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By sarahpavey, May 20 2016 03:29PM
April started fairly quietly - except in Ros's living room where we continued to record and fine tune the tracks for our second album Dark Days or Fine which we hope to have ready June or July this year.
Towards the end of the month however things started to get busier....
First we performed as part of the Brandenberg Fringe festival at the secret venue in Covent Garden, It is where we made our debut for this event as guests 2 years ago and since then we have become a regular feature in their autumn and spring programmes. We shared the stage with two other acapella groups - Just A Capella and Kitsch n Sync. The last 10 mins of the video here show us joing in with one mass choir at the end of the evening. It was a lovely evening and everyone joined in with the choruses.
Next came the first of two visits to Mycenae House. The first for St Georges Day was to support the fantastic Wizz Jones. We did a half hour slot with our May Day songs and also some Shakespeare to commemorate the actual 400th anniversary.
We were delighted to be asked to be guests at Loughton Folk Club in Essex and had a brilliant evening with again lots of lusty singing from our audience. It is a great club and very friendly and some of the people there made it to the first of our International Song and Dance Evenings at Mycenae House the following evening.
The first of these evenings was a great success and our thanks to GFMA for enabling this to happen. It was a bit like waiting for guests to turn up at a party at the beginning but very soon the hall was full and we enjoyed a great night of singing and dancing with a band alone of nearly 20 people. There was something for everyone which is what we envisaged and we very much hope the next few of these events will be as successful
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, May 5 2014 09:50AM
Morrigan have had an exciting month in April with some great gigs all centered on St Georges' Day.
First up was headlining at Ruskin House in Croydon on the day itself, 23rd April. There is a photo of us playing rather than singing but our songs received a great reception. We tried out our two new Shakespeare numbers "When that I was a little tiny boy" and "How should I your true love know?" as well as May Day favourites. We were invited to come back and entertain again - quite something when this is essentially a blues folk venue.
Our next gig was supporting the fantastic folk legend Martin Carthy at our regular GFMA Charlton House venue. We did almost half an our of songs before Martin took to the stage. Our repertoire included Hal an Tow, Padstow May Processional (night song), our new Shakespeares, The World Turned Upsidedown (Diggers) and the New St George. We always like introducing the Diggers as we do an annual ceilidh at St Georges Hill near Weybridge which rather ironically is now a gated community for the very rich !
Our third St Georges' Day special was at the secret venue in London near Covent Garden for the Brandenberg Fringe Festival. It was an evening of acapella singing and we had been invited as an add on to the 4 main acts to "try out" - no pressure then!!! We were delighted to find our 10 min interval slot was changed to 15 minutes to start the second half and were stunned by the wonderful reaction we received from the audience who clapped and cheered after each number and then stamped their feet and joined in with Padstow such that we thought any minute they would be dancing in the aisles. Given the audience and the other choirs (Tiffinians, Waltham Madrigals and Kitch n Sync) were performing madrigals and songs from shows we were unsure of how our blend of folk music would be received but could never have anticipated the degree of enthusiasm. Again we have been invited back and have definitely put folk music on the agenda.
So now we return to a quieter May and hopefully putting the final touched to our CD so that it is ready for the autumn. Don't forget we will be at The Two Brewers as usual on May 13th
By sarahpavey, Mar 24 2014 11:55PM
March has been a month of working on songs more than performances but we did kick off with a session at the Two Brewers mostly instrumental due to illness but Sarah and Chris E managed a song each.
Since then we have been practising hard with the new songs for our St Georges Day concertsat Ruskin House and Charlton House and have decided to include some Shakespeare beautifully arranged by Chris H. We were delighted to get confirmation that we will be supporting Martin Carthy again at Charlton House. It also looks as if we may support another legendary folk musician at the Christmas concert so watch this space!
We have also been tweaking the final few songs for our soon to be launched Winter themed album and hope to finalise the recordings in May.
We sang at a wedding nearer to the end of the month at a fantastic venue - the Asylum Chapel in Peckham. This is a ruined chapel belonging to the Licenced Victuallers that has been transformed into an unusual events venue by a group of artists.
Finally we received news that we will be performing at the Tenterden Folk Festival in the Autumn so put the first weekend of October in your diaries
April looks much busier for us so try and catch us after Easter at a St Georges Event