Laetitia’s life as a musician began at 11 years of age, when her parents arranged for her to have piano lessons. They had observed Laetitia’s ability to play tunes on a toy whistle and encouraged her musical talent.
About 20 years later she became a member of a reputable Morris team and even though she was one of the dancers and played their drum occasionally, Laetitia’s interest in the melodeon became apparent, but it was another 10 years before she acquired one. The events that led up to this began with her purchase of a concertina at Rosudgeon car boot fair and after an attempt at playing it discovered that the instrument did not suit her. Laetitia then exchanged it for a melodeon at the local antique shop and arranged to meet Mike Rowbotham in St Ives who has a large collection of melodeons that he repairs, maintains and sells to other musicians.
Mike informed Laetitia that the melodeon was Irish and therefore unsuitable for the type of tunes she wished to learn. Laetitia sold the Irish melodeon which enabled her to purchase a Hohner from Mike that was previously owned by a Kent Morris man who had sadly passed away.
Laetitia is now a member of the local Golowan Band since 2015 after teaching herself to play from February 2012. Accompanying experienced and musicians has been a challenge but also greatly improved her ability.
Recently Laetitia purchased a drum from Marcus Music in Wales so that she can take part in the processions with the percussion section and join the static performances playing her melodeon.
Here are some videos of Golowan Band performances