“The First Scratch Songbook – 27 songs to sing anytime, with anybody.”

 The title is surely succinct?  Here we’ve assembled an eclectic collection of songs, all helpfully graded, which can be tackled by a few friends in the front parlour or by a massed choir* in a rather larger parlour.  They vary in style, age and ethnic origin and thus we trust that there is truly something for everyone between the covers.

Present at, and a major influence in, the conception of this book, the Durham Scratch Choir** have sung many of these pieces and allowed the fine-tuning needed to bring this collection to print.  The Publishers are grateful both for their input and for their wisdom in pre-ordering from the first print run.

Some of these songs have been transported to deepest Tuscany with the Cobweb Orchestra*** and test-driven by complete choral novices with very creditable results.  Others have been sung at weekend orchestral workshops, more at Christmas parties and even our bathrooms have become familiar with the more engaging refrains.

We hope that the First Scratch Songbook will be treasured and brought out at regular intervals whenever a few like minds are gathered.

PRICE:  £12.00 (hard copy)  + postage or £24.00 (download)