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January 2016

Getting There!

23rd December 15– Firstly went to Tom Bawcocks eve at Mousehole, parking at Paul and walking down to the village, feeling the festive atmosphere grow as more and more people joined us with children and lanterns. We stood on the harbourside enjoying the lights around the harbour until the procession came through.  At the slipway they stopped and we recorded the Male Voice Choir and others singing the song before we then had the long walk back up the hill again! After that we drove over to The Dock at Penzance to record the carols there. It was hot and crowded with an expectant atmosphere and the people there seemed really enthusiastic to join in with the core. It was lovely to watch Dave ‘lining out’ and acting as a go-between – it seems they have a tradition of repeating the last line on many of  the carols which needed to be communicated! I got some good feedback from people there about the project, which is always reassuring and saw loads of people I knew . Got back around midnight feeling a bit whisht!

Tom Bawcock's Eve porcession
Tom Bawcock’s Eve procession
A blurry Dave at the Dock Inn
A blurry Dave at the Dock Inn

 

 

 

 

 

24th Dec – Sally and I went to record Canoryon Troon in the morning in Camborne square – just brilliant! A lovely group of people, singing wonderfully and so friendly. Many of the carols were ones  I’d not heard before too, but all Cornish. The sun also shone for a moment and it felt like a great start to Christmas eve!

Canoryon Troon on Christmas Eve
Canoryon Troon on Christmas Eve

In the eve we had our own Tregajorran carols. The singers arrived at our house about 6.30pm and it was lovely to hear ‘Hark the Glad Sound’ getting louder as they entered the house – it felt like Christmas had begun! We then sang walking down the hill; the first line of Glory Glory – ‘Rolling Downwards’ seemed very appropriate, going to other’s houses and meeting with more singers until we arrived at the square – lovely! I recorded Awake Ye Nations and other carols there.

Christmas Eve, Tregajorran
Christmas Eve, Tregajorran

 

25th Dec – Christmas Day in the Morning! Went to Four Lanes to record the Male Voice Choir in the square. There was a good turnout of people to listen to them and it’s great that this tradition still endures. They sang several Merritt carols amongst others and finished with one composed by one of their members ‘Christmas bells’

Four Lanes choir & crowd on Christmas Morning
Four Lanes choir & crowd on Christmas Morning

26th Dec – Went to Calstock and headed for the Tamar Inn to sing and with the intention of recording Lyngham as this was where I’d first learnt it. It was lovely to return to my home town and see so many people there I knew. The singing was raucously loud and the pub really noisy too! As I walked in they were singing Lyngham but luckily they were happy to sing it again (and again!) I also recorded Jack Spurr and my dad singing together which was quite special.

Patrick & Jack
Patrick & Jack

And that was the end of our recordings until the New Year – phew!

 

 

 

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In The Thick Of It

13th December 2016 – Off to Padstow for the carols, was a little apprehensive about going to such a local community  event . But I needn’t have worried; the singers were really friendly towards us and we were able to chat as we went from house to house. They sang in the streets and called on elderly people who joined in from their doorways – such lovely carols too! There was a big mix of men and women and children. It was lovely how the boys stood with the tenors and the girls with the sopranos, picking up the parts. A friend, Jenny, was there and I realised she was quite a mainstay for the women singers and the girls shared funny moments with her pretending to sing the bass parts!

Padstow Carollers
Padstow Carollers

17th  – Went to Picrous Eve at Luxulyan. It was good to see all our old friends from that area and others came down from East Cornwall, so we had a good mix of ages gathered round the covered pool table! We soon got going with Nick Nicholls leading some off and had a good general sing (not just carols). We recorded Glory Glory – but is it a Fowey or Golant carol?!

The old boys...
The old boys…
...and the young ones!
…and the young ones!

 

 

 

 

 

18th – Went to Sally’s home town, St Day, in the eve to record St Day Carol with the Carharrack & St Day Silver Band. This is a regular event for our singers .  The Daylight Choir (a newly formed St Day Choir) were singing when we got there. It was horrible weather so the band didn’t play for long but we did manage St Day with them before we all ran for shelter!

The band in the rain!
The band in the rain!

19th – Out to St Ives for their carol concert which was in the Fore Street Chapel. Squeezed between a mass of other buildings right on the habour  it seemed a wonderful location to hear these carols that are from St Ives and nearby.  I was really moved by the concert; beautiful singing with real feeling and William Thomas was lining out the verses. The sermons were quite moving too and the whole evening had a timeless quality to it. And then the whole congregation rose to sing Hellesveor …perfect!

The ladies of  the St Ives community choir getting ready to sing
The ladies of the St Ives community choir getting ready to sing

20th – Sally and I drove down on a wet dark evening to the Halzephron Inn to record the Cadgwith Singers who sing there every year – a good evening chatting to quite a few people we knew and recording some of the songs. We presented them with a Shout Kernow book which was received well and Paul Collins said they knew a St Keverne version of While Shepherds which they then sang.  Then he and his wife went into a back room with us and sang ‘What Heavenly Music’ as a duet (and another I didn’t know) Great stuff.

Cadgwith Singers

21st –  Another evening visit, this time to hear the Moushole Male Voice Choir concert at Paul Church. It was very lovely with some great singing from the choir as well as from Kath Matthew’s daughters Twin Harmony. Amazingly we sat behind a trio who’d come from St Keverne who told us all about the THREE While Shepherds from the Lizard: St Keverne, Porthallow and ‘Welshy’. Incredible stuff!

Mousehole Male Voice Choir
Mousehole Male Voice Choir

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