What a year it’s been for everyone. Having no Mylor Sessions shows is certainly the least of it but we all hope there’s an ever brightening light at the end of the tunnel and 2022 will bring us a return to something resembling normality and better times for all.
Great to see such a fabulous open air turnout for TOYAH in August and see everyone’s faces again – read Julia Webb-Harvey’s review below…..
All being well, our next event is scheduled for Saturday December 18th – our Christmas show, watch for a mailing.
Best wishes to everyone and big thanks for your continued support to Mylor Sessions. Do join our Mailing List to be kept up to speed with new events.
After a long COVID hiatus in the Mylor Sessions schedule, Toyah was the perfect revival – even if the weather wasn’t! The strong south-westerly had already shredded the bar-tent overnight and as Toyah completed her soundchecks, the drizzle thickened. Swirls of ‘Cornish liquid sunshine’ eddied around the natural amphitheatre of the Trefusis Bowl. As we walked to her green room, she turned to me and asked, ‘will people come?’‘Oh yes,’ I replied.
If there was ever a community that could respond to the frailties of August weather, it was ours. At 17:00, when the gates opened, and a steady stream of Musto/RAB/DryRobe clad revellers, heavy with picnic bags, settled in against the falling rain. Ed Jones and the Keith Michael Trio provided a jazz soundtrack to the gathering crowds. Mog Jones, fresh from Boardmasters, gave a gorgeous acoustic set of her own music.
With an energy that infused and lifted the crowd, Toyah shimmied in her sequined splendour. She raised a Mylor moshpit, people comparing their tour t-shirts and posters that had adorned the bedroom walls of childhood bedrooms. She was the punk edge of a distant teenhood. She was fire and passion. Some 30 years later, she was everything we wanted her to be. She played an eclectic mix – reaching back into her impressive back catalogue, filling out with some bouncy covers and teasing us with a couple of songs from her upcoming album Posh Pop. We roamed in Thunder in the Mountains. Remembered I want to be free. We Danced, a slow building introduction to a mass Mylor pogo-dance. We strutted with her to These Boots are Made for Walking, and at Sweet Chariot of Mine the crowd found their voice.
As the rain gave one last ditch attempt to dampen the evening, she called out, ‘is it raining again?’
‘Yes,’ we answered.
‘Are you used to it?’
‘Yes,’ we roared.
Toyah finished, with a heart-felt dedication to Mog Jones. Toyah called out the next generation, to the bravery of a woman singing acoustic with a guitar. Lockdown has given Toyah the motivation to learn, and she promised that next time in Mylor she would be playing guitar to I love rock ‘n’ roll. We might just hold her to that. With a puff of showbiz magic, she was gone, leaving the crowd swaying in her rocket-fuelled wake.
Mylor Sessions is a volunteer run organisation with all profits going to local charities and worthwhile causes. All info and sign up for mailing list at www.mylorsessions.com
Much love and best wishes to everyone and big thanks for your continued support to Mylor Sessions,