Born in a Barn?

Some 20 or so years ago our acapella singing group performed at an open-air gig arranged in a 12-person-long line across a stage with very inadequate foldback. Imagine trying to sing in harmony with people you can't hear in front of large audience! You will then understand our decision to buy a single microphone we could all gather around - one that would pick up everyone's voice.

Since this was not something most PA systems can offer, we were introduced to Stewart Orr as being Mr. Microphone - the man who could let us trial a range of single, high quality mikes. So we stood at one end of his barn and listened to the recordings we had made with the mikes, playing back to us from the other end.

Skip forward to last year when Stewart invited me to his barn for coffee. Gone was the open space I remembered; filled instead with shelves piled high with his extensive collection of historic sound equipment. Over the last year Stewart and a team of dedicated helpers have been transporting, arranging, cataloging and restoring a selection of the Prior's Croft Barn collection in the upstairs room at the WHC. Now, for the first time, they have an Official Open weekend. Stewart is too keen to point out the collection is not yet as he would wish - I must say it looks pretty darned good to me!

Why not make a day visit to Brockdish on one of these days? In addition to the delights already mentioned , Saturday sees 'Rough at the Edges' performing in a session of 'Harmony and Cake' in the Centre's hall and on Sunday there is a talk about medieval Church graffiti by Pat May. Both kick off at 2.30 p.m. Elsewhere, a short walk away in the village there's an award-winning pub and cafe selling light lunches and on Sunday we have one of John and Jackie Spooner's lovely snowdrop walks down to the River Waveney.

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