FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019

MUSIC & DANCE DISPLAYS

For just £1 entry (free for under 12s) you can enjoy a rolling programme of music and dance displays throughout Saturday and Sunday daytime. Come ready for foot tapping live music, rousing choirs and colourful dance displays from local and visiting performers  - and opportunities to join in with the singing and dancing yourself. 

EVENING DANCES

Lowender Peran is famous for its evening dances which begin in the evening and go on into the early hours of the morning. In most cases there is a caller to guide you through the dances, and in others you pick them up as you go along. Experience not necessary, the more the merrier!

Our Thursday evening troyl will be an extra special one this year, a ‘Beastly Ball’ brought to us by Cornwall’s own Tros an Treys in celebration of Nos Kalan Gwaf (Winter’s Eve) and All Hallow’s Eve. An opportunity to done your Guize Dance masks and mock posh costume. There is also rumour a special guest will be sprung from Bodmin jail especially for the evening... watch out for the ritual resurrection of Beast of Bodmin!  

CEILIDHS / TROYLS

Lowender Peran is famous for its evening dances which begin in the evening and go on into the early hours. In most cases there is a caller to guide you through the dances, and in others you pick them up as you go along. Experience not necessary, the more the merrier!

DANCE/SONG WORKSHOPS

Look out for our workshops where you can have a go at more complicated dances than you would normally get in a ceilidh, taken at a more considered pace with time for questions and picking up the dance style.

Thanks to Matt Blewett and Tir Ha Tavas ( Dee and Dave Brotherton) Lowender Peran’s Morgannow project reached far and wide this year. We even had Bodmin Play’s Ragadazio belting out shanties in Cornish during Bodmin Riding and Heritage festival in July. Matt, Dee and Dave will be leading the Cornish shanty session in the Little Dining Room from 3pm on Saturday 2nd November. Simple repetitive lyrics which are projected on to a screen make it easy for all to join in and if you want a taster before hand visit the project website: www.morgannow.link

SESSIONS

You can enjoy all our daytime sessions for just £1 entry on Saturday and Sunday. All evening sessions (after 6pm) in the Hotel Bristol can be accessed with a valid evening ticket.

Beginners/Improvers Sessions

Celtic session tunes played at a steady pace, led by local accordionist Matt Bray. Matt is a member of Padstow’s own ‘The Stowes’ and a ceilidh veteran with Cornish ceilidh band Splann.

Classic Session Tunes

These sessions are a one-hour blast of music led by our visiting and local groups, purely with tunes from their country. No manuscript will be available for these events, which are aimed at musicians who enjoy picking up tunes by ear. Anyone is welcome to join in.

Cocktail Bar Sessions

On Friday and Saturday night, sessions are kicked off by various visiting and local musicians in the Cocktail Bar. These sessions are designed to get the party started, and are open to all.

Open Sessions

While there are a number of programmed sessions, we encourage people to start up their own impromptu music, song or dance sessions during the weekend. The Little Lounge is unprogrammed and free throughout the weekend, and for other venues we ask that you check the programme for any events before striking up.

CORNISH MUSIC SYMPOSIUM – KESARETH ILOW KERNOW

Argh Ilow Kernow – The Cornish Music Archive is a collaboration between Lowender Peran, The Institute of Cornish Studies to create an archive and on-line database of Cornish music. As part of this project speakers are invited to Lowender Peran each year to talk on different aspects of Cornish music.

This year’s Symposium will include ‘A Conversation With’ Gwenno Saunders, who has taken the Cornish language to the main stream with the runaway success of her Cornish language album ‘Le Kov’. Mark Trevethan, language lead at Cornwall Council.

What is a Celtic Festival?

Lowender Peran is a Celtic festival based in Kernow (Cornwall).

According to Wikipedia:

“Celtic festivals celebrate Celtic culture, which in modern times may be via dance, Celtic music, food, Celtic art, or other mediums. Ancient Celtic festivals included religious and seasonal events such as bonfires, harvest festivals, storytelling and music festivals, and dance festivals.”

There are many things for the family to do in Newquay where the festival is based in the festival hub, the Hotel Bristol.

Lowender Peran is full of ceilidhs and dance workshops, as well as concerts and lots of family events.

What is a ceilidh?

“A social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.”

If you are looking for something to do on a cold weekend in November in Newquay, Lowender is great value and fun for all the family.

This year we have performances from Gwenno.

Here’s what happened in 2017, it gives you a good idea of what we are all about!