Three exciting Pre-Festival Concerts lined up for 2017:
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS + Jim Causley
Thursday 3rd Aug 3.00pm (Ham Marquee)
Cornwall’s finest briny crew of shanty singers, back by popular demand.
No gang leader, no choir master and no holds barred, The Fisherman’s Friends sing with gusto. And fisherman’s friends they truly are – each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac. They’ve known each other since childhood and learnt their powerful brand of Cornish harmony singing at the local Methodist chapel – now the pottery of Fisherman’s Friend Billy Hawkwins (baritone), where the group get together with a crate of ale and a good deal of bonhomie to rehearse their repertoire and try out new songs. Expect rousing, upbeat songs and barrels of fun.
Support comes from the honey-tongued JIM CAUSLEY; a singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon.
BARBARA DICKSON with Nick Holland – exceptional and compelling Scottish singer. + Ninebarrow
Thursday 3rd Aug 8.00pm
“I love Barbara Dickson…. she’s just a one off.” Billy Connolly
Emerging from the Scottish folk scene of the late 1960s Barbara has enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including Another Suitcase in Another Hall and the million-selling number one single, I Know Him So Well. As Scotland’s best-selling female album artist she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums and cemented her status as one of the UK’s best-loved performers.
In this special acoustic performance, Barbara explores her catalogue of songs at an intimate level with the support of her pianist Nick Holland. The pair let the words and melodies take centre stage as they perform a wonderful range of material that draws on Barbara’s folk roots, her latest exploration of the songs of Gerry Rafferty, and some of her classic hit records.
Support comes from Dorset favourites NINEBARROW: a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.
WHERE MY WELLIES TAKE ME – MICHAEL MORPURGO with VOICES AT THE DOOR.
A performance in words and music for children and adults of all ages.
Friday 4th Aug 3.00pm
Based on Clare and Michael Morpurgo’s book, Where My Wellies Take Me, this delightful concert performance follows Pippa, its 8-year old heroine, on a May Day ramble through local woods, farms and fields. Pippa’s lively commentary is interwoven with a wonderful mix of poetry and traditional songs of England. Verses by Séan Rafferty, Seamus Heaney, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Browning and Shakespeare are matched with a repertoire of distinctive, seasonal songs of harvest, springtime and midwinter.
A celebration of nature and the English countryside, this is a beautifully evocative and engaging concert experience. Narrated by Clare and Michael Morpurgo, and Natalie Walter, with songs performed by award-winning a cappella group Voices at the Door (Coope, Boyes and Simpson with Jo Freya, Fi Fraser and Georgina Boyes).