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Butleigh Revue with photos from Geoff Urch and Jane Laver

The Brue Boys performed in their 8th Butleigh Revue on Friday 6th March. We opened the event with the lively "'Gonna Rise up Singin'" followed by the stirring "You Are The New Day" and then Paul Simon's "Sound of Silence" brought back into our repertoire after several years.

It's always a pleasure to perform at Butleigh Revues as we share the stage with a variety of local talent performing an eclectic mix of musical and spoken voice items. These ranged from the local ladies choir, Butleigh Voices singing a capella, to a lovely pair of piano pieces by young Jessica Cowie. From a gripping monologue "Catfish" by Sue Cook to three lyrical tunes on the flute by Alison Hills. From Shirley West's ethnic poem "Me an' Er" which took us back to a touching scene in rural Devon to beautiful singing from Bethan and Sam.

Our own Hilde Senior, who accompanied us with her usual skill, was replaced at the piano by Catherine Cowie and Helen Forsey, who was MC for the evening, often introducing and joining talented members of her own family, especially for the community singing as Swing Low Sweet Chariot led less authentic rugby anthems from Scotland, Ireland and Wales!

Our second set saw the welcome return of "Sloop John B" to our repertoire, a debut for the French love song "Let it be M"e and the stirring Welsh Hymn "Rhys".

Photos above in black and white give an unusual, but, perhaps a refreshing, image of the Brue Boys preparing to sing and, above left, in full voice.
There is a glimpse of Jennifer Westcott,
our conductor and driving force of the choir, in the photo above.

It was a joy to help the Butleigh community come together to raise funds for the church
and good to see at least three "old boys" taking part with the other acts.

Keinton Concert raises £1400
Report from Malcolm Allen, photos by Chrissie Studely

A capacity audience and a waiting list for tickets – so no pressure for the Brue Boys for their first 2020 concert on Saturday 18th January.

MC Robert Peto introduced fourteen numbers from our repertoire, some of which saw solo efforts from choir members. Before the interval our rendition of the sea shanty ”John Kanaka” gave Paul Hamlet, John Mulliner, Trevor Ryder,David Allison and Roger White the opportunity to individually shine. In the second half David Marshall blew their socks off with his input to ”Senzenina” and David Hislop reminded the audience of Elvis Presley in his prime with “The Wonder of You”.

One of the lovely tables with three happy supporters

Bob and Hilde Senior ~
as usual Hilde provided an immaculate piano accompaniment assisted by Bob.

Baritones Tim Hare, John Mulliner and Vyv Simson
in full voice
David Hislop, 'The King' Elvis
Brue Valley Handbell Ringers
Sue Peto & Louise Clapp
Silver Strands Geoff Gingell, Dick Warman,
Robert Peto & Trevor Ryder.

The Brue Valley Handbell Ringers performed three of their numbers, The Silver Strands sang two songs and an Al Jolson compilation and we were treated to a session of Grayson Pattemore’s humour. Thank you to all of them for adding to our evening of entertainment.

This was our second hugely successful concert in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall. Both were sell-outs and the large flexible venue was again perfect as our audience seated around beautifully decorated tables, the bar was open early to add to the relaxed atmosphere, and a supper of hot dogs and tray-bake cakes was enjoyed. Keinton is home to several Brue Boys, a nd we were grateful especially to Geoff Gingell, his wife Jackie and to Belinda Simson who led the organisation of the evening.

Photo left shows Geoff Gingell receiving a gift for his efforts.

Conductor Jennifer Westcott was very pleased with the concert performance, commenting to us Boys: ' What a great show you all made! Your happy faces were a treat to see and some of the singing was really inspiring.'

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