What a busy couple of weeks we’ve had. It’s fair to say that when we’re all home together, and available, we like to get our music heads on!
At the tale end of July we had a fun weekend playing first of all at The Driftwood Spars in St Agnes. It was a fun and eventful night where The Cornish Pirates (fresh from an afternoon of coasteering) were enjoying a social at the Pub and came in to clap, sing, stomp and also admire some quality Celtic dancing from fellow revellers. Toby managed to slice into his finger with a busted string and had no shame in asking a world cup winning rugby hero if he had a plaster. We had a nice chat with Josh Lewsey and several of his players and community team and they’re really looking to bring the whole county together to get behind the team, and vice versa. It should be an exciting few years for the team and we wish them the best of luck. Check them out at www.cornish-pirates.com
The next day we headed over to Port Isaac for an informal session with a few members of Fisherman’s Friends. A few ales were drunk, many a song was sung and a good night was had by all. Every time we pop over to Port Isaac we are always made so welcome, not only by the guys, but also the rest of the village and many of the holiday makers who kindly applauded each song and chatted away to us during moments of rest and recuperation.
It’s fair to say that we like spending time over there so within 3 days we were back there again! Jon Cleave has kindly invited us to a few open mic evenings held in the Bones Bar. They are great, atmospheric and very busy evenings with a wide range of talents on show. It’s not just music on display either. Readings, poems and the odd joke or two also grace the microphone and a beer or two was also consumed.
Tom and Kev got up and performed a couple of tunes together, Calum got everyone singing ‘Down By The Riverside’ and Toby got to play one of his own songs ‘She Will Wait’ with Billy from Fisherman’s Friends accompanying him.
We then were lucky enough to be invited up together to perform a couple of ‘mini sets’ and each song was really well received by the audience.
And this is where the Spotlight element of our blog’s title comes in to play.
BBC Spotlight had been filming a feature on Port Isaac to include in a future broadcast and they wasted no time in pointing their cameras at us for a few songs. We thought nothing of it, thinking that we would end up on the cutting room floor as most footage does (Toby should know considering his day job). We were pleasantly surprised this week to find that our rendition of ‘Harry’s Song for Cornwall’ was featured quite heavily at the end of the piece as well as some lovely close up shots of Kev, Calum and Tom. Toby, however, had wisely chosen to hide himself behind Cleavie’s music stand so as not to damage the camera lens. Spotlight’s facebook page featured a few enquiries on who the band was at the end and what the song was so all in all it was a good positive experience and a nice little showcase for the Stowes boys as well.
We’ve finished this busy little period with a nice relaxed Sunday gig at Padstow Social Club. It was great to see the place busy and we had a lovely reception from those that came to listen.
Next up we have the Cornwall Folk Festival at the end of August and then a bit of an enforced break while Cal and Tom are both at sea…….. Plus Tom’s wedding which is getting closer and closer.
We’ll keep you updated as and when bits happen.
The Stowes Boys