Al Hodge was an internationally known guitarist, singer, and composer. His music remains with us and his legacy of rock music in Cornwall continues to grow. The first “Alstock” festival was held at Bodmin Footbal Ground in 2007 and has since become the highlight of the Cornish rock band calendar.
Valda Trevlyn was a Cornish poet, suffragette and political activist who married scottish poet Hugh McDiarmid, they lived much of their lives at Brownsbank Cottage in Lanarkshire. After her Valda’s death there was a campaign to renovate Brownsbank cottage and create a museum dedicated to teh couple. In 1991 John
Geoffrey Robert Self was born in Wallington, Surrey, on January 23rd 1930 but moved with his parents to nearby Carshalton soon afterwards. His attitude to his school days (and to education in general) is best summed up by his reaction to the bombing of his school during World War 2:
Jim Wearne's researches into folk music and family history led him to an interest in things Cornish, and Cornish music in particular. He has since written many songs on Cornish themes, and performs these songs and traditional Cornish material at festivals throughout the USA, and in Cornwall.
Lyver Canow Kernewek, the Cornish Song Book, was edited by Dr Ralph Dunstan and published in 1929. [i] It was the first of its kind and more than eighty years after publication continues to be a magical inspiration for those interested in Cornish music. It also has a degree of
Dr Ralph Dunstan's The Cornish Song Book: Lyver Canow Kernow was published in 1929 and was important in disseminating Cornish folk music and song to a wider audience. In so doing it underpinned the revival of Cornish cultural identity. Nowadays it is still a valuable reference for song collectors and
I was born to Patrick Harry and Phyllis Annie Glasson on the 24th of September 1951 at Coronation Cottages Leedstown, the home of my maternal Grandmother and christened Phillip Harry. At just a few days old I was taken home to Clowance wood, near Horsedowns. My surname, Glasson, means ‘grass
Jim Pinch of Indian Queens Band first played at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in 1920 and here he recalls his memories of the early days of this contest. Jim Pinch in conversation at the 1998 contest with Phillip Hunt and included here by kind permission of BBC