2017 was well and truly welcomed in with a smile at a wonderful evening organised by Shipston Music Society on 20th January. Tim and Helen Porter together with their family – Hannah, Beth, and Barney, entertained members with a lively and varied programme of music. Rare for all the family members to be performing together these days, we were doubly grateful to Beth as it was her birthday.
The evening was delightfully informal with all styles of music played to the usual excellent standard we are used to from the Porters. Ragtime, jazz, pop, folk and classic were all included to the obvious pleasure of everyone present. And the variety of instruments that were played to accompany the songs seemed endless – piano, flute, ukulele, recorder, harmonica all made an appearance, alongside of course the voices of all five family members. Even Beth’s husband was persuaded to join her to sing the Scottish Ashokan Farewell at the end of the evening.
There was hardly a space in the house for this concert and we look forward to welcome old and new visitors during the year to come.