Our 1st Charity CD “Working with Amateurs”, now completely sold out*, was recorded at the Music Recording Studio at Treviglas Community College, with the support of Steve Mildenhall and work experience students. As a result, we were able to pass on a cheque for £1,200 to ‘The Cove’ Cancer centre at RCH Treliske. Our 2nd CD “All the Best”, still offered for sale at £8 has already contributed to funding for Cornwall Blood Bikes which, with donations, has enabled us to pass on cheques amounting to over £6,000 to CBB.
*Tracks are still available on Spotify or iTunes, artist: “Oll an Gwella”
As a group of rehearsed choristers, we use a pitch-pipe for our lead note and usually sing 4-part, male harmony music, suitable (and tailored) for any occasion. We like to bring smiles to the faces of our audience and don’t take ourselves too seriously as we share our love of choral music with others. We have helped to launch other groups including both St Columb’s “Inn Singers” and the “St Columb Minor Community Choir.” We are keen to work with school choirs and have provided highly successful workshops with Cornish ‘folk’ Songs and Shanties in local (and not-so-local schools). With lots of help from Cornish linguists we sing in Kernewek (Cornish language) and have performed for Gorsedd Kernow, The Celtic Congress and Old Cornwall Societies as well as frequent performances for Newquay’s St Piran’s Day Festival. The group have also worked closely with “Lowender Peran” Festival organisers to introduce local schoolchildren to the Cornish Language.
We are delighted to sing at Weddings, Birthdays or other celebrations and have sung in churches, pubs, clubs, quarries, halls, private homes, parks, gardens, festivals, tents, marquees, boats a slate mine and in a Napoleonic reservoir. We have performed from the main sound stage of the “Lorient Interceltique Festival” with its’ 750,000 visitors over 10 days and opened the mainstage at the “Boardmasters Music Festival” with its 50,000 supporters. We were even challenged to perform a song from one of the Boardmasters’ Headline Acts and entertained disbelieving audiences with our version of George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’, receiving loud and enthusiastic applause!
We normally sing songs:
- about Cornwall and its communities E.G. ‘Cornwall My Home’, ‘Camborne Hill’ and ‘Lamorna’
- about the sea (including some well-known shanties) E.G. ‘Haul Away Joe’, ‘South Australia’ and ‘Sloop John B’
- from the 60s and 70s which we sing in the “Flying Pickets” style E.G. ‘Only You’, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Dream’
- with more formal male voice choral arrangements E.G. ‘The Rose’, ‘The White Rose’ and ‘My Lord What a Morning’
We also entertain with a range of seasonal songs and carols, particularly pre-Christmas, and these bring our rehearsed repertoire to well over 100 songs.
Here’s some YouTube links to live Oll an Gwella performances (mostly 2014 unless shown):
Good News Newquay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XfK1J-Dgo4
Camborne Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq3Ya5Q1N3c
Lamorna (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBvXyxQSuVo
Haul Away Joe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5PoeCV1gxU
Little Eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAhlsOOp5vY
Cornwall My Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSogKV3ueqc
Eli Jenkins Prayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J–nBOIWfmQ
Da Do Ron Ron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVYTEsZd6FE
The White Rose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k0JnyzV4MY