Swing into Summer!

LogoWe are thrilled to announce our upcoming show ‘Swing Into Summer’

Come and join the Straybirds and friends as we find our dancing feet in our all new summer set.

We sing out some classic jazz swing numbers, performing alongside our special guests as they bring their high energy moves to the dance floor.

So… anyone for a quick lindy hop?

Now for the small print.  Tickets are £5 each, with all proceeds going to the Willow Street Primary School Pool Appeal.  As usual there will be a (cheap) bar run by the school’s PTA.  Doors open at 7.30pm with the music starting from 8pm.  Bring your friends, family and neighbours!

Tickets available from your friendly Straybird or online
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Singing For Pleasure

Well, its been a busy few months. We’ve been preparing some material for a fabulous opportunity we were given.  We were included in a weekend choir showcase by Singing For Pleasure in Nuneaton which took place at the beginning of April.  It was a fabulous event, with 17 choirs performing and receiving feedback from two esteemed and well respected adjudicators.

We sang three pieces:

‘Straighten Up an Fly Right’, which is a song written in 1943 by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills but has been sung by a number of people over the years.  Nat King Cole sang the original version, The Andrews Sisters did a cheeky version a few years later and more recently Natalie Cole reprised it.  Its a tricky little number, but very funny and you get to see the Straybirds sass (like that never happens).

‘Steal Away’ is a beautiful gospel standard, full of soulful harmonies and according to Wikipedia was composed by Wallace Willis, Choctaw freedman in the old Indian Territory, sometime before 1862.  We love it because of those harmonies and our lovely Kristy and Jo sing small solos towards the end.

‘Somewhere Only We Know‘ is a well known, and much loved song by Keane from 2004.  Jane and Jennie started us off with a beautiful duo followed by the choir in harmony which goes right through to the end of the song.  We’ve had this piece in the bag for a while, but we really feel as though we kicked it up a notch for the Choir Weekend.

So how did we do?  Well everyone was very complimentary and we got a lot of lovely comments from the other choirs.  We benefited from a tea break right after our set so we came off the stage to our awaiting crowds who were cheered on by tea and cake.

The comments we received from the adjudicators were equally as complimentary.  We were described as cool (and young!), and they liked our singing as well.

Of course no Straybirds weekend away could be complete without a good night out and we certainly had that.  Many thanks to Aaron at The Griffin for rounding off a very memorable night by starring in a very hilarious video explaining why we couldn’t take alcohol off the premises.

Aah choir weekends… never dull.

Look out for an announcement about our summer gig.  We have something a little different planned this time.  All I’ll say at this point is you should dust off your dancing shoes…

Thank you

A huge, no, wait – huuuuge – thanks and well done to all performers and support peeps involved in our New Year, New Song concert last Saturday. Best gig ever. “So ridiculously proud”, according to Neil – and we second that.

We’ve received a lovely email from St Wilfrid’s Development Fund to confirm that we Straybirds totalled over £700 in door and bar takings. How we love making such a massive difference to people! #warmglow

New Year, New Song!

New Year, New Song! We are more than a little bit thrilled to announce our upcoming gig. A sparkly mix of pop, spiritual, classical and opera, led by our very own Neil Balfour. With three exciting special guests to introduce … Charlotte Trepess, Ewan Gilford and Craig Lees.

Saturday, 14 January at St Wilfrid’s Church, doors and bar open 7.30 pm. Tickets are just £5, available from a straybird near you and from TicketSource

Who needs Black Friday when there’s a great big glittery Straybirds deal right here?!


Thank You

A huge thank you from the Straybirds to all those who supported our Summer Splash concert last night. Over a hundred lovely people bought tickets, Adam Tucker delivered a gorgeous acoustic set, Catherine Baxter provided sparkly piano accompaniment, Neil Balfour conducted with his usual dynamism, Clark Howard Music were seriously sassy on drums and bass.

Thanks also to the PTA for grand job at the bar and to Summer Elbortoukaly for her colourful bake sale.

We raised over £1000, so corporate fund matching would bring our total to over £2000!!

Big whoop!!

Set List Revealed

With just ONE day to go before our Summer Splash fundraiser gig, Straybirds are excited to reveal a sneaky peak of our programme. The set includes gorgeous harmony arrangements of tracks by Des’Ree, Coldplay, U2, Keane, Ed Sheeran, John Legend… and also features an unusual medley of songs that we guarantee you have never heard before!

Please support our chosen charity – the Willow Tree Primary School swimming pool fundraiser – and help us get 500 local children swimming again.

This Sunday, 12 June from 7.00 pm, tickets from our Ticketsource page.

There is an outstanding video here, made by the children of Willow Tree Primary School asking for community help. In the words of the children, “Thank you for watching, we hope you can help”.

Straybirds Summer Splash

Join the Straybirds and friends for their summer concert, in aid of the Willow Tree Primary School Pool Appeal.

Once again we will entertain you with a range of eclectic world music and some super smasher pop hits.  It wouldn’t be a Straybirds gig without a pay bar, with all proceeds from your purchases going directly to the School PTA.

Its going to be a fabulous night.

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Gig news!

Is it really only five more weeks until the Straybirds summer gig?! Rehearsals are hotting up nicely, solos have been allocated … so we guess people will soon be rushing to buy tickets … more info on that to follow soon x

Pretty Muddy!

Straybirds will be showing cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. We’ve registered a team for the Harrogate Pretty Muddy 5K in July! Not too late to book your place to get down and dirty with us, or to show your support for Cancer Research UK.

Straybirds Proud to Support Bethany’s Smile for the Second Time

Earlier this year, we supported Bethany’s Smile with the proceeds from our Spring Sing concert and we are proud to announce that we are holding an auction at our annual Christmas ‘Sparkle Party’, in order to support Bethany’s Smile again!

We were drawn to the charity because of a very inspiring young lady, Bethany Hare, theorigonal_23342who is tirelessly fundraising to to raise a minimum of £300,000 to build Smile Cottage – a holiday/respite home, in Yorkshire, where families can go and spend quality time plus build happy memories, when they are faced with the news that their child has a very short life expectancy. Bethany’s Smile also supports families of poorly children in other ways such as providing computer equipment for children to use if they are in hospital long term and unable to go to school, desks for their bedrooms, insurance for ‘final’ holidays and they also look to fulfil other requests for help for children which are made through hospitals, hospices and social workers.

Each Straybird will be donating a prize to the auction, which has raised over £1000 in previous years. Watch this space to see how much we raised!

Update!  We raised £1575 at our auction with over 20 prizes pledged and auctioned off.  We had everything from a pair of hand knit mittens to family meals to a specially recorded version of a favourite song.  On top of that we had a fabulously sparkly night.