If you would like more information, please ring Katy on 01434 298792 – leave a nice, clear message on the answerphone if necessary.