​by David BarilMusical Notes


​2​2 February 2 pm

Upstairs Parlour
The Barley Mow
79 Little Bridge Street ​(​map)

As ever, songs from all traditions are welcome or even songs that have perhaps not yet reached the formal status of “traditional” but are done in a traditional idiom. What counts is that they be singable and that you love to sing ’em!​


For those who like a theme or suggested topics, we might take the proximity of Valentine’s Day to choose songs of love.  With this seemingly endless winter, anything that will help us warm up is welcome!​

The session follows the tradition of people gathering in a local pub to sing and play for their own pleasure. We emphasize simple traditional songs with choruses, often unaccompanied – work songs, sea shanties, old gospel tunes and so on – so that others can join in. The stronger singers lead and sing the verses and everyone joins in on the choruses.

To lead a song, you should pretty much know it by heart and the first couple of rounds are reserved for those who have prepared a chorus song.  In later rounds, if there is time, we will hear the occasional ballad or other solo piece.  Most of the songs come from the British Isles and North America but we welcome songs from other traditions as well contemporary classics that follow the traditional idiom.

For more information about the session, including a brief discussion of what makes a song “traditional”, see http://shantyman.ca/TradSing/ or call David (613) 355-5552.