...giving it our all!
The Aleford Band on this occasion was Gennetta, Toolee, Kelidonna and Allegretta.
Toolee dressed the four of us in a lovely contrasting outfit, different to our normal green costumes. We played and sang old favourites, new tunes, comedy songs, dance tunes and love songs. This time we did have a larger percentage of songs which means, as Gennetta is fond of saying, that they have lyrics. If they don't have lyrics they are tunes. So having got that clear, let me tell you that for this concert ten of the fourteen tunes we played had lyrics, which is much higher percentage than usual.
We started with a lively dance tune, followed by a song that went down so well at Winterstock, then Gennetta sang the first of two songs, a new song about trying to get some time to herself. I think this will inevitably become know as the Yoohoo song. Toolee wowed the crowd with her singing of the favourite 'Music-box dancer'.
We are known as specialists in the comedy song genre and we pleased the crowd with a new song about a mouse, an old one about a travelling saleshobbit and a comedy song about birds. Actually there was another bird song but it was entirely more dark - an Aughairen folk song called Seven Craban.
We always aim to make the audience laugh, cry and think, so to that end we also performed two love songs to make the audience cry, one with music and lyrics brought to us by Toolee. To make the crowd think, I am particularly proud of a song we found and only finished practising a few days ago about the plight of the Rohan people.
Our set seemed to go down very well and we finished with a favourite tune which, in tribute to the lovely Tinki, Gennetta renamed Waltz in Yellow.
Here is a link to the magical moving pictures