January – practice at Chanti HQ.
We started the year with nine.
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.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you all, on behalf of
Martyn, Terry, Mick, Bronwen, The Skipper & Geoff
Together, we are CHANTIMOR!