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Midsummer MADness

Saturday June 17th, 2017 - Trerieve Farm, Downderry PL11 3DJ, 6pm - late

We’re delighted to announce our popular event will return on Saturday June 17th, 2017 at Trerieve Farm, Downderry. This year we’ve gone MADder than usual with a fabulous music line-up featuring Land of the Giants (voted Best Band in the most recent Southwest Music Awards), the triumphant homecoming of the mighty Banana Thieves and rocking sets from local attractions Deviock Community Orchestra and The Hahas.

As ever, there’ll be a hog roast, home-made food, real ales, Cornish Orchards cider, and wine. Children accompanied by adults are very welcome, and nearby camping facilities are available for those attending the event. Looking forward to seeing you there! Ticket prices: Adults £5, 12-16s £2, Under-12s free. Doors open at 6pm.

Music Around Deviock has been organising community music events since 1998. After this year's Midsummer MADness Jim Candy will be retiring as chairman, so we need new blood on the committee as well as more volunteers to help stage the event! If you're interested in helping and/or shaping new directions for M.A.D., please contact Jim or Marian on 01503 250 376 or email

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Recent Events

One Day Festival, Saturday 25th March 2017

Congratulations to our friend Roland Monger (author of the popular music blog Listen With Monger) and all the volunteers who made the One Day Festival on March 25th 2017 a riproaring success. This all-day event raised over £2,000 for the St Luke’s Hospice charity. Roland would like to thank the staff at the Inn on the Shore, the musicians (who played for free) and all those who came to support the day. Also special thanks to Paul Pickering for providing the P.A. and running the sound (assisted by Dave from M.A.D.), Marielle Newton for the photographs and Kate Entwistle for face painting. Due to popular demand a second One Day Fest has been arranged for 24th March 2018 so we look forward to seeing you all there.

Upcoming music nights at the Inn on the Shore, Downderry:

Friday June 23rd - Dew Barf. Now, these two recently debuted at the Inn to great acclaim but the former 2 Tonic musician Andy and his partner in crime need to be seen to be believed and enjoyed.

Friday June 30th - LGM One. Liskeard lads LGM One are an energetic electro-rock five-piece who play their own material but get any venue bouncing. Not one to be missed for sure.

Friday, July 7th - Alex Hart. This talented Plymouth based singer-songwriter describes herself as 'Westcountry Country' but that is a little pigeonholed we believe. Signed to labels on both sides of the Atlantic and a regular at Looe Festival, Hart is a supreme local talent and will be hard to find in a venue like the Inn On The Shore for much longer so come on down and enjoy her sweet tones, great songs and infectious energy. Free entry, free good vibes and a whole lot of talent - what more could you ask for?

All 9pm start, free of charge at the Inn on the Shore, Downderry.

M.A.D. Events 2014 - 2016

Sunday October 2nd 2016, 12 noon - 2pm - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

This Autumn Jazz Lunch featured two local community bands: Lanreath Community Music (a large group comprising a choir, two bands, a tango ensemble, a string ensemble and a jazz violin and guitar duo) and our village big band Deviock Community Music
, combining some old favourites with a fresh programme of songs with new arrangements.

Sunday March 13th 2016 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

Opening with Deviock Community Music group playing a mixed set of jazz standards and well known songs, with The Sunset Swing Band taking you back to the age of swing. Timeless, foot-tapping, music for dancing and for the audience to revel in nostalgia.

Sunday November 22nd 2015 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

An enjoyable, relaxed cafe-style occasion providing live music and wholesome homemade food at affordable prices. Featuring Deviock Community Music (DCM), followed by a set from McCue, a seven-piece outfit based in SE Cornwall featuring vocalist Martin McCue whose varied repertoire includes jazz standards, Frank Sinatra & Michael Bublé songs and popular covers. After paying expenses, all monies raised at this event was given to Save the Children's Syria refugees appeal.

Saturday October 31st 2015 - Charity Concert, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

Huge thanks to the many people concerned, the supporters and the musicians (Jessica Sweetman and 25 Hours) for agreeing to play at short notice. Thanks to everyone's generosity, we raised £528 - the money has gone to Save the Children's Syria refugees appeal and will be spent in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt.

Saturday September 26th 2015 - Balinese Gamelan Workshops, St. Nicolas Church, Downderry

As part of M.A.D.’s ongoing commitment to funding community music education, we presented an affordable Gamelan Taster Day
on this beautifully warm September day. Gamelan is the traditional tuned percussion music of Indonesia, played on gongs and metallophones, creating a magical ensemble sound.

Our workshops took place in the hall of St. Nicolas Church, Downderry and were attended by local people of all ages. After a brief explanation of gamelan music and culture from teacher Jo Shaw, the two groups learned to play a Balinese piece called 'Baris' and by the end of the session were sounding quite confident! Everyone who attended enjoyed playing this fascinating music, and it's hoped to repeat the workshops some time in 2016. For more details and photos, please see our Gamelan page.

Saturday June 20th 2015 - Midsummer MADness, Trerieve Farm, Downderry

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The M.A.D. organisers have been busy again, this time with our annual Midsummer MADness event, an evening of music which this year was accompanied by four barrels of beer, 200 litres of cider, a hog roast and a variety of other local food and drink. Over 400 people of all ages attended, fulfilling our policy of putting on a community event which is affordable for all.

Solo performer Yana Bing was the first to climb onto the trailer which improvises as a stage, continuing our commitment to giving young local artists an opportunity to play to a larger audience. Accompanying herself on keyboard, Yana turned in a strong and professional performance and her heartfelt, emotional vocals struck a chord with listeners. This singer / songwriter will go far - in fact she did go far immediately after her set, driving to London to take part in a talent contest in which she was singled out for career mentoring by the panel. Deviock Community Music band (who are affiliated to M.A.D.) then played a fantastic set featuring the stirring big band sound of Deviock's massed brass, wind and string players, topped by the lilting vocals of Sarah Medway.

Our two headlining acts this year were Tweaks, an excellent four-piece from Devon who played some tight, powerful and eclectic cover versions (first time we've heard 'Woolly Bully' played heavy metal style!) and the triumphant return of The Cuckoo Collective, whose singer Clare Pettinger had the audience in the palm of her hand from the minute she walked on the stage. Fulfilling their mission statement, this horn-driven ensemble whipped everyone into a dancing frenzy - a great performance from a very enjoyable band.

As we again made a small surplus we have been able to support several local initiatives: we sponsored live music at the anniversary event for the Village Hall and The Zone, have agreed to support the school with drumming tuition for all pupils throughout next year, and are sponsoring gamelan workshops (see above) in September 2015.

We would like to thank all who have helped us with the Midsummer MADness event - without your help we cannot continue to provide and support live music in the area.

Sunday, March 8th 2015 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

We were entertained by two bands: 25 Hours, featuring Mark Lewis-Watson (acoustic guitar), Caroline Bruce-Spencer (vocals) and Kevin Procter (bass guitar), and Deviock Community Music (DCM) - our village big band. After paying expenses, the income from the event went to help sustain DCM with ongoing costs such as insurance, sheet music, professional fees and small equipment. Ther money from the raffle was all donated to good causes such as Save the Children and Ebola Disaster Relief.

Sunday November 16th 2014 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

The return of the ever-popular Jazz Lunch, featuring the usual irresistible combination of live music, food and wholesome homemade drink in a relaxed, café-style setting! Featuring our very own Deviock Community Music group playing a set of singalong jazz standards, with The Vintage Sinners performing classic covers.

About Us

We are a properly constituted, not-for-profit organisation which has been promoting local music events in Deviock, SE Cornwall for over 18 years, starting with the Downsea festival in 1998 and the annual Jazz In The Park festival in Seaton. In 2008 we moved our music events to Trerieve Farm and subsequently adopted the name Music Around Deviock (M.A.D.), since you have to be mad to do this sort of thing! Our events have been a huge success with the local community, and with their help and support we look forward to promoting more in future.

M.A.D. aims to nurture local musical talent and give young people a chance to play. Anyone can become a member, so if you would like to get involved please contact Marian or Jim Candy at, tel. 01503 250 376.

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Text and M.A.D. events poster images
© Music Around Deviock,
Downderry, Cornwall.

Banana Thieves photos © Chris Bowden
DCM 2017 & Trerieve 2015 photos © Marielle Newton
Other band photos © the original photographers

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