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CantlosCantlos are a song and instrumental duo specialising in the traditional songs of the British Isles and Ireland, with an emphasis on those from the Celtic cultures within these islands.

Cantlos are Kirsty Morris and James McCafferty and play Celtic harp, cittern, dulcimer, guitar, melodeon, bodhran and keyboards.  Cantlos are available for weddings, celebrations, concerts and festivals.  Their repertoire spans more than five centuries of song, including medieval carols, Elizabethan tavern songs, folk music and contemporary songs within the folkroots and Celtic traditions.

Share an evening with Cantlos and discover for yourself the mystery and magic of songs evoked by the Celtic heartlands.

Contact Cantlos today on 07974 949996 or email  james@cantlos.com 

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James is heading off down to The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay on Sunday 26 August for their annual Summer Garden Party (3 pm - 6 pm) and he's taking his guitar and music, so do come and join us! FREE entry - just drop an email to Wendy at admin@theabbey.uk.com so they know how many cakes to bake!

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A song by Robert Tannahill, 18th Century Scots poet and songwriter - in this one it's the guy who gets dumped....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBuGrpEqqX4&feature=youtu.be

Hey, you know you've made it when your next concert gets an entry in the Aylesbury Vale Times! More news on the concert and ticket sales opening in a week or two - it's on our website in the meantime.....

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The Moon of Beltane, one of Kirsty and my favourite instrumentals, from our 9 June Radcliffe Centre Concert:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49xIymnJGGI&feature=youtu.be

Can't believe it's taken us this long to post the first video clip from our Radcliffe Centre Concert on 9 June! But it was great to welcome so many friends old and new who love these timeless traditional songs as much as we do. This is "The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies", which I'm sure some of you will remember from your school days:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PraEBnzW1bI

The Early Music in Schools juggernaut has arrived at Nottingham Girls' High School ready to demonstrate the sounds of the ‘70s (the 1570s, that is.......). Looking forward to meeting two classes of 7 - 8 year olds 😊

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All set for the afternoon’s musical interlude to help celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the @Harris + Hoole coffee shop in Buckingham Tesco. If there’s nothing on TV or you’re bored, come along - entrance is free! 😊😊

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With thanks to Jon Harvey, Mayor of Buckingham and the team at Buckingham TIC (Tourist Information Centre), we've just posted this on the brilliant Buckingham: What matters to you Facebook page. If you can spare a minute, please be kind enough to SHARE this post with your own Facebook friends 🙂

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We'd love to see you all at our next Cantlos Concert with Kirsty and James at 7.00 pm on Saturday 9 June at The University of Buckingham's Radcliffe Centre. Here's the poster which will be appearing in Buckingham from next week onwards - if you can spare 30 seconds of your time, please be kind enough to share it round to your own FB friends - especially those, of course, who aren't too far from Buckingham! We're delighted to say that the refreshments before the concert and during the interval are in the very capable hands of the ladies of Buckingham WI - so you know the cakes will be outstanding! We hope we might also see some of the friends we've made at National Trust - Stowe and Winslow EarlyBirds WI too. Advance tickets are just £5 from tickets@cantlos.com (£8 cash on the door).

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Kirsty and James entertaining the ladies of the Botolph Claydon WI in Buckinghamshire. And yes, that is the Welsh dragon behind us - it was their postponed St David's Day celebrations, so most definitely a Celtic flavour to the proceedings! Lovely audience who joined in most of the songs with us 🙂

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Cantlos performing the 18th C Scottish song "How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?" in Soulbury Parish Hall, Buckinghamshire. The song is by Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, and, unusually for folk songs, in this one it's the young man who's left lamenting his false lover!

Cantlos: How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?

Cantlos performing the 18th C Scottish song "How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?" in Soulbury Parish Hall, Buckinghamshire. The song is by Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, and, unusually for folk songs, in this one it's the young man who's left lamenting his false lover!

Posted by Cantlos on Monday, 19 March 2018

Just in case you didn't want to watch our Soulbury Concert in its 57-minute entirety (!), we'll be posting some clips of individual songs/instrumentals from the concert over the next day or two. And for those of you who - like James - enjoy the sound of the melodeon, this first one's for you....!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw-IDHg8WKg

Okay, it's freezing cold and probably snowing out there, so why not spend a pleasant 57 minutes in front of your TV or tablet and have a look at our concert for Soulbury WI Group on Tuesday? What a great audience you were, Soulbury - AND you all joined in most of our songs! See you again soon 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0PkyO2MOEM

Kirsty and James rocking Soulbury Women’s Institute Group yesterday evening! Lovely audience and GREAT singing of “Jerusalem” - and, of course, tea and cake to die for! 😊

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Thank you, Hilary Forbes, for sending us this photo of Kirsty and James playing instrumentals for Irish harp and acoustic guitar at Penn & Tyler’s Green WI’s Christmas Party in December. We’ve found that the two instruments work together really well as ambient music at weddings and anniversary parties, and we’ll be expanding our instrumental repertoire during 2018 to feature more well-known Irish and Classical pieces to suit all occasions. So if you know anyone who’s getting married this year.....!

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With these two events behind us, Kirsty has finished Cantlos-ing for 2017 and James just has Carols in the Courtyard at National Trust Stowe on Sunday before he gets to rest his voice!

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Kirsty and James just back from two Christmas concerts - yesterday evening a WI event in Tylers Green Village Hall near Beaconsfield, and lunchtime today our Carols for a Winter’s Day programme for the Merrymakers Club in Maids Moreton Village Hall near Buckingham. Tried out some of our instrumentals at both events - carols played on Kirsty’s stunning Celtic harp and acoustic guitar - and had a very good reaction from both audiences. We also taught both groups the German words to the first verse of the original “Stille Nacht”, accompanied by solo guitar, just as it would have been that Christmas Eve in the village church in Oberndorf in 1818, and almost a hundred years later sung from the German trenches on the Western Front on Christmas Eve 1914. Beautifully sung, Tyler’s Green and Maids Moreton!

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Yes, it’s this Sunday (10th December) that James and friends are putting on “Carols for a Winter’s Afternoon” in Great Horwood. We’d love to have you with us!

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And meanwhile James is up to his ears in Christmas carols, appearing with shuttlepipes maestro Ian Graham at National Trust - Stowe's Carols in the Courtyard on Sunday 3rd December and Sunday 17th December. Admission is FREE, and the National Trust's café at Stowe is serving mulled wine! Come and say hello (and join in some carols with us) if you're passing by. And at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10th December James is teaming up once more with Ruth and Graham Holiday from popular local early music group Milady Clare's Musicke to present "Carols for a Winter's Afternoon" in Great Horwood Village Hall. Admission is £5 cash on the door. Great Horwood WI are providing delicious refreshments, and there will be plenty of everyone's favourite traditional carols to sing along with!

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December is always a pretty busy time for Cantlos, with a series of Christmas Carol Concerts in the diary, but Kirsty and James are also heavily committed outside Cantlos to a whole bunch of festive "stuff". Kirsty's first show with Spotlight MTS Milton Keynes kicks off this Sunday 3rd December at 5.00 pm at Stantonbury Theatre in Milton Keynes (www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk) and then on Sunday 10 December at 5.00 pm at the Aylesbury Vale Academy, Aylesbury HP18 0WS. And TV star Sam Attwater's amazing UPA School Show Choir, under Kirsty's expert Musical Direction, are performing at the INTU Shopping Centre,Central Milton Keynes, on 18 December. Busy busy!

Kirsty’s run-up to Christmas is pretty much back-to-back rehearsals as Musical Director of the amazing UPA Show Choir (in this clip) and Spotlight Musical Theatre School. Where does she get that energy??!!https://www.facebook.com/upaschool/videos/744777269060601/

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And here it is, back in Kirsty's studio again!

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190 miles and several hours later, Kirsty's beautifully-repaired 36-string Celtic lever harp is back home! A truly outstanding piece of restoration by Michael Parfett (www.michaelparfett.com) and we know you'll all be delighted to see it back in action at our next concert 🙂

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Kirsty's damaged FH36 Celtic lever harp being set up for repair by Michael Parfett Conservation, the leaders in the field of harp restoration and repair. This is the gluing jig being prepared in Michael's workshop.

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Thank you to Jenny Bell at National Trust - Stowe for these photos of Saturday's concert at the National Trust Buckingham Chantry Chapel - just to prove we really DID have a much larger audience than last time :-). And yes, it WAS a sell-out attendance. We had to bring a couple of spare chairs for our lovely and long-suffering friends Andy and Iola Wimbor - they brought the cushions. Lovely supportive audience who joined in lots of the folk songs they remembered from school days, and great to hear the Chantry Chapel echoing to the sound of "The Boar's Head Carol" once again! Kirsty and James are looking forward to the next one - if you'd like to keep in touch with what Cantlos is doing over the next few weeks, just email james@cantlos.com and we'll add you to our mailing list 🙂

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We made it, Kirsty! Your harp is now with Michael at Michael Parfett Harps www.michaelparfett.com in Battersea. Hopefully it'll be repaired and ready by Friday 😊

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Well, I don't think Kirsty or James have had to do this before, but, as you can see from this poster, our concert on Saturday 23rd in collaboration with the National Trust - Stowe at National Trust Buckingham Chantry Chapel is now SOLD OUT! We thought we'd better let you all know, just in case anyone was hoping to drop in and pay on the door. Many thanks to all who have bought advance tickets - looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday! And HUGE thanks to Kathryn, Scott and Jenny at Stowe NT for promoting the event - and to Ivy at Stowe who's sold most of the tickets via the Stowe Ticketline. Gosh, the next thing will be ticket touts outside the venue!!

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Just finished editing three of the pieces we performed at Winslow Public Hall on 2nd September, so prepare for a YouTube onslought! If you like these clips, please be kind enough to share them round to your FB friends. And feel free to click on "Subscribe" on any of the clips. Don't panic - becoming a "subscriber" involves NO cost or data sharing, and all it means is that you get a notification when we post new clips on our YouTube channel....

Anyway, here is "The Moon of Beltane", which is an instrumental for harp and guitar by the American harpist and composer Janet Lanier (www.janetlanier.com), played by Kirsty on Celtic lever harp and James on his vintage Yamaha FG110 acoustic guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh_pWHmOPJA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James is heading off down to The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay on Sunday 26 August for their annual Summer Garden Party (3 pm - 6 pm) and he's taking his guitar and music, so do come and join us! FREE entry - just drop an email to Wendy at admin@theabbey.uk.com so they know how many cakes to bake!

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A song by Robert Tannahill, 18th Century Scots poet and songwriter - in this one it's the guy who gets dumped....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBuGrpEqqX4&feature=youtu.be

Hey, you know you've made it when your next concert gets an entry in the Aylesbury Vale Times! More news on the concert and ticket sales opening in a week or two - it's on our website in the meantime.....

Facebook photo

The Moon of Beltane, one of Kirsty and my favourite instrumentals, from our 9 June Radcliffe Centre Concert:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49xIymnJGGI&feature=youtu.be

Can't believe it's taken us this long to post the first video clip from our Radcliffe Centre Concert on 9 June! But it was great to welcome so many friends old and new who love these timeless traditional songs as much as we do. This is "The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies", which I'm sure some of you will remember from your school days:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PraEBnzW1bI

The Early Music in Schools juggernaut has arrived at Nottingham Girls' High School ready to demonstrate the sounds of the ‘70s (the 1570s, that is.......). Looking forward to meeting two classes of 7 - 8 year olds 😊

Facebook photo

All set for the afternoon’s musical interlude to help celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the @Harris + Hoole coffee shop in Buckingham Tesco. If there’s nothing on TV or you’re bored, come along - entrance is free! 😊😊

Facebook photo

With thanks to Jon Harvey, Mayor of Buckingham and the team at Buckingham TIC (Tourist Information Centre), we've just posted this on the brilliant Buckingham: What matters to you Facebook page. If you can spare a minute, please be kind enough to SHARE this post with your own Facebook friends 🙂

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We'd love to see you all at our next Cantlos Concert with Kirsty and James at 7.00 pm on Saturday 9 June at The University of Buckingham's Radcliffe Centre. Here's the poster which will be appearing in Buckingham from next week onwards - if you can spare 30 seconds of your time, please be kind enough to share it round to your own FB friends - especially those, of course, who aren't too far from Buckingham! We're delighted to say that the refreshments before the concert and during the interval are in the very capable hands of the ladies of Buckingham WI - so you know the cakes will be outstanding! We hope we might also see some of the friends we've made at National Trust - Stowe and Winslow EarlyBirds WI too. Advance tickets are just £5 from tickets@cantlos.com (£8 cash on the door).

Facebook photo

Kirsty and James entertaining the ladies of the Botolph Claydon WI in Buckinghamshire. And yes, that is the Welsh dragon behind us - it was their postponed St David's Day celebrations, so most definitely a Celtic flavour to the proceedings! Lovely audience who joined in most of the songs with us 🙂

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Cantlos performing the 18th C Scottish song "How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?" in Soulbury Parish Hall, Buckinghamshire. The song is by Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, and, unusually for folk songs, in this one it's the young man who's left lamenting his false lover!

Cantlos: How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?

Cantlos performing the 18th C Scottish song "How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?" in Soulbury Parish Hall, Buckinghamshire. The song is by Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, and, unusually for folk songs, in this one it's the young man who's left lamenting his false lover!

Posted by Cantlos on Monday, 19 March 2018

Just in case you didn't want to watch our Soulbury Concert in its 57-minute entirety (!), we'll be posting some clips of individual songs/instrumentals from the concert over the next day or two. And for those of you who - like James - enjoy the sound of the melodeon, this first one's for you....!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw-IDHg8WKg

Okay, it's freezing cold and probably snowing out there, so why not spend a pleasant 57 minutes in front of your TV or tablet and have a look at our concert for Soulbury WI Group on Tuesday? What a great audience you were, Soulbury - AND you all joined in most of our songs! See you again soon 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0PkyO2MOEM

Kirsty and James rocking Soulbury Women’s Institute Group yesterday evening! Lovely audience and GREAT singing of “Jerusalem” - and, of course, tea and cake to die for! 😊

Facebook photo

Thank you, Hilary Forbes, for sending us this photo of Kirsty and James playing instrumentals for Irish harp and acoustic guitar at Penn & Tyler’s Green WI’s Christmas Party in December. We’ve found that the two instruments work together really well as ambient music at weddings and anniversary parties, and we’ll be expanding our instrumental repertoire during 2018 to feature more well-known Irish and Classical pieces to suit all occasions. So if you know anyone who’s getting married this year.....!

Facebook photo

With these two events behind us, Kirsty has finished Cantlos-ing for 2017 and James just has Carols in the Courtyard at National Trust Stowe on Sunday before he gets to rest his voice!

Facebook photo

Kirsty and James just back from two Christmas concerts - yesterday evening a WI event in Tylers Green Village Hall near Beaconsfield, and lunchtime today our Carols for a Winter’s Day programme for the Merrymakers Club in Maids Moreton Village Hall near Buckingham. Tried out some of our instrumentals at both events - carols played on Kirsty’s stunning Celtic harp and acoustic guitar - and had a very good reaction from both audiences. We also taught both groups the German words to the first verse of the original “Stille Nacht”, accompanied by solo guitar, just as it would have been that Christmas Eve in the village church in Oberndorf in 1818, and almost a hundred years later sung from the German trenches on the Western Front on Christmas Eve 1914. Beautifully sung, Tyler’s Green and Maids Moreton!

Facebook photo

Yes, it’s this Sunday (10th December) that James and friends are putting on “Carols for a Winter’s Afternoon” in Great Horwood. We’d love to have you with us!

Facebook photo

And meanwhile James is up to his ears in Christmas carols, appearing with shuttlepipes maestro Ian Graham at National Trust - Stowe's Carols in the Courtyard on Sunday 3rd December and Sunday 17th December. Admission is FREE, and the National Trust's café at Stowe is serving mulled wine! Come and say hello (and join in some carols with us) if you're passing by. And at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10th December James is teaming up once more with Ruth and Graham Holiday from popular local early music group Milady Clare's Musicke to present "Carols for a Winter's Afternoon" in Great Horwood Village Hall. Admission is £5 cash on the door. Great Horwood WI are providing delicious refreshments, and there will be plenty of everyone's favourite traditional carols to sing along with!

Facebook photo

December is always a pretty busy time for Cantlos, with a series of Christmas Carol Concerts in the diary, but Kirsty and James are also heavily committed outside Cantlos to a whole bunch of festive "stuff". Kirsty's first show with Spotlight MTS Milton Keynes kicks off this Sunday 3rd December at 5.00 pm at Stantonbury Theatre in Milton Keynes (www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk) and then on Sunday 10 December at 5.00 pm at the Aylesbury Vale Academy, Aylesbury HP18 0WS. And TV star Sam Attwater's amazing UPA School Show Choir, under Kirsty's expert Musical Direction, are performing at the INTU Shopping Centre,Central Milton Keynes, on 18 December. Busy busy!

Kirsty’s run-up to Christmas is pretty much back-to-back rehearsals as Musical Director of the amazing UPA Show Choir (in this clip) and Spotlight Musical Theatre School. Where does she get that energy??!!https://www.facebook.com/upaschool/videos/744777269060601/

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And here it is, back in Kirsty's studio again!

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190 miles and several hours later, Kirsty's beautifully-repaired 36-string Celtic lever harp is back home! A truly outstanding piece of restoration by Michael Parfett (www.michaelparfett.com) and we know you'll all be delighted to see it back in action at our next concert 🙂

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Kirsty's damaged FH36 Celtic lever harp being set up for repair by Michael Parfett Conservation, the leaders in the field of harp restoration and repair. This is the gluing jig being prepared in Michael's workshop.

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Thank you to Jenny Bell at National Trust - Stowe for these photos of Saturday's concert at the National Trust Buckingham Chantry Chapel - just to prove we really DID have a much larger audience than last time :-). And yes, it WAS a sell-out attendance. We had to bring a couple of spare chairs for our lovely and long-suffering friends Andy and Iola Wimbor - they brought the cushions. Lovely supportive audience who joined in lots of the folk songs they remembered from school days, and great to hear the Chantry Chapel echoing to the sound of "The Boar's Head Carol" once again! Kirsty and James are looking forward to the next one - if you'd like to keep in touch with what Cantlos is doing over the next few weeks, just email james@cantlos.com and we'll add you to our mailing list 🙂

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We made it, Kirsty! Your harp is now with Michael at Michael Parfett Harps www.michaelparfett.com in Battersea. Hopefully it'll be repaired and ready by Friday 😊

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Well, I don't think Kirsty or James have had to do this before, but, as you can see from this poster, our concert on Saturday 23rd in collaboration with the National Trust - Stowe at National Trust Buckingham Chantry Chapel is now SOLD OUT! We thought we'd better let you all know, just in case anyone was hoping to drop in and pay on the door. Many thanks to all who have bought advance tickets - looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday! And HUGE thanks to Kathryn, Scott and Jenny at Stowe NT for promoting the event - and to Ivy at Stowe who's sold most of the tickets via the Stowe Ticketline. Gosh, the next thing will be ticket touts outside the venue!!

Facebook photo

Just finished editing three of the pieces we performed at Winslow Public Hall on 2nd September, so prepare for a YouTube onslought! If you like these clips, please be kind enough to share them round to your FB friends. And feel free to click on "Subscribe" on any of the clips. Don't panic - becoming a "subscriber" involves NO cost or data sharing, and all it means is that you get a notification when we post new clips on our YouTube channel....

Anyway, here is "The Moon of Beltane", which is an instrumental for harp and guitar by the American harpist and composer Janet Lanier (www.janetlanier.com), played by Kirsty on Celtic lever harp and James on his vintage Yamaha FG110 acoustic guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh_pWHmOPJA