We are a three part mixed voice unaccompanied close harmony folk group performing traditional and contempory material.


"Slick delivery, joyful harmonies, great professionalism, plus a good injection of fun"

Thorn & Roses are Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher, and Jinks Jenkin, who joined voices a number of years ago inspired by their mutual love of unaccompanied close harmony singing. They are all accomplished singers in their own right, but since forming Thorn & Roses have developed a style and presentation that has gained them quite a following in this country, with much interest from the Cornish communities of North America.

"Excellent arrangements, superb production"


Row and Sylv, both well-known and respected singers from Wadebridge in North Cornwall, have been singing together since the mid sixties, and between them have a vast repertoire ranging from the true traditional through to recent popular hits. Both coming from singing family backgrounds, they have been in constant demand since before they care to remember, winning numerous song competitions over the years and latterly representing Cornwall at international Celtic Festivals.


"Breathtakingly talented close harmony, wonderful interpretation"

Jinks' initial interest in folk singing also started during the sixties revival period, only to be curtailed by a move to male voice choir singing for some years during which he performed throughout the country including London's Albert Hall. He then moved on to become a founder member of the "Rum and Shrub" shanty group. Subsequently together with Mike Kessel and Graham O'Callaghan, both members of "Rum and Shrub", he formed "Jinks' Stack" a group famed for its close harmonies and boisterous presentation. When that group disbanded, Jinks returned to "Rum and Shrubs" performing in maritime festivals throughout the UK and Europe, and latterly the USA. Joining forces yet again some years later with Mike Kessel and a new member Niall Timmins, Jinks formed "Hunters Moon" a short lived but none the less successful group in the style of "Jinks' Stack".

The unusual blend of voices that is the signature of Thorn and Roses is captivating with an occasional surprise when Row and Jinks swap parts, (musical ones that is) to allow Jinks to take the lead. They are equally at home in any location, but prefer a venue where they are amongst the audience where a rapport will inevitably develop between themselves and the assembly. Their powerful yet sensitive approach to their performance has led to many requests and has moved some audience members to tears.


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  • The False Bride
  • Silver Net
  • Venezuela
  • The Terror Time
  • Government Hill
  • Borneo
  • Unicorns
  • Lullaby
  • Tall Ships
  • Egloshayle Ringers
  • Roses Of No Mans Land
  • In This Heart
  • Geevor Lads
  • Where Angels Dwell
  • Every Time
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  • The Miners Song
  • Blood And Gold
  • The Leaves Of Life
  • Green Are Your Eyes
  • The White Cockade
  • The Oggie Man
  • The Blackbird
  • Almost Every Circumstance
  • After The Gold Rush

For availability, booking or further information please contact info@thornandroses.co.uk


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