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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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2 weeks 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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6 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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6 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

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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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7 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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