Today, Millman Street Community Centre once again hosted a performance by Mrs H and the Singalong Band, a Christmas extravaganza for our members and local kids, with the added rarity of all of the band’s members in the same place at the same time.
The full complement is:
Seb – Percussion, Byron – Trumpet, Will – “Helping Out”, Gill – Accordion and flute, Ted – Banjo, Ali – Double Bass and of course Mrs H – Guitar and Vocals.
The band got members, staff and nippers dancing, rocking out the centre with a selection of tunes that have become familiar to all at Millman Street. During What’s Your Name, Mrs H asked that question of those sat in a semi-circle around the makeshift stage, whilst dancing broke out during Hello, Hello and continued during City Bells and Rag Doll.
As the audience clapped and sang along, Byron embarked on a jazzy odyssey on his trumpet, Ali plucked at the double bass with all his might, with Gill and the others also a-fire on their respective instruments.
Our former manager Sue turned up to join in the festrive fun. Mrs H produced a white, yellow and orange parachute, which she got members and kids to wave around, and juggle coloured plastic balls on. Meanwhile, the band played on as a soundtrack.
Naturally, everyone danced along to firm favourite Train Song and the band finished with their renditions of festive favourites: Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, I saw Three Ships Come Sailing In to great applause. As a “Goodbye Song” as Mrs H put it, they played We wish You A Merry Christmas, before wishing everyone a “Happy Christmas”.
After receiving a deserved round of applause, they encored with a brief Time To Say Goodbye before packing up their instruments and tucking into the tea and cakes that their rider stipulates. Said refreshments did not include Figgy Pudding, however (possibly due to no one having eaten it since Victorian times).
The following blurry excuses for photos capture something of the movement of the gig:
More pictures below:
Holborn Community Association would like to offer its gratitude to Mrs H and the Singalong Band for, once again, providing such a magnificent feast of musical entertainment for Millman Street Centre members. We wish them a very Merry Christmas, and a most prosperous 2017.
Badly-taken photos and report by Notes Smudger