TODAY: Latest update: 14 October 2019
Crabstock 2019 came and went on 21 September at the Crabshell Inn. With celebrations marking 150 years of Salcombe Lifeboats and old buses running around the South Hams, it was fitting that Landlord Simon Harrow opened up the Crabshell in Kingsbridge for a mini festival of traditional music. With the sun shining most of the day a total of almost thirty hours of non-stop live music was played “on the deck”, upstairs and in the “Big Tent” which was specially erected. Phil Kennerell and Patrick Barton started on the deck with two cracking sets and our friends from the home counties, "Dandy Jim", delighted with their old time American offerings. Kingsbridge’s “Old Gaffers”, though depleted, gave a trademark boisterous, rousing performance and the evening ended with a ceilidh led by Caller Dave who doubled as the bass player in the Classic Ceilidh Band. Through the day the music, whether from English, Romany, Irish, Scottish or American traditions had a lively vibrancy. The Romany Orchard Family from North Devon, excelled and introduced us to Jean Orchard’s mother, 88 year old Amy Birch, a legend, who sang songs passed down through generations of her family. Cool Beanz and Silvington did outstanding sets, as did Paul & Adrian and Janet & John who also grouped together as “Folk on the Rock”. Rumpus and Paul Reid put in solid sets and in a fleeting visit “Banned from the Moor” brought proceedings outside on the deck to an excellent end after an impromptu, much appreciated set from Nick Hanbury. Harbottle and Jonas surpassed our high expectations as the headline act. They gave great pleasure to the packed Marquee for the final performance, ably supported by their fiddler Annie. Thanks to Brenda and Mahrey, Nigel & Sarah, Mark & George and all the others who helped the upstairs sessions along. Big thanks also to sound engineers Phil Kennerell and Ian Feetenby who kept flawless, unobtrusive amplification going for all performers. We thank sponsors Blue River Cottages, Peter Betteridge, St Austell Brewery and the Crabshell Inn for their support. The day was deemed a great success and the small profit made will be donated to the Chernobyl Childrens’ Lifeline Charity. Click on Gill Matthews' wonderful photos to supersize.
CRABSHELL RECORDS has released Paul Reid's first CD CBL201 "The Bonny Broom". It is a collection of songs with stories and good melodies, beautifully sung and accompanied by Paul, who is joined by friends on several tracks. Tastefully presented, this album is reminiscent of the 1970s although many of the songs go back a lot further that that. This is a magnificent addition to any serious folk lover's collection. You can get a copy from Crabshell Records (HERE). Click on image to supersize.
Silvington's most recent album on the Crabshell Records label "A Song in Every Window" (A history of Plymouth in song) was recently released.To order your copy online click HERE. This is a concept album and has received universal critical acclaim. Click on the image to supersize.

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