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'The Countrymen' - Plus Guest Artist : Mike Silver, vocals & guitarist

<B>'The Countrymen'</B>

Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Time: 19:30

 'The Countrymen'
plus
Guest Artist, Mike Silver
Vocals & Guitar

The Countrymen are a Cornish Folk Rock Harmony Group from Launceston. 
Six middle-aged musicians with tight four-part harmony vocals and a token Cornishman.
With a relaxed and light-hearted presentation style they take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some original material. Interspersed with the occasional pop cover to lighten the mood when required, there is no mistaking that to a man, they love their county with a passion.

Since the summer of 2017, they have been becoming increasingly popular across both Devon & Cornwall with appearances on both Radio and TV and numerous festival appearances including The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, The Rock Oyster Festival, Falmouth Week and more recently, the main stage at Looe Saves The Day
They were also lined up for The Falmouth Oyster Festival before the weather had the last word.

Absolutely love this band. Saw them for the first time at the St Agnes Lifeboat celebration in June and was blown away by the musicianship and beautiful harmonies. At times they were very exclusive and original and at other times derivative but still brilliant. They reminded me at times of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and I would love to see them attempt "Teach Your Children" but their take on some traditional Cornish songs was uplifting and poignant at the same time. A wonderful night's entertainment. I very much look forward to seeing them again (and again). Thanks guys, much appreciated”  David Simons

The band was formed from an Open Mic Night at their local, The Countryman Inn near Launceston, which is where the band’s name originates.  They soon found a mutual love of singing in harmony and almost accidentally developed a strong reputation for an emphasis on Cornishness in the repertoire.

“Saw these guys on Saturday in the main street (Falmouth Shanty Festival). Great singing. Great banter”.  Steve Prophet

In addition to offering quality entertainment on stage, they have also been busy in the recording studio and have released two EPs to date, Cornish Lads Vol.1 and not unsurprisingly, Cornish Lads Vol.2.  These are available for download and streaming on the usual websites, although you can listen to a sample Online Here.

“We just saw these guys at The Royal Cornwall Show and they were amazing. Beautiful harmonies and funny at the same time. A wide variety of music. Looking forward to the first album”  Teresa Bentley

They have also recently released their debut CD album, "Trees On The Hill” which is available at their performances and Online.

 “Fantastic band! Great harmonies and mix of music. Don't miss them!” Guy McKensie

Special Guest : Mike Silver

Mike Silver is a force to be reckoned with.
Having just celebrated fifty years recording; taking his music far and wide through many European countries and further to the Falkland Islands, New Zealand, the United States and Canada and with this release of Alchemy, a retrospective celebration of a life in song; Mike at 73, is still gigging and touring with as much skill and enthusiasm as ever.

While Alchemy is Mike’s nineteenth studio album, his largely self managing career has ensured that he is a highly respected musician for the initiated, and a rewarding surprise for the uninitiated.
Click to Read More about Mike Silver

Doors Open & Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Show starts at 8.00pm
Tickets in advance : £10.00   ( £12.00 On The Door )

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Mike Silver

Mike operates somewhat under the radar, the travelling lifestyle having not quite brought the international fame and fortune which it has for some others from his era!
 
However, the loyal fan base he has amassed over the years ensure that every gig is a treasure to behold and lovingly attended by his friends, both old and young, ‘old hands’ and recent converts! Some exciting highlights pepper Mike’s musical career, having been immersed in music full time since his twenties.
 
For a while he was signed to Elton John’s illustrious label Rocket Records in 1973. This led to a live session for Bob Harris’ BBC Radio1Show and two appearances for Radio 1 in Concert supporting Randy Newman and Annabel Lamb respectively.
 
Mike signed to Big John Records, London in 1979 and recorded his Midnight train album with them. One of his compositions from that record; “Maybe its Just Love”, was covered by Justin Hayward. Mike then went on to record a number of albums on his own label.
 
In 2003 his song “Not a Matter of Pride” was picked up first by Bob Harris and then by Terry Wogan and featured no less than 14 times on Terry’s Wake up to Wogan BBC Radio 2 show. More recently, earlier this year Mike was again selected for airplay on BBC Radio 2 with a track from his latest album Alchemy, released on our Folkstock Label http://www.folkstockartsfoundation.com/folkstock-records-2/ getting airplay on Cerys Matthews Monday evening show as well as the Folk Show. ‘Oh Doctor’ being the favoured track.
 
Not only was he embraced again by the national radio, which has Europe’s biggest listener audience but he was also selected for play by BBC Introducing for both his region in Devon and Cornwall and by legendary Tom Robinson (of ‘2-4-6-8’ fame) who runs shows on BBC 6 Music, both of whom were most enthusiastic about Mike, for which this was their ‘first time’! Incidentally, the BBC Music Introducing has just happened again, this time from Hereford & Worcester!
 
If you've also not come across Mike before, you will be able to savour his restrained yet effortless, honest vocal delivery. Mike was referred to in glowing terms in Del Newman's seminal book 'A Touch from God. It’s only rock n roll'. “For me, Mike does for music what Lowry did for painting. His songs are about ordinary people and ordinary events, but he can craft a song that can make you cry. That is a gift”.
 
In Mike’s own words: ‘I am still surprised by my own enthusiasm about playing and creating music. It is the more exciting to me than it was when I began recording in 1969 because back then, I had no idea at all what the future would bring, the amazing people I have become acquainted with, the fantastic friends I have made, and in witnessing the pleasure that folks have derived from my music. 50 years on it is still drawing me in!
 
During the time that I have been involved with music, the question; ‘how long do you think you will be able to do this?’ has occasionally occurred to me! Each time it has I have ended up agreeing with myself to accept another small extension. These days the question comes more often than before but I never imagined that I would find myself in the position of having written performed and recorded, primarily my own songs over a period of fifty years. I still find myself moved when people are moved by my music because it still surprises me that they are!
 
Not that I didn’t want or hope for that, far from it! I gain huge amounts of energy and drive when I hear applause or someone takes the time to tell me that my performance had an impact on them. I’m sure most performers are at least similar? Without that feedback wouldn’t we all just be playing to blank walls or empty rooms? How much fun would that be? It is simply a thing of wonder to me, that my music has the capacity to reach out and touch people. What more could I ask for?’

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