Montol 2013 : Saturday 21st December

To contact the Festival organisers, please email us: montolpenzance07@gmail.com
Click here to download our Montol 2013 press release.

'WE HAD A BRILLIANT MONTOL 2013!'

NEXT EVENT: TURKEY RHUBARB GUISE BAND TOUR :
Thursday 2nd January. See us at The Tinners; Zennor, The Engine; Cripplesease and a full procession through Mousehole to the Ship. Join us for music, dance and merry - making!
Band tour bus leaving St John's Hall at 6.30pm.

'A BIG thank you to all our volunteers and helpers, supporters and sponsors, lantern bearers, performers and audience who made MONTOL EVE 2013 a SPECTACULAR EVENT!' Thank you one and all!

Join Us in 2014, THE MONTOL FESTIVAL NEEDS YOUR HELP!

There are various volunteering opportunities available including:
Procession Marshals and fire crews to assist with the preparation and firing of the Beacons.
We need help to light tea light candles.
Bucket Donation Collectors
Assistance with serving refreshments in St John's Hall.

We are looking for people who are ideally over the age of 16 and with previous experience though basic instruction will be provided at an event briefing.
For more information please contact us.- email: montolpenzance07@gmail.com We will look forward to hearing from you.
 

Events on the run up to Montol Eve:

Montol Ceilidh:

All welcome for an evening of dance suitable for novices and experts at The Magpies FC Venue Alexandra Place Penzance TR18 4NE.
Fantastic music from Smash the Windows with dances called by Alan Collins and Helen Musser. A great evening out! Dress: 'Mock Posh' or 'Tatters'.

Montol Lantern and Mask Making Workshops:

FREE TO ALL: Come along to the Exchange Gallery Princes Street Penzance and make a mask and lantern ready for the procession on Montol Eve
21st December.

Make your lantern in the workshop, at school or at home. Bring it along to the hill fort procession where the best lantern will be judged by The Lord of Misrule!

Montol Civic Carol Service:

The Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band will Process in Chapel Street at 7pm from The Union Hotel to St Mary's Church.
Come along and enjoy the Cornish Carol Service. Carols set to Cornish tunes, The Tregajorran Singers
and a performance of the Candle Dance.

Montol at The Benbow Folk Club:

Midwinter Tales, Songs, Guise Dancing and Tunes along with our Folk Club friends. Upstairs at The Benbow.

VOLUNTEERS AND STEWARDS REQUIRED ON 21st DECEMBER FROM 5.30pm onwards.

About Montol

This Winter Solstice event is in its 7th year and involves the revival of recorded traditions in Cornwall but in particular, in West Penwith. It originated as another wonderful Penzance event  to ‘balance’ with the Midsummer’s Golowan Festival.

Reflecting the ‘death’ and ‘rebirth’ of the sun, Rivers of Fire are created. Lantern-lit processions from different areas of the town, meet at the highest point, Lescudjack Hillfort, an ancient fortress site. Here, the community gathers to watch The Lord of Misrule light the beacon, fireplay, dancing, drumming and the magical, mischievous Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band. The site is lit by natural light from the numerous lanterns and torches, crafted in the previous week at community workshops.

All return to St John's Hall in one ‘River of Fire’ where the guising, music, acrobatics, singing and mayhem begins, masked and dressed in tattered or ‘mock posh’ attire, as recorded in the history books. Later, another band-led torch lit procession begins from the top of Chapel Street, leading to a lower beacon behind the Barbican for community dancing, music and the Chalking of the Mock ceremony.

Visually spectacular, you will not be sorry if you pay a visit to Penzance on this mid winter night. Make a mask, dress up (or down!) and come along!

About The Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band

The band was originally created to perform at the Montol Festival in 2007. The band follows the 'Guising' tradition; performing traditional Cornish, Celtic and other music, dance and theatre in the pubs and streets of Penzance and the surrounding areas. The band dresses in 'Mock Posh' and 'Tatters', as described above, with the addition of traditional Christmas colours. Venetian-style masks, Top Hats and 'Tails' are to be encouraged alongside any other fanciful adornment!
Whilst the band is primarily a Montol Guising Band performing mainly during the Twelve Days of Christmas, the band will also come together informally to celebrate the Celtic cycle of events throughout the year.

About The Montol Lord of Misrule

The Lord of Misrule, in the context of Montol, is the leader of the masked Guisers during the festival. The Lord of Misrule has a special costume and mask made for the occasion, completely disguising the features of the occupant of the office. Montol has had five Lords of Misrule in its history; two ladies and 3 men. During the festival the Lord of Misrule will be seen lighting the beacons, leading the processions and taking part in the ceremonies. The role is similar in some ways to the Mock Mayors of Cornish tradition but different in that the Lord of Misrule is chosen completely randomly by the casting of lots, in this case coloured beans.

The Lord of Misrule has had many titles including 'The Abbot of Unreason' and 'The King of the Bean'.

To be considered for the honour of Lord of Misrule you must be dressed in full Montol Costume ( see costume guide ) and mask. Present yourself to the Master of Revels at 5.45pm on the evening of Montol Eve at St John's Hall steps. Take a bean from the Master of Revels. If you select the 'Montol Bean' you will have the honour of serving as Lead Guiser for the nights celebrations. We will never reveal your identity. You must not be a serving member of a local authority, a MP, or a member of the House of Lords.

The Guisers will obey you for the entire evening and you must return the costume to the Master of Revels after the event.

 


Photos courtesy of Phil Green

Montol Ceilidh:

All welcome for an evening of dance suitable for novices and experts at The Magpies FC  Alexandra Place Penzance TR18 4NE.
Fantastic music from Smash the Windows with dances called by Alan Collins and Helen Musser. A great evening out! Fantastic raffle prizes to be won. Dress: 'Mock Posh' or 'Tatters'. £6.00

Montol Lantern and Mask Making Workshops:

FREE TO ALL: Come along to the Exchange Gallery, Princes Street, Penzance.

Make your lantern in the workshop, at school or at home. Bring it along to the hill fort procession on the 21st December where the best lantern will be judged by The Lord of Misrule!

Montol Cornish Carol Service:

The Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band and dancers will process at 7pm from The Union Hotel to St Mary's Church, Chapel Street. Come along and sing carols set to Cornish tunes, listen to the Tregajorran Singers and a watch a performance of Dons Cantol, a traditional  Candle Dance.

Mummers Play and Folk Session at the Pirate Inn, Alverton, Penzance.

Christmas at The Benbow Folk Club Penzance:

Midwinter Tales, Songs, Tunes, Guise Dancing and Mummers along with our Folk Club friends. Upstairs at The Benbow. Extraordinary raffle prizes!

MONTOL EVE.    21st December

Schedule of Events

5.45pm. The celebrated choosing of The Lord of Misrule and Lantern lighting.

Position yourselves at St John's Hall steps.

6pm. Rivers of Fire Lantern Procession

From St John's Hall Penzance to Lescudjack Hillfort. Dress for Montol, wear a Venetian style mask and follow the unique Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band.

6.30pm. Lescudjack Hillfort Performance

This includes the lighting of the Beacon and lantern judging by the Lord of Misrule. Fire, dance display and music from the Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band. Hot soup and drinks available from the Tube Van. Follow the Procession as it returns to St John's Hall at 7pm.

7.30pm - 9.30pm. A Montol evening of Guising Performances at St.John’s Hall

Music, Mummer’s Play and dance. SPECIAL GUESTS: Flats and Sharps & Bagas Crowd. Refreshments available.
 
On the Door Donations to the Montol Fund appreciated.

10pm. Torch lit Procession

Grab a torch and join in. Led by the Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band from New Street to the car park between PZ Gallery and the Barbican. There, another Beacon will be lit, the 'Mock' will be 'Chalked' and more dancing and merriment will commence!!