Sonneux (pronounced S on er - Jèrriais for 'folk dance')

Sonneux is a relaxed and informal (some may even say 'rustic'!) folk band comprising of vocals, bodhran, violin, guitar, recorders, whistles and occasional hammered dulcimer, St David's harp and mandolin. 

Sonneux play a wide selection of tunes ranging from medieval, Irish, Scottish, English trad tunes right up to modern folk and sea shanties.  Also taking poems and sonnets and putting them to traditional tunes and new arrangements.
Vocals/bodhran – Jo Thorpe. Jo has a wide vocal range and is the organiser/IT/media person. Learning the bodhran to add to the dynamic of the group but still can’t play and sing at the same time! (Think patting your head and rubbing your tummy ?) She also brings a bit of Jèrriais into the mix ma luv.
Violin – Julie Riley.
Julie brings a huge amount of musical experience to the group. Playing with various classical groups and orchestras across the island and entertaining in nursing homes. Julie does all the musical technical stuff.
Guitar – Pat Clarke.
Pat has been committed to the Jersey folk scene for many years. Being heavily involved with the now disbanded Jersey Folk Club, Pat has a raft of knowledge and probably the music for it somewhere in a box!
Recorders/whistles – Maggie Campbell.
Maggie takes the humble recorder and makes it sing! Playing recorders from the tiny sopranino to the bass and everything in between. Also various whistles. But to be honest she can turn her hand to most instruments including various historic gadgets.  Together with Julie, Maggie is responsible for the beautiful harmonies and making things complicated .

Since forming, Sonneux have been busy bringing folk back to the Jersey music scene. Performing at a number of events including The Cider Festival, Black Butter Making Festival, May Day Celebrations, Corn Riots Festival, Simply Christmas Market,  Blessing of the Boats Service and private functions.
Along with a busy diary they have been running a monthly La Veil’ye. With the support from Jersey Heritage and The National Trust for Jersey, Sonneux facilitate a platform for English and Jèrriais acoustic musicians, story tellers and poets to perform in a safe, relaxed, non judgemental environment. Bringing like minded people together to share, join in or just sit and take in the entertainment.

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If you are interested in taking part or attending a La Veil’ye please get in touch.
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