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Day Three - Tuesday, 29.12.09

Workshop 2 - Yous Wot Sing

With no performance today, the boys focused on providing another ripsnorter of a workshop at the Mill, at 12.00pm. The venue filled up fast with more than a hundred willing singers all ready to take on the next Men Wot Sing tune.

For this workshop we decided to teach the punters our Chain Gang Medley - an old Leadbelly tune - combined with a couple of early 20th Century chain gang hollers. Throw a little bit of Queen on the end and you have four and half minutes of choral super-dooperishness.

Here's a look at wot we got up to!

Image Gallery

On the way to the Workshop ::: Simon and the boys tuning up on the way to the workshop.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Getting ready for the big sing. ::: So ... what's this Yous Wot Sing workshop all about then?
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Massage those ears! ::: Simon warms up the crowd.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Demonstrating the song. ::: Men Wot Sing jump up on stage and sing through the 44 Hammers Medley.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Singing it up. ::: The boys showing how it's done.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
We will rock you! ::: The boys doing some serious multi-tasking on stage!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Crowding around. ::: After the workshop had begun, the tent quickly filled up but the punters continued to arrive!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Teaching the song. ::: Simon and the boys get the audience singing.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Here's what you have to do. ::: Simon moving into teaching mode.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Singing with Men Wot Sing. ::: Nick, Tyrone and Alan leading the bass singers.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Greg and Paul. ::: This is how the tenor line goes!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Having a great time. ::: There were lots of happy singers as the workshop progressed.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Simon tweaking the audience. ::: You guys sing this ... 
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Paddy and Tim work the crowd. ::: Ok you mob ... do what we do and you'll be right!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Alan sings up a storm. ::: Our newest bass, Alan, steps out from behind the video camera and helps lead the crowd.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
No, no, no ....Try it like this! ::: Alto Paul clearly wants Simon's job!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Still trying to get in! ::: Still not enough room for the singing public!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Tuhoi Haka. ::: The audience tries a few moves from a haka taught to us in New Zealand, 2008 by our Tuhoi friends.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Smiling warriors. ::: Smiling warriors doing the happy haka.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
We are warriors. ::: Loving the haka thing!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Yous Wot Sing! ::: Another great shot of our fantasic audience!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Getting into it! ::: Melinda - a lovely Men Wot Sing partner - uses her supreme soprano skills to encourage the audience.
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Paddy, Joyaa and Simon. ::: Are these guys directing traffic or what?
Percussion - railroad style. ::: It's important to give your clangers a good clang every now and then!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Now, let's sing the song right through! ::: Simon directs the crowd to a final sing through the entire 4 mins, 30 secs!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Excellent Singers - singing excellently. ::: The audience was brilliant - having learnt the entire piece from the start. Men Wot Sing were totally impressed with the speed with which they leant the song!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
A very happy group of singers. ::: The audience loved the song and the workshop in general. All in all, it was a great workshop!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Thanking the crowd. ::: At the conclusion of the workshop, Simon and the boys thank the crowd for all their hard work, and remind them that souveniers are available in the Woodford shop!
Photo courtesy of Tobias Fitzroy.
Everyone got their fingerlights? ::: Awesome photo taken by Sharon Dean.
A heartfelt bunch. ::: Awesome photo taken by Sharon Dean.
Lock up your daughters! ::: Photo courtesy of Rory Hill.
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