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Autumn Concerts at Babcary and Mudford

Photos from Annette White showing scenes of the Brue Boys in Concert
Left and Centre at Mudford on 20th October with Accompanist Carolyn Young
and right at Babcary on 12th October showing the boys, and Conductor Jennifer Martin.

The Brue Boys performed in two concerts raising money for local churches, in Babcary Church on Friday 12th, and in Mudford Village Hall on Saturday 20th October. It was good to provide entertainment so that Holy Cross Church in Babcary could raise funds for much-needed toilets and St Mary's Church in Mudford could boost their appeal towards repairing the church tower. Both were new venues for the Brue Boys and it was good to meet new audiences within easy travelling distance.
The choir sang fourteen songs on both occasions, including the Spanish folk song Juanita performed for the first time and many old favourites including Alexander's Ragtime Band, The Anthem from the musical Chess, Chattanooga Choo Choo and for a finale an upbeat arrangement of When the Saints go marching in.
The Babcary concert included a set of three songs by the accomplished young local singer Ben Tubridy who also accompanied himself on the keyboard. Ben won the talent competition 'Let Me Entertain You' held recently at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil and he treated us to one of his own compositions and excellent versions of two other well-known modern songs.
At Mudford the four part singing group 'Silver Strands', formed by Brue Boys Robert Peto, Dick Warman and David Wood and joined by bass Brian Marshall sang three songs including the well known Jamaica Farewell.
At both concerts Brue Boy bass Roger White sang, accompanied by fellow bass Nick Llewellyn and guest Alan Moody on guitars. Roger sang an eclectic mix of songs from the British Isles: The melodic 'Wild Mountain Thyme' from Scotland, 'I'll tell me Ma', originally a Belfast children's street song; the wildly sexist Dick Darby the Cobbler originally from England and for his finale at both concerts the Rev Eli Jenkins' Prayer from Dylan Thomas' Play for Voices, Under Milk Wood set in the fictional town of Llareggub which the delicately disposed are not advised to read backwards as Thomas intended!
As usual Carolyn Young ably accompanied the boys, but unfortunately Jennifer Martin was unable to conduct at Mudford. Baritone Dick Warman stood in as an able replacement and the lively audience demanded an encore. Bravo Dick!

Photos from Annette White
showing scenes of the Brue Boys in Concert at Mudford on 20th October

Right: The Boys with Accompanist Carolyn Young
Below ~ Left: 'Silver Strands' ~ Centre: Grayson Pattemore
Right: Roger White singing accompanied by Nick Llewellyn and Alan Moody.

Picnic Concert at Tilham Farm

in the beautiful gardens

Photos from mine host
Robert 'Tubby' Peto

Below: Brue Boys in the barn
conducted by Jennifer Martin &
accompanied by Carolyn Young

The audience re-assembled
Brue Valley Handbell Ringers
Centre: Jennifer Martin
and to her left hosts Robert and Sue Peto
Brue Boys Entertain

Tilham Picnic Concert Success
Edited Report from Roger White

This summer concert staged on July 21st started with picnics (many of which were prepared by the catering support team of Beverley, Nell, and Dot) in the grounds of Tilham Farm, Baltonsborough. The unpredictable weather behaved well and provided a sunny and warm summer’s evening.

The performance took place in the recently busy lambing shed which had been cleaned out by some of the Boys earlier in the day. Authentic country odours flavoured the air as we put on what some described as our best show yet.

Photos from Jennifer Martin show the boys clearing Tilham Farm lambing shed ready for the evening performance

We were pleased, as we hope the audience were, with our renderings of 'Alexander’s Ragtime Band', 'To Where You Are', 'When the Saints Go Marching In', and particularly 'Aberystwyth' which is a favourite of Jennifer. As usual Carolyn on the piano carried us through without a hint of panic as we interspersed our own original variations.

Gail Cornish sang Fields of Gold and May it Be (from Lord of the Rings) beautifully with the poetic accompaniment of Carolyn’s harp – perfect for the occasion. Other superb performances were contributed by: The Silver Strands (David Wood, Dick Warman, Graham Kirk, and Robert Peto) with their accompanied Barber Shop style rendering of Harry Belafontés big hit Jamaica Farewell, and David Chambers who sang Ivor Novello’s Shine Through my Dreams, all accompanied by Jennifer on the piano. The Brue Valley Handbell Ringers charmed us with their varied repertoire and finally Paul Oddie regaled us with the highly entertaining and amusing results of his recent survey of the Brue Boys talents, experiences, and lifestyles.

Concert in Yeovil College on Saturday 24th March

The Yeovil event was the first time over 30 Brue Boys had sung together in concert

From left to right:

Front Row: Tony Brown, Nick Llewellyn, Roger White, Dave Reynolds, John Mulliner, Tim Hare, Dick Warman, David Heeley,
Andrew Look, David Aldridge, Paul Knight

Middle Row: Howard Grottick, Martin Day, Fraser Davidson, Ian Poynter, Tim Gladwin, Paul Oddie, David Harding, John Goolden,
John Westcott, John Callaghan, Mike Young

Back Row: Richard Grundy, Grayson Pattemore, Graham Kirk, Phil Jackson, John Gilroy, David Johnson, Peter Millar,
John Moody, Anthony Sutcliffe, David Wood

Conductor Jennifer Martin
and Accompanist Carolyn Young
The Brue Boys presented a concert at Yeovil College on Saturday 24th March 2012 organised by Yeovil Rotary Club in aid of the Yeovil Young Achievers Trust. The Boys sang fourteen songs including the hymn 'Aberystwyth',the modern love song 'To Where You Are' and a rousing version of 'When the Saints Go marching In' for the first time. All the supporting acts were also provided by the Boys themselves, with Dave Reynolds singing 'Leaning on a Lamp Post' and The Gas Man Cometh' accompanied by Jennifer Martin; Grayson Pattemore spinning some Irish humour and singing with compere Tim Hare and finally, following their success at the dinner the 'Jackson Five' of vocalist Gail Cornish, pianist Carolyn Young, drummer Mike Young, bass guitarist John Gilroy and leader Phil Jackson on the saxophone entertained us with 'Honeysuckle Rose', 'Misty' and 'The Lady is a Tramp'.
Grayson Pattemore has made a new set of stands for the back row so we had three tiers for the first time as we expand our numbers.

Brue Boy solo acts:

Dave Reynolds

Tim Hare and Grayson Pattemore

Left: Compere Tim Hare
Above, Below and Right:
Images of the 'Jackson Five'.
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