NEW RELEASE! 'BRENDA SINGS BALLADS'
Our new Brenda Wootton CD is NOW AVAILABLE! You can now order ‘Brenda Sings Ballads’ – a wonderful selection of easy-listening tracks that Brenda – and her mum! – loved to sing, with songs from the shows, from old movies, and from popular recording artists from the 1930s to the 1960s. A different Brenda than you may be used to – no folk songs here, and rarely, nothing from her beloved Cornwall. Just relaxed nostalgic tunes and romantic ballads to take the chill off the cold winter evenings…
Most of these songs have been saved from old audio cassettes of concerts or demo tapes recorded 40-50 years ago on domestic equipment, and not in studio conditions, hence we did not have the luxury of multi-tracked studio recordings to adjust the balances between voice and instrument – so I am particularly grateful to Mic McCreadie of Whole-in-One Productions for his skill and tenacity in bringing these old tapes up to a sufficient quality to make for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
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Brenda Wootton will be well known to some as one of Cornwall's greatest ambassadors. She made a career at home and abroad with one of the most amazing singing voices and an inspiring stage presence.
Brenda's singing career spanned almost 30 years, and she made albums with a number of regular guitarists throughout that period. Her earliest Sentinel albums are available online, but many of the later ones, some produced abroad, are now becoming quite rare.
I have a few spares of some, which are available from this site, most believed unused and all in very good condition. Obviously these are pretty much irreplaceable - so once they're gone - they're gone!
I have also uploaded as many tracks as possible to this site, all available under the Discography tab as 30 second previews, together with lyrics where possible - and where the quality is good enough, I have made them available as purchasable downloads at 99p each - and some of the albums are also downloadable.
This website is very much a 'work in progress', and I will be adding to it regularly... updates will appear on the Brenda Wootton Facebook page, and if there any significant developments, I will email interested parties.
Finally - there are links below to Kesson, Kyt Davey's excellent website with a full directory of Cornish bands and musicians and their work, to Kernow Beat, an excellent site run by Richard Prest with a rich vein of Cornish musical nostalgia running through it, and my Etsy shop, Keepsies, with all manner of interesting and quirky antiques and collectables for sale. Do take a look at both!
News above of the first of a series of themed CDs we are planning... coming next year, we hope, a double CD of Brenda singing entirely in the Cornish language, - nearly all written by Cornish Bard, Richard Gendall. And to follow that, a CD of Blues and Jazz... and more!
Over 200 old audio cassettes of Brenda and Richard Gendall have been discovered, and now digitised. Some are of concerts in Europe, some practice tapes, some demos... some tracks are too poor to use, but we will be making available any and all that are of interest - watch for news on this website!
All of the Sentinel Music Tapes acquired by a consortium of interested parties in 2017 are now fully digitised, and hopefully should be available for members of the public to access soon. Consortium members Mic McCreadie and Richard Prest have done an amazing job preparing the tracks, and most were able to be salvaged in good condition - a few were not.
Archiving: work is ongoing to archive all of Brenda's material, and the songs of Richard Gendall in particular, with the aim of making the music and lyrics more accessible for all. The new Kresen Kernow Archive in Redruth have agreed to hold much of the material, together with memorabilia from Brenda's life and career, and once they have officially opened, we will be making the necessary arrangements. The website will be updated as information becomes available.