The Cornishman, March 1st
Volunteers raised nearly £2,500 for refugees in Calais this weekend with a Penzance folk night in an unusual venue.
The event, held on Saturday evening, saw several folk acts, including the Golowan Band, play in St Mary’s Church on Chapel Street.
Alongside the Golowan Band, the evening featured some of the best known names in Cornwall’s thriving folk scene in aid of the crisis in Europe, including headliners Tyn Daga, a highly regarded local three-piece who have regularly performed at festivals across the South West.
Also on the bill were Penzance’s Djazz Celtica – a mix of gypsy jazz, traditional Irish folk and English folk songs, bluegrass, Klezmer and Latin, who in the past have featured on radio and TV.
Others playing on the night were Fiddle duo Salt & Sky, Hand Picked, Baldrick’s Plan and Penzance’s Golowan Band.
Andrew Law, the brainchild behind the event and Golowan Band member, said: “What an awesome evening. A great atmosphere, amazing music from all the bands, a great MC and we raised loads of money.”
Organised by Andrew with the help of fellow folk player Alan Collins, it was the first time the folk musicians teamed up with Penzance-based Refugee Aid to raise £2,461.70 for the ongoing relief effort.