The Keevil Singers
September 2021: Meeting again for the winter months on Mondays at 7pm in the village hall – new members always welcome! Contact Jane Knowles 870325 for the date of the first meeting…
‘Singing makes you feel better; singing is fun; singing makes you fitter!’ How many times have you heard those statements?.. and there’s one more – ‘everyone can sing‘ – SO if you would like to avail yourselves of any of these attributes come along to the village hall on Monday evenings between 7pm and 8pm; no previous experience necessary.
Some can read music, some can’t, but we all have a go, and eventually we all pick it up.
Our programmes are usually very varied and range from show songs, traditional songs, occasionally classical or religious, to folk songs from around the world and the occasional pop song. The main aim is to go home with a song in your heart and a smile on your face!
The Keevil Singers held an informal concert and party at the end of July 2018, in the village hall, where friends and neighbours could enjoy some of the music they had been performing recently, as well as a special treat performance by Paul Hutchinson (of Belshazzar’s Feast fame!) Photos by Sarah Dow, click to see full size or in a slide show.
The Keevil Fishermen
The Keevil Fishermen are a group of retired, male Keevil residents who enjoy singing a good song. The group was formed in 2012 from members of the Keevil Singers: Paul Lenaerts, John Tucker, Norman Owen, Terry Hall, Derek Black and Graham Hall, plus Jim Carpenter who had somehow avoided the choir press gang !
Singing unaccompanied British folk songs, with a strong nautical bias, the group called themselves the Keevil Fishermen out of admiration for the Port Isaac based group, Fishermen’s Friends.
Mostly sung in 3 part harmony arranged by Paul Lenaerts, the group’s somewhat limited repertoire has been aired at Harvest Suppers, Village Folk Nights and impromptu parties over the past 5 years to a largely appreciative (and kind) local audience.
There is a will to expand the repertoire but time, ageing brain cells and general lack of motivation has so far frustrated this ambition. Maybe next year we’ll learn another song!!
Paul Lenaerts, August 2017