Barnsley & District

Folketry

Folketry is a made up word to describe a meeting of people who enjoy singing, or playing an instrument, or reading a poem or monologue.

The group meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoon - 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. - and from 11 April 2018 the meetings will be held at The Oaks Working Mens Club,680 Doncaster Rd, Ardsley, Barnsley, S71 5EF, which is on Ardsley Hill, opposite Ardsley Church. There is a good size car park.

Folketry group members will need to become members of Oaks WMC at a cost of £5 per year.

Folketry is about shared enjoyment and absolutely no pressure to do anything you don’t wish to do – no solos, unless, of course, you want to.

Some of our meetings are themed, others not. Every member has copies of song sheets with the lyrics of traditional and contemporary folk songs, so those who want to can join in the singing, or just listen. We also have a collection of poems and monologues. Members also search out additional material from books or the internet, to present to the group. The main thing is to enjoy yourself and hopefully learn a little about the songs or poems you are hearing.

At every meeting we hear Songs, Poems, Monologues, Stories and Anecdotes about: Rural Life; Fishing Boats & Fishermen; Soldiers going to war; Sea Shanties; Love Stories; Triumph or Tragedy; Childhood Memories; Personal experiences; Observations about everyday life.

Singing:

Folk songs from Folketry Group members either with or without musical accompaniment, with occasional ‘guest spots’ from:
The Seekers; Bob Dylan; The Spinners; Pete Seeger; Joan Baez; Tom Paxton; Simon & Garfunkel; The Corries; The Dubliners; The Kingston Trio; Peter Paul & Mary; Julie Felix; Judy Collins; Steeleye Span; Fairport Convention; Cockersdale; Mike Harding; The Watersons; Martin Carthy; Ewan McColl; Eric Bogle; Ralph McTell; and many more.

Poetry and Monologues:

Alfred Lord Tennyson; Rudyard Kipling; John Masefield; Henry Longfellow; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Shelley; Burns; WH Auden; Pam Eyres; Wilfred Owen; J Milton Hayes; Walter De La Mare; Rupert Brooke; G K Chesterton; Marriot Edgar;Bernard Wrigley;and last but not least, items written by ourselves, such as:

Folketry – the poem

Every other Wednesday, our small group get to meet
And take part in summat called Folketry, we think it’s hard to beat.
It’s songs and poems and funny tales, some classic, some offbeat.
About rural life, or fishing boats, or kids games we played in t’ street.
Works by the world’s great poets, or simple rhymes we’ve penned,
It’s nice to be able to read them to the group we call our friends.
There are traditional songs of shipwrecks, of farmers and their lives,
Of cruel landlords and evictions, of sweethearts, kids and wives.
Then there’s songs a bit more modern that first saw the light of day,
In the 50s, 60s and 70s, when we were all in our heyday.
From Dylan to The Spinners, Seekers, Baez and The Dubliners,
We’ve had songs they all made famous, bravely rendered by our members.
Now we’d like a few more people to come and join our little throng.
And perhaps they’ll introduce us to new stories, poems or song.
You don’t have to be a soloist, you can merely listen or sing along.
‘though we hope you’ll soon want to entertain, if our group you come among.

Why don’t you come and join us.

Coordinator: Mike Maher

  • Please see the Groups Calendar for a schedule of the latest meeting times, dates and locations.
  • Do you have a disability? Check our Oaks WMC Ardsley Accessibility Report.
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