At this week’s singers night we are hoping to have an Armistice Week theme marking the centenary of the start of the first world war.
If you have any songs in your repertoire that hark back to those dark days, or songs that tell of the futility or war, even protest songs, then do dust them down for this week. It shouldn’t be too hard to find something suitable. After all half the folk songs ever written were about people who went to war and those who never came back. It will be our way of honouring those who died fighting for us as well as lending a voice to the call for world peace in our time.
Collectively, we will sing Pete Seeger’s “Where have all the Flowers Gone?” which is the song chosen for the Armistice Pals charity CD. The four-track CD will be on sale at the club at £2.50 plus £1 toward the postage. All profits going to the Armistice Pals Charities. As well as many many well known names in the world of folk music, the track features not only Peggy Seeger, but via the wonders of modern technology, Pete Seeger himself. Pete seeger died earlier this year almost sixty years after first writing the song.
We’ll have the words printed out and you can get a taster of the song by clicking the link in the sidebar.
The other song on the CD is a special version of Merry Hell’s “Emerald Green” written by Virginia Kettle. Take a look at the video below. You might find a couple of familiar faces in the chorus.