Monday, 28 October 2019

Presentation of the Cyril Webber Cup to Sadie Davies at Clovelly

The formal presentation of the engraved Cyril Webber Cup to Sadie Davies took place on Clovelly's Apple Day at the Red Lion Harbour Bar on 23rd October. 

Sadie was the first lady and only the fourth person to have achieved the formidable feat of completing the 15 mile swim from Hartland Point to Lundy last August. She raised more than £6000 for her chosen charities. 

The Cup was presented to Sadie by John Webber (son of Cyril Webber), attended by Gary Readman (who swam to Lundy from Hartland Point with Steve Maclure in September 2017); Simon De Burgh, her trainer; Quinton Davies, her husband, The Hon. John Rous, owner of Clovelly and others.
Sadie's challenge next summer is to explore the coastline around North Devon and swim from Clovelly to Westward Ho!

Presentation of the Cyril Webber Cup to Sadie Davies at Clovelly. Photo Ellie Jarvis
Presentation of the Cyril Webber Cup to Sadie Davies at Clovelly.
L-R. Front: Quinton Davies, Sadie Davies, Simon De Burgh
L-R Behind: John Webber, Gary Readman, The Hon. John Rous
Photo Ellie Jarvis 

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

November Highlights: Experience the enchanting and uplifting music from ‘Faeland’ at St Anne's Community & Arts Centre, Barnstaple

Faeland are a folk-pop band from Stroud & Bristol, UK. In 2018. Faeland founders, Rebecca & Jacob, took a professional leap of faith and released their debut album ‘All My Swim’. The album quickly gained support and acclaim from BBC 6Music, Uncut Magazine, Shire Folk Magazine, BBC Introducing and a host of others; acclaim of which is almost unheard of for a band’s debut release. 

The first two singles earned radio play and praise from Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music), BBC Introducing and BBC Scotland, among many others. Faeland’s music is a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions influenced by music from both sides of the Atlantic. Their songs give the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic. 

Despite tackling difficult themes and life experiences, there is a strong vein of optimism running through the music of Faeland; as Rebecca says they are “fully committed to making music that changes lives for the better and adds something good to human existence”. 

Key musical influences include classic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem. 

With nature and humanity’s relationship to the natural world being such a big inspiration for Faeland’s music, Jacob explains their unusual name – “we are named after Failand, a countryside village near us that connects us with the land around our home and our favourite woodland. The spelling change to "Fae" hints at the magical/mystical/other as well as the transcendental nature of their music. 

There is something in the words and melodies which goes deeper than the everyday, touching on the mystical and the unspoken. In St Anne's the songs will be performed on acoustic guitars, accordion, banjo, charango, violins, lush vocals and Celtic harp.

"Faeland" folk-pop band debut album ‘All My Swim’

  'Faeland' will be performing at St Anne's Community & Arts Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1SX 
on the 1st November
Tickets: Contact Plough Arts Centre 
Tel: 01805 624624 - Website - Email
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"Faeland" folk-pop band debut album ‘All My Swim’

About "Faeland". “All My Swim” and “Faeland” are the first manifestations of musical partnership Jacob Morrison and Rebecca Nelson. Both Nelson and Morrison come from families of artists, creatives and healers. Rebecca was born and brought up on the island of Guernsey, and Jacob in Hackney, London. They both trained to university standard and have between them played with a host of folk, country, Americana, jazz and world artists across the south of England. They met through Bristol’s ever thriving music scene and have played together ever since