IS IT possible to end a live song with real thunder and lightning? I don't think so! But the Young Post saw it happen in In The Tradition, a fund-raising concert of melodic folk songs from South Africa, Ireland, Croatia and American gospels. The sky lit up with roaring thunder after The Exceptions, one of six groups that performed last Sunday night in the Gothic-style University Hall in Pokfulam, presented a Croatian folk song. In the Tradition was aimed at raising funds for the 'Village Harmony' project which will help students learn to sing vocal harmonies from African to Afro-American gospel as well as those from the Balkans in November. The project is part of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival in which the students will perform a series of concerts for local audiences. To give Hong Kong a preview of these rather foreign melodies, the Miller Family, with the help of numerous volunteers, put together the In The Tradition concert. The concert started with a South African folk song which literally meant 'Now that you're carrying a big stick, you don't need your mother anymore' - a very impressive opening with the singers marching onto the stage while humming along. Allegretto, the nine-member select group from the Hong Kong International School's middle school, then warmed up the audience with the lively Shout With Joy , religious Plaisir D'amour and catchy As Long as I Have Music . The Exceptions, backed up by the Miller Family, then delivered We are what we are because of prayers in Zulu, a South African language. Even without costumes, props, or vehement dancing, their young voices skilfully brought in a sense of African primitive aura. The group delivered a festive version of the American gospel classic Amazing Grace with banjo, guitar, keyboard, accordion and violins. Two Irish musicians Ciaran and Donald presented a 10-minute Irish folk song with rich vocals and clean acoustic guitar playing. Although it was hot and sultry and the hall had no air-conditioning, the audience had a great time experiencing the essence of the cultures and messages behind the songs performed.