Since their formation in 2012, The Stowes have built on a shared love of traditional Celtic music and unique personal experience to create a signature sound that is becoming rapidly recognisable across the Cornish and Celtic folk scene.
Often described as difficult to pigeon hole, the group seamlessly transcends the boundaries between traditional genres and styles, with those most notable being Cornish music, Irish trad and nautical songs and shanties. Combine with that a subtle hint of bluegrass, a driving beat and a strong passion for Cornwall and Cornish history, and the result is an infectious energy that appeals to audiences of multiple generations and enthusiasts of almost every genre.
The group consists of members Tom, Calum, Kevin and Jamie. Tom and Calum have both had successful careers at sea in the Merchant Navy, with Calum still actively serving. Kevin comes from an industrial background and so has a strong affinity to working class songs and Cornwalls rich industrial heritage, whilst Jamie’s proud Cornish and Irish ancestry has created a passionate and unique playing style.
Throughout the band, a vast array of instruments can be played, however those featuring most regularly include the piano accordion, bouzouki, tenor banjo and 5 string banjo, each played in an individually precise and impressive manor. This acoustic approach is rooted deep in the DNA of The Stowes, however the group are not afraid to experiment and regularly merge a stomp box or bass guitar into the mix, providing substantial depth and drive. Strong lead vocals and layered harmonies integrate exquisitely to complete a powerful yet authentic listener experience.
Whilst the band operate as a four piece wherever possible, Calum's work at sea means that sometimes this option isn't available. In this case, they can operate competently as a trio to deliver a thorough and professional performance of foot stomping Celtic Music!
Services From The Stowes
The Stowes Full Band - Foot Stomping Celtic Music
Foot Stomping Celtic Music With 3 Piece Folk Band
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Foot Stomping Celtic Music
What are the highlights of your career?
Representing Cornwall at the Maine Celtic Festival in the US.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
We are able to reinvent Cornish and Traditional Music and present it in the mainstream.
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Festivals, Birthdays, Weddings, Corporate events and Cultural events.
Who are your previous clients?
Bcause, RNLI, Numerous hotels and festivals
How can event planners pay for your services?
By Cash, Cheque or Bank Transfer
How long do you play for?
2 x 50 minute sets are standard
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
How much space do you require?
Approx. 4 x 2 metres.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
We do our best to accommodate requests however not everything is possible on our selection of instruments.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Standard is 1 break of 20 minutes.
Do you provide a ceilidh option?
Yes, we have our own dedicated caller who comes with to teach the ceilidh dances.
Whiskey in the Jar
Dirty Old Town
I’ll tell me Ma
The Craic was 90
The Wild Rover
When the Boys come Rolling Home
Leaving of Liverpool
Farewell to Carlingford
The Night Visiting Song
The Mary Ellen Carter
The Holy Ground
Home Boys Home
Star of the County Down
The Irish Rover
St Brendan’s fair Ilse
The Spanish Lady
Seven Drunken Nights
Rare old Mountain Dew
Sloop John B
Strike the Bell
All for me Grog
Go to Sea No More
The Net Hauling Song
Paddy on the Railway
Black Velvet Band
Harry’s song for Cornwall
Tin and Copper Boys
The Bold Grenadier
Folsom Prison Blues
Cornwall My Home
Building up and Tearing England Down
The Ship in full Sail
Irishmans’ heart to the Ladies
The Main Behind the Bar
The Lilting Fisherman
Jimmy Wards’ Jig
The Masons’ Apron
The Sally Gardens
St Anne’s Reel
Men of the West
The Cornish Express
The Newlyn Reel
Strike the Gay Harp
Merrily Kiss the Quaker
Lark in the Morning
Out on the Ocean