Welcome to The Morrigan Songsheet
Our blog gives you information about our performances and links to reviews.
We welcome any comments if you have attended any of our events
By sarahpavey, Apr 1 2015 01:17PM
We have had some fun over the last two months despite a few winter coughs and colds
February saw a return to the Cheshire Cheese in Little Essex Street as part of the Brandenburg Fringe Festival. Our co-performers were Academix and Treblesome. We had a fantastic evening and lots of support for our performance. We managed to include some new material too and this was spotted by the organiser. We really enjoy these performances to a varied audience who seem so interested in the stories behind our songs as well as the music.
In March we were honoured to step into the residents slot at the famous Cellar Upstairs Folk Club supporting Roy Bailey. What an evening! We had earlier performed a ceilidh in Nunhead but made the venue easily with time to spare. We had some surprises meeting old friends from abroad and some regulars from other clubs. We sang for two 20 min slots giving a good range of our songs and hope we will make a return trip before too long. Roy Bailey was amazing and some lovely thought provoking songs.
On Mother's Day (15th March) we were back to St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham providing entertainment for their Sunday Lunch. There was a great crowd and despite the fact we were actually providing background music a surprising amount of interest in our songs. One member of the audience told us our rendition of the Jute Mill Song had brought a tear to his eye reminding him of his native home.
And so onward to April and kicking off on 3rd with a ceilidh at Charlton House. We will also be returning there at the end of the month, 24th for the annual St Georges Day celebration supporting John Kirkpatrick. In addition we will also be performing at Ruskin House for their regular St Georges event.
By sarahpavey, Nov 8 2014 04:20PM
After the excitement of the Tenterden Folk Festival we quickly turned our attention to our next gig at Ruskin House and the Croydon Folk and Blues Club. We had a warm welcome and sang for 35 minutes with a mixture ranging industrial songs to Shakespeare. One member of the audience commented that we had "taken him home" to his native Scotland with our renditions of The Jute Mill Song and Will Ye No Come Back Again. The Club have decided that we can come back again!!! We sold quite a few of our CDs as well. A great evening.
Our next outing was at The Cheshire Cheese (not to be confused as Sarah managed with The Old Cheshire Cheese - an identikit pub close by in Fleet Street). This was for the Brandenburg Fringe Festival which brings together acapella groups. We were performing alongside The London City Singers and the Academix A Capella. We were sandwiched in the middle as something "different".
The room was small but the audience packed in (sometimes in shifts). The LCS gave a great performance of mostly show songs which warmed up the audience. Our set was very well received - in particular the Greenland Whale Fishery which had the audience living the whole tale. Chris E gave an excellent introduction explaining how the sailors only had a small boat and a pointy stick and that whales are in fact very large. During the interval the audience said they were amazed at the stories behind all the songs and we like to think we have done some fusion work between folk and classical. We sold some more CDs and someone bought us a drink and then we settled down to listen to the very complicated and intricate songs from the Academix. Many thanks to Bob Porter of the Brandenburg Festival for an excellent gig opportunity and to our fellow performers.
So we are now getting ready and practising our winter repertoire ready for the Ebola Charity Concert in Tadworth on 22nd November, our official album launch at the Charlton House Wassail with John Kirkpatrick on 11th December, our support slot with Les Barker at TwickFolk on 14th December and our live appearance on BBC Radio Kent on 21st December.
By sarahpavey, Sep 11 2014 02:40PM
Shiver me timbers ! Morrigan returned from their August break to take part in The Tall Ships Festival 2014 at the Deepwater Terminal on the Greenwich Penninsular. thanks to an invitation from Global Fusion Music & Arts (GMFA). We were to take part in some busking around the site and a performance slot at 5pm for an hour. We struggled from the car park carrying a variety of instruments including a large bass drum. Sarah managed to make friends with a man on a mobility scooter and he offered to carry some of the gear. We rewarded him with one of our CDs.
After lunch we went to our first busking post near the embarkation for one of the tall ships. It was a great backdrop with the boats in full sail (and a hidden engine we suspect) drifting up and down the Thames. Unfortunately there were no seats so we had to leave the drum back at the parade ground.
We returned to the main arena at 3pm to hear Chris Harrison perform his solo spot and to join in on a few choruses. We were pleased to see an advert for our gig at 5pm (see photo below). Then we returned to busking - this time just outside the performance area where we found a low wall to sit on so we could use the drum. This bought a real beat to the music and we soon even had the police dancing to our tunes. Passers by chiucked money (and amazingly nothing else) at us which was very gratifying.
We then went on stage and sang our songs for an hour. Chris H decided to make reference to the various catering establishments in Roll the Old Chariot Along before he realised how many there were and had he gone through everyone we would have had to stay until midnight. So we cut it short and offered an apology to those we did not covertly advertise! We had a fantastic time and even sold some CDs.
Now we turn our attention to practice for our amazing gigs in October. This kicks off with The Tenterden Folk Festival 2014 on October 3rd - 5th, followed by Croydon Folk & Blues Club and then the Brandenburg Fringe Festival at the Old Cheshire Cheese later in the month. In December we have the GFMA Charlton House Wassail supporting John Kirkpatrick where we will officially launch our album
By sarahpavey, Aug 1 2014 10:30AM
Well we have finally finished our long awaited CD "As the crow flies" and have released it under the GFMA label with many thanks to our long time supporter Louisa and everyone at Charlton House. Our official launch won't be until later this year at Charlton House when we will be supporting John Kirkpatrick. We will publish the date as soon as it is available so you can book your tickets. Meanwhile you can buy your own copy of the CD from this website. The postcard that is free with the CD can be adapted to make an insert with details of the songs we sing.
It has been an admin month for the band and getting bookings sorted for the Autumn and beyond. We have events at Croydon Folk and Blues Club, Tenterden Folk Festival, The Brandenburg Fringe Festival at the Old Cheshire Cheese and Charlton House as major events confirmed for later this year as well as our regular Two Brewers slots. Keep a close eye on the diary as bookings arrive for next year too!
We are taking a break over August and so wish all our followers a sunny summer holiday!