The Yuletide Sessions Radio Show, Sunday December 23rd at 8:30pm

The Yuletide Sessions is:
A live recording of this year’s Caravanserai Yuletide Cabaret at the Courtyard Deli.

Rob Barratt,
Helen and Arthur Spear,
Penelope Shuttle and
Dan -the balladeer- O’Shea

with an exclusive interview about the cuisine with culinary expert Rae Pollard

The Yuletide sessions are a feast of music, poetry and food that will wet your appetite for all things Yuletidish.  Tune in this Sunday and join your toasting host Mac Dunlop, some good natured hecklers and our list of accomplished performers to relive this great wintery night out held at the Courtyard Deli in Falmouth.

on Falmouth and Penryn’s The Source FM 96.1 fm, or onlline at

pics from our last fireside of 2012 on Wednesday August 29th


Mac and Will Walker pictured, see more great fireside shots at Mary Alice Pollards album here

our evening started with a rainbow…then tales of kayaking around the entire coast of Britain from Andy Mullen,

‘On a very windy & smokey evening, Andy Mullins talks about his amazing kayaking GB360 adventure to a large group of ‘kids’ of all ages at the final 2012 FIRESIDE’ Mary Alice Pollard (video by Mary below)

After this we had some lovely shared food and listened to Helen Spear playing Klezmer music on her accordion, being joined by Dan on mandolin and bouzouki, playing folk tunes and ballads, all rounded off by our dear Jamie and Beatrice ( J and B) . We got a bit wet and decanted into the Marquee until the stars came out again, when we carried on with a few more logs on the fire, as the stars twinkled around the moon.

Fireside Session, August 22nd 2012

Nick and Marc from Veller Lia perform some cracking reels and jigs to get the session warmed up.

fireside – aug 17th

The sun came out & it was a busy night with children and visitors doing a slot.

pic by Andrea Insoll

pic by Andrea Insoll

Seamus Carey performed his heartwarming musical “My Granny’s House” to an attentive audience amidst the background bustle of a busy night and children playing.

J & B are back, and as Alison said ‘that means Treloan summer is here’

pic by Mac Dunlop

jamming with Seamus on accordian…J’s on guitar, and B’s the fiddle – she’s wearing a gas mask due to having a really nasty cough – protection from the smoke of the fire).

pic by Mac Dunlop

fireside- Aug 3rd

it rained all the way through but we all stayed mesmerised by the evenings entertainment..amazing! someone said ‘how typically British’

pics by Mary Alice, the full album of the event is here


The beautiful winsocks displayed for fireside were made during the day in a family workshop (in the sun!) led by visiting arts educator Michele Kitto and assisted by Mac. We look forward to working with Michele in the future.

the wonderful Chris pollard

Mark David Hatwood delighted a soggy crowd with his wonderful stories

hanging in under the brollies

fireside July 27th

all photos by Mary Alice – to see more pics of the evening, check here

Mac Dunlop hosting the evening

poet Rob Barratt - we're singing along

wow! Olly plays head guitar

poet Des Hannigan and tales of the fishing industry



the first fireside of the season 2011

This was half term so it was really busy, & someone had a great time & wrote to the Guardian about it.

More pics of the event by Mary Alice are here

Master of Ceremonies Mac Dunlop with a young performer

Danielle Allen

Harriet Hopkinson