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November 2012

Newquay Fish Festival Sunday 16th September 2012

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Newquay Rowing Club Singers in full voice at the Fish Festival 2012

We went along to this event when it was nearly over – people were packing up! But in one marquee there was a lovely atmosphere: the Newquay Rowing Club Singers were getting going. They gathered informally after their performance for a sing too. We were also invited along to the club house afterwards by Gareth an old friend of my husband, Neil and we also met my cousin by marriage, Rob Spowart who suggested we go to the London Cornish Rugby reunion next month which I was really pleased about. (see later blog)

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Striking Out and Harry Safari

The Lemonaires  at the The Lemon Arms, Mylor

19th September 2012

Invited by John Barraclough, we met up with the Lemonairs and their informal chair, Kenny, who we were to see later in the month at the Newquay & Isles Of Scilly rowing weekend and their booking secretary, Andy. They are an off-shoot from Treverva Male Voice Choir created four years ago to celebrate 200 years of the Mylor Dockyard.  Arriving late, we’d missed alot of their songs but were still greeted very warmly. There were about 11 of them and Micky generally pitched up:  ‘striking out’ the first line and all would then join in. They created their own four-part harmonies and really struck me as good singers.

Micky, Kenny and others striking up

Mike, the only singer not from Treverva, echoed the comment I’ve heard in many places: ‘we sing because we love it, don’t matter if good or not!’

And again their relationship with the pub was good – the landlord, Alan seemed to have a great rapport with them!

They sang alot of Harry Safari songs and one of the singers commented:

‘He’s brilliant; although they’re written for one  voice and guitar they lend themselves so well to harmonising – the harmonies are in there’

A week previously we’d been lucky to visit Harry and have a good chat with him. We found him a wonderful storyteller and easy to talk to. Having had a serious throat operation he is now unable to sing himself. We asked him how he felt about this and he said he found it a joy that his ‘voice’ is heard through the singing of others. So we raise a glass of whisky to you Harry and hope we can have a proper drink with you soon!

Harry Safari

A Bit Of Old Cornwall

Countryman – 2nd September 2012

The Countryman Pub, nr Piece

It’s hard to know when to write a blog for our own shout as it happens every month and I’m always there – so which one do I write about? And yet it needs recording because it’s seen a wonderful development over the two years from when we started. The landlord, Nick is so supportive, often joins in behind the bar and has sponsored my project too!

Some of the singers!

We came together primarily as two singing groups – the Inglehearts (run by Clare Ingleheart) and the Treggys and slowly over the months people have come to and fro until it has evolved into a shout that brings together a whole cross section of people from Penzance to Callington! There are people who now come from groups such as The Perraners, Leverow an Bys, Suitcase Singers, Riverside Singers, Praze and Hayle MVC, Nankersy MVC and Cadgwith. There are also individuals who just enjoy being ‘hangers on’ without the commitment of a choir. All this means that although we have a core repertoire we are always being treated to new songs from visiting people who bring their favourites along. This core repertoire is printed in a songbook that is for others to use and has helped with a feeling of inclusivity and the creation of a lovely atmosphere, with usually over 30 people singing together. I personally am really happy that this core also includes some Cornish language songs too such as the ancient Delkiow Syvy (words from 1698!) and beautiful Kerra Kernow (written by Dick Gendall, who wrote many songs for Brenda Wooton) From the regular group, people are starting to emerge with increased confidence to either pitch up a song or sing a party piece. One of these; Ron, has brought new songs to share and brings real feeling to his singing – his enjoyment of songs such as Cornish Lads and Miner’s Lullaby is obvious and always gets a good response. My father, Patrick has always had a huge store of songs and loves to sing daft songs such as Johnny Bucca which are also well received! We have had beautiful solo renditions of The White Rose from Geoff of the St Aubyn singers and rousing chorus’ of The Old Grey Duck from Chris from the Perraners (he & I are part of the Duck Appreciation Society!) 

Patrick, Ron, Neil and Dave sharing a joke!

It’s a delight to me that we have been able to create such a space, with the goodwill of the Landlord, to allow people to shine whatever their age or background and the experience of most people seems to be reflected in a comment by one of the regular listeners:

‘Beautiful! A real coming together, like the old times; a bit of old Cornwall’

We always meet on the first Sunday of every month; one and all are welcome!

 

Yeghes da!

 

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