We will be back in our Shanty-rabble costumes on Sat. 18th June at 6pm in the very pretty Port-Anna, near Séné, Vannes 56.
It was a great pleasure to be invited back to Concarneau by « Les Mercredis Musicaux ».
So we hopped in our cars and set the co-ordinates for Finistère, where we received a warm welcome from the club members.
Here are a few images of the evening. If you are confused by the back-drop, I should perhaps mention that we were in a recording studio at Le Ferme du Moros.
Those of you who follow us on Facebook will know that we have been busy in February!
We went mad and bought some new percussion instruments: a wire drum (makes the sound of thunder), an ocean drum (guess what it makes the sound of), and a guiro (look it up!)
We were invited to sing at the Val Quéven Golf Club near Lorient at their annual prize giving. As it fell on Mardi Gras, members of the club were invited to come in fancy dress – so we fitted right in.
We would like to thank the members of the club for making us welcome (and for the wine) and for participating enthusiastically in « Santianno » & « Pay Me My Money Down » and to Terry Brenchley for organising it all.
Three days later we set off in the opposite direction towards Redon….
………Part 2 coming soon.
Come with me for a « behind-the-scenes » peep at Chanti-Rock preparations.
1. Get up early on a Sunday morning and drive to the Côte d’Armor.
2. Find our spot & start to set up the gear.
Or maybe you’d like to buy an old bike?
Or get something to eat?
Or get up close to a classic car or two?
4. OK – it’s 2.30pm – let’s get back to the job in hand: Sing up boys!
(Today’s fan club – two WaGs keeping cool in the shade with Dixie & Merlin! )
CRISIS: We very nearly had a catastrophe just before starting when the wind blew Terry’s 100 year old violin over & broke the finger board.
However, a bit of electricians tape sorted it out & the show went on!
The Cadet does a good job, rockin’ up them ol’ 19th century songs and playing some nifty instrumentals with Terry on the fiddle.
5. Get ready for a second set at 4.30. It’s getting warmer, (27°), but a strong wind is blowing our music & lyrics all over the place. A large crowd has gathered. We have to compete with the public address system which is exhorting people to buy ice-creams (in English) amongst other things.
6.Time for the last song – Oh go on then… let’s do the chorus in French: Hisse et ho! Santiano!
7. And then it’s all over. We pack up our gear and kids start dancing on the stage. Chanti’s Communications Officer (c’est moi) can have a well deserved (IMHO) ice-cream.
(Which just goes to show that subliminal advertising really does work!)
8. It’s now 6pm. Some of us have been here since 11am. The first to arrive are the last to leave. (Mike & Luke) A lady comes and asks when we’re going to start. The charming man on the public address system goes down on bended knee and begs me to agree to do the Téléthon in December. Regally, I tell him to please rise, and that I will ask the crew if they are available.
On my way out of the fête he calls me over to the P.A and publicly announces that Chantimor Chants de Marins will be present at the Téléthon.
Now that’s what I call a Fête/Fait Accompli(e).
Last Sunday, we consulted our maps & set co-ordinates for Rochefort-en-Terre 56220, and set off in torrential rain to find this beautiful medieval village in the middle of nowhere.
If you have never been to Rochefort – you really should make the effort to visit it twice – once in the summer, and once at Christmas, as it is famous for its Christmas lights.
The plan was to sing in the garden of Le Tour de Lion http://www.latourdulion.com/ but it was clear from the start that this was going to be impossible – so a quick change of plan found us squeezed into Le Café Breton next door, where the lovely Eva supplied the crew with food & drinks.
Inside Le Café Breton, there are antiques & interesting objects & nooks & crannies – and if there is time – Eva will tell you the fascinating history of the buildings & paintings.
Anyway – I think we pleased the public – here are some reviews of the café I found on Trip Advisor, written on 28/7/15 & 26/7/15
5 stars : Nous sommes arrivés dans rochefort sous la pluie, dans l’heure du repas, la rue était déserte et l’ambiance, comme le temps était un peu froide.
Nous cherchions donc un endroit où manger, et au moment où nous nous arrêtons devant cette crêperie, des gens sortent, la porte s’ouvre, et de là provient une ambiance incroyable qui nous invite à découvrir l’intérieur. Et nous n’avons pas été déçu.
Des crêpes bretonnes très savoureuses et copieuses, et un concert de chants marin en anglais pour accompagner le repas.
Un moment inoubliable.
Place: Bieuzy les Eaux; a quiet little village near the river Blavet.
Event: Local market
Position: next to the church. Time: 10.30am Weather: Warm & sunny.
Musicians on board: Dave on accordeon, Anwyl on whistles.
Then, everyone jumped in their cars & a convoy rushed off to Kerfourn, where we sang the same songs all over again.
Event: Charity Lunch; all proceeds to the Nepal Earthquake Fund.
I believe that more than one thousand euros were raised. Well done to everyone who worked so hard in the kitchen, and glad we were able to help out in some small way.