We held an ale and brewing focussed song workshop on Saturday 8th June at The Lewes Arms, ably facilitated by songstrels Emily and the Hares to a packed room of 45 singers.
The day long workshop included learning a multitude of ale themed songs, and some readings about the subject from Temperance to drunkeness. All in all a very interesting and enjoyable day!
The song below was one of a selection we learned whilst accompanied with good ale from the bar below us.
DRINK OLD ENGLAND DRY
Now come, me brave boys, as I’ve told you before
Come drink, me brave boys, and we’ll boldly call for more
For the French they’ve invited us and they say that they will try
They say that they will come and drink old England dry
Aye, dry, aye dry, me boys, aye, dry
They say they will come over and drink Old England dry.
Supposin’ we should meet with the Germans by the way
Ten thousand to one we will show them British play
With our swords and our cutlasses, we’ll fight until we die
Before that they shall come and drink old England dry
From Tuesday to Friday she will be in the space with fellow conversationalist to talk about whatever takes our fancy. Serious stuff as well as light touches, deep concepts, but not purposely difficult speak, maybe even some art (if you’re lucky).
Please come and bring your own cushions if you want to be comfortable or (if you think discomfort aides good debate) come along without!
True, and not so true: Tales from the Dance Floor…
ORAL HISTORY TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Thursday 27th June – 7-9pm: The Writers’ Place 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT
Saturday 29th June 10am -1pm: Grand Parade, University of Brighton, BN2 OJY
Thursday 4th July: The Writers’ Place
Thursday 25th July: The Writers’ Place
Following on from the great successes achieved by The Port, The Beast & The Traveller project which took place in 2012 at Newhaven Fort, Zap Art and inroads productions have once again joined forces to develop a second exciting project for 2013-2014, due to start shortly.
The project will explore the social mores and gender etiquette of partner dancing in the 1950’s, and will celebrate the history of the Regent Dancehall in Brighton, (which once stood where the large Boots store is now) & The Winter Garden in Eastbourne.
From June 2013 through to July 2014 here will be a busy and varied schools and community outreach programme with intergenerational activities such as talks, exhibitions and tea dances (with the Ragroof Players), oral history training, heritage learning & creative art and drama and writing workshops.
The project will culminate in two performance events in November 2013 in Brighton & April 2014 in Eastbourne
**We are looking to recruit volunteers interested in FREE oral history training and interview collection, working with experienced tutors**
Learn how to record interviews and identify key histories about Brighton and the Dancehall; and how to transcribe and archive material – skills that can be used to collect your own family and community histories.
Stories collected for the project will be incorporated into a script written by Sara Clifford, and added to the local oral history archives in both towns.
Places are limited, so if you would like to get involved please find out more and book a place through the contact details below:
Interesting article in this quarter’s The Sussex Drinker– a Sussex CAMRA magazine, about a local Lewes Brewery – The Southdown and East Grinstead, a once powerful brewery in Sussex who then sold much of their assets to Tamplin’s brewery in the 1920s.