Barry Goodman
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Good Morning, Lords and Ladies

An illustrated talk on some of the more unusual English customs with songs and pictures presented by Gill and Barry Goodman.


Gill and Barry have been involved in the folk scene since 1971 and have experienced or been involved in many of the customs featured in the presentation including:


Jack-in-the-Green festivals at Rochester and Hastings

The Whittlesey Straw Bear

Boxing Day Mumming

Ampthill Sunrise May Day celebration

Good Morning, Lords and Ladies is a one-hour talk with a selection of songs and tunes to illustrate the customs, many of which have choruses to join in with!  


The length of the presentation can be adjusted to suit your needs - just contact us and we'll do our best to meet your requirements!


"What a fantastic evening you gave to our members last week!  We were thoroughly entertained and learnt so much about the customs around our countryside. It was great to hear that so many annual events that had been lost over time are now being resurrected and are very popular again."

(WI group, Bedfordshire)


"Monday evening was so pleasant with comfortable music to join in with and odd snippets of old customs that we have all come across over the years in one way or another.   They were such an unassuming couple and I liked their style."

(Local History Society, Buckinghamshire)


Thank you so much for giving us such an entertaining evening on Tuesday.  Your talk was not only interesting but it was tremendous fun to be able to join in with you in the choruses.  
Barry, your song writing talent and your wonderful voice impressed us all - and, Gill, you gave a clear and lively description of the various seasonal customs.   It really was a joy to spend an evening in your company.
(WI group , Bedfordshire)


"I would just like to say, on behalf of the members, a big thank you for giving us an excellent talk on ‘Good Morning, Lords and Ladies’ yesterday.  The members thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and the feedback afterwards was very positive."

(U3A group,Hertfordshire)


Our Guest Speakers, Barry and Gill Goodman, were very professional with their presentation and very warm with their manner.  They shared many interesting facts about customs, some very old, some newer, that are enjoyed by the English the length and breadth of our country, answering a number of our questions at the end of their session.

(Outdoor Pursuits Group, Surrey)


Available for clubs, societies, Women's Institutes, etc.


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Our second talk, "Traditional Treasures" is now available for booking - more Calendar Customs, more pictures, more songs!!


Traditional Treasures ~

A handful of quirky English customs

in story, song and pictures



 New! - Our third talk is now available!


Down the Canal

The story of Britain’s canals in words, pictures and song.


A look into the history of Britain’s canals – the builders, the life of the working community, the decline of the working boats and the revival of the waterways in recent times, illustrated with photographs, archive pictures and songs (with which you are very welcome to join in!).


Barry and Gill Goodman present:

"Good Morning, Lords and Ladies"     

"Traditional Treasures" and

"Down the Canal"

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