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    THE SCOTSMAN In Glasgow University s Research Club, a choir is holding its weekly rehearsal. Its founder and conductor, Janis Fyfe Murray, dispels the buzz of
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 2008
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      THE SCOTSMAN

      In Glasgow University's Research Club, a choir is holding its weekly
      rehearsal. Its founder and conductor, Janis Fyfe Murray, dispels the
      buzz of conversation with a loud rattle on a tambourine and they
      embark on lengthy warm-up exercises until, eventually, 40 voices
      launch into a spirited rendition of Hey, Good Lookin', in a swingy
      choral evocation of the Fifties, music that goes with circle skirts
      and Chevies with tail fins.

      Choirs are currently enjoying something of a revival in Britain, but
      the Parsonage Choir is almost certainly the only one specialising in
      country and western. Formed by Murray two– and-a-half years ago, and
      named after Gram Parsons, the ill-starred "Grievous Angel" of country
      rock, it currently numbers almost 50 members, more than two thirds
      women, and has already backed Rod Stewart at Hampden and recorded with
      Echo and the Bunnymen. On Saturday they sing in a Hank Williams
      tribute concert in Glasgow University Union, while on Wednesday they
      are the subject of a BBC Radio Scotland programme, The Choir,
      presented by one of its members, journalist Paul English. He's not the
      only journalist in the choir, whose mostly Glasgow-based membership,
      embraces media folk, software engineers, artists, hairdressers,
      teachers and IT specialists.

      Read rest of the long article here:-
      http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/The-Cowboy-chorus.4643025.jp
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