After running the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall for 17 years, Graham King, his partner Kerriann Godwin, and their Chihuahua Yorkie cross Hugo are spending their retirement traveling around Europe in their beloved Hymer 508 motorhome, 'Dickie'.
Never before have I been to a concert of ancient music in a cathedral where the audience starts clapping along to the songs. I should have realised something was up when, after a particularly lovely polyphonic piece, one of the group whipped out his guitar. The group, called Cirnese, is from Corsica and, by the heavens they do mix it up a bit! Stunning vocals, melifluous chanting, and powerful bass notes suddenly switch up into Corsican folk songs and Country and Western. After the initial shock and, being unable to escape as we were in the middle of a pew, we got into it and even enjoyed the sudden eruption of Corsican flags darting heavenwards from the audience as the they swayed and clapped to the popular tunes.
Despite the burning of over 150 people on the site where we slept, Thann proved to be a pretty wine growing town with some lovely scenery. How they manage their vertiginous vine fields is a mystery to me as they seem almost vertical. Apparently they dangle from ropes and used horses or donkeys in the past.