My life began as a musician when my parents arranged for me to have piano lessons at 11 years of age. They had observed my ability to play tunes on a toy whistle and encouraged my musical talent.
About 20 years later I became a member of a reputable Morris team and even though I was one of the dancers and played the drum occasionally for the team, my interest in playing a melodeon became apparent. It was another 10 years before I acquired one. The events that led up to this was my purchase of a concertina at Rosudgeon car boot fair but after attempting to play I could not connect with it. I then exchanged it for a melodeon at our local antique shop and took it to Mike Rowbotham in St Ives as he has a large collection which he repairs, maintains and sells to other musicians.
I discovered that this melodeon was an Irish one which would not be suitable for the tunes required in a Morris team. I then sold the Irish melodeon which enabled me to purchase a Hohner from Mike that was previously owned by a Kent Morris man who had sadly passed away.
I am now a member of the local Golowan Band after 3 years of self tuition on the melodeon from February 2012. Playing along with experienced and accomplished musicians has been a challenge but also significantly improved my ability to play.
St Pirans 2017 Image- Kris Meaden
A Christmas atmosphere in Penzance, a procession for Humphry Davy’s Birthday on 17th December 2016.