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Look who says Hedluv and Passman's Cornish Casio rap is seriously funny

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 29, 2013

Hedluv and Passman, pictured by Andrew Pascoe

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It's hard to tell whether Hedluv and Passman take everything... or nothing... seriously. The deadpan Cornish rappers come armed with a second-hand Casio keyboard, songs about pasties and surfing, and a mantra of "doin' it dreckly". Hedluv usually wears a woolly hat and a crazy stare; Passman tends to keep cool in his underpants ("I used to wear trousers but I got hot") and a helmet ("I just thought it was cool").

The 30-year-old friends define themselves as musicians, but it's the comedy of their performance and their clever observational ditties about everyday life in the UK's most sou'westerly county that's propelling these Redruth lads on to the national radar. It's going so well that Passman has given up his job in the food hall at Marks and Spencer to join Hedluv in the ranks of the self-employed.

"People tell us what we do is unique," says Passman simply.

The pair grew up together in 'druth – that's Redruth to you and I; both went to Trewirgie Infants and Junior School, becoming the firm friends they are now as teenagers.

"We've always been into music," says Passman. "We were both into bands from around 14. We've only been doing what we do now for six or seven years – we started out jamming in Hed's garage."

"We never set out to go down the comedy route," adds Hed. "I wanted to be a proper rapper in order to write and sing about where we are from."

The turning point came when Hedluv found the little 80s-style Casio keyboard in the local pawnbrokers.

"It was like a beacon," he says. "I think they underpriced it – it even had a power adaptor. But it was quite a lot of money at the time."

In September they had their second consecutive run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – a nightly 11.30pm slot in a tiny venue for a whole month; a certain rather well known comic actor called Alan Davies caught their show, went back for seconds and has been singing their praises to everyone who will listen ever since.

In last Sunday's Observer, Alan tipped them for bigger things and described their act like this: "It's willfully naff but the lyrics are great. And it's very, very funny! They were on late at night and not many people were there. They need a bigger audience. I remember being there myself, playing to half-empty houses. But I was never as funny as they are."

Hedluv and Passman are thrilled with their invitation to join Alan for a charity show at London's Union Chapel in February.

"We're pretty excited about it," says Passman, who says their goal is to "operate at the highest level possible", although they are naturally laid back. In the meantime they are back on their beloved Cornwall circuit at Christmas time. And they are continuing to develop their film- making skills with a series of homegrown informative videos which can be seen on their website hedluvandpassman.wordpress.com.

Hedluv and Passman bring their Three Weeks show to The Poly, Falmouth, on Friday, December 6; The Guildhall, St Ives, on Saturday, December 14, and the Acorn, Penzance, on Friday, December 20. On New Year's Eve they will be at The Boathouse in Falmouth to resume their 12-minute mash-up of Old Lang Syne and Cotton-Eye Joe.

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