Echos Et Merveilles, Toulouse

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Kris Lannen and Tiny Tom Fosten from The Grenaways

So I am back to reality after another fantastic musical adventure! This time playing with The Grenaways and The Rowan Tree at the amazing festival Echos et Merveilles near Toulouse, in the south of France. What a joy!

We were treated so well and did two wonderful shows to a packed audience of around 1,200 people! We were introduced to many wonderful new experiences and heard some great music! Highlights were Fanel, Eirdan, Faun, Niko Light Orchestra and especially Franz Robert Wild not just for all their musicianship and performance skills but for their warm generous spirit. The whole festival from staff to audience to performers had a very special feel of community and being part of something together.

Here is a clip of the Rowan Tree performing Deugh Deugh, written by Richard Gendall and made famous by the late Brenda Wootton.

Pan Celtic Competition - Donnegal, Ireland!

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We won! .......Sort of!

I am back from a week away in Ireland representing Cornwall with 'The Rowan Tree'

We travelled via Shropshire to take part in a charity gig in aid of the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. After a great night of music we are proud to say that the grand sum of £2000 was raised for this amazing cause and we met some truly lovely people along the way!

In Ireland we came joint first with the Irish (again!) but an 'independent' judge voted that the Irish should win. Aside from the competitions we took part in we had amazing fun meeting performers from Cornwall and all the other Celtic nations too.

Special shout outs to 'The Aggie Boys' and Deliah and Dave Brotherton (Tir ha Tavas) from Cornwall who were our housemates for the week. It was great to get to know everyone and share lots of music together!

We returned to England and met up with the rest of 'The Grenaways' for a gig in Poynton at The Acoustic Lounge, a great venue we have played before! 

We have come back inspired, full of plans and excitement for some exciting opportunities coming up!

Later in April we are off to Toulouse in the south of France with the Grenaways to play at 'Echos et Merveilles' Do check it out! Some great bands including Faun  who we are all excited to see!

The Rowan tree are then off to Liet International - a song contest for minority languages! We are the first Cornish act to represent Cornwall since Gwenno, in 2003. I will keep you updated on how that goes!!

 The Aggie Boys

The Aggie Boys

 Tir ha Tavas - Deliah and Dave Brotherton

Tir ha Tavas - Deliah and Dave Brotherton

 The Rowan Tree - escaping to watch  'In Their Thousands'

The Rowan Tree - escaping to watch 'In Their Thousands'

 

 

 

The Rowan Tree win Kan Rag Kernow!

 Photo by Gill Jolly

Photo by Gill Jolly

We are the winners of Kan Rag Kernow 2018 and are off to represent Cornwall at this years Pan Celtic in Ireland!

It was a fantastic evening with great worthy songs from every competitor and we feel blessed to have been selected to go forward to compete against Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Brittany!

You can see our winning song here!

 Photo by Gill Jolly - The Rowan Tree pictured with Anne Kennedy Truscott

Photo by Gill Jolly - The Rowan Tree pictured with Anne Kennedy Truscott

 Photo by Gill Jolly

Photo by Gill Jolly

The Mousehole Cat

Mowzer's selling fast! Here's some great shots by Gordon Scammell.

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 Full Cast on stage singing 'Tom Bawcock's Eve' - Photo by Gordon Scammell

Full Cast on stage singing 'Tom Bawcock's Eve' - Photo by Gordon Scammell

 Mowzer and Bec - Photo by Gordon Scammell

Mowzer and Bec - Photo by Gordon Scammell

Performances have been going really well and selling out which has been fantastic! We've been getting some amazing feedback and some exciting developments for the future potentially!

Most of the pre Christmas shows are mostly sold out but some tickets left for after Christmas. Get in touch and see what's left anyway!

https://www.cousinjacks.org/the-mousehole-cat

 

 Photo by Gordon Scammell

Photo by Gordon Scammell

 Tom Bawcock and Mowzer (Rory and Bec) Photo by Gordon Scammell

Tom Bawcock and Mowzer (Rory and Bec) Photo by Gordon Scammell

Book your tickets now!

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The Mousehole Cat - December 17th - 31st

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So this Christmas I am doing something slightly different and stepping into the established theatre production of The Mousehole Cat, running from 17-31 December in the Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole.

I went to see this production as a punter last year and it is a truly magical thing to do, whether you come to the early show or the evening show when you step out feeling fully immersed in the story of the Mousehole Cat you are greeted by the Mousehole lights, chestnuts and mulled wine and much more in the village!

I feel honoured to be part of this and to be working with such an amazing cast and director in Guy Watson. It will be so lovely to appear with Bec Applebee, my Didjan bandmate in a completely different guise! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Oh what a night!'

What an honour to perform with Camborne Town Band again. Here is some footage captured by Carmen Hunt showing one of the new commissions for this years festival. Delkiow Syvy is the oldest known Cornish song collected and this version is the creative output of a research project looking at the cornish language repertoire of Brenda Wootton. The wonderful brass arrangement is by Iain McKnight.

Source FM radio session

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Had a lovely afternoon on Falmouth's Souce FM with a great friend of mine Karen Brown. We have known each other for many years and been involved in lots of creative and wonderful projects together. Karen now co-hosts a regular radio slot with Andrew Whetter on Source FM exploring Cornish music and culture and even offers her guests a cream tea! 

I may be able to share some of the recordings with you on here dreckly!

You can listen again and check out what's going on at: www.thesourcefm.co.uk