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The start of our 2017 tour!

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Our 2017 Hark! tour got off to a fine start at The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies’ Winter Event in Redruth on Saturday 4th November, where we gave a talk about our exploits and research. The talk was musically illustrated by The Red River Singers singing some of the carols featured in the book.

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Wefollowed this with an interview on Wednesday 8th, on Curtain Up with Sheila Vanloo, on Radio St Austell Bay, and we can also be heard on Monday 13th talking to Debbie McCrory on Radio Cornwall between 3 and 5pm, and on the 16th we’ll be having a chat on Coast Afternoon with John Pestle  between 2 and 5pm. Debbie has invited us back to Radio Cornwall in December to sing a couple of carols, so watch this space for more info!

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Come and see us at one of our coming events, have a chat, and get your copy of Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols signed!

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols

…and finally Ladies and Gentlemen we are pleased and hugely proud to be able to announce that our book Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols is now available! Please see below for information as well as the variety of launch dates around Cornwall. Many of them will see us returning to the places we recorded to say a huge thankyou to the singers and presenting a book to them, with, of course, a few carols on the way! We also have a few workshops on offer (Marazion and Liskeard) as well as book signings and talks . Hopefully there’s something for everyone so please come along and meet us and buy a book (or two – a great Christmas present!)

Cornish Carols are unique and to have a publication that brings together the essence of that is marvellous. The hours and miles will have been well worth it I am sure. Congratulations to Sally and Hilary for their achievement’. Roger Gool (Leader of Padstow Carollers)
Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols is a record of carols sung throughout Cornwall, in a variety of locations: church, pub, chapel, on the street, in people’s houses and at special occasions such as the Bodmin Wassail, Picrous Eve and St Just Feast – to show how embedded these carols are in their communities. ­

IMG_0366The book contains two CDs as well as scores and words, the background to the carols, the composers and reminiscences of people who sang them.

£19.99  ISBN 978 1 9999037 0 1
214 pages paperback

The book will be available on 15 November. To order, click here Francis Boutle website

Hark Launch dates 2017/18

November 2017

WIL007 Liskeard Christmas_Tuesday A4 Poster_LowResSaturday 4th ​- Pre-launch talk and carols with the Red River Singers at the The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies’ Winter Festival, Redruth Community School, Tolgus Vean, Redruth, TR15 1TA, 2:45pm
Saturday 18th ​- Carol workshop led by Hilary, Marazion Community Centre, TR17 0HM 10am – 4pm, to book: http://www.crbo.co.uk
Monday 20th – ​Talk and carols, St Columb Old Cornwall Society, The Bowling Club,West St, St Columb Major, TR9 6RX, 7.30pm.
Saturday 25th​ – Redruth Wassail, around Redruth finishing at The Miners Arms, Plain an Gwarry, from 6pm
Sunday 26th ​– Carols with the Red River Singers at the Christmas Market, Heartlands, Pool, TR153QY, 2pmMarazion carols

December 2017

Saturday 2nd – ​Carols and book signing, part of Nadelik Lyskerrys Event, The Bookshop, 2 Barras St, Liskeard, PL14 6AD, 1pm, See Nadelik Lyskerrys for further info.
Sunday 3rd​ – ‘First & Last’ carols, The Countryman Inn, Piece, TR16 6SG, 8pm.
Monday 4th​ – Carol concert with the Bude & Stratton Old Cornwall Society, St Andrew’s Church, Stratton, 7:30pm
Tuesday 5th – ​Talk & carols with the Red River Singers at Waterstones Bookshop, Truro, TR1 2QU, 7pm
Friday 8th​ – Talk & carols at Kresenn Kernow, Alma Place, Redruth, TR15 2AT, 5pm followed by carols at ‘Old Time Christmas’ Redruth Revival community event, Buttermarket courtyard, Redruth, TR15 2AS, 6pm.
Saturday 9th​ – Carol concert at Bridge Chapel featuring the Red River Singers, Keur Heb Hanow and Tereba Nessa, Bridge, Illogan, TR16 4QW, 7:30pm
Thursday 14th – Carols for Picrous Eve at The Kings Arms, Luxulyan , PL30 5EF, 9pm
Friday 15th​- Carols with the Red River Singers for Gwinear Christmas Tree Festival, St Gwinear’s Church, 3pm
Friday 15th ​- Carols with Caharrack and St Day Silver Band, St Day Square, TR16 5JX, 8pm
Saturday 16th ​- Talk and carols with the Red River Singers, The Church of the Assumption, Blowing House Hill, Redruth, TR15 3AA, 2pm
Saturday 16th ​- St Ives Carol Service with the combined choirs of St Ives, Fore St Methodist Chapel, TR26 1HW, 7pm
Tuesday 19th ​- Carol Concert with Stithians Ladies Choir, St Stythians Band and St Stythians Male Voice Choir, Stithians Centre, 8pm
Friday 22nd ​- Carols with the Red River Singers at Trevenson Chapel, Pool, TR15 3QA, 6:30pm
Monday 25th ​- Christmas Day carols with Four Lanes Male Voice Choir, Four Lanes Square, 11am

January 2018

Tuesday 2nd ​- Talk and carols with the Red River Singers, Carnon Downs Old Cornwall Society, Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Rd, TR3 6GH, pm
Saturday 6th ​- Twelfth Night Celebration, Degol Stul, Heartlands, Pool, TR153QY, 1-11pm
Sunday 7th ​- ‘First & Last’ carols, The Countryman Inn, Piece, TR16 6SG, 8pm.

Update on Hark!

 

Autumn 2016

Here we are now during a few golden days of Autumn and I have a chance to catch up on news about the Carol Book research.

Research: We spent the Spring and Summer visiting the Cornish Studies library in Redruth (like a sweet shop to us!) gathering information on all the publications made about Cornish Carols. Unlike our previous book on the pub songs, there is a wealth of writing about this topic going as far back as Davies Gilbert (1823) and Sandys (1852) right up to the present day re-publications by the Old Cornwall Society of some of the old Carol Books; so much to read and absorb!

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Researching in Kresenn Kernow

 

We were very excited to discover in the library a notebook, probably dating from the late 1700s and possibly from the Hayle area, with four beautifully handwritten carols, two of which are in our singers’ repertoire; A Virgin Most Pure and To Mirth Inclined (although there were 28 verses in the notebook!) One other, Gods Dear Son, has now entered the Cornish instrumental tradition as An Dufynyans, which my band, Dalla, recently recorded! That only leaves one, called Remember Oh Thou Man, which is in both the Hutchins manuscript collection from the Penzance area (approx 1825) and in Sandys’ however the tune in the latter collection is the same as one in an even older British collection called the Melismata from 1611!

Interviews: As well as visiting the library and doing lots of reading we have been fortunate enough to visit several people with knowledge of Carols in their area and have now recorded a wealth of memories and stories from Polperro to St Ives!

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Two manuscripts of the same carol – Behold. One from an ancient chap book in the possession of a carol researcher Peter Meanwell and the other a recent photocopy of a transcription from Polperro

 

We have a few more interviews to go before we do our final recordings this Christmas. I’m glad to say we won’t be quite as busy as last year and our dates for these Carol trips so far are:

Monday 28th November – Carol concert, Parkhouse Centre, Bude

Sunday 11th December – Merritt Concert, Redruth Wesley Chapel

Saturday 17th December – Cotehele Wassail, Calstock

Saturday 24th December – Falmouth Docks

We have heard that some Cornish carols are sung at Camelford on Boxing Day, so if anyone knows about this we’d love to hear from you!

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols

Sally and Hilary are at it again! After the success of their first book Shout Kernow, celebrating the pub songs of Cornwall they are once more planning to travel around Cornwall to all kinds of places and venues but this time their mission is to record the carols of Cornwall being sung in situ ‘where they do belong to be’. They hope to represent a variety of locations: church, chapel, pub, out on the street, people’s houses, etc. showing how our carols are embedded in the communities from which they come, selecting ones that are most popular or meaningful to the area they come from or to the people who sing them.

Here’s some of the places they’ll be visiting (nearly all in the month of December!):

Bodmin, Bolingey, Boscastle, Bridge, Bude, Calstock, FalmPencarrow Poster 2015outh, Four Lanes, Halzephron, Luxulyan, Padstow, Paul, Pencarrow, Penzance, Polperro, Pool, Port Isaac, Redruth, St Neot, St Day, St Ives, St Just, Stithians, Treen, Tregajorran, Troon,

..and some of the carols too:

Boscastle  Jack, Stratton Carol,  Can Dilly,  Bodmin Wassail, Treen While Shepherds, Lyngham, Hark The Glad Sound, Lo He Comes, Hail Sacred Day,  Awake Ye Nations, Choir Of Angels, Arise & Hail,  Pendeen While Shepherds, Hail Smiling Morn,  Newlyn While Shepherds, Sound, Sound,  Hellesveor, See The Morning, St Day,  Glory, Glory, Stithians While Shepherds,  Harky,Harky, Jesse, Rouse,Rouse, Polperro While Shepherds (Xmas Time), Holly & Ivy, What Heavenly Music, Carol Carol Christians, A Virgin Unspotted, Redruth Wassail, Wassail The Silver Apple, Lo The Eastern Sages, Calm On The Listening Ear.

As you can imagine the cost of this travelling will be quite large so to raise money for this we have produced a pack of 6 unique Cornish Christmas cards for sale at £5 (+ £1.50 P&P). Please contact Hilary at hilary-fenten@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to support us and order a pack!

Hark! Christmas Card
Hark! Christmas Card

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