Sunday 5th May 2019
THE COUNTRYMEN Cornish Folk Rock Harmony
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 at www.thecountrymen.co.uk/music.
“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 Teresa Bentley
They have also recently released their debut CD album, “Trees On The Hill” which is available at their performances and on line at www.thecountrymen.co.uk/shop.
“Fantastic band! Great harmonies and mix of music. Don’t miss them!” Guy McKensie
Social media Facebook: www.facebook.com/countrymenband Instagram: @thecountrymenbandcornwall Twitter: @thecountrymenband Hashtags: #cornishmusic #cornishmusic #thecountrymen #treesonthehill Video Clips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs191z5Br08
Tickets £10 in advance of £12 on the door
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