It was an unbelievably hot day in Vannes and we struggled to keep out of the sun by huddling under the awning at Paddy’s Bar.
After singing for several hours, we took ourselves off to the local Indian Restaurant and said goodbye to Geoff.
The Vannes line-up: Mick, Mel, Mike, B, Martyn, Geoff & Terry
Bieuzy line-up: Bronwen, Mick, P-H, Mike, Martyn, Terry & Mel
The new boy is getting the hang of it & is starting to look the part.
La Chèze summer line-up: Moi, Martyn, P-H, Mick, Mike, El Tel & Mel
Interceltic Line-up: Bronwen, Martyn, P-H, Mick, Terry & Mel. And a sound guy provided by the Kernow/Isle of Man stage. Brilliant.
We’ve done our bit, so Martyn, Bronwen & Pierre-Henri rehydrate while watching Hartigan’s perform.
Terry & Mike set up for Terry’s last hoorah with Chantimor.
Back to La Chèze for a chilly gig (and smelly – how were we to know that the brown stuff we set up in wasn’t mud?)
The tiny village of Lanvaudan is situated deep in the Breton countryside. The road to the village winds its way through the woods and when you eventually get there you will find that there is no network for your mobile phone.
Once a year, in September, there is a two day music festival called « Les Terres Fertiles ». In theory this festival is « unplugged » – with no amplification allowed. Being British & playing by the rules, we have twice been caught out, bringing along nothing but our voices & an acoustic guitar and of course, we are the only group to do so – and therefore we find ourselves competing against other groups who are (loudly) wired for sound.
This year though, our pitch was in someone’s front garden so we were fairly well protected from the sounds of the other groups. But it isn’t easy singing outside with no sound system. We’ll be better prepared next year!
Bonjour! Hello, there!
Have you wondered where we are & what we’re doing? There have been some changes to the Chantimor line up, some comings & goings & a little bit of being under the weather & being busy in our professional lives – so we haven’t been doing as many summer gigs as we would usually do.
Geoff has returned to the UK – he did his last gig with us in May at La Semaine du Golfe.
New Girl, Mel has joined – with a lovely voice & the ability to play all sorts of instruments.
Oh, and we have made Martyn’s dog, Raffa, our mascot. (He has his own Chanti-scarf!)
We’ll be taking it easy for the rest of the month, but will be back in August.
So, take care & speak soon.
Vannes, La Semaine du Golfe, Geoff’s last gig.
January – practice at Chanti HQ.
First gig of the year: February: Quéven Golf Club: the annual prize giving.
February: We invite Wayne to step up as lead Shantyman on « Drunken Sailor » at Le Rosbif pub. A fun evening & proper English sausages & chips!
May: We set off to Concarneau to play at Les Mercredis Musicales folk club.This was to become Anwyl’s Last Hurrah with Chantimor.
June: Preparing for a special La Chèze concert to celebrate The Queen’s birthday. Not a shanty in sight – we called in Graham & his guitar to help us out.
We talk Graham in to staying on board to do a few Shanties with us at Port Anna’s Kermesse.
We get ourselves invited on to the Jean & Jeanne, an old Sinagot.
Still in June: We join Les Gaillards d’Avant de Pontivy at La Fête de la Musique in Moréac.
At La Chèze Caravan Exhibition. I couldn’t perform AND take photos, so here’s a selfie of me and Martyn on the day.
July: Back at Port Anna for La Fête des Voiles Rouges. By now we had become the Magnificent 7. We sang on an 80 year old boat on Saturday (that was fun!!)….
……… and in a field on Sunday (being attacked by mozzies).The ground was on such a slope we had to fix the music stand with tent pegs.
We didn’t know at the time that this would become our 2017 line-up.
July: Chilly in Bieuzy-les-Eaux – this is supposed to be summer! We have to get under cover because of the drizzle.
August: Melrand « Pardon ». Terry on the fiddle & Bronwen on Ocean Drum and all of us in a tiny space on a lorry.
End of summer :Rehearsals continue in Bronwen’s garden, we still had several gigs to do.
Back in Bieuzy for the Sunday morning summer market – and a more comfortable temperature. Then on to La Chèze for a hot afternoon gig.
Last summer gig at the beautiful Rochefort en Terre.
In mufti, down at the River Blavet – end of term bash for the six still standing!
And finally…… December: Téléthon – St Thuriau near Pontivy.
So, this year we said goodbye to Ian Pedley, who kindly allowed us to keep his collection of tankards.
And also to Dave & Anwyl Williams, the founders of Chantimor
Photos for this blog and our Facebook pages are usually taken by Bronwen or Rikki.
Thank you, Rikki, for the better quality photos, and to all of Chantimor’s friends and families who came and supported us this year.
We will be back in 2017 with a new programme, and we hope to see you again soon.