Meet The Band

CalumCalum first picked up a melodeon when he was 6 years old and inevitably learnt the May song. It wasn’t until he was 14 that he saved up money to buy himself a Piano Accordion and took a real interest in learning other songs. Its an understatement to say that many hours were spent practicing in those first years taking a great deal from the many great accordion players that Padstow has in its midst and also learning a lot from local fundraising group the merry makers who every now and again go out around the town normally dressed in funny attire and play music to raise money for a chosen charity. Pub sessions with friends were frequent and all learnt different things from each other.  At the same time, playing rugby had an unusual influence on his singing as the team would always sing rugby songs and Cornish folk songs on the way back from games. At the age of 19 Calum joined the merchant navy and spent 3 years studying to become a deck officer. During this time he bought himself a banjo having been inspired by Irish Folk group the Dubliners and in particular Luke Kelly. It was while on leave at home in Padstow that Toby first put Calum in front of a microphone to record Fiddlers Green. Calum has now progressed up to second officer in the merchant navy and works on offshore vessels. He always takes his banjo with him and plays whenever he gets the chance.

Kev is the ‘wise (ish) older head’ of the band and what he can’t learn musically is probably not worth learning.  Not content with throwing an accordion or melodeon around for fun, Kev is trying his hardest to master everything within reach that has strings!! Banjo, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Mandola…….  It’s probably just a matter of time before you’ll find him wandering around Padstow Harbour with a smile on his face and a Lute in his hand, regaling tales of pirates, shipwrecks and a fine ale or two.  A keen follower of all things musical, Kev loves nothing better than to play a few tunes, be it with his brother Chris (currently keeping America entertained with his musical talents), The Stowes or any of the other talented, keen musicians that he spends his time with.  One of the nicest blokes you’ll ever meet, you won’t fail to feel a happier person after listening to Kev cracking out a song or two whilst giving you a trademark ‘Brinner Grin’.

Ever since receiving his first accordion as a Christmas present at the age of 8, Tom has had a keen interest in all things musical. Like many youngsters in Padstow, The May Song was the first tune that he learnt. However, progression was quick as opportunities for development came thick and fast once he joined the local fundraising group, The Merrymakers. It was here that Tom’s love of Cornish folk music and sea shanties came alive, an influence that can be readily heard in his music to date. It wasn’t until the age of 14 that Tom was first introduced to Irish and Scottish accordion music, the style he plays most of now. Many of the talented musicians around Padstow would regularly have pub sessions which proved to be an invaluable way of learning new tunes, and playing with different players. As well as actually playing the accordion, Toms’ love of folk music means he will often be heard listening to The Dubliners, or his accordion playing idols, Phil Cunningham, Jimmy Keane and Alan Kelly. As the baby of the group (although not the most immature, that it still hotly contested!) Tom takes a lot of his enjoyment from playing with his fellow band mates, who he has played with since the very beginning. He is now broadening his musical talents by spending more time with a mandolin or guitar, so watch this space!