It’s not often you get to sing these words on a Saturday afternoon in the centre of your local town, but it gave me a bit of a thrill to do just that this weekend.
Our singing group concluded its season of ‘gigs’ by performing some show tunes and Christmas songs as part of the Christmas light switch-on celebrations in Spalding. We entertained the shoppers in town that day with tunes from My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music and Joseph, amongst others. To finish the set we sang ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ and our MD, Craig, channelled Michael Buble with gorgeous renditions of ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time’ and ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.
And what did yours truly sing? ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues. I had a whale of a time singing the Kirsty MacColl part, with Martin in fine voice singing the Shane MacGowan lines. It was a complete contrast to the ballad, ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel which I had performed earlier in the set. I was a little worried about singing it as the lyrics are a bit coarse and I was conscious that children from the local primary schools were already gathering by the stage (okay, the trailer) to follow us for a choir competition. I had visions of shocked parents complaining about that woman in the red coat (could I have stood out any more wearing that?!) and her potty mouth.
Unlike our last concert which we had recorded and you were able to enjoy here (probably not the right word, considering my Sister Act squawking) there is no video of the performance this time. So instead you will have to make do with The Pogues themselves and just use your imagination….