The St Petroc’s Sessions are known for their mix of big-name headliners and the best emerging local talent.
intoBodmin and Cabaret Voltaire are pleased to present Chapter 5 of the St Petroc’s Sessions: Penguin Café.
The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of concerts offering a rare opportunity to enjoy live music and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cornwall’s largest church, St Petroc’s in Bodmin. The concerts are known for their mix of big-name headliners and the best emerging local talent.
Few groups can boast the familiarity and universal charm of the Penguin Cafe. Their iconic music has been heard everywhere and has infiltrated daily life like no other genre.
In 2007, Penguin Café was born when Arthur Jeffes, the son of Simon Jeffes of the Penguin Café Orchestra,brought together original members of the Penguin Café Orchestra for a set of memorial concerts to mark ten years since his father’s death. Encouraged by the public’s response to the concerts, Jeffes decided that keeping his father’s music alive and adding to the mythology behind the band was a worthwhile endeavour.
Penguin Cafe was founded with a brand-new line-up, including Cass Browne of Gorillaz, Neil Codling of Suede, Oli Langford of Florence and the Machine and Darren Berry of Razorlight. They have released three albums, A Matter of Life… (2008); The Red Book (2014), and The Imperfect Sea (2017 – on Erased Tapes).
Penguin Café’s music has all the hallmarks of the PCO that its disciples will know and love and is unified by its eclecticism. The music continues to transcend the divisions between popular and classical music, creating genre-defying work that has a worldwide appeal, one that is warm, immediately likeable and strangely familiar, but also investigates whole new areas of sound and vibrancy, involving a diverse collection of musicians and characters.
2018 has seen the Penguins performing in Paris, Berlin and London with a special show to support Greenpeace at the new EartH Hackney Arts Centre. The group are back in the studio creating the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album, due to release September 2019.
Penguin Café will be supported at the St Petroc’s Sessions by the best of our homegrown talent, local to the South West.