With parents who ran a folk club, Chris is steeped in the folk music of the British Isles. He is a very fine singer and guitarist who performs traditional songs. His debut CD was Heirlooms was released in 2012 to very favourable reviews.
Derek & Hazel Sarjeant May 1991 Taunusstein - Germany...
Gong Xi Fa to one and all!
According to tales and titles, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the "Year". During the night of New Years Eve, the "Year" will come out to harm people, animals, and their villages. Later people found that the "Year" is afraid of the colour red, fire, and loud noise. Therefore, for self protection, people formed the habit of posting Dui Lian (strips of decorated Chineses poetry) in front of the house, launching fireworks, and hanging red lanterns at year end.
The most popular Chinese New Years decorations are probably the upside down character of "Fu". "Fu" in Chinese means luck, happiness and prosperity. The upside down means coming. So this character means luck, happiness and prosperity is coming.
This is a split evening. The Full Shanty is an a capella group who performs sea songs and sea shanties in four part harmony, for the entertainment and amusement of land - lubbers and sea - dogs alike.
Roger is a singer of trad songs who accompanies himself on the accordion. He has promised not to do any shanties tonight!