The small, magical village of Zennor nestles in a valley on the wild and windswept west coast of Cornwall. Originally a Bronze Age settlement, it now consists of a few huddled farmhouses, a pub, museum, church and pig shed.
The village is possibly named after the princess Azenor of Breton and has a mythical history.
There is a small stream running through the village that displaces itself in the Atlantic Ocean. During Norman times a mermaid came up the stream from the sea, mesmerised by the beautiful singing of a chorister named Matthew Trewella. She succeeded in luring him down to a cove and enticed him down to the sea. He was never seen again. His voice can be heard in Pendour Cove as he sings to his mermaid bride beneath the waves.
A 600 year old figure of the Mermaid of Zennor, with a comb and glass, is now carved on a bench-end in the small chapel of the church
In the year 2001, a South African called Peter Van Pletzan was wandering around the far west of Cornwall. He stumbled upon Zennor and introduced himself to the villagers in the Tinners Arms. That evening he performed an African Fire Dance in the courtyard and was then welcomed as a friend to the village.
He was given a room in a pig shed and work on the farm. Downstairs lived a sow and ten piglets and, to be honest, the shed smelt of pig shit. In his spare time he practiced his Djembe drumming and settled into the community.
A few months later he was joined by six other musicians. The pig shed was transformed into a rehearsal and recording studio and magic was created. The mermaids attention was distracted from her 600 year long bonk and she focussed her ears on The Zennor Project. To be continued ..