Lowender Peran 30th October – 3rd November 2019

We hope you had a great time last year!

Access to the Hotel Bristol during the day time (before 6pm), will be £1 (free for under 12s) – to be paid on the door.

If you are buying tickets for dance workshops or music master classes, this £1 entry fee is covered in your ticket price.

Adult (18+) - Full price 
Young People (12-17yrs) – Half price 
Under 12s – Free, with fee paying adult

Download the 2019 Ticket Form here

What happened in 2018?

DY'MERHER / WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

WELCOME SESSION with songs from Newquay Rowing Club Singers - 8pm - Cocktail Bar 

DY'YOW / THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

Festival to be opened by Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne

OPENING NIGHT CEILIDHS - 8 - 11pm - Ballroom
Hevva (Cornwall) and the Lorho Pascos (Brittany)

DY'GWENER / FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

InterCeltic Troyl for Local Special Needs Groups (Private Event) 11.30 - 1.30pm - Ballroom

11am - 12.30pm - Newquay Old Cornwall Society Talk

2 - 3.30pm - Newquay Old Cornwall Society Walk - Hotel Bristol Foyer

Talk - Rails to Newquay their effect on Newquay’s evolution
Walk - The Trenance Valley

Next year marks the 170th anniversary of the completion of the first viaduct bringing the mineral tramway to Newquay and the eventual passenger railway. We are marking this with exhibitions etc., relating to all things rail and the effect on Cornwall as this also coincides with the 160th anniversary completion of the Royal Albert Bridge. One has to try and take advantage of a multiple of 10 as an excuse for doing something a bit different, albeit I would rather do something else than railways not being a railway or train buff at all.

RAKKA 

6 - 7.30pm with Kris Lannen & Richard Trethewey and The Lawrences

7.30 - 9pm CONCERT: RACHEL HAIR & RON JAPPY with JOY DUNLOP/ DAVEY & DYER

EVENING DANCES - 8pm - 1am Ceilidhs and Dance Displays with 

Perree Bane (Isle of Man) 8pm
Merlin's Beard (Wales) 9.45pm
Highly Flung Ceilidh (Scotland) 11.30pm

8.30 - 10.30pm - Session in the Bar kicked off by Krelys

EVENING DANCES -

9.30 - 11pm Display & Ceilidh with Hegarty School of Dance (Ireland) 
11.30 - 12.30am - Black Eyed Nancy

DY'SADORN / SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

DANCE WORKSHOPS 

10am - 11am - Manx Dance Workshop with Perree Bane 
11.15 - 12.15pm - Scottish Step Dance Workshop with Joy Dunlop 
12.30 - 1.30pm - Welsh Clog Dance Workshop with Merlin's Beard - Beneden Room

CRAFT FAIR - 11.30am - 5pm

Performances from: 

12.00 – 12.30pm - The Aggie Boys Choir 
1.00 - 1.30pm - The Woodcarts
2.00 - 2.30pm - Telynores
3.00 - 3.30pm - Bagas Crowd
4.00 - 4.30 - The Lorho Pascos

11am - 2pm - Drop-In Kids Art Session with Michelle O'Connor

11.30am - 12.30pm - Cornish Language Activities for Families with The Lawrance Family

DANCE DISPLAYS & AFTERNOON TROYL 

12.30 – 12.45pm – Bolingey Troyl Band & Dancers
1 – 1.15 – Highland Dancers 
1.30 – 1.45 – Penzance Guizers 
1.45 - 2.45pm - Family Ceilidh with Penzance Guizers 
3.00 – 3.15 – Tan ha Dowr 
3.30 – 3.45 – Hegarty School of Dance
4.00 – 4.15 – Kemysk 

CLASSIC SESSIONS 

2 - 3pm - Breton with the Lorho-Pascos 
3 .15 - 4.15pm - Welsh with Merlin's Beard 
4.30 - 5.30pm - Cornish with Richard Trethewey & Steve Hunt

MASTER CLASSES 

2.30 - 3.30pm - Tune-smithing with Jamie Smith - Oli & Jamie talk approaches to writing tunes and take you on a journey from the seed of an idea to a fully fledged melody. In this workshop learn how imposing constraints can be a catalyst for creativity, how to push the boat out and how to row it back in again. Suitable for intermediate level and up.

4 - 5pm - Harp with Rachel Hair - Come learn a sprightly Scottish tune or two with one of the world’s most sought-after teachers of Scottish harp. Rachel will be teaching by ear with music at the end of the workshop. Any size of harp welcome (tunes may use F#, C# and G# levers)

2.30 – 4pm - Cornish Shanty Session with Aggie Boys Choir, Tir Ha Tavas and Matt Blewett

3 - 4pm - DROLL ADRO Stories with Mike O'Connor

5 - 6pm - Bilingual Gin Tasting (£5 in addition to festival ticket)

RAKKA 6 - 7.30pm with Tinner's Rabbit and Krelys

7.30 - 8.30pm - Beginners/Improvers Session led by Matt Bray

7.30 - 9pm - CONCERT: LEVOW BRYTHONEK

EVENING DANCES - 8pm - 1am Ceilidhs and Dance Displays with 

Hegarty School of Dance (Ireland) 8pm
Highly Flung Ceilidh (Scotland) 9.45pm
The Bolingey Troyl Band (Cornwall) 11.30pm

8.30 - 10.30pm - Session kicked off by Russell Hitchcock and Friends

EVENING DANCES - 9.30pm - 12.45am 

Ceilidhs and Dance Displays with 

The Lorho-Pascos (Brittany) 9.30pm
Perree Bane (Isle of Man) 11.15pm

DY'SUL / SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

CORNISH MUSIC SYMPOSIUM – KESARETH ILOW KERNOW     

Tom and Tehmina Goskar will be updating us on their research into Historical Guise Dancing and its Music. Merv Davey and Keur Heb Hanow will be introducing us to the “Kenewgh!” project. This is a collaboration between Lowender Peran, Gorsedh Kernow and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies to provide a modern  Cornish Songbook that is supported by online videos of the songs in Cornish.

11am “Historical Guise Dance an its Music” :  Tom and Tehmina Goskar 
11.45 “Kenewgh” New Cornish Song Book project : Merv Davey and Keur Heb Hanow

Cornish Singing/Dancing Workshop with Hevva - 11am - 12pm -

CULTURAL EXPO - 11.30am - 5pm

STALLS PLUS: Music/Song 

12.00 – 12.30pm - Oll an Gwella  
1.00 – 1.30pm  - Heb Mar                                                     
2.00 – 2.30pm - Tir ha Tavas 
3.00 – 3.30pm - Kerensa (Hammered Dulcimer)

12pm - 1pm - Breton Singing/Dancing Worshop with the Lorho Pascos

12.30 - 2pm - 'Wikithon'

DANCE DISPLAYS & CORNISH WRESTLING 

12.30 – 12.45pm – Newquay U3A Dancers
1 – 1.15pm – Perree Bane
1.30 – 1.45pm – Kekezza 
2.00 – 3pm – Cornish Wrestling Demonstrations 
3.15 – 3.30pm – Merlin's Beard
3.45 – 4.00pm – Hevva
4.15 – 4.30pm – Tros an Treys

CLASSIC SESSIONS 

2.00 - 3.00pm - Scottish 
3.15- 4.15pm - Manx with Perree Bane 
4.30 - 5.30pm - Irish with Hegarty School of Dance Musicians

2 - 3pm - Irish Dance Workshop with Hegarty School of Dance

2.30 - 4.30pm - Singing Session with Newquay Rowing Club Singers & The Lorho- Pascos

3.30 - 5pm - Poetry & Dialect Readings

RAKKA

5.30 - 6pm - Tir ha Tavas 
6.10 - 6.40 - Salt & Sky 
6.50 - 7.20 - London Gwerin 
7.30 - 8 - Jamie Wakeham & Dave Kingdom

7.30 - 9.30pm - CONCERT: MACQUARRIE & TOMS and JAMIE SMITH'S MABON

For our closing night concert we’re delighted to be bringing back old friends Jamie Smith’s Mabon, who quite literally grew up at the festival, and are visiting us this year as part of their own 20th Anniversary tour. Jamie has been commissioned to write a tune to celebrate Lowender Peran's 40th anniversary, and will be joined on stage by Cornwall's own award winning MacQuarrie & Toms for the world premiere of this musical tribute to four decades celebrating our Celtic connections.

Funding for this exciting new commission kindly provided by FEAST.

EVENING DANCES 

9 - 10.30pm - Welsh Twmpath with Merlin's Beard 
10.45 - 12am - Survivors' Ceilidh with The Brim

FESTIVAL GUIDE

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. 

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 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.

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.