Chantimor at Port Anna

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.

 

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Chantimor back in Concarneau

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.

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From left to right: The Skipper, Mick, Geoff, Martyn, Ian, Terry, Bronwen & Anwyl share a Chanti – joke!

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« Such an ugly bunch I’d never seen ‘afore. For there was a bum an’ a stiff in every quarter. It made me poor ol’ ‘eart feel sick an’ sore ». (Paddy Lay Back)

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The Skipper (left) & Mick (right)

 

 

 

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Geoff, Ian, Martyn.

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Bronwen & Anwyl

 

 

 

 

 

February Antics Part 1

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.

Chantimor at Val Quéven Golf Club

Left to right: Bronwen, Martyn, Mick, Terry, The Skipper & Anwyl. Waiting to start.

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Evening at the club – after a hail storm, the sun came out.

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A cardinal & a cossack

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Being introduced by a « Scotsman »

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Look! I can balance a bottle of wine on my head. (And then I’ll give it to Chantimor!)

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A cowboy and a pink rabbit

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.

 

Chanti rocks La Chèze

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.

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3. Go and have a mooch around – well, there are several hours to kill before we start. So – here’s the étang, where the Troc et Puces takes place.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFancy a pony ride?

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Or maybe you’d like to buy an old bike?

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Or get something to eat?

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Or get up close to a classic car or two?

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4. OK – it’s 2.30pm – let’s get back to the job in hand: Sing up boys!

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(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!

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The Cadet does a good job, rockin’ up them ol’ 19th century songs and playing some nifty instrumentals with Terry on the fiddle.

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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.

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6.Time for the last song – Oh go on then… let’s do the chorus in French: Hisse et ho! Santiano!

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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.

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(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).

A trip to Rochefort-en-Terre

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 Stars:Nous sommes venus en famille et avons passé un très bon moment. Nous avons découvert ce restaurant recommandé par le Géoguide. Galettes et crêpes très bonnes, cadre authentique mais sympathique, nous avons eu la chance de manger avec un petit « concert » de chanteurs ce qui était très agréable, même si un peu fort au début. Service au top.
Ooops – sorry if we were a bit loud!
We sold several CDs and chatted with people from Spain, the UK & other parts of France.
Hopefully we’ll go back when the sun is shining one day – and sing in the garden as arranged. And have another one of Eva’s delicious crêpes.

Bieuzy les Eaux / Kerfourn 12 juillet 2015

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.

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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.

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Diary of a Sea Cadet Part 2

Cadet Williams, with a complexion officially described as « fresh », has joined the Merchant Navy. Too small to steer and see where he’s going at the same time, he’s already aroused the ire of the training officers. It isn’t his fault that he’s only a slight fellow…

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On another occasion we were manning longboats. These are very long rowing boats with huge oars, and 2 rows of 5 rowers. This time there was another training officer in command. The problem was, as I was only 7st 12lb, the oar felt heavier than me and was a lot longer than I was high.
I managed to keep up rowing with the other cadets until the order was shouted: “Oars!”, which was to bring the oars to a horizontal position: No problem, and then: “ Toss Oars!”, which meant you then put them in the vertical position.                                                                                                          
 (At this point I must remind you that these oars are spelt with an O!!)
All of the other cadets managed to bring them up in perfect unison except of course yours truly who was struggling not to fall overboard because of the weight of the oar. The cadet behind me reached forward, after yet another scream of: “Williams! What the ……………..?” , and put his foot on the end of my oar while I  grappled with the rest of it until it too was upright.

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Again, I didn’t win any popularity contests with the trainers, and worryingly, it looked like a pattern was starting to set in…

Part 3 next week.