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2018

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CALLINGTON MAYFEST

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Here are some videos of our recent ‘boys gig’ at Calllington Mayfest, courtesy of our friend James Carty.

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As we were at Callington, we decided to sing a few ‘mining’songs

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Here’s the first one, an old song with an extra verse added by Pete Marlow, written during the 1984-5 Miner’s Strike

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Miner’s Lifeguard

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Next we sang a new song by a local composer, Zac Leon from Liskeard

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The Old Miner’s Song (by Zac Leon)

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and of course, in Cornwall, you have to sing

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Cousin Jack

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Finally, looking forward to the rest of the summer,

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Tolpuddle Man

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PHILLEIGH FOLK

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 Next, here are some excellent videos made by our friends Ann and David Pattison of our gig at Philleigh Folk back in April.
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Here’s one we usually begin with (although not on this occasion)

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The Cutty Wren

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And here’s one we never sang before, but as neither Malcolm Pinch or Ian Shevill were there to point out that sea shanties should not be sung be those who have not been to sea, we sang it as Eddie’s tribute to the great Bob Davenport. (NB: Maybe take it down half a tone, Eddie?)

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Tom’s gone to Hilo

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Now here’s a couple by Frankie, namely his version of a great Billy Bragg song

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Between the Wars

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and an impassioned version of another great song, this time by Steve Knightley

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Country Life

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Next here’s Catie with her versions of a song about the first industrial dispute organised and successfully conducted entirely by women: the ‘Bread & Roses strike of 1912

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Bread & Roses

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and a wonderful song by Jon Heslop about the decline of the Cornish fishing industry (NB: NOT because of the wicked EU Common Fisheries Policy, but because of the selling off of fishing quotas by the UK government to the highest bidder)

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Cheap Boats

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Finally, here’s a couple Eddie is particularly proud of: first our version of a song he picked up in Ireland from The Johnstons many years ago (terrible words, great air!)

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Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore

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and last of all, a great version of Graham Moore‘s tribute to the Six Men of Tolpuddle, with additional words by Tim Brine, and by Eddie, and with guest Maggie Cranston (“Catie’s Mum”).

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Tolpuddle Man

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2017

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First, here are some videos of us performing in September at the Crantock Folk Festival. This was our first ever appearance as a quartet, as we were joined by Maggie Cranston
Many thanks to Mike, Sue and Tim for clearing up after the flood, btw
As it was almost 100 years since our family joined the Irish diaspora, we thought we’d begin with a few songs about that

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The Rare Old Times

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Kilkelly

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Thousands are Sailing

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And nothing to do with the Irish diaspora, but Catie sings them so beautifully

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Ride On

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Raglan Road

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Next, here is our tribute to the victoims of the terrible Grenfell Tower fire (song by Kitty Donohoe with additional words by Eddie)
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There are No Words

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And here is song Eddie learned at a Stand up for Labour event from the great Phat Bollard

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Millionaires

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And finally, here is our celebration of that great night some of us had (those who deserved it!) on Thursday 8th June (words by Catie and Eddie)

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Theresa

 

Next, here are some videos of our performance on the Fringe Stage at Cornwall Folk Festival on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th).
Many thanks to our friend Max Rowse-De Franco for both of these sets of excellent videos

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Between the Wars

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Bread & Roses

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Cheap Boats

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Country Life

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And here’s another version of our tribute to people who call opportunistic general elections and end up shooting themselves in the foot!

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Theresa

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Next, here are some videos of Catie and Eddie performing at Liskeard Community Action‘s Party in the Park, in August, all three courtesy of our friend and comrade James Carty. These include
yet another version of Plane Crash at Los Gatos
A bit of a change of emphasis with The Black Velvet Band

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From earlier this year, here is our tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire: our version of Kitty Donohoe’s beautiful song, with a few extra lyrics by Edde, recorded by our friend Jo Shand at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. NB: for this gig, as Frankie was indisposed, Catie and I were again joined by Maggie.

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There are no words

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And here is Eddie performing one of his own songs live at Cornwall Against Austerity gig on The Parade in Liskeard (hence the traffic)

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There’s a hole in the Budget

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Also, here are some videos of us performing at

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival

in May 2017, courtesy of our good friend Lizzy Webster

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Between the Wars

Bread & Roses

If there’s a Fire in your Heart

Plane Crash at Los Gatos

There is Power in a Union

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And here are some more great videos by our good friend Nick Heard of our versions of

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Willie McBride

H Bomb’s Thunder

Cheap Boats

Tolpuddle Man

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Earlier events

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Going back a bit, here are some videos of us recording The William Morris Songbook in December 2013

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The Seal Children Take 1

The Seal Children Take 2

There is Power in a Union

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Also, here is an ealier video of us also performing

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Plane Crash at Los Gatos

at Bodmin Folk Clubs visit to the
Cornwall Folk Festival 2015
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And here’s Eddie at Bodmin Folk Club on 11 November 2015 with

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Clerk Saunders

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And finally (!) here’s Eddie again performing a couple of Phil Ochs’s best known songs at The Ship in Wadebridge, courtesy of Dr Heikki Simola!!
(Please see our Phil Ochs page for more details).

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There but for Fortune

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