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Celts in harmony for Lowender Peran festival

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

  • Dancer Catherine Orsini from the Breton dance group Meskajou in her traditional Breton costume. Ref : TRGH20121020A-013_C

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THIS year's Lowender Peran Festival saw visitors enjoy a Cornish beach ceilidh and a silent disco with dancers wearing headphones.

Now in its 34th year the annual festival based at Ponsmere Hotel in Perranporth brought together Celtic musicians, dancers and storytellers from Cornwall, France, and Ireland.

It is seen as a way of celebrating Cornwall's heritage, especially its Cornish music and language.

Alison Davey, one of six festival directors, said the five-day event was "fantastic fun", ending on a high with its Celtic Dance Spectacular with Barruleon, a traditional Manx music band.

Returning for the second year were the Crowns, who have played with The Pogues. During their special Saturday night gig the band's former music teacher from Launceston was invited to join them on stage.

The Bolingey Troyl Band & Dancers also wowed the crowds while others enjoyed percussion workshops with Iolo Whelan from Jamie Smith's popular Cornish Mabon band.

The festival also offered clifftop walks around Perranporth's stunning coastline and the chance to take part in its first beach Ceilidh next to the Watering Hole.

"It was a great success. More than 100 people turned out, many out walking their dogs and deciding to join in," said Mrs Davey.

She also said another festival first, a silent disco, would be returning next year having proved popular with visitors young and old.

"We expected the club-going generation to take part, but we found everyone wanted to have a go, all wearing headphones."

Two Cornish DJs battled it out on the decks, playing a mixture of standard chart hits, mixed with more traditional Celtic music, courtesy of music producer Perran Tremewan.

"It was strange watching them move in different ways, singing out of tune, but loving every minute," he said.

Saturday saw the annual Parade Across the Green with musicians and dancers wearing traditional costume.

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  • williaia2  |  October 26 2012, 7:26PM

    "Now in its 34th year the annual festival based at Ponsmere Hotel in Perranporth brought together Celtic musicians, dancers and storytellers from Cornwall, France, and Ireland." The whole point of it is that it brought together musicians from Cornwall, BRITTANY and Ireland (plus Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man etc). No need to mention France. It's very unlikely by now that people in the region that this newspaper covers, do not know where Brittany is. France is not recognisably or specifically a Celtic country, so it's just confusing to add the word France when most people in Cornwall (and Devon) have an idea where Brittany is anyway.

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