The Lemonaires  at the The Lemon Arms, Mylor

19th September 2012

Invited by John Barraclough, we met up with the Lemonairs and their informal chair, Kenny, who we were to see later in the month at the Newquay & Isles Of Scilly rowing weekend and their booking secretary, Andy. They are an off-shoot from Treverva Male Voice Choir created four years ago to celebrate 200 years of the Mylor Dockyard.  Arriving late, we’d missed alot of their songs but were still greeted very warmly. There were about 11 of them and Micky generally pitched up:  ‘striking out’ the first line and all would then join in. They created their own four-part harmonies and really struck me as good singers.

Micky, Kenny and others striking up

Mike, the only singer not from Treverva, echoed the comment I’ve heard in many places: ‘we sing because we love it, don’t matter if good or not!’

And again their relationship with the pub was good – the landlord, Alan seemed to have a great rapport with them!

They sang alot of Harry Safari songs and one of the singers commented:

‘He’s brilliant; although they’re written for one  voice and guitar they lend themselves so well to harmonising – the harmonies are in there’

A week previously we’d been lucky to visit Harry and have a good chat with him. We found him a wonderful storyteller and easy to talk to. Having had a serious throat operation he is now unable to sing himself. We asked him how he felt about this and he said he found it a joy that his ‘voice’ is heard through the singing of others. So we raise a glass of whisky to you Harry and hope we can have a proper drink with you soon!

Harry Safari