Events at St Mary's


Upcoming Events at St. Mary's

Concert The Kindness Collective 
Friday 28th January 2022 at 8pm
Entry by Donation


The Kindness Collective presents

the zen guitar of Karl Svarc.  Mystical lyrics set to freeform ambient soundscapes, dreamy blues.

the deep resonant voice and simple melodic guitar of Seraphina Meaking

the spoken words of George Dow from the heart.


Concert Young Musicians - MusicAbility CIC 
Monday 7th February 2022 at 8pm

Concert Will Keating & John Dowling
Saturday 19th February 2022 at 7.30pm
Advanced: £10
On the Door £12


Will Keating & John Dowling

Candlelit Concert Tour

Will Keating & John Dowling, Cornish Folk with a Splice of Bluegrass:


Will Keating and John Dowling both love their home county of Cornwall.  Their passion for their county shines through in their music but also with the venues they have chosen for their February 2022 Candlelit Concert Tour. They are playing in some very old historical churches and some newer rebuilt/restored ones in some wonderful Cornish hamlets, villages and towns. This is a very meaningful tour to both musicians.


Will and John met for the first time in 2016 when John’s wife Anna, agreed to play fiddle on Will’s Debut album “Cornwall My Home” (Kernow Ow Thre). John (who plays Banjo) and Will (guitar and vocals) both had a similar sense of humour and passion for creating music.


Will invited John to play on his album, which John found an interesting experience. “As a banjo player, I’m used to fairly fast and furious, and pushing my musical ability. But when Will called me in to record, I found another side to being a banjo player – playing from the heart. Although in comparison, Will’s music was slower and less complicated than I was used to, it required a deeper emotional sense of musicality than I had expected”.


Will was blown away by John's banjo playing and thoroughly enjoyed the album mixing process, listening more intently to what John had laid down. The album was finally cut and Johns playing had a great influence on a great number of the tracks.


Like Will, John is a professional performer and was a good match for taking the album on the road, which developed from a few gigs into full tours. Will and John have not only cemented their relationship off the stage becoming great friends, but they have also received accolades from far and wide, enjoying performing together on BBC Radio Cornwall, in pubs, festivals, concert halls and community spaces.  Will & John's first successful tour took place in 2019 to the Isles of Scilly.  "This was my first tour with another musician and a lot of the time we would be sharing rooms". "You never quite know how you will get on in these situations, but John and I had a blast off the stage and a real connection when we were performing".


Their highlight performance, so far, must be at the Iconic Minack Theatre in 2021 to a capacity crowd.  The evening featured special guests including Harry Glasson, Anna Dowling, veteran double bass player Claudia Colmer and members of Helston Town Band.


Will and John then recorded and produced Wills Gyllyngdune EP during the breaks in covid restrictions which was released in 2020. The tracks were recorded at historic venues, Treslothan Church, St Just Miners Chapel and Newlyn Chapel. "I really enjoyed recording in these special places and have since performed at a number of church venues"; Will explained. "I love performing songs that can connect an emotion to the audience and these wonderful places, with all their history and heritage, add another dimension to the performance for sure". 


So this is where the seed was planted.  Will Keating & John Dowling will be touring Churches around their beloved Cornwall in February 2022. All the performances will be candlelit, making for a very special evening of live music and entertainment.


Media Enquiries: Jill Lerner of James H Soars Media Services

Tel: 07702 203856.





“John Dowling is the most remarkable banjo player I’ve heard in ages” Billy Connolly

“John Dowling’s banjo playing reminds us of the breadth of expression this sometimes-maligned instrument is capable of. In his hands the dignity to this instrument is restored.

 John is not just a great banjo player but a master musician” Ralph McTell


“Will Keating delivers Cornish songs with passion and presence, honesty and intensity". Harry Glasson


"Will's velvety tones will set you on a roller coaster of emotions that will bring a tear to your eye or have you singing along and tapping your feet”. Jenni Balow


Will Keating & John Dowling


Concert The Kindness Collective 
Friday 25th February 2022 at 8pm
Entry by Donation

Concert The Kindness Collective 
Friday 25th March 2022 at 8pm
Entry by Donation

Concert Choir Kevin Lane 
Saturday 7th May 2022 at 7pm


Concert Touring Choir from St Albans Girls School
 and St Columbas College in St Albans
Saturday 9th July 2022






  • Preference to online ticket holders.  Sale of tickets on the door will start 15 minutes before the start of the concert, and incur a Surcharge of £2.  This will allow online ticket holders to get in the church quickly.  Please buy your ticket online or in the church before the date of the concert.
  • Maximum capacity 120 people.
  • Tickets are not refundable if the concert takes place.
  • You do not need to bring a printed ticket.  Please register your name and phone number at the time of buying the ticket, so we can have a list to tick at the door.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before the concert.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the starting time, as we need to follow a covid-19 procedure to keep the building safe.
  • You will be required to wear a mask when moving around but not on your seat, to keep certain distance from other people at the entrance, register online your name and phone number for the track and trace form, and use sanitising gel.  In order to keep our building and congregation safe.
  • The bar will open 30 minutes before the concert  (you are allowed to drink in the Church).  Give your order to the Steward, who will bring you your drink at your seat and take payment with a contactless credit/debit card.
  • When a concert is live broadcasted and recorded, please speak to one of the Stewards if you don't want to give consent to appear on video.  The Steward will find you a seat outside the recording viewed area, before the start of the concert.
  • Voluntary donations to the Church at the end of the Concert are welcome, as our expenses are very high to keep the church open.


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