26th June

Old Time Music Cornwall

Old Time Pub Session
8.30 Friday 30th June
The Pirate Inn
Alverton
Penzance
TR18 4PS

Full details here: http://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

Keith and Cathy Picking Weekend

Keith and Cathy want to alert all people thinking of coming to their picking weekend (this weekend) that there is a road closure nearby which affects access to Lower Stock Farm.
Just a reminder about Wrington Road being closed. It is completely blocked, road dug up where they are putting in the new water main, so don’t be seduced by signs saying access only. Alternative access from A370 is difficult, especially for large vehicles, but access from A38 is not affected, so that’s the way to go.
Also, before you go shopping, remember there will be ‘full english’ breakfasts supplied on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I think for a fiver, any profits to farmer Nick’s Farmlink charity.

Full details here: http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php

Calling all fans of Far in the Mountains – From Musical Traditions

Mike Yates’ 5-CD Set, Far in the Mountains, first published in 2002
(Vols.1-4) and 2013 (Vol.5) has been one of MT Records ‘best sellers’.
So we’re hoping that our second 2017 CD release, to be published soon, will please you all as well. When Cecil left the Mountains, is a 2-CD set comprising 83 historic recordings of Appalachian singers and musicians from 1927 – 1955. It runs for 149 mins, and features Horton Barker, Emmett Lundy, Luther Strong, Emma Shelton, Ella Shelton, Bill Stepp, Emory Stoop, Eliza Pace, Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners, and 20 others.

When Cecil Sharp left the America for the last time, he complained about ‘… the sound of Victrolas and the strumming of rag-time and the singing of sentimental songs – all of which we have suffered from incessantly during the last 12 weeks. I am sorry to have said goodbye to the mountain people but I suspect that I might have seen the last of them.’ What he didn’t realise was that within just a few years, American record companies would be sending scouts into the Appalachian Mountains looking for singers and musicians who could be recorded commercially.

When Cecil left the Mountains (MTCD514-5) will be a 2-CD set of performers having some sort of familial or geographical connection with the people Sharp collected in the nineteen-tens – as, indeed, was the Far in the Mountains set. The important difference is that those recordings were from Mike Yates’ 1979-83 trips … these are from the late-nineteen-twenties to the mid-nineteen-fifties, and include some people who actually performed for Sharp a decade or so earlier! Lots of very interesting stuff from both commercial and private recordings.

It should be available at the end of this month – keep your eyes open, and tell your friends!

From Musical Traditions – www.mustrad.org.uk

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