Vintage tapes of Brenda have their CD debut
Long-lost live recordings capturing Cornish singing star Brenda Wootton performing with John the Fish nearly half a century ago are being premiered this weekend.
The release of the Brenda at Buryan CD coincides with the Brenda Wootton Anniversary Concert, on Sunday afternoon, at the Lowender Peran Festival, a celebration of the Cornish music tradition at Perranporth.
The album features the duo singing at the, then, newly-formed Pipers Folk Club at St Buryan Village Hall in 1966 and 67 – a club Brenda had formed following the announcement of the imminent closure of the legendary Count House Folk Music Club on the cliffs at Botallack. The owner of the recordings, Mike Gluyas, approached Brenda's daughter Sue Ellery outside the Victoria Inn at Four Lanes on Christmas Day 2008.
She says: " Mike told me of his tapes, which he had recorded all those years ago and stored safely ever since, and very kindly offered to give them to me, with permission to turn them into a CD. I was living in North Wales at the time, and it has only become possible, with our move back home to St Just this summer, to turn this dream into a reality," she says.
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"The quality of these vintage live recordings is astonishing – Brenda's voice sounds pure and clear, and you can really hear the atmosphere in the club – everyone is just loving it. As far as I'm aware, this is the only published recording ever made while the club was at St Buryan, so it's a real treasure trove. Brenda performs 16 tracks in all, in her own inimitable style, and seven of these songs have never been recorded by her elsewhere, so it's very exciting to hear them again after all this time."
For more information visit brendawootton.eu and lowenderperan.co.uk.