Sunday Singing / Chanter Dimanche

We were asked if we would sing at a local village Sunday market. They would be summer specials, one in July & one in August in Bieuzy-les-Eaux, Morbihan.

The bright & breezy members of Chanti (that’s all of them except me) were more than happy to turn up at 10am to set up the gear and start singing at 11 o’clock.

So here we are in Brittany in July, all dressed up in our winter costumes and under an awning to keep the fiddle dry. Oh, and no microphones – as electricity & mizzle don’t combine very well. You can’t really see the rain in the photos – but trust me – it was chilly & drizzly. But that’s Brittany for you. I have learnt to expect unseasonal weather all year round.

 

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Then one month later…..

Same time & place in August, not a cloud in the sky, the sun is shining and it’s hot, hot, hot!

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Bieuzy-les-Eaux

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La Chèze, Troc et Puces 2016

 

Then it was a quick dash up to La Chèze in the Côtes-d’Armor for a hot performance in the afternoon.

(Thanks to Simon Davies for taking the photos at Bieuzy.)

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Chanti goes « Pop » !

We are going to do something a little bit different, it’s probably a one off, so we have a cunning plan:

We are going to change out of our riff-raff Shanty costumes, smarten ourselves up and dig out our Sunday Best. We shall then get ourselves to La Chèze where we will make ourselves comfortable and make sure our voices are well lubricated. Then, at 3pm, we shall take you on a trip down memory lane.

The Queen was born in 1926 – so we’ll start there and make our way through the decades, singing songs that all Brits know & love (depending on your age of course.)

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We might have to take a few liberties on the way – I’m pretty sure that there’s an American song from 1926 in there somewhere – but it was definitely made famous by a British artist in 1957!
And maybe there are one or two pre-1926 songs that have slipped in too – but they were still being sung during WW2, so we reckon that counts.
If you had to choose well known songs that represent the British spirit from 1926 to the present day – what would you include?
Come to La Chèze and see if our set lists include your favourites. Arm yourselves with your favourite drink and be prepared to join in the chorus as Chanti goes « Pop » (that’s Popular Music) for The Queen.
The More, The Merrier – so see you there!

 

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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).

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It’s ChantiNoël time!

Trouvez-nous au Marché de Noël à La Chèze (22) le dimanche 30 nov à 15h, Place de la Mairie.

Chants de Marins et Chants de Noël

We shall be at the Christmas Market in La Chèze (22) on Sunday 30th Nov at 3pm

Christmas Songs & Shanties

AUSSI:

à St Barthélémy 56  le mardi 16 décembre à 19h

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  We went along to the ANGLO-INFO Exhibition in Mauron last week and met up with members of the Royal British Legion. We were happy to hand over 46€ to them.

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DSCN1724DSCN1729    (Yes, that IS an electric guitar you can see! Luke from Chantimor’s offspring « The Blavet Valley Mountain Creepers » came along to help us out. Thanks, Luke!)

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