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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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1 week ago

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....And the other piece I sang on Thursday was The Sweet Nightingale from Cornwall...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IpQgbbqD7k&feature=youtu.beOne of my favourite folk songs, because it has such a lovely refrain at the end of each verse. This is The Sweet Nightingale from Cornwall, collected by the ...
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1 week ago

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....And this is a bit of Cotswold morris dance music with a medieval twist, played on the Hohner melodeon. Sadly, no one felt sufficiently inspired to actually dance on the tables, despite my invitation!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0ddgZagJc0&feature=youtu.beAlmost got them dancing on the tables - but there was only one table and my other instruments were on it! This is The Seven Joys of Mary, a medieval carol tu...
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1 week ago

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Some YouTube clips from Thursday's Variety Concert at Parkside Medical Centre in Milton Keynes, raising money for Carers MK. This one is a bit of audience participation on The Boar's Head Carol....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h16-b9e72k&feature=youtu.beJames McCafferty from Cantlos singing The Boar's Head Carol - with lots of audience participation! The instrument is a reconstructed 17th Century cittern, fi...
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2 weeks ago

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I have to say that it’s not all that often that the Daily Mail and I see eye to eye, but this is such a good feature that I wanted to share it. Thank you, Peter Moolan Feroze, for sending it round!

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6529251/Teach-music-school-make-civilised-society-says-Prince-Ch...

Teach music in school to make a ‘more civilised society’ says Charles
The heir to the throne, who learnt the cello and trumpet at boarding school, says the creative arts make an ‘enormous contribution to the whole economy’.
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2 weeks ago

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And a forward date in the diary - 2.30 pm on Thursday 26 June, Buckingham Community Centre.

James will be performing a set of early music for Buckingham & District U3A as part of Milady Clare's Musicke, with good friends and long-time singing buddies Ruth and Graham Holiday.

buckinghamu3a.org.uk/meetings/
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2 weeks ago

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Win two free tickets to the Variety Concert on Thursday 6th June 7.30pm.

To win please "LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE" this post.

Winner will be announced on 30th May 2019.
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2 weeks ago

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Thao singerFREE TICKETS

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1 month ago

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Hi Everyone, yes, you've probably noticed that a few months have elapsed since our last post! Cantlos has taken a break from performing since December, though Kirsty has been kept very busy with her music students and the amazing UPA Show Choir in Milton Keynes, while James has been doing some solo guitar/singer performing and calling some ceilidhs (barn dances) - here's a recent one in Cambridge:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH60bRA4g7g&feature=youtu.beJames McCafferty (Barn Dances for Everyone) calling a ceilidh in Orchard Park, Cambridge, UK. To get your guests dancing, contact James on 07974 949996 or ja...
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6 months ago

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I saved this one till last because, although we included it in our carol concert, it's not strictly a Christmas carol. It's Dave Goulder's hauntingly beautiful song "The January Man" which he wrote in 1970. One of our absolute favourites - listen to the words and it might become one of yours! If you like it as much as we do, please SHARE it on your own pages 🙂

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJLpoLhNUCU&feature=youtu.beSurely one of the most poignant and beautiful songs every written, this is "The January Man", written by Dave Goulder in 1970 and performed and recorded here...
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6 months ago

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZZCn88-1kQ&feature=youtu.beKirsty and James love playing this lively medieval carol - it certainly wakes up our audience after the mulled wine and mince pies during the interval! "The ... ...

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6 months ago

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXSxzkdFab0&feature=youtu.beCantlos and their audience in the Radcliffe Centre singing the first verse of "Stille Nacht" and then the English translation of "Silent Night", surely one o... ...

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6 months ago

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEhAKY-yUvw&feature=youtu.beCantlos singing "Candlemas Eve", a poem by Robert Herrick set to a Basque folk melody. We tend to think of Christmas decorations around the house being a fai... ...

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6 months ago

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2Rv1lXiRz4&feature=youtu.beCantlos singing the 17th Century Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". ...

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6 months ago

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G3HUF0GCU0&feature=youtu.beCantlos singing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", one of the greatest of the Advent hymns, based on the Antiphons or chants used at Vespers in the last seven days ... ...

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6 months ago

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Just finished putting together a few YouTube clips from Christmas Carols with Cantlos on 6 December, so we hope you like them! If you do, please add a LIKE to each one and SHARE it on your own Facebook page. If you're a Subscriber to our Cantlos YouTube Channel, you'll already have received a notification each time I uploaded a new clip. Here's the first clip - it's "What Child is This?", sung to the tune "Greensleeves" and accompanied on the cittern...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJFhQF88Xus&feature=youtu.beCantlos performing the Christmas carol "What Child Is This?" at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham, England. James is playing a reconstructed 17th Century ci...
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6 months ago

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And a short excerpt from “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” at Thursday’s concert. Thanks again to Jeremy Parkin for this clip! 😊 ...

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6 months ago

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Quick glimpse of the opening song from last Thursday’s concert - thank you, Jeremy Parkin, for the footage, and John Harris for the sound desk! ...

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6 months ago

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And here’s the amazingly talented Ian Graham giving Christmas carols the shuttlepipes treatment! He rocks....! ...

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6 months ago

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James ready for the day of Carols in the Courtyard of the New Inn at National Trust - Stowe. Just about to start the first set with The Seven Joys of Mary on the melodeon 😊 ...

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6 months ago

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On tonight, for anyone near Buckingham.You might have caught a glimpse of our post a couple of weeks or so ago, and it's December already! So this is just a quick reminder about our upcoming concert Christmas Carols with Cantlos at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham at 7.00pm on THURSDAY 6th DECEMBER. If you're a fan of Christmas music, join Kirsty and James on Thursday for a feast of traditional carols - some very familiar, others less well known, but most with a Celtic flavour. Refreshments by Buckingham WI.

Advance tickets are £7.50 from Emma and the Tourist Information Centre team in Buckingham Old Gaol or from Costume Crazy Fancy Dress in Winslow - or online from www.cantlos.com/buy-concert-tickets. Door tickets are £10. If you've not seen us before and want to get a flavour of the music we do, have a quick look at one of our YouTube videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQr78351KDM

And if you can spare a minute, please help us spread the word by SHARING this on your own timeline - thank you!
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6 months ago

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You might have caught a glimpse of our post a couple of weeks or so ago, and it's December already! So this is just a quick reminder about our upcoming concert Christmas Carols with Cantlos at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham at 7.00pm on THURSDAY 6th DECEMBER. If you're a fan of Christmas music, join Kirsty and James on Thursday for a feast of traditional carols - some very familiar, others less well known, but most with a Celtic flavour. Refreshments by Buckingham WI.

Advance tickets are £7.50 from Emma and the Tourist Information Centre team in Buckingham Old Gaol or from Costume Crazy Fancy Dress in Winslow - or online from www.cantlos.com/buy-concert-tickets. Door tickets are £10. If you've not seen us before and want to get a flavour of the music we do, have a quick look at one of our YouTube videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQr78351KDM

And if you can spare a minute, please help us spread the word by SHARING this on your own timeline - thank you!
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7 months ago

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Less than three weeks to go now till our Christmas Concert at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham on Thursday 6 December! Tickets from Buckingham TIC in Buckingham Old Gaol or from Costume Crazy Fancy Dress in Winslow. If you can spare a minute, please help things along by SHARING this post on your own Facebook pages - thank you! ...

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7 months ago

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James taking part in Great Horwood’s Battle’s Over commemorations yesterday, with Great Horwood Silver Band ...

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7 months ago

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Thank you to Emma and the lovely team Buckingham TIC in the Old Gaol in Buckingham for posting this update! Yes, as from today, tickets are now on sale in Buckingham and also available from Costume Crazy in Winslow High Street - and online from www.cantlos.com/buy-concert-tickets 😊😊Tickets on sale now! Come in today to get yours! Cantlos Buckingham What's On ...

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7 months ago

Anita Savage

When will tickets be available in the Old Gaol? None there on Saturday... ...

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7 months ago

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Under the banner of Cantlos, James is very honoured to be taking part in Great Horwood's part in the UK's national "Battle's Over" commemorations of the end of the First World War from 4.00 pm on Sunday 11 November. His grandfather, Joel Dyer, from the village of Leonard Stanley in Gloucestershire - pictured in the photo with his mother - fought at the Somme with the Royal Artillery. If anyone isn't already committed to events that afternoon, please do join us in Great Horwood Village Hall - admission is entirely free. ...

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8 months ago

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Hats off to our very talented friends in Phillips Print & Stationers in Buckingham for converting our 6th December Concert poster from A4 colour to giant A0 grayscale monster posters! No, we're not putting these up just yet, as we'll be accused of starting Christmas far too soon! But do make a note of the date if you're a fan of Christmas carols and are free that evening....... 🙂 ...

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8 months ago

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Thank you, Kirsty, for sharing this one! She knows James used to be a morris dancer and still - as you all know - plays a melodeon like the one in the clip.....

BBC Two
These remote tribes from around the world have never seen Morris Dancing before.

Their reaction is just brilliant... 😍🕺
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