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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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6 days ago

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Big THANKS to all the crew at Buckingham And Winslow Advertiser for your great feature in Friday's edition on our concert at the St Laurence Room in Winslow! It's not often that Kirsty and I can say we made the front page! 🙂 ...

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1 week ago

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There was a technical hiccup on the YouTube clip of "The Twa Corbies" which was posted a bit earlier - and then hastily deleted when I discovered that AVS Video Editor had helpfully decided to drop out the first few seconds of the audio track, which rather wrecked the atmosphere of this haunting lament from the Scottish borders. Anyway, after a good few re-formatting attempts, I think this remastered clip should now play the whole of the audio. Have a listen and let us know what you think of this one - it's one of the few that we do acapella...... 🙂

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_t5YOyBh-A&feature=youtu.beThis is "The Twa Corbies", an eerie and mournful song from the Scottish borders - the name means "The Two Crows". It's from a group of Scottish and English b...
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1 week ago

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And this one is for you, Peter Pumford 🙂 I think Lee and Rebecca might like it too! It's our new arrangement of Dave Goulder's hauntingly allegorical song "The January Man":

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVhCAi3msfY&feature=youtu.beDave Goulder's magical song "The January Man", written in 1970 in the tradition of the medieval ballads with its allegory of life seen through the eyes of th...
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1 week ago

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Such a lovely audience at our concert in Winslow yesterday - over thirty advance tickets sold (thank you, Christina in Costume Crazy Fancy Dress!!) and the St Laurence Room was pretty full by the time we started. Big thanks, too, to the lovely ladies of Winslow EarlyBirds WI who handled refreshments and front of house for us. We tried out a few new songs in amongst the old favourites - this is "The Water is Wide", originally from Scotland:

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2 weeks ago

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Many thanks to John and Adrian in Hollywood Music Shop UK for the care you took in fitting the new Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze strings on my Yamaha FS-830 yesterday. Lovely rich, warm tone (just as it says on the tin....) and now ready for Cantlos in Concert on Saturday in Winslow. Thanks, guys! 🙂 ...

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2 weeks ago

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Just a few days to go now before our concert of songs and music from the British Isles and Ireland at 7.00 pm on SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER in the St Laurence Room in Market Square, Winslow MK18 3AB. We hope it'll be a feast of the traditional folk songs many of us can remember singing in primary school with the BBC's wonderful Singing Together schools radio programme. Doors open at 6.30 pm. Refreshments before the concert and during the interval are in the very capable hands of the Winslow EarlyBirds WI, so we know the cakes will be fabulous!

Advance tickets are £5 cash from Costume Crazy Fancy Dress, 76b High Street, Winslow MK18 3DQ (01296 712728) or online from www.cantlos.com/buy-concert-tickets. £8 cash on the door.

We'd love to see you in Winslow on Saturday - and please do bring your voices, because there will be a few songs to sing along with us!
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2 weeks ago

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Just finished the music for Buckingham Town Council’s Good Endings Fair. Met up again with Buckingham WI (yes, on refreshments duty again....) and sang several songs with Sue from Buckingham University and Jon Harvey, Mayor of Buckingham - some great three-part vocals on Amazing Grace! ...

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2 weeks ago

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Half an hour to go before the start of Buckingham Town Council’s innovative Good Endings Fair in the Community Centre. James is ready for a day’s songs suitable for end of life and passing ceremonies. ...

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3 weeks ago

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And a sneak preview of a song which Kirsty and I really like - it's "Over the Hills and Far Away", the regimental song of the 95th Rifles and the theme to the iconic 1990s TV series "Sharpe". And, as it happens, it's not just the two of us who like it - this was a request from one of the audience. If Kirsty's not too jet-lagged from Florida, we might have time to get this one ready for an airing at our concert in Winslow on Saturday 15th September.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuS2qYwvCZI&feature=youtu.beJames from Celtic folk duo Cantlos performing "Over the Hills and Far Away", which had just been requested by a member of the audience in the Great Hall at T...
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3 weeks ago

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And this is the old Manx Gaelic lullaby "Little Red Bird", accompanied on the cittern, an instrument originally invented in Italy around 1500:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-jlyKLCjPo&feature=youtu.beJames from Celtic music duo Cantlos performing the traditional lullaby "Little Red Bird" from the Isle of Man, originally sung in the Manx Gaelic language. T...
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3 weeks ago

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A rainy August Sunday afternoon Garden Party in the UK, but what better place to be than in the ancient Great Hall at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay? Lovely audience who joined in lots of the songs. This is audience participation on "The Skye Boat Song"......

www.youtube.com/watch?v=264djO6yBAU&feature=youtu.beJames from Celtic folk duo Cantlos performing "The Skye Boat Song" in the ancient Great Hall at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, England. This was towards the en...
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4 weeks ago

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It was indeed an indoor Hall Party at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay yesterday afternoon, but, considering the weather, it was a great turnout and a real success. Lovely appreciative audience too 😊 ...

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1 month ago

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Yes, they're starting to appear around Winslow, ready for our concert in three weeks from today (I know, you can barely contain your excitement......). If you'd like advance tickets, they're just £5 from Costume Crazy Fancy Dress in Winslow High Street or online from www.cantlos.com/buy-concert-tickets - or you're welcome to buy tickets on the door for £8 each. Hope to see you there 🙂 ...

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1 month ago

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Kirsty and James are just finalising our song sets for the concert we're doing in the St Laurence Room in Market Square, Winslow at 7.00 pm on Saturday 15th September, and looking forward to meeting up with friends old and new (well, not OLD, but you know what we mean...!) - and we'll be including some completely new songs, a couple with hauntingly Celtic sounds. Advance tickets are £5 cash from Costume Crazy Fancy Dress on Winslow High Street (01296 712728) or buy online from www.cantlos.com/buy-concert-tickets - or you can just pay £8 on the door. Delighted to be working again with the lovely ladies of Winslow EarlyBirds WI who will be doing front of house and refreshments for us. A little favour - would you please be kind enough to SHARE this post on your own Facebook/Instagram pages? Look forward to seeing you in Winslow on 15th September 🙂 ...

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2 months ago

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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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2 months ago

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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....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBuGrpEqqX4&feature=youtu.beThis is "How Can Ye Gang, Lassie?" by Scots composer Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Robert Burns, performed at the Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham, Engla...
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2 months ago

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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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2 months ago

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The Moon of Beltane, one of Kirsty and my favourite instrumentals, from our 9 June Radcliffe Centre Concert:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=49xIymnJGGI&feature=youtu.beOne of our favourite instrumentals for clàrsach (Celtic lever harp) and acoustic guitar, a beautiful Celtic-flavoured piece called The Moon of Beltane by the...
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3 months ago

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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:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PraEBnzW1bICantlos performing The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies, originally a Scottish ballad called The Gypsy Laddie from a song collection known as The Roxburghe Ballads from...
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3 months ago

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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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3 months ago

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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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5 months ago

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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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5 months ago

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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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6 months ago

Christine Bryant

Thank you for coming to Soulbury - a most enjoyable evening! ...

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6 months ago

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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! ...

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6 months ago

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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....!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw-IDHg8WKgA clip from our concert at Soulbury Women's Institute Group - James playing two Cotswold Morris Dance tunes on the Hohner D/G Melodeon. The first tune is to ...
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6 months ago

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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 🙂

www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0PkyO2MOEMIf you can spare the time, we thought you might like to view one of our shorter concerts in its entirety. This is Cantlos (Kirsty and James) performing for t...
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6 months ago

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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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9 months ago

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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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