What better way could there be to get into the spirit of Christmas than the Young ‘uns’ performance at Grayshott Folk Club?
Primarily a three- man a cappella harmony singing group, the guys who hail from the north-east gave a fine performance of festive folk songs with entertaining chat and banter which confirmed exactly why they have received a number of awards in 2015, including Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Resplendent in Christmas jumpers and performing the penultimate date of their We Three Sings tour, Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle performed traditional and little-known carols, pop songs and songs with political and religious seasonal messages.
Audience participation in words and actions to Release the Geese, which details the reprieve from the Christmas table of two birds, was enthusiastic. The Young ‘uns might just have created a folk challenge to the long-standing dance floor favourite YMCA by the Village People!
It was great to hear the wassailing tales of a different time when Christmas was about a celebration in the cold of winter, being with friends and family, sharing food and a little ale rather than the gift shopping extravaganza that we are encouraged to engage in.
Perhaps reclaiming that past sense of Christmas is just as important as retaining the old tunes and the stories across the generations they recall?
For a few hours we did just that – sharing tunes, drinks and a little food in the company of friends.
Now that is what I call Christmas... thanks to the Young ‘uns and Des and others at Grayshott Folk Club for their part in that.