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