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The Countrymen – Friday 12th April 2024
Friday 12th April 2024
It’s difficult to find a musical genre that would fully describe The Countrymen, but Folk Rock Harmony comes close.
A five-piece band featuring tight four-part vocal harmony and strong instrumentation. Primarily performing original songs and their own arrangements of lesser-known contemporary folk, the band’s lyrical inspiration is drawn from life in Cornwall, the demise of local industries and other rural issues that resonate throughout the country. The Countrymen are accomplished performers, engaging the audience with light-hearted banter and back-stories to their songs.
The Countrymen perform up to 50 live gigs per year including spring and autumn concert tours, festivals and other folk events. These include Little Orchard Festival, Rock Oyster Festival, Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth Oyster Festival and Falmouth Week.
They’ve also appeared at Looe Saves The Day, supporting Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos, headlined at Bridport Folk Festival and are looking forward to appearing at Bie Diap in The Netherlands, Europe’s largest folk and sea song festival. More recently, The Countrymen have been shortlisted for Glastonbury’s Pilton Stage 2024.
The Countrymen have also made several appearances on Westcountry Television, BBC Radio Cornwall and numerous online folk radio stations.
To date, the band have released two albums, Trees on the Hill and The River Rolls On, both available on CD and all major streaming/download sites. They are currently working on a third album to be released later in the year.
“If you get the chance to see these guys (The Countrymen) in concert then take it, you will not be disappointed” Harry Glasson
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 live entertainment on stage, they have also been busy in the recording studio and have released three online EPs to date, Cornish Lads Vol.1, 2 and not unsurprisingly, Cornish Lads Vol.3.
They also released their debut CD album, “Trees On The Hill” a few years ago and have recently released their long-awaited second album, “The River Rolls On”.
“Fantastic band! Great harmonies and mix of music. Don’t miss them!”
“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”
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