our repertoire

Our Repertoire

Our repertoire includes a mix of English and foreign songs and encompasses many genres. We sing a capella versions of folk songs, protest songs, blues, jazz, pop, gospel and a smattering of comic songs. We often choose songs that are relevant to women’s lives both past and present.

Each year we introduce new songs to the repertoire. Some of our songs have been composed specifically for Wessex Women and others have been written and / or arranged by members.

You can hear samples on our Have a Listen page

About Some of Our Current songs

  • “Oh Kevin” A spoof on the original 1961 song by Neil Sedaka, “Oh Carol”, about his friend singer/songwriter Carole King
  • “You Gotta Move” African/American blues spiritual song by Fred McDowell, arranged for us by Helen Porter
  • “The Would Be Lover” A fun, ironic folk song about finding a husband, composed and arranged by Issy Emeney
  • “Where Are The Wise” A blues song, calling for leaders of wisdom to show us an honest way forward, composed and arranged by Wessex Women member Gail Clarke
  • “Mary’s Song” A folk song about the changes in women’s lives as they grow older, composed by Issy Emeney
  • “Emabhaceni” Zulu song made famous by South African singer Miriam Makeba.
  • “Él Gavilán” A traditional song from Venezuela, in a 6/8 rhythm called Joropo. The lyrics tell of a farmer trying to get rid of the bird in various ways, as it’s eating his chickens!
  • “Muie Rendeira”  A Brazilian song which was made famous in the 60s by Joan Baez. It was the central theme of a film about a well known local bandit.
  • “Big Yellow Taxi” A song from 1970 about environmental awareness written by Joni Mitchell, arranged by Catherine Mowat.
  • “Iqude”, a traditional Zulu song arranged by Gitika Partingten, is a morning song for women starting the day’s work
  • “Fellow Passengers” describes a feeling of difference when you are travelling in unfamiliar places, it was written by Mark Samuel, a West African man, after his experience of travelling on a train from London to Cornwall for the first time. It was arranged by Helen Porter
  • “God’s Gift to Women”, a bluesy number from 1930’s musical romantic comedy arranged by Helen Porter
  • “Lives in the Balance” A politically charged song by Jackson Browne first released in 1986 but still just as relevant today
  • “There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens”: comic jazzy farmyard shenanigans arranged by Helen Porter
  • “Jane Belo”, “Tsmindao Gmerto” and other songs from Eastern Europe and beyond
  • “Fish and Chips Stomp”, a humorous song about the joys of fish and chips (in four part harmony!) written by local performer Mike Rawlinson
  • “Shadowlands” captures the haunting beauty of the Blackdown Hills and was written by Sammy Hurden especially for Wessex Women