TAOUK TRIO IS BORN. The story begins like this: A flutist (Rémi Bouguennec) meets an accordionist (Clément Dallot), and they immediately click. Together they create a fresh sound which obviously meets the expectations of the Ridée dancers as the musicians brilliantly tame the Ronde, channeling the energy of even the wildest dancers! Months pass and news arrives of a Trio Libre competition organised in Plougastell in just a few weeks. To work! We witness the arrival of the third musketeer, clarinetist by "trade" (Meriadeg Lorho-Pasco). As 3, they are much stronger and win the contest, TAOUK TRIO IS BORN. As 3, they play more vivaciously. As 3, they still enjoy themselves as much, and their virtuosity has an even greater force From the deaf dancer to the listener with a broken leg, Taouk Trio promises instant and eternal excitement.Three is the magic number.
Isle of Man - Skeddan Jiarg ('Red Herring' in Manx)
Skeddan Jiarg ('Red Herring' in Manx) was formed on the Isle of Man in 2014 with the idea of encouraging young children in the West of the island to learn Manx dancing. Many of the adult members of the team come from other long standing dance groups on the island and have now come together with their children to form this relatively new group. The youngest member of Skeddan Jiarg is just three years old but this hasn't stopped them travelling away to festivals to show off their skills! Skeddan Jiarg's repertoire is a combination of traditional Manx dances, new Manx dances... and lots of laughs!
Cor Clwb Rygbi Aberteifi is eight years old and the MD, Rhian Medi swears she agreed to conduct only because she believed the boys 'would only last a fortnight.' ! The choir performs at weddings, funerals and any special occasion but is not too keen on competition and Eisteddfodau. There are about 30 members, but, like most choirs, there is never a night when everyone makes it to practice. Highlights so far are singing at the Millenium Stadium, taking part in Gwyl Ban Geltaidd in Carlow last year and of course, each wedding is very special. Can't wait to visit Cornwall.
Originally from the West Coast and Highlands of Scotland, Dhorlin are Lewis Kane (piano, vocals & Accordion), Struan Thorpe (pipes, whistle, flute& guitar) and Stephen Povey (percussion). Having formed after performing at the Lorient Interceltique Festival, the group have extensive experience of playing at ceilidh’s all over the world and are excited to debut at Lowender Peran. Be prepared to ceilidh dance to a range of Scottish tunes played on accordion, pipes, whistle, keyboard and percussion and sing along to some contemporary arrangements of Scottish Songs while you get your breath back.
These musicians and dancers have joined forces especially for this weekend. All hailing from the "sliabh luanchra" are and west limerick in Ireland. You will hear an abundance of polkas and slides, which the areas are famous for. Achrann is the name used by this group of musicians for gigs. This weekend it will be made up of Greta Curtin, concertina, Jessie Healy, fiddle, and Darragh horan, guitar. They have all competed in the fleadhanna and won various Munster and all Ireland medals. Having all toured and played music professionally, they are now focusing on their careers, Jessie working as a teacher, and Greta teaching music. After spending 2015 travelling to different festivals across Ireland, they decided to put together a group for fun. Since then they have performed at many festivals. Joining them onstage are the highly acclaimed kilcummin set dancers. Made up of Sean nos , set dancing, Irish dancing and brush dancing, you are guaranteed an enjoyable performance. They have toured extensively throughout Europe including countries like UK, Denmark, Italy and Sweden. They are also reigning world and All Ireland Champions
DAWNSWYR GWERIN PENYFAI is one of the best known and respected folk dance groups in Wales. The team has been in existence for over 40 years and is still going from strength to strength. They are regularly asked to dance throughout Wales, Great Britain and abroad, thus giving them the opportunity to display their wide repertoire or Welsh folk dances and clogging routines.
Bolingey Troyl Band and Dancers
Tros an Treys
Tan ha Dowr
Droll Adro (Mike O’Connor)
Falmouth Session Band
Irish Dance Cornwall
Camborne Town Band and Richard Trethewey
The Devil’s Violin
Mabe Ladies Choir
Oll an Gwella
Salt & Sky
MacQuarrie & Toms
The Rowan Tree
Towl Ros!/Cast Net!
Bagas Crowd, Cornish for fiddle group, was set up in 2001 by fiddle teacher and workshop leader Frances Bennett who wanted her students of all ages and abilities to be able to get together to arrange and perform Cornish Celtic music. The group began meeting in Threemilestone Methodist Church Hall when they became too numerous to fit into Frances’ front room! Over the years we have performed all over Cornwall, marking the feast and festival calendar. We have also played in Scotland and are regular visitors to Brittany. We welcome any new fiddle or other string players who’d like to join us!
For more details contact Frances Bennett 01872 275058 email@example.com find us on facebook
Bolingey Troyl Band and Dancers
We are a group of musicians and dancers that are enthusiastic about the Celtic revival and Cornish music and dance in particular. Bolingey is a hamlet just in-land of Perranporth, on the North coast of Cornwall. It is a village with a rich history, including a September Fayre and is an example of the kind of community entertainment from which the band & dancers draw their inspiration. We provide a variety of performances, for weddings, anniversaries, and festivals. We perform as a dance band, providing a caller and demonstration dancers.
Wrestling is a distinct Cornish tradition that survives to the present day. The history of Cornish Wrestling goes back so far it is lost in the midst of time. The first mention of Celtic Wrestling appears in the ancient book of Leinster, referring to the sport being included in the Tailteann Games which date back to at least 1829 BC. We know Wrestling was established in Cornwall before the Roman invasion and that the Cornish meetings on Halvager Moor were held during the dark-ages. The Cornish contingent with Henry V at Agincourt (1415) marched under a banner depicting two Wrestlers “in a hitch”. The banner needed no words; the pictures of the wrestlers was enough to let anyone know the men of Cornwall were behind it. During the famous meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France (on the Field of the Cloth of Gold) a team of wrestlers representing the English king defeated the champions of France. This contingent, which humbled the French team, consisted entirely of men from Cornwall. Godolphin the chief wrestler had received the Royal command direct to bring his men to uphold the king’s honour at Calais. Wrestling is our national sport in Cornwall, a direct living link with our ancestors handed down through an un-broken chain, from father to son, brother to brother and friend to friend for over 3,000 years.
Falmouth Session Band
Tristan Kessell, Helen Reynolds, Chris Fayers and Ron Smith are the core of The Falmouth Session, playing trad Irish music for sessions, Ceilidhs, barn dances, weddings, parties...anywhere you'd like music really! We have been playing together in Cornwall in various formations for many years. We play Irish tunes in a traditional session style - round a table with a few beers. We run regular fortnightly sessions at The Chainlocker in Falmouth (hence our name), and play at The Countryman in Piece, and The Blue Anchor, Helston. See the gigs page for more info. The Falmouth Session is also available as a Ceilidh band with energetic and enthusiastic caller Chris Humphreys. We play for private parties and wedding receptions with Chris talking dancers through the figures, so suitable for everyone. We also play for Irish Set Dances, for which many of the tunes were originally written.
Mabe Ladies Choir
Mabe Ladies Choir has been a feature in the Cornish musical landscape since 1931 and has long been one of Cornwall’s premier choral groups. Hailing from places as far afield as Truro and Coverack and ranging in age from thirty-something to eighty-something they unite once a week in Penryn to indulge and nurture their love of singing. The women of Mabe Ladies Choir take their music making very seriously, constantly striving to achieve the highest artistic and technical standards. That said, they do spend an inordinate amount of time laughing! Whether it’s in the rehearsal room or the concert hall the emphasis is on fun & enjoyment, for choir and audience alike. Rule Number One of being a Mabe Lady is to have fun. There is no rule Number Two.
Hevva was formed by an enthusiastic group of like-minded dancers and musicians who wanted to pool their extensive experience to promote, teach and display the traditional dances of Cornwall. The group has grown considerably from its beginnings and is now one of the foremost dance groups in Cornwall, recognisable by its distinctive traditional costume. Hevva performs extensively at home, and has also been privileged to represent Cornwall at festivals large and small further afield, especially in other Celtic countries.
When the CUMPAS Cornish Music for Horns project known as 'The Horners', finished, Some of us decided to form The Hornets to continue playing the Cornish Tunes and playing on: Processions, Marches, Carnivals, Furry/Flora Dances, and other Traditional or Modern Community events and festivals as we had been, as well as doing gigs and dances both in and outdoor. We are based in Cornwall, but are happy to cross the Tamar, Channel, or even Oceans, to play in other Countries. We are already playing a Festival in Brittany this year.
Celtic Fever - Irish Dance Performance
Celtic Fever are an exciting Irish dance performance Troupe based in Truro. The Troupe members are made up of medal and Trophy winning dancers who compete throughout the UK, Europe and Ireland .The dancers perform at many events around Devon and Cornwall all year round and train together up to three times a week at The Flanagan's School of Irish Dance in Truro. The Troupe coach and choreographer Annie Flanagan is a registered teacher of Irish Dance with The World Irish Dance Association and trains dancers from ages 4 yrs to adult at the school 7 times a week. Irish Dance is a fast paced worldwide competitive sport for men and women. The highest title to achieve is a World title for solo or team dances. Behind the glitzy costumes and tiaras are dancers that train as athletes all year round . Irish Dance builds strong bones, compares fitness levels to boxing and football, improves memory , muscle tone and overall fitness, boosts self esteem and confidence along with building lifelong friendships and fun memories. Irish dance is a perfect combination of high energy sport, Irish music with glitz and glam we even teach the language . Find out more on our website at www.irishdancecornwall.co.uk Facebook @irishdancecornwall or @celticfevercornwall. Follow us on Instagram flanagansschoolofirishdance or Twitter @flanagansschool
Kemysk, meaning ‘mixture’ in Cornish, are a Cornish dance display team with members from the length and breadth of Cornwall. Originally formed for a one off to tour to Sidmouth Folk Week and Festival Interceltique de Lorient in summer 2010, we decided we were having way too much fun to leave it there. Over the past 7 years, Kemysk has grown in numbers, dancing throughout Cornwall and sharing our cultural music and dance with our Celtic cousins in Brittany, the Isle of Man and Wales. Lowender Peran is always a favourite of ours, and we are especially looking forward to this year's Lowender Peran. Kemysk are involved in an exciting commission with Richard Trethewey and Camborne Town Band, as part of the Kescan Lowender Concert on Sunday. This collaboration will see an interpretation of ‘Delkyo Syvy’ (Strawberry Leaves), the oldest song recorded in Kernewek, the Cornish language. On the Saturday evening, our band and caller, Ellie, are leading the Cornish Troyl (Ceili, Barn Dance) – come and join us in dancing traditional and new Cornish social dances. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic weekend for us (and you too)! Photo Credit - David Ivor Photography
MacQuarrie & Toms
Winners of the 2017 International Pan Celtic Duo competition in Ireland, MacQuarrie and Toms has performed to large festival crowds and intimate audiences throughout the UK and Europe. With “Charged fiddle and acoustic guitar” the Cornish duo blends original, Cornish and Celtic music with rich bass lines, loops and harmonies. 2017 has seen the release of their new EP ‘Granite’ which includes both vocal and instrumental tracks with their own unique twist on traditional tunes and songs as well as newly written material. Since their formation in 2014 they have released two EPs, ‘KYNSA’, meaning first in Cornish, which was recorded at Cube Recording in May 2015. It includes original and newly arranged traditional Cornish tunes. It was launched at the 45th Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2015, one of the largest Celtic festivals in the world and has been a great success both abroad and in the UK. In May 2017 they returned to Cube Recording to produce their second EP ‘Granite’. One of the concepts with this EP was to experiment with different sounds and effects to add new depth to their music. Using additional instruments such as Shruti Box, Jubaltone and ‘found sound’ the duo also added two songs to this EP. There are also newly arranged Cornish tunes alongside a few Scottish and Irish tunes as well as new material written by Stuart MacQuarrie and Jamie Toms.
Newquay Old Cornwall Society
On Wednesday, December 21st, 1928 a public meeting was held in the Council Chamber for the purpose of forming a branch of the Old Cornwall Society in Newquay. The first President was Col. Sir Hugh B. Protheroe Smith. Our Society is a member of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and many towns and villages in Cornwall have such an organisation. A number of our members have been honoured with Bardships of the Gorseth Kernow, the Gorsedd of Cornwall. The Society has a banner, one of the finest in the County. In its centre is a pilchard on a shield.
Camborne Town Band
The famous Camborne Town Band emanates from an equally famous town with a mining and industrial heritage second to none. Once recognised around the world, Camborne was the home of Richard Trevithick, Holman’s Engineering and the world-famous Camborne School of Mines.The Camborne Town Band has been competing in contests since the late 1800s and is unsurpassed by any other in Cornwall. Having won the National Second Section Championship in 1945, it was promoted to the Championship Section the following year – a position it has retained ever since, having been placed in the top six in the country on six occasions. In March 2009, it became West of England Champions for the 20th time, and in October 2015 represented the region at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain for the 40th time.
The band has also performed on national Radio and Television, including the BBC One's Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2's Listen to the Band. In recent years Camborne has worked with some of the finest conductors in the movement today. These have included Frank Renton, Dr. Robert Childs, Garry Cutt, John Berryman, Steve Sykes, Richard Evans, and Ian Porthouse.
The band is in demand for concerts, both in Cornwall and throughout the UK, and is committed to ensuring musical excellence and quality entertainment in the field of brass music, with a traditional and unique style. Repertoire includes the full spectrum, from light popular music, through operatic, film and light orchestral works, to original brass band music, all performed by quality soloists and supported by a collection of fine musicians.
Oll an Gwella
Oll an Gwella are an entertaining, rehearsed, a cappella male chorus with a background in Male Voice Choirs, and a repertoire of over 100 songs including shanties, Cornish folk, 1960s classics plus seasonal & sacred music. With an attractive mix of humour and sincerity which delights audiences, the group’s popularity has grown with its repertoire and reputation.
£1200 Profit from a first CD was donated to “The Cove” Cancer Centre. Live broadcasts on local radio and on ‘Spotlight’ for BBC Television together with performances from the main stages at shows and festivals across Cornwall they have also exported their distinctive harmonies across Southern England and South Wales. Invitations to France saw performances in St Malo, Dinard and at the 2016 “Festival Interceltique de Lorient”. Equally at home singing on elaborate festival sound stages; on the deck of the “Cutty Sark”; at Salisbury Cathedral; they take their choral entertainment to weddings, “Memory Cafes”, nursing-homes and schools.
Encouraged to learn and sing songs in Kernewek , they are keen to support all things Cornish and this was recognised by the award of Newquay Mayor’s Community Service Award in 2017. Their latest charity CD is raising funds for “Cornwall Blood Bikes” and, in short, this album mixes some good Cornish singing with a bit of culture and some smiles – all the elements of an Oll an Gwella performance!
Penzance Guizers formed in May 2012 to learn the art of guising in Cornwall, which has its roots in medieval times, sustained popularity throughout the time of the Tudors and into the present day. We are a happy band of musicians and dancers who meet regularly and enjoy active workshops creating new pieces and resurrecting existing material. The workshops, run by Helen Musser with accompanying musicians, cover all forms of Cornish dance and its revival history, historical folk and court dance, with an accent on technique. We also offer Ceilidhs, Displays, Mummers Plays and Educational Workshops for all ages.
Pol Hodge was born in west Cornwall and now lives in mid Cornwall with his wife Jane who is a Cornish Cornish speaker! He is a Language Bard of Gorsedh Kernow and a Cornish language poet who has performed in Kernewek many times at Lowender Peran. Also he is the bilingual MC for the festival – but he can’t sing for a toffee.
Cornwall Shinty Club
Come along and give it a go! Whilst its great to have experienced players, most of our players had never played before this year. We have sticks and balls you are welcome to borrow to get you started and all you really need if you get into it is some shin pads and for the guys a cricket box/abdominal guard, so you needn't break the bank. "Most people will not know that this game was one of the most popular games in Cornwall until the 1920's when it almost died out. It is rarely played there now, but they were once the champions of the sport." Well that's all about to change...
Silvia Lowe (Children's Songs)
Silvia Lowe and Laura Wright are locals singers based in Perranporth.
With a repertoire which includes a range of folk and country acoustic covers, Silvia and Laura perform at local events and festivals in Cornwall.
The Grenaways could be said to be mining the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf, adding a sense of their own ties to the region and especially it’s Celtic heritage. But, they are a band set for far wider horizons than just Cornwall with a massive and alternative sound billowing through their musical sails… They are rootsy storytellers, unique in the folk style, with songs that are rich in nautical undertones, influenced so much by the sea, the people and coastal living.
The Perraners, of Perranporth, are a fun loving 5 part harmony a capella singing group. Our musical director, Ian Marshall, arranges all our songs, with the tenors taking the tune, and our repertoire includes songs and tunes collected in Cornwall and songs the Cornish like to sing. We really enjoy singing together and look forward to participating and encouraging others to sing with us at this year's festival.
The Stowes are a traditional Folk band with a twist! Hailing from Cornwall, UK they play a stimulating mix of Traditional Folk, of mainly Cornish,Irish and Scottish origin, as well as rousing sea shanties and buoyant instrumental arrangements. With a full-bodied combination of piano accordion, stomp box, guitar, bouzar and banjo, The Stowes can fill up any venue, small or large, with toe-tapping music to get the crowds going.
Tros an Treys
Tros an Treys has been going since 2008, so next year the group will be 10 years old!
We perform, teach and encourage all forms of Cornish dancing and Cornish music.
Our name means ‘clamour of feet’, reflecting the metal taps or scoots we wear on our shoes and our colours represent the Cornish chough. The costumes are very eye-catching in red, black and silver!
We are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Celtic Spectacular this year on Friday in the festival's new venue; and to be dancing in Newquay's pubs on Saturday. Splann!
The Devil's Violin
No guards met him at the palace.
He made his way through a great pair of gates.
Through chambers that echoed with his footsteps.
He came to a hall thick with fog - was that a statue?
No, not a statue but the King himself.
The King of this country, as still and grey
as the stone his throne was made from.
Daniel Morden transports you to the Land of No Return, his storytelling served by the hypnotic string accompaniment of Sarah Moody and Oliver Wilson-Dickson.
The ensemble will take you on an epic journey, through a dreamlike land where you will encounter a king turned to stone, an old woman living in the claw of a giant cockerel and a glass man filled with wasps.
The essence of all cinema, theatre and literature is a gripping tale well told. By weaving traditional stories into an epic narrative the Devil’s Violin return us to that essence. This is a tale of lost loves, bravery, and above all else, hope.
“A scintillating combination of music, sound and story”
“You could hear a pin drop…like the air was all onstage with them. The music is divine.”
Bristol Old Vic
“We hear stories within stories, like Chinese boxes, laced with tears and laughter. The paradox is that these magical tales are really our humdrum lives, wrapped in imagination and mystery.”
Tan ha Dowr are Cornwall’s leading youth dance display team based in Bodmin.
The Woodcarts are Martha and Rosa Woods, two teenage sisters from Lostwithiel, Cornwall. They have made music together from an early age but got together more formally two years ago to enter their school talent show. Since then they have gone from strength to strength performing all over the county at a wide range of events and locations. They play a mixture of original compositions and creative covers/mash-ups of both traditional and contemporary music, combining strong instrumentation (on guitar, fiddle, flute, mandolin and ukulele) with beautiful harmonies. They are so excited to play their music at Lowender Peran this year having grown up performing here as part of the Tan ha Dowr Cornish dance team. "I really like this mix of traditional and contemporary performance" - St Ives September Festival "The evening was so atmospheric" - St Ives LitFest
TOWL ROS!/CAST NET!
St Ives has a long history associated with fishing. Memories of this once proud and thriving industry remain strong and to this day there are lingering reminders all around the town of this essential but dangerous way of making a living. Fishing is still carried out from St Ives harbour and small scale net making continues in the old net lofts. Towl Ros!/Cast Net! is a new interpretation of St Ives fishing in music, words and dance, devised by St Ives based musicians and songwriters Delia & Dave Brotherton. The show also features performance poet Bob Devereux, Mick Paynter, Heather Lane and guest singers from Cornish choir Keur Heb Hanow.
Tickets are available ...................................................
"I really like this mix of traditional and contemporary performance" - St Ives September Festival
"The evening was so atmospheric" - St Ives LitFest
Salt & Sky fiddle duo - Cornish folk music
Cornish folk duo Salt & Sky (Emma Packer and Lizzie Pridmore) are building a strong reputation for their exuberant performances of traditional Cornish music, sprinkled with a good helping of their own new material. Rooted in the local folk tradition, alive with originality and creativity, each arrangement is crafted with warmth that captures their love for Cornwall. Salt & Sky began as a fiddle duo but you may occasionally see them out and about with mandola, double bass and percussion. Listen & find out more at www.saltandskymusic.com. .
The Rowan Tree
The Rowan Tree was formed for the 2017 Pan Celtic festival by siblings Tom Fosten and Laura Garcia on guitar and flute. The pair are joined by Cornish musician Richard Trethewey on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Neal Jolly on bass. Encompassing traditional Cornish music and original pieces, the band's wide range of influences give The Rowan Tree a unique and engaging sound.
Didjan is the name given to the small morsel of pasty left for the buccas or mine spirits by Cornish miners, in the hope of ensuring safety when working underground. Bec Applebee and Richard Trethewey are two people with whom Cornish music is definitely in safe hands! Individually Bec and Richard have a wealth of experience playing at the highest level at the forefront of Cornish music in bands such as Dalla, Crowd, Leski and Tosta and have taken their vision all over the world from village halls to the Royal Albert Hall to the largest celtic festivals in the world! Bec and Richard are passionate about telling the unbelievable stories of remarkable characters that have given Cornwall such a strong sense of identity and made the Cornish who we are today. Didjan have a creative approach to their music, incorporating a wide variety of tools such as fiddle, mandola, crowdy crawn, voice, spoken word and dance. Whilst a small morsel, Didjan create a sound and vision that goes beyond their number and are already creating a wave of excitement for what is to come!
Will Keating and Special Guests
Will Keating can usually be found singing with a Falmouth based male vocal group known as The Oggymen . In 2016, he took the decision to also try his luck at gigging alone with Acoustic Guitar and stomp box. Totally inspired by Cornwall's rich History and Heritage, and the songs penned by his mentor Harry "Safari" Glasson, he hit the road! Will combines Harry's songs with traditional Cornish and Celtic folk songs and has received accolades from far and wide.
Will has performed all over Cornwall and beyond with The Oggymen and as a soloist, including 2 tours to the beautiful Islands of Scilly, Hall for Cornwall, Minack Theatre, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Little Orchard Cider Festival, Falmouth Oyster Festival and Looe Music Festival. Will has also supported award winning group The Changing Room at venues such as The Acorn in Penzance and Calstock Arts Centre.
Will is releasing his eagerly anticipated first solo album on November 2nd. The album celebrates the songwriting of Harry Glasson and includes two live tracks recorded at Will's sell out Cornish Folk Concert held in the historic St Senara's Church, Zennor. Special guests are also featured, including a 53 piece Cornish primary school girls choir, award winning banjo player John Dowling, The Oggymen, and the fabulous Helston Town Band..