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Uncorked

James Ferris - Vocal, Guitar, Harmonica

Cam Goede - Guitar, Vocals

Mike Lumsden - Bass, Vocals

Special Guest - Drums, Vocals

 

How they became Uncorked!

It started as a spur-of-the-moment idea to play at a Christmas party for some friends. They spent a couple of weeks learning a few Christmas songs and some other tunes they "just liked". The response was good, and it was agreed to play a few more fun shows around town. A couple of open mic nights later and it seemed to be taking off. Pub patrons were appreciating the Uncorked blend of east coast charm and acoustically driven harmonies. The boys were quite surprised to discover they had fan support growing after having only performed a handful of appearances.

The Sociable - Tradition

At every Uncorked performance, you will witness a fine East Coast tradition called the sociable. A member of the band raises his glass and calls out for a toast by bellowing "SOCIABLE". Patrons raise their glass high in the air and call back all together in cheer , "SOCIABLE". All parties then take a drink of spirits and let the festivities continue.

The Sociable - Origins

We have been researching this fine Maritime tradition and have so far uncovered the following regarding its origins. If you have any further or more accurate information, please send it along. :)

Following is an excerpt from the origin of "The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).

In New York City, a small group of actors and entertainers, wishing to continue their social gatherings on Sundays, when New York's blue laws prevented the opening of public establishments, began to meet regularly as the "Jolly Corks," a name derived from a bar trick introduced by the group's organizer. While the meetings were held with regularity, apparently no form nor substance resulted, except for the adoption of a toast to members of the group not in attendance. Shortly before Christmas in 1867, only a few months after the fellows began to meet, one of their number died, leaving his wife and children destitute. This event gave rise to the notion that, in addition to good fellowship, the Jolly Corks needed a more noble purpose in order to endure, and serving not only their own in need, but others as well, would be appropriate. Two months later, on February 16, 1868, with a statement of serious purpose, an impressive set of rituals, a symbol of strength and majesty and such other elaborate trappings that might be expected of a group of actors and musicians, the new fraternal order was launched. This fraternity was called The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).

At every meeting of the BPOE, and every social function, when the hour of 11:00 p.m. tolls, the Lodge conducts a charming ceremonial known as the "Eleven O'clock Toast." In fact, the clock tolling the eleventh hour is part of the BPOE official emblem, and is directly behind the representation of an elk's head in the emblem of the Order. Regular meetings of Subordinate Lodges have always been held at night. In the earlier days, they were usually held on Sunday nights and were concluded about eleven o'clock. As the participants departed, the Brothers made inquiries about the absent Brothers and expressed sympathetic interest in the causes of their absence. It soon became a custom for some member to propose a toast to the Brothers who were not present. And in the course of time, this custom was quite generally observed whenever a group of Elks were together at eleven o'clock. Eventually, the Grand Lodge specifically provided for such a ceremonial to be observed during Lodge sessions; and designated it as "The Eleven O'clock Toast." Under this provision, whenever a Lodge was in session at that hour, the regular order of business was suspended for a few moments while the Exalted Ruler recited the beautiful ritual prescribed, concluded with the words: "To our absent Brothers." Since women were permitted to join the Elks since 1995, the toast is now pronounced as "To our absent Members."