St. Jude's "Folk" Choir

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The "folk" choir was given that name to differentiate the group from the traditional choir that sings at the 10.30 a.m. Sunday Masses and which is accompanied by the church organ.

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It started up, initially in the early 1980's, at the request of the late Fr. Tom Delaney, who was Parish Priest at the time. In the early days, around twenty or thirty children from the Primary School would gather for the 10.00 a.m. Sunday Mass and sing to the accompaniment of guitars - played by parishioners, Maureen Ashurst and Colin Nicholson.
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Unfortunately, over a period of time, the number of school children in the "folk" choir gradually diminished and it was decided to open its membership to anyone of any age. Now, there are around 14 or 15 members - the oldest being a gentleman in his seventies, whilst the youngest member is, literally, a babe in arms! (She doesn't sing yet, but she seems to enjoy the music!)
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Over the years, we have enjoyed the pleasure of younger members who have played various instruments, including the recorder, flute, clarinet and keyboard. Currently, however, we sing to the accompaniment of Colin's sole guitar. Hopefully, some younger musicians will come along soon!
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Above: Some of the members of St. Jude's "Folk" Choir

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As St. Augustine said: "To sing is to pray twice."

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We are a friendly group of people, who enjoy meeting once a week to practise for an hour before the 6.30 p.m. Sunday Mass at which we sing. Why not come and join us? You will be made exceptionally welcome!