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2 Shades of Grey perform at 43rd Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Fair

2 Shades  were delighted to perform for the fifth consecutive year at Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Fair.

The music was a mixture of standards. pop classics, latin and country.

Pop classics were represented by the Everlys, Billy Fury and the Beatles – “All I have to do is dream”, “I’ll never find another you”, and “Obla-Di Obla-da”. And a modern pop song by Rag and Bone Man “Grace”

Country flavoured songs from Rick Nelson and the Highwaymen – “Hello Mary Lou” and “the Last Cowboy Song”

Latin flavoured “Besame Mucho” and “Ten Guitars”

Standards? “Let there be love”, “I’ve got you under my skin”, and “Every time we say goodbye” by the likes of Nat King Cole, Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald (and covered more recently by the likes of Michael Bublé)

Just before the final song “Every Time We Say Goodbye” joint-MC Tony Cummings ( who had provided backing vocals) gave a reading of “In Flanders Field” as a tribute to the those who fell at Passchendaele, also known as the 3rd Ypres battle, which started 100 years ago to the day. (The poem had been written two years earlier after the second battle of Ypres but the imagery of the red poppies has stayed with the world ever since when remembering those who fell in war).

Another enjoyable evening which kicked off the week’s musical performances. Thank you everybody, especially if you joined in the singing (and save me some cake next time!)


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2 Shades guest at 41st Xmas Concert in Worsthorne

Last weekend saw the 41st Annual Christmas Concert by the choir and friends at St John the Evangelist Church in Worsthorne, near Burnley, Lancashire. There were two performances – on Friday evening and on Saturday afternoon.

The children’ choir from the local primary school also performed as special guests on the Friday night. The programme was directed by Martin Waterson and our friend Tony Cummings was the compere. P1040079 P1040081 P1040082

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first half of the concert comprised songs from the full choir with soloist Caroline Taylor, Paul Jennings (a monologue) and Ken Hollas plus the children’s choir.

Then 2 Shades of Grey performed opening with “Scarlet Ribbons“. Tony Cummings joined in for “Rocking around the Xmas tree‘ and two Everly Brothers songs. On the Saturday performance they substituted “Have yourself a Merry Little Xmas” for the Everly’s songs.P1040108

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P1040092P1040085 P1040108To round off the first half the choir performed “World in Union“. During the interval a collection was made for the Water Aid charity and calendars featuring local photographs by the late Peter Hartley were sold to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.

After the interval the choir performed a cantata by Joseph Martin “A Winters Grace” which incorporated readings from the bible, read by Fr John Paul and familiar carols.

Christmas really does start in Worsthorne!

 


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42nd Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Fair

For the third year running we were invited to perform at the annual festival and did so on two evenings.IMG_0524 IMG_0523

The acoustics in the church are always an advantage in embellishing our sound. P1030782

We performed a range of songs, old and new, from the war-time nostalgia of  “A nightingale sang...” and a song from War Horse to commemorate the great war on the 100th anniversary of the Somme offensive “Only remembered“.

We also performed “Things“, “Budapest“,  “Lucky Old Sun“, “Besame mucho“, “Tequila Sunrise” and a song lamenting the end of the Wild West, the Highwaymen’s “The last cowboy song”. We also included a medley of three Ricky Nelson songs and finished with “Dance the night away“.

Thank you all for being appreciative audiences!

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Top two photographs courtesy of Ken Stott.

Featured charity was Pendleside Hospice.

And here are the posts from 2014 and 2015


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Should protest songs be free from copyright?

protestsongAfter the success of releasing “Happy Birthday” from old copyright arrangements New York lawyers are convinced that they can do the same for a couple of protest songs: “We shall overcomeandThis land is our land and free them for public use.

Mark Rifkin, one of the lawyers involved, says “There is a strong emotional element to these cases” as he seeks a judicial declaration that the songs belong in the public domain.

The case started when film-makers from a faith-based, non-profit organisation wanted to use We shall Overcome in a civil rights film documenting the history of the song and were asked to pay $100,000.

The lawyers claim that the song is an adaptation of an African-American spiritual with the same melody and similar lyrics sung in the late 19c.

Peter Seeger, the folk singer, registered the copyright in 1948 but that expired in 1§976. He regularly admitted that he was not the author (but no doubt collected royalties).

The lawsuit over This Land has been filed by members of a band from Brooklyn which fears it can’t release it without a licensing fee being paid.

The lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940. His daughter Nora insists that the copyright isn’t about money but “it has to do with protecting it from Donald Trump, protecting it from the Klu Klux Klan”.

The problem with folk songs, and blues songs for that matter, is that they are all derivative with singers claiming they wrote them when they didn’t. Only recently we had the Led Zeppelin case of “Stairway to Heaven“, not the first time the band had been accused of appropriating songs!


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Tesco selling music for good causes

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Browsing through the CDs in my local Tesco store I noticed one priced at £1. Which seemed too good a bargain to miss.

It turned out to be a single CD released by Tesco to raise money for its two main charities: The British Heart Foundation, and Diabetes UK.

Both those mean something to me so it had to go in my basket.

The CD is by a family called the Neales who appeared on a TV talent show, obviously a father and his sons.

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Is it any good? Well it’s not my cup of tea but that’s because I thought it might be a cover of the fabulous Four Tops song.

But judge for yourself -after you’ve put for your hand in your pocket for a measly £1. It’s for good causes! 

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