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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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3 days 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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3 days 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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7 days 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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7 days 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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1 week 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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2 weeks 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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4 weeks 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Anita Savage

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

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1 month 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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2 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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2 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwwxw57_FYo&feature=youtu.be
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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 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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