Mudcat Café message #3133604 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #135033   Message #3133604
Posted By: SPB-Cooperator
12-Apr-11 - 07:50 AM
Thread Name: First Folk Song You Sang in Public
Subject: RE: First Folk Song You Sang in Public
(A) Hanging Johnny
(B) Sea Songs and Shanties (book)- Hugill
(C) Old Kings Head - Teddington
(D) 1980
(E) 20
(F) 51
(G) I still know it, but as I sing in public on average once a year, it could take 50 or 60 years before I get round to it again!

The very very first folks songs would have been in the school choir when I was 12 or 13.

The location was session run by Michael Black (I've been told more recently it is he of THE Black Family). I remember it well, the first few times I went there I was overheard joining in choruses. On the night in question the dialogue went something like:

Are you going to give us a song?
'Vigorously shaking my head'
Come on sing us a song.
Maybe another time.
If you sing us a song, I'll buy you a pint.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Here's a pint - what are you going to sing?