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Jamie Smith's Mabon

"Jamie Smith’s Mabon are a class act." fROOTS

‘If music could fuel engines, MABON could solve the energy crisis’‘unmatched by their peers’  Songlines

Now consistently celebrated as one of the UK's outstanding Celtic roots acts, the 5-piece band of virtuoso musicians have built their standing through performing a show that is "exhilarating, just exhilarating –a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit –no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity." (Jun-Lin Yeoh, Artistic Director, Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo)

The band have spent several years performing copiously across the UK, Europe and further afield, and this has provided the platform for their blistering live shows.  Songs, harmonies, instrumentals -a broad musical palette -the combination of original compositions and talented musicianship has been rewarded by the broad range of events at which the band has been invited to perform; and a collection of awards from supporters and pundits alike has only enhanced their considerable reputation.

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Brittany - Lorho-Pasco family


Members of the Lorho-Pasco family have participated in the Lowender Peran festival several times, over the years, in different formats. The youngest ones have known the festival since their very first steps!

For this fortieth festival, the instrumentalists will be Eliaz, the most Cornish of the family (saxophone), Gweltaz (diatonic accordion) and Meriadeg (clarinet) joined by the voices of Catherine, Mari and Anjela. All play and sing in fest-noz and in concert within their respective groups. And it is with great pleasure that they will lead the dance!

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Isle of Man - Perree Bane


Perre Bane is a traditional folk dance group from the Isle of Man.
The name ‘Perree Bane’ is Manx Gaelic and means ‘white jacket’. The traditional white collarless jacket can be seen worn by the male members of the group.

Perree Bane welcomes anyone of all ages and abilities with an interest in Manx culture and tradition. All performances and practices are to live music and therefore the musicians are an integral part of the group.

Since their formation in 1982 Perree Bane has been active in promoting and preserving Manx culture through dance and music, not only at local Manx fairs and festivals but also at festivals further afield such as here at Lowender Peran and also Wales, Brittany, Germany, Menorca and England.

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Isle of Man - The Lawrences


Kirsty and Katie Lawrence have been playing traditional music together for nearly 30 years, playing at festivals such as Speyfest, Lowender Perran, Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Celtic Connections alongside local Manx festivals Yn Chruinnaght and Shennaghys Jiu. Mark Lawrence is a talented guitarist and recently joined forces with his siblings for the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, creating a sonorous trio comprising a variety of instruments including fiddle, whistle, guitar, vocals, piano and cello. The Lawrences play a mixture of traditional and contemporary Manx tunes, many composed by Katie, and their aim is to create simple and effective arrangements where the simple beauty of a tune is able to shine. The Lawrences are delighted to be representing the Isle of Man and performing at Lowender Perran this year and very much look forward to meeting you all during the festival.

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Wales - Merlin's Beard


Merlin's Beard was founded in 2014 so that a group of family and friends, who had been folking around together for many years, could give something back in the way of entertainment.  All of the performers are originally from the Carmarthen area and have been/are part of the Welsh folk dance group Tipyn of Bopeth, with whom they have danced throughout Europe.  In Merlin's Beard, they now focus on the clogging tradition and like to sing and play music too whenever possible, though not yet all at once.  The group has previously had outings at Pontardawe Summer Fest, Lowender Peran and Cwlwm Celtaidd, and also runs twmpaths.

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Scotland - Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy


RACHEL HAIR & RON JAPPY More intimate than a band, Trad duo, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, embody a special chemistry.

Purveyors of Scotland's most ancient and contemporary instruments (clarsach and acoustic guitar, respectively) these two halves created a whole in September 2017: a subtle ying-yang between spine-tingling clarity and virtuosic drive.

From snappy Strathspeys to heartfelt airs, from rip-roaring reels to chirpy jigs - theirs is the perfect synthesis of the modern and the traditional.

As individual musicians, the award-nominated dyad (hailing from the north of Scotland) spread their influence far and wide across the globe. As a pairing who tailor each performance to the needs of their audience, no corner of the world will go untouched by their rootsy charm.

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Ireland - Hegarty Irish Dance Academy


Maureen & Lisa Hegarty, return to us this year from Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland.  Lisa and Maureen both danced at Lowender Peran for many years as children.  Now, as owners and teachers of the Hegarty Irish Dance Academy, they are joining us this year with a group of dancers and musicians to delight our audiences throughout the weekend.  Their dancers will perform and teach all types of Irish dancing, from step to ceili to set to sean nos, many of the dancers, while some are quite young,  have travelled to many parts of the globe including France, Germany & the Isle of Mann. 

They are joined by a toe tapping, roof raising trad group, who are all extremely accomplished musicians in their own right.  Musicians and dancers together form the group ‘Echoes of Killarney’, they know how to excite and delight an audience, so dust off those dancing shoes for Lowender Peran 2018.

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Scotland - Joy Dunlop


Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer from Argyll, Scotland. Joy’s singing career is the result of a life–long fascination with Scotland’s traditional music and has led her all over the world; from major Celtic festivals to touring the UK, Europe, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

Nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2016, 2011 & 2010, she has also won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Joy presents shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal. She is also an award winning Scottish step–dancer and was the first& only person to win both the Pan Celtic traditional singing and dancing competitions - and in the same year.

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Cornish Performers 2018

Bagas Crowd

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 francescrowd@aol.com find us on facebook

Bagas Crowd

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.

Bolingey Troyl Band

Cornish Wrestlers

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. The same banner flew for the team of Cornish Wrestlers who represented Henry VIII when he met with the king of France on the “Field of the Cloth of Gold” and won their tournament. Perhaps this is why Henry VIII insisted upon entitling himself Duke of Cornwall as well as King of England and Prince of Wales! 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. The “Wrestlers Oath” is sworn by all Wrestlers prior to any wrestling taking place: War ow enor ha war enor ow bro, my a de omewlel hep traytury na garowder, hag avel ol ow lelder my a ystyn ow luf dhe’m contrary. Gans geryow ow hendasow: “gwary whek yu gwary tek”. On my honour and the honour of my country, I swear to wrestle without treachery or brutality and in token of my sincerity I offer my hand to my opponent. In the words of my forefathers “gwary whek yu gwary tek “good play is fair play”. www.cornishwrestling.co.uk

Cornish Wrestlers

Hevva

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.

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Kemysk

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 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 8 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 big anniversary celebration.

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Tan ha Dowr

Tan ha Dowr are Cornwall’s leading youth dance display team based in Bodmin.

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Newquay Rowing Club Singers

Newquay Rowing Club is where modern Cornish Pilot Gig racing started and it is still home to the Treffry, a boat built in 1838 and used as a standard design for all new gigs. Gigs were originally used to take the pilot out to the sailing ships. They were designed to be fast on Cornish waters because the gig reached the ship first received the money for the job. The fifteen strong Newquay Rowing Club Singers desire for a singing session after a good session out on the oars.

Newquay Rowing Club Singers

Oll an Gwella

Oll an Gwella are a bunch of beauties! All members of Newquay Male Voice Choir, they are a rehearsed, a cappella, male chorus with a repertoire consisting of over 100 songs including Shanties, Cornish folk, 1960s classics, seasonal & sacred music. Their 4-part harmony and infectious humour has brought them popularity as their repertoire and reputation have grown. Entertaining for pleasure, they raise thousands of pounds for voluntary, charity & community groups. £1200 profit from donations and their first CD was donated to “The Cove” Cancer Centre and further donations have been made to RNLI and Cornwall Blood Bikes (who have received more than £3400 as their current charity). Live broadcasts on local radio and a recording by ‘Spotlight’ for BBC Television followed. Singing from the main stages at Shows and Festivals across Cornwall they have shown their versatility by performing in Cornish at the Gorsedh Kernow cultural festival and by opening the main stage at “Boardmasters’ Music Festival. They have also exported their distinctive harmonies across Southern England and South Wales. Invites to France saw performances in St Malo, Dinard and the prestigious “Festival Interceltique de Lorient”, with 16 performances at one of the largest music festivals in Europe. Equally at home singing on elaborate festival sound stages or on the deck of the “Cutty Sark” and at Salisbury Cathedral, they also take their choral entertainment to weddings, “Memory Cafes”, nursing-homes and schools where choral workshops encourage children’s singing. Website: www.ollangwella.webplus.net

Oll an Gwella

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.

The Rowan Tree

Will Keating

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..

Will Keating

MacQuarrie and 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.

MacQuarrie and Toms

The Brim

The Brim specialise in providing an upbeat Ceili (‘Ceilidh’ or ‘Barn Dance’) for weddings, birthdays, fund raisers and other events however big or small across Cornwall, Devon and the UK. See our ceili page for more info. Consisting of Piano Accordion (Alan Pengelly), Cas Davey (Guitar), Annie Bayliss (Fiddle) and Julian Whiting (‘caller’), The Brim boasts a collective wealth of experience playing for some of Cornwall’s top ceilidh bands as well as other music ensembles across Cornwall. For more information, please use the contact form via the ‘book us‘ page or email us at info@thebrimmusic.com

The Brim

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! Splann!

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Penzance Guizers

As a Cornish/Celtic/Historical music and dance group we have been learning, teaching and entertaining for six years and are looking forward to doing all three at Lowender Peran this year! The line up of musicians consists of Andrew on fiddle, Dave on rhythm guitar and clarinet and Marc on melodeon. Our caller is Helen, a dance teacher and practitioner/workshop leader and Bard of the Gorsedh. Joined by the dancers, we meet weekly for workshops at the YMCA in Penzance. Together we will make any event go with a swing, a polka, reel, jig and waltz too! Come along and join in. Bad knees? Sit back and enjoy the live music.

Penzance Guizers

The Woodcarts

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

The Woodcarts

Kekezza

Fresh from their comeback performance at the Lorient Interceltic Festival this summer, Kekezza are excited to be dancing back at Lowender Peran again. Mixing traditional dances with some of their own choreography, Kekezza are looking forward to dancing on Sunday lunchtime and can’t wait to see you then.

Kekezza

The Aggie Boys Choir (Bagas Bryanek)

The Aggie Boys Choir (Bagas Bryanek) are a small singing group formed out of a passion for Cornwall and as a creative outlet for writing and performing. Comprising of mostly original songs about the sea, land and mining heritage of Cornwall they feel most at home when performing in kernewek and have taken part in panceltic and interceltique festivals across Europe.

The Aggie Boys Choir (Bagas Bryanek)

Tehmina and Tom Goskar

Tehmina and Tom Goskar are based in Penzance, Cornwall and have been guise dancing for 6 years, as part of formal events and informally as it might have been done years ago. They play fiddle and mandolin for Tros an Treys and their own informal duo. In their day jobs Tehmina is a curator and historian and Tom is an archaeologist."

Tehmina and Tom Goskar

Tir ha Tavas

Formed in February 2013, Tir ha Tavas, which means “land and language” in the Cornish language Kernewek, is Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, bard of Gorsedh Kernow, and Dave Brotherton, musicians and singer-songwriters based in St Ives, West Cornwall. Delia and Dave are familiar figures on the traditional Cornish and Celtic folk scene and originally formed Bagas Porthia and St Ives Guisers in 2008 following a need to provide local musicians and dancers for traditional events such St Ives Feast Day, St Pirans Day and during Christmastide. Tir ha Tavas grew out of a desire by Delia and Dave to write and perform more of their own original material including songs in the Cornish language Kernewek. They possess a strong musical chemistry and they are inspired by the beauty and majesty of the West Cornwall landscape and the recurring feeling of nostalgia felt very strongly by those who love Cornwall. Their songs combine a sense of fun and wistfulness reflecting their take on modern Cornish life.

Tir ha Tavas

Telynores

Telynores are four Cornish harpists who have played together since December 2013, shamelessly delighting the customers of the Lanivet Inn and Bodmin Plant Nursery on random occasions, with arrangements of tunes and songs from Wales, Scotland and the deepest reaches of Cornwall. Anne Hughes, Anna Dunstan, Sally Pestell and Jo Tagney hope you enjoy their Lowender Peran debut as much as they intend to!

Telynores

Davey & Dyer Duo

Neil Davey and Jen Dyer are two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music. They are members of internationally acclaimed Cornish band Dalla. Between them they have toured everywhere from Sydney to New York, Tokyo to Vancouver, taking in many prestigious festivals and venues across Europe, including The Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury, and Celtic Connections amongst UK performances. They also love to bring it all back home ‘where it do belong to be’ in their native Cornwall, and their performances here have taken in all the main Cornish arts festivals, and prestigious venues such as The Minack Theatre, Eden Project, The Hall for Cornwall and Carnglaze Caverns, as well as countless small Village Halls, Pubs and Harbour Days throughout their homeland. They play bouzouki, fiddle and viola, and their repertoire of Cornish Celtic music, both new and old, ranges from stonking Celtic jigs and polkas, to the exotic almost Balkan sound of some of the Cornish five-steps, as well as some hauntingly beautiful and hypnotic slower pieces.

Davey & Dyer Duo

Cornwall Shinty Club

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.

Cornwall Shinty Club

Newquay U3A Dancers

Newquay U3A Dancers The primary role of the U3A is to provide life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for learning for semi-retired and retired people, either to gain new knowledge and insights or to expand on what they already have. New interests, entertainment and companionship are enjoyed, and members are encouraged to contribute by offering their own skills and knowledge to other members. The organisation is a self-help one and, here in Newquay, the leaders come from within the group so that costs are kept to a minimum.

Newquay U3A Dancers

Black Eyed Nancy

Black Eyed Nancy: Formed early 2017 Black-Eyed Nancy hit the Cornish Folk scene & has since flourished into a diverse & exciting blend of alt-folk, rock & traditional music.

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Mike O’Connor

Mike O’Connor is a nationally respected storyteller and musician. A Bard of Gorsedh Kernow he has been honoured for research of early Cornish music and is well-known for his work on the music for TV’s Poldark. Mike was central to the creation of three iconic Cornish folk operas: The Cry of Tin, Unsung Heroes and Cornish Lads. As a storyteller he has a deep knowledge of Cornish folklore and mesmerising word skills. He created the epic Cornish tale Return to Lyonesse. His Cornish Folk Tales is a best seller, his Cornish Folk Tales for Children is newly published, and there’s another book on the way … Droll Adro - Story Around – The natural resting place for old Cornish folk tales, urban myths, outrageous lies, and spooky stories. Mike is a master wordsmith. Join him for an exploration of the funny, fabulous and downright impossible. If you wish, bring your own tales and add to the fun, both tellers and listeners are welcome.

Mike O’Connor

Kris Lannen (Vocal / guitar) and Richard Trethewey (Vocal / violin / cittern)

Kris Lannen (Vocal / guitar) and Richard Trethewey (Vocal / violin / cittern) from Cornish Celtic Alt-Folk band, The Grenaways. The Grenaways could be said to be mining the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf of Cornwall where they add 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 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, its people and coastal living.

Kris Lannen and Richard Trethewey

KRELYS

KRELYS are a high energy trad Irish band based in Cornwall, comprising Tristan Kessell on fiddle, Helen Reynolds on whistle, fiddle and voice, Chris Fayers on guitar, and Keith Mountifield on bodhran. We play the best of the tradition - contemporary tunes and those from the core of Irish music. Add in powerful songs from the folk heritage, and you have a mighty combination which will leave you buzzing!

KRELYS

Mad Jack of the boneyard

Mad Jack of the boneyard: Nautical folk duo from Cornwall who play an eclectic range of traditional Jigs, reels and sea shanties. Melodic harmonies and foot-stomping rhythms!

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Tinners Rabbit

Tinners Rabbit are: Will Halwyn (Pentorr) Fiddle/Vocals Anissia Halwyn (Minko) Cello/Vocals Kat Blockley Vocals/concertina/recorder A trio of economic migrants now living in nearby England, Tinner’s Rabbit draw upon the traditions and history of Cornwall, as well as their adopted home. From adaptions of traditional tunes, to their own compositions their music is folk that is relavent and authentically their own.

Tinners Rabbit

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