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* Events: Music at The Oyster Festival
Posted Oct 16, 2001 - 12:42 AM
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Events As well as oysters and cookery, there was a strong musical element in the festival.

After the opening ceremony the music was provided by Manouche, a Django Reinhardt style trio, comprising John Fry and Dan Heaton on guitar with Tony Hilton on bass. They are a fairly new combo but are all very experienced musicians and the performance was very well received and apparently has led to some more bookings so Falmouth should soon be hearing more of them.

Next day Max provided his usual fine jazz on keyboards at lunchtime and later there was some excellent traditional music from Tri Map Harth who tell us it's the Cornish for "three brave men" which refers to their temerity in performing Cornish songs when none of them are native to the county. However, they have all been around long enough to be naturalised. Afterwards, they further pleased the crowds by playing outside for another hour or so.

On Saturday, the Oyster Parade was led from the Moor by the Old Glory Creole Jazz Band who played on the quay afterwards, including a "Happy Birthday" to Sir Terence Conran who just happened to drop into the basin on a fishing boat. At teatime, the entertainment was provided by Small Wonder who gave their usual top value. The crowd would have loved them to play for longer but they had to cross to Port Pendennis for an early party engagement.

Finally, on Sunday, the Rum and Shrub Shantymen more than lived up to their name and reputation and, after the race presentations, the working boat "choir" took over and were still going strong as dusk fell.

TiGeR, who organised the music for the week commented, "Our music budget was about half that of last year but, since it was always my intention to use only local musicians, there was no apparent drop in quality." He added, "We've had nothing but positive feedback, and several enquiries about the availability of bands, all of whom performed in excess of my high expectations. They were greatly enhanced by the excellent sound system provided by Eddie Jewell, and by the organisational work by Mike Rangecroft and Sian Robbins, Carrick's events organiser, and a dedicated committee plus volunteers on the days"

TiGeR 16.10.01

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