I decided to have a weekend in Cornwall, and hooked up with my mate Peter London, who let me know about this celebration of Celtic Music.

Having hung around Perranporth holding on two a couple of hot steak

pasties, we spotted the end of an unknown dance troupe, before wandering into the Ponsmere hotel.

The Turkey Rhubarb Band

The Turkey Rhubarb Band

The bombarde workshop was just coming to an end, we wandered towards the Sunset Bar as the processional troupe The Turkey Rhubarb Band came throgh and into the town – they look very sinister with their Cornish guise masks.

Back in the Sunset Bar, we could only take so much of The Fishy Tales Company presenting ‘ The Cuckoo Valley Railway – they opted not to use the PA, and we struggled to get into the story telling.

Back to the hotel’s dining room after those diversions, entered the concert for the afternoon -bang on Celtic folk artistes and troupes.

In chronological order, we have:

The Midden
Lord Edward’s Own Narraghmore Pipe Band
The Bolingey Troyl Band and Dancers
Radjel
Stamp & Go
The James-Fouéré Group

They are in “Celtic-ness” order there as well. For us, the Midden were by far the best troupe, and the rest were good, but just not there for us compared with them.  Would want to see them again.

Must just take time out to mention the compere – everything was Cornish first, English after.  It was onlyat the end when it was announced that this was the Grand Bard of Cornwall, who had agreed to oversee the afternoon’s festivities.

So despite claiming to come from Cornwall (I moved there when I was 13), this was my first Cornish/Celtic festival.  Enjoyable ? yes. Go again? maybe in a few years, give it a rest for the immediate future.