Mrs H and Ali return to Millman Street Centre
Today, Mrs H and the Singalong Band returned to Millman Street Community Centre for the first of three Christmas shows. The band’s various members seldom seem to perform together at once, so Mrs H was joined by Ali on the double bass. The line up will differ next Wednesday (13th December) and for the final festive gig at the Centre (20th).
Before an audience of HCA members, staff, local nippers and their mums, the band performed stirring versions of established favourites, such as The Train Song, Throw a Ball, Dance Away With Me, Hello Hello and Fishes in the Sea. They also played a couple of new tunes – Starlight Dance and You Can Do That – as well as Little Nut Tree, an old English folk song, but new to their set.
Since their last visit, the band have toured England, playing at the National Theatre River Stage, Camp Bestival in Dorset, Lattitude in Suffolk and Beautiful Days in Devon. Mrs H and Ali also revealed that there is a possibility of them touring China in 2018.
But what did Mrs H think of performing at Millman Street Centre again?
“I enjoyed it,” she enthused, keen to emphasise the “brand new props” used in the show, which she made with Ted Barnes, the banjo player.
Her book , See My Friends, illustrated by Jo Lamb, has “recouped its costs” already, she said, and acclaimed actor Toby Jones has done the voiceover for the audiobook version.
Our members welcomed Mrs H and Ali back to Millman Street Centre with gusto, singing along with the music and applauding generously. “They were pleased to hear the old songs again,” Mrs H observed. “We have to inject new things [into the set],” Ali added, “Otherwise we’re standing still.”
Margaret enjoyed the concert, adding that, “The two kids from the nursery were lovely!”
Ivy agreed: “The kids are excellent! Two little darlings.”
“We always enjoy it,” agreed Queenie. Anne also enjoyed herself and sang along, as did Rose. There were also thumbs up from Noreen and Helena.
Ivy summed it up when said: “I think they’re excellent…First class, as usual!”
Sarah took some great action photos:
Holborn Community Association would like to thank Mrs H and the Singalong Band for entertaining our members today. They will be back at Millman Street Centre on Wednesdays 13th and 20th December.
See My Friend is available now online. Mrs H Sings http://sing-along.bandcamp.com/album/mrs-h-sings
Mrs H and the Singalong Band: https://www.facebook.com/mrshandthesingalongband/
Illustrator Jo Lamb: http://www.jolamb-art.com/
Actor Toby Jones: argtalent.com/toby–jones/
What’s Cantonese for “Little Nut Tree”…?
Photos: Sarah; report: Notes Smudger