Pat Coldrick Kernow Concerts Interview

Pat ColdrickKnown all over the world as an inspiring and charismatic classical guitarist, and acclaimed in the international media, Pat Coldrick has gained a fanatical following in Ireland and beyond. He has recorded with such names as Marti Pellow; yet this unassuming hero of so many is the big name in classical guitar that the world nearly passed by.
Pat began playing guitar when he was 14 years old and, inspired by the recordings of Bream, Segovia and Williams, was self-taught. After playing with various bands and having had masterclasses with David Russell, he enrolled in music college in Dublin… but that was where things went horribly wrong.
PC: The problem was, I’d developed my own techniques and my own way of approaching music, and I was being told that pretty much everything I knew was ‘wrong’, and I became really disillusioned. By the time I was 25, I dropped out, and although I won the All Ireland Gold Medal at the Feis Ceoil with a record score of 98%, and gave a few public recitals, my confidence was shattered.
In 1987, his guitar went back into its case and he took up another interest: woodwork. Soon after, he embarked on a ‘sensible’ career, first making furniture, and then highly ornate, bespoke Victorian kitchens to commission. Things went very well, and in the boom years they went even better… but then came the recession, and in 2008, he literally lost everything.
PC: Suddenly no one wanted fancy kitchens made for them and I was left without a single euro in my pocket: You know, I was literally praying for help. A month later, I found out by chance that an old friend of mine had died, and I was shocked. Totally stunned. I went into the attic and got out my old guitar and just started playing. That day, I wrote a piece in her memory, and I called it ‘The Lament’. Then I realised that this was what I should be doing… and much to my wife’s horror, aged 47, I decided to go out busking!
Pat started playing at private functions – even barbecues – and recorded a CD, ‘Cayendo’, as a sort of calling card. Then, out of the blue, in 2009, he was ‘discovered’ while out busking, by an American promoter who invited him to perform in Florida in 2010… and offered him a big fee into the bargain.

PC: Next up, I had a call from RTE and I went and played on the radio. That really worked well in Ireland – the switchboard jammed and I sold 200 CDs by the time I got home! The festival in Florida went down brilliantly, and I had whole television and radio programmes focusing on my music. After 25 years without playing, I was suddenly catapulted into all this!
Nowadays, the album ‘Cayendo’ sells all over the world, has been described as one of the greatest guitar albums ever, and received a rave review in Classical Guitar magazine.
PC: It’s a funny thing, really. I’m just a country lad from Ireland. I never expected to see Moscow or sell out the National Concert Hall. I’m having a great craic travelling around the world and just playing from my heart and entertaining people. It’s what I was born to do.

Duo NIHZ – Kernow Concerts Review

Duo Nihz@Veryan

The wonderfully talented duo of Bobby Rootveld and Sanna van Elst may have left Cornwall for the Scandinavian leg of their 8-week world tour, but they will certainly never be forgotten!
Four nights that Ben Salfield described as “sheer madness… but MY sort of madness” included every conceivable emotion, and had members of the audiences laughing and crying at each recital. From tales of complete joy to the misery and murder of the Shoah (Holocaust) and before, there was everything and more that the audience could possibly have expected.
Bobby’s extroverted character extended dramatically into the concert, as he performed magic tricks, balanced guitars and did crazy things with ping pong balls; while Sanna’s calmness held each show together. Bobby’s virtuosic ability on the guitar was matched by the clarity and angelic tones of Sanna’s voice, and her amazing improvisational talents on different sorts of recorder. Audience participation was required at various points, and even that was of the highest quality!
Duo NIHZ will be back in Cornwall – that’s for sure!
Click HERE to see them perform the first piece on their opening night.

Pat Coldrick

Pat Coldrick at Veryan Church 16/9/16 

Photos from the concert can be seen here

Video Clips from the concert can be seen by clicking the links below:


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Pat Coldrick’s session work and classical appearances have earned him a reputation of being one of the finest and most versatile guitarists in Ireland. As well as his touring performances, he has appeared on National Radio and T.V. and has studied with world renowned guitarists David Russell and Gabriel Esterellas. Pat has achieved worldwide acclaim for his unique sensitive and expressive style in his playing.

His music defies genre and appeals to a wide cross section of music lovers. While Pat plays his own arrangements of great classical pieces, it is his own compositions that sets him apart – pieces such as Lament, CityJam and Antarctica to name but a few. Pat’s skillful and atmospheric connection with his audience is an art form in itself and is in total contrast to other more formal classical performances. He has a very easy going, laid back and unassuming approach and his interaction with the audience and philosophy of ‘entertaining’ rather than ‘educating’ his listeners is a breath of fresh air.

Once Pat begins to play people are immediately captivated by his dedication, passion and skill. His interpretation and delivery of each piece combined with his superb artistry as a performer results in his unique ability to make his audience laugh and equally move them to tears. He has twice performed sell out concerts at Irelands National Concert Hall (the equivalent of the Royal Albert Hall) and will be playing there again in October this year.

Album Releases: Cayendo (2010) and CityJam (November 2014)

Festivals: International Guitar Festival in St Petersburg, Slovenia and USA. He has also been invited to play at many Irish Festivals including – Ards International Guitar Festival, Derry International Guitar Festival, Clonakilty Guitar Festival, Dun Laoghaire Music Festival in Marley Park

TV & Radio Appearances: Late Late Show in 2012, RTE Radio 1, LMFM, Nova, Cry104 FM

Sell Out Concerts: 2 Sellout Concerts in The National Concert Hall· Performed with Degani Ensemble under the leadership of Alan Smale (RTE Symphony Orchestra)· Invited to Play with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Temple Bar in November 2014 for Dublin Culture Night

Reviews: The CityJam Album was critically acclaimed in the international Classical Guitar Magazine – Nov 2014.

Other Artists: Recorded tracks with Marti Pellow for his album released in 2015. He also has a very significant presence on social media including Facebook with over 13,000 Likes on his Music Page. His unique interpretation of “Danza Paraguaya” by Austin Barrios has over 225,000 views on YouTube.

The Concert takes place on Friday 16th September at 19:30. Tickets £10 (£5 U16) on the door.

A selection of video clips can be seen below:




Duo NIHZ Concert Photos July 2016

Duo NIHZ World-renowned Dutch performers Duo NIHZ (Niet In Het Zwart – ‘Not Dressed In Black’) are coming to Veryan on 29th July. Kernow Concert’s very own Charlotte Arnold caught up with Bobby
Rootveld (guitar/voice) and Sanna van Elst (recorder/voice) in Nordhorn,
Germany, ahead of their July trip.
CA: This is the second summer in a row you will have toured in the UK… but I believe this is to be your first trip to Cornwall. What do you know about Cornwall?
BR: We can’t wait to visit Cornwall. We are already Anglophiles, having grown up with the Beatles, The Kinks, Animals, and later on we loved bands like Oasis, Travis, and… Kula Shaker! In addition, it’s the land of football and of our favourite comedians, Monty Python. I think we’re going to love Cornwall. It is known everywhere for great beaches, cream teas, pasties and some of the friendliest people around. Sanna is a vegetarian, so a place with ‘corn’ in the title is already a treat… and to see a wall made out of corn would be extraordinary! What is a pasty, anyway?
CA: You’ll have to wait and see! What kind of music can we expect from you, and can you tell us a bit about your performance style?
SvE: We like to be different, so our concerts are full of humour and a little craziness. There’s more than a touch of theatre about them, because we are also trained actors. The music is based around the Jewish tradition, and includes fast and fun Klezmer, Music Theatre pieces like Domeniconi’s ‘Circus Music’ and brand new compositions written for us by composers such as Annette Kruisbrink and Louis Ignatius Gall. In every concert there’s a ten minute segment of pure sadness when we play two Holocaust songs, to honour Bobby’s family – who lost over a hundred members.
CA: One of the highlights of your summer programme is the Shir Hashirim Suite composed for you by the famous Italian composer Gianmartino Maria Durighello…
BR: Yes, it is an amazing piece, and we will premiere it in Italy on June 19th, after which we are on a three month tour that takes us to Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy (for a second time) and of course to you in the UK.
CA: We cannot promise you the grand concert halls you are used to – such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam – but we guarantee you enthusiastic audiences in wonderful venues at unique Cornish locations! What do you hope to take away from your visit to Cornwall?
SvE: For us, the most important thing is to bring our musical message to new audiences.
We have been lucky enough to play at some of the world’s most important festivals and venues – but for us it is all about the art.

You can see more about the duo on their website:


March brings the second of this year’s International Recital Series.

Professors Franciszek and Katarina Wieczorek from Poland form one of Eastern Europe’s best-loved classical guitar duos. Watch out for their renowned arrangements of works by such composers as Chopin and Debussy.

Tuesday 15th March 2016 7:30PM

Tickets £10 (£5 U16) from 01872 501618 or

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Alegria Concert 3/2/16

A small but very appreciative audience attended the first concert in this years recital series.

A selection of photos from the concert can be seen by clicking on the link

Alegria Concert 2016

The 2016 Concert series starts with a high-octane concert of Flamenco and World Guitar by the ever-popular Jon Salfield, in duo with renowned percussionist Simon Stanton. The pair, who also appear in the trio Horsemen of the Apocalypse, have performed  at  leading  venues  and festivals across  the UK and Europe.


Adults £10, U16s £5

Reservations and information

01872 501618 or

Alegria Concert 3/2/16



Veryan International Concert Series 2016

Following the success of the 2015 Series of Concerts, we are pleased to announce that there will be a new series of 6 concerts in 2016:

3/2/16       Alegria- A High Octane duo performance of fiery Flamenco Nuevo fused with World Music by acclaimed international guitarist Jon Salfield and top percussionist Simon Stanton

15/3/16     Duo Guitarowy Wieczorek- One of Eastern Europe’s best loved classical guitar duos.

6/5/16      Pablo Rodriguez- International award winning guitar virtuoso performing Spanish Music

29/7/16   Duo NIHZ- Dutch guitar and recorder duo bringing Jewish Musical Theatre to Cornwall for the first time.

16/9/16   Pat Coldrick- Ireland’s finest classical guitarist.

9/12/16   Ben Salfield- Ben returns with a new programme of renaissance and baroque music.

More information regarding the individual concerts will be published closer to the performance dates.