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Carolling around Redruth 2018

There are plenty of other places that Cornish Carolling will be happening from East to West this winter but here are the dates of not only the carolling around the Redruth area but also a couple of talks which Sally and Hilary will be giving about their book Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols.

November

Saturday 24th – 6:00pm at the Town Clock. Redruth Wassail.

December

Sunday 2nd – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Flowerpot Chapel, Higher Fore Street area.

Sunday 2nd – 8pm. First & Last Carols. Countryman Inn, Piece, Redruth, TR16 6SG.

Tuesday 4th – 7pm. Carols with the Red Rivers at Waterstones Bookshop, Truro

Wednesday 5th – 7.30pm, Hark! Talk for Padstow Old Cornwall Society. Social Club, Padstow

Saturday 8th – 6.30pm. Carol Concert with the Red River Singers, Coer Heb Hanow & Tereba Nessa, Liberal Club, Camborne

Sunday 9th – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Plain an Gwarry area.

Wednesday 12th – 3.30pm. Gwinear Church Tree Festival with the Red River Singers,  followed by tea in the church. Gwinear Church, TR27 5JZ

Thursday 13th – 7.30pm. Carol Concert with the Red River Singers, St Agnes Methodist Church, 30 British Road, St Agnes TR5 0UA.

Friday 14th – 4pmCarols with the Redruth Carol Choir at the Old Fashioned Christmas in the Butter Market, Redruth

8pm – Carols with the Red River Singers, Plume of Feathers, Fore Street, Pool, Redruth TR15 3PF. Contact number for venue: 01209 713513.

Sunday 16th – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Albany Rd, Treruffe Hill area (followed by Baptist Church Carol Concert – all welcome)

Wednesday 19th – 1-2pm. Hark! talk. Truro Museum, 25 River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ.

Thursday 20th – Evening. Diaspora Carols, Truro Cathedral, 14 St Mary’s Street, Truro, TR1 2AF. Including the Redruth Carol Choir, http://www.trurocathedral.org.uk/whats-on/carols-from-the-cornish-diaspora

Friday 21st – 6.30pm. Carol Concert with the Red River Singers, Trevenson Church, Church Road, Pool, Redruth TR15 3PT.

Sunday 23rd – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Trewirgie, West End area
January

Saturday 5th – 3pm onwards, Degol Stul (12th Night Feast), Red Rivers singing around 6pm, Grampound Village Hall

Sunday 6th – 8pm, First & Last Carols. Countryman Inn, Piece, Redruth, TR16 6SG.

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.

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!

 

 

 

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

‘Friends We Haven’t Met Yet’

Newquay and Scillies Rowing weekend Isles Of Scilly

29th Sept – 1st Oct 2012

Saturday:  Turks Head

Outside Turks Head , St Agnes
Outside Turks Head , St Agnes

On a beautiful sunny afternoon outside the Turks Head Pub close to the water on St Agnes, a lovely mix of people gathered from all over Cornwall – St Just, Charlestown, Falmouth, Devoran, Cadgwith, Bude, Newquay, Padstow, St Merryn, Treverva and of course the Isles Of Scilly! It was a real coming together with lots of banter; a slogan on a t-shirt read: ‘There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet’. Some have been coming for years (next year is the 50th!) and others were new this year.

Nig in fine voice!
Nig in fine voice!

Nig from St Merryn welcomed us and we continued to meet familiar faces over the weekend. We also got chatting to a few new ones. Marion from St Just was very excited to hear about our project and told us that her husband often remarks ‘nobody can be angry when they sing’ which I understand from my own experience! Funnily enough the rowing seemed to be almost separate from the singing – Sally and I saw our first gig of the weekend on the Scillonian coming home! There were a mix of men and women but the women seemed more around the edges although some were right in the middle cueing! Some of the songs were not so familiar to my ear but others were the usual with a few Harry Safari ones in there and ‘The Beautiful Islands Of Scilly’ seemed very appropriate – standing right there by the waters edge.

Sunday: Bishop and Wolf

We intended to catch everyone returning from St Agnes to St Mary’s but missed the boat! But as luck would have it so did a few others and we ended up in the Turks Head being very silly with singers from Falmouth and Charlestown

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Row Boatman Row on the water!

And when we finally made our rough crossing back the wonderful brothers from Charlestown treated us to a rendition of ‘Row Boatman Row’ in t-shirts with the bass riff ‘blue, blue, blue’ on them – it felt like some mad karaoke moment with them pointing to their chests as the boat tipped and rocked!

When we got onto dry land we found our lodgings (courtesy of our good friend Piers) and got something to eat before venturing out again. As we neared the Bishop and Wolf we were surrounded by a gang of young men serenading us with a beautiful close harmony song! It dawned on me that this must be Bone Idol – the Scillies singing group and so it was. We all entered the pub chatting away and soon they were in the middle of the singing where they led a beautiful rendition of Harry’s ‘This Is My Cornwall’. Sally and I were pretty tired by then and so bade a goodnight to all and headed for bed!

Monday: Scillonian

Leaving IOS
The crowd on the dock with Johnny holding forth!

Our homeward trip was at 4 o’clock and prior to that everyone had been for a good sing at The Atlantic on the balcony, though there was such a tight cram that recording was very difficult. But what I really wanted to capture was the singing and departure on the quayside. This was a wonderful moment with crowds on the harbour serenading those on the boat who thronged to the rails and sang furiously back. Everyone was kept in time by Johnny Ball with his trusty whistle and lavish conducting!

Just as the gang plank was removed a huge commotion started up on the dockside and there was one of the Wreckers boys struggling to get through. With very uncertain coordination he squeezed through the fence and made for the boat accompanied by shouts from his fellow Wreckers of ‘leave him behind, don’t let him on’! The boatmen re-attached the gang plank and with a great deal of swaying (not just from the swell) he was aboard! As we sang Soldiers Farewell the boat started to pull away and Sally and I could no longer refrain from joining in, climbing onto the railings for a better view. The ships hooter blew mid-tune, accompanied by an announcement on the tanoy that those perching on the railing needed to climb down for their safety, and we were away.

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