Sing a Song of Sixpence

This is a rather interesting article… I heard this argument some years ago but had forgotten it.  Pretty much all of the nursery rhymes we have sung to our children have unsavory roots and were folk songs in their own right, popular among adults before time and generations reduced them to the realm of children… Disney has been a two-edged sword in that they have set this perception in stone while also archiving some of these stories and songs simultaneously.  SNOPES pretty much concludes that this explanation of the song’s origins is so much BS, but they don’t really explain why.  While they may be correct, so many songs emanating from the medieval through renaissance periods that have survived today (often as children’s rhymes) are metaphors and imagery either meant to mask the true meaning thus prevent punishment for political satire, or simply references to well-known and sometimes amusing people and events of their day; think “Ring Around The Rosie”, and “Froggie Went a-Courtin” as common examples.  Click on the image and read the story about pirates and the rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence/A Pocket Full of Wry”.


Hawaiian Shirt Night!

This coming Monday the 25th will be our annual Hawaiian Shirt Night!  SO many reasons but mostly that it’s usually hot and who doesn’t love exotic drinks and girls in grass skirts!  Break out your favourite Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts, grass skirt, grab a lei and come on down for drinks and song!  Pass the word; come and get leid!


4th of July!

YES!  We WILL be in the tap room on Monday 4 July.  We create our own type of fireworks, as it were… Play on your heart strings with our velvet tones and nimble finger-picking styles!  Come celebrate with us!

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Tavern Sing Recording

Joseph has finally put out his own recording… A tavern sing setup in which a room full of tavern goers raise their voices to the rafters!  Come on down to the Gris and get your copy – complete with an insert explaining a bit about the songs and when you put your disk into your computer you can access the accompanying song book in PDF format.

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Upcoming Survivor’s Night

After some discussion with various parties of direct interest it has been decided that we WILL be hosting the annual “Survivor’s Night” on Monday, 13 June.  So regard this as a call for performers should you have an interest – SURVIVOR’S NIGHT @ the Gris wherein various musicians and groups come to perform in turn on our “stage” in the back “covered bridge” room.  This is a concert format rather than a regular tavern night, but we plan to have a speaker in the tap room for those of you who wish to chat and not overpower the singer-guests.  Look through our photos to see the previous years’ events!  No electric instruments or complicated setups, please – we just don’t have the time or the room.  Request that you stick to “old songs”, not necessarily nautical, but this isn’t an “open mic night” so classic rock, show tunes, &c are out of place.  Please contact me at for arrangements.

And speaking of old songs, I have updated the page for “Oh Good Ale, Thou Art My Darling“.