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Last gig at Topsham folk Club

Always under the radar this one. An annual duo show from Steve and I. A great night which we recorded. Tracks to follow. A very special night and a very different version of Cousin Jack dedicated to the memory of Trevor Grills.  Thats’s it folks. Merry Xmas.

That was the year that was!

2013. Been a great year but very glad its over. Never been more knackered. It all finally caught up with me last night. Went to bed at nine and slept for 12 hours!

42 solo shows

1 Reg Meuross show.

1 Phil Beer Band show.

4 shows guesting with the Bully Wee Band

1 Downes and Beer Reunion show

2 Johnny Coppin Reunion shows.

6 Feast of Fiddles shows.

79 Show of Hands shows. 1 to go tonight.

That’ll do I think. Its been a great year but heavy going. Still managed to to two ‘Folk boat’ trips as well as a fun outing on ‘Eve of st mawes’ racing in the classic Falmouth race. Looking very much forward to seeing a bunch of people next year for the summer cruises. Also looking forward to a very different year in which I’ll be able to do almost all of the Feast of fiddles tour, a complete Phil Beer Band tour and lots of solo shows. Please check the date sheets and see what you can get to.

Need to personally acknowledge the passing of Nelson Mandela, a true light in the darkness. I visited Robin Island about six years ago and stood in the lime pit cave where those guys had their short lunch breaks and talked about what they would do WHEN they came to power. A very moving experience. So glad I saw Stan Tracy before he died. He was utterly brilliant. So sad that Derek Smith (The Amazing Mr) is no longer with us. Possibly one of the most eccentric and funny people I’ve ever known. Go and google him. You’ll be on the floor!!

Also we lost our old mate Vladimir Vega. I have found some lovely photos of him on tour with us and will post them when its appropriate. Last but not least, we must remember Jackie Leven who we knew in another life under another name. He exerted an influence over our music that still resonates (No Mans Land)

Last but not least. Get well soon, Alan Colls of Dartford folk club.

Keep watching the website, facebook etc for updates. Over and out. Merry Christmas folks.




Questions and answers

Bookings going steadily now. The first week in august for the cruise featuring a workshop from Steve Knightley and a workshop from Miranda and Rex is now sold out with a waiting list. We’ll see what else is possible.

FAQ no. 1.

‘Do I have to be a sailor or musician to do this’?

Answer. No. We’ve had mostly non sailors and some non musicians on all the trips we’ve done to date. Once on board, you’ll be taught how to sail a big traditional boat. If you don’t play or sing, just sit back and enjoy the sessions. This is not heavy education, its totally informal and fun.

FAQ no. 2

Could you let me know what is exactly included in the price e.g. food, refreshments. Also where does the boat sail to? Do we disembark of an evening at different places? How many workshops would there be approximately on a trip.

Answer. All food/refreshments are included except if we are in port and people choose to eat ashore. Where each cruise goes is entirely weather dependent but the range of destinations is anywhere from the Solent down to Falmouth/ even the Scillies or France (Bring Passports!) That could include possible trips to (Weymouth, Brixham, Babbacombe, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Fowey etc. (Anywhere we can get Vessels of this size into) Once in port after a longish sail, everyone votes as to whether they wish to stay a day, say, in Falmouth. (Land of my mothers!) or wherever. We try to do a session/workshop every day, usually in the evening. If we are in port for a whole day, these sessions might be on deck on a sunny day. Have a look at some of the videos. One of the most fun things is a night sail where everyone gets to help run the boat at night.

FAQ no. 3

Can you supply a few more details re food and do we moor up at night.

Answer. Once again, its totally variable. When we set off from Plymouth, we have an attainable destination in mind which is dictated by the weather conditions. ( Wind direction etc.) We could be at sea of a night or moored/anchored somewhere or we could be alongside in any of the places described above.

Obviously, the galley is not a restaurant kitchen but the standard is pretty high under the circumstances. Any special dietary needs need to be communicated well in advance.

FAQ no. 4

Haven’t got a passport.

Advise bringing passports on the grounds that we never know when it might be possible to pop across the pond

FAQ no. 5

Do we need wet weather gear?

All waterproofs are supplied on Pegasus and Tectona. By all means bring your own. You will, however, need your sleeping bag.