Money to the Moon is a Penzance-based five-piece band playing acoustic Cornish Celtic music from the past 400 years. Our unique combination of two fiddles, mandolin, bouzouki and melodeon creates a multi-textured sound bringing the emotion and energy of beautiful Cornish tunes to any event or occasion. Our Cornish traditional repertoire blends the old and the new, embracing historical processionals and airs as well as contemporary reels, hornpipes and jigs. We play a wide range of tunes and sets that can be shaped for any occasion or event, whether for dancing, to provide atmosphere, or to showcase authentic Cornish culture.
Showing money to the moon
Our name is inspired by a folk custom recorded in the 19th century by Cornish storyteller and collector William Bottrell. For good luck and the granting of wishes, the Cornish tradition called ‘showing money to the moon’ was maintained by farmers and market stallholders, who kept their first silver coin as luck-money. At the next new moon they would hold up the silver to the moon, turning the coin and making three wishes.
Hear us play
We are all regular players at the ever-popular Penzance Cornish Session, every Thursday night, 8-10pm at the Admiral Benbow pub in Chapel Street. Come and hear us play or have a chat about your event or music idea.
Listen to us play 8 Cornish Tunes straight through as a set we call the “Fab Furries” on the player below, recorded live at Degol Stul 2020 by Brendan McGreal of Cornish Underground.
- 25 April 2020 Newlyn PZ Film Festival, Acorn, Penzance.
- 19 June 2020 Golowan launch party, Acorn, Penzance.
- 4 January 2020 Degol Stul, Grampound Village Hall.
- 27 November 2019: Penzance Folk Club. Bath Inn, Penzance.
Contact us by email.
Phone us: +44 (0)7790 709256.
When playing live, if a PA is provided, we require the following:
Andy Law: Fiddle
Tehmina Goskar: Fiddle
Tom Goskar: Mandolin
Pete London: Bouzouki
John Gallagher: Melodeon
2 x DI
Vocal microphone (Shure SM58 or equivalent).
A touch of plate reverb on all channels