Cornish / Kernewek

Cornish Language Section

Welcome to the Cornish language section.  This archive embraces a wide range of music that reflects and celebrates Cornwall’s distinctive cultural heritage. If there’s a bit of the language in the lyrics, (or the title if instrumental), of some work then it is Cornish – and that’s the magic of our language.  It can take something known to the world like Beatles songs, and through translation, create music that very Cornish indeed.

Firstly, there were anthems like Trelawny (from English),  Bro Goth (from Welsh) and songs of the Gorsedh Kernow ceremony – more than a hundred years old.  Next came all the folk songs much loved by us, e.g. Camborne Hill, Lamorna, The White Rose, etc. especially at closing time in the pub!  This is useful for teaching Kernewek because not every singer is fluent but with well-known tunes there’s no excusefor you not to join in.

There’s a corpus with translations of every sort of music; from Chapel and Church there’s hymns and carols, (the St Ive Carol Service began in 1975).  Also there’s songs for children from collections such as Canow Fleghes, Planet Kernow, Keur Kernewek, etc. but many are often sang by adults!

There’s Motorhead, Britney Spears, Gary Numan and many others for karaoke, sea shanties and opera as well as music that supports film and theatre.

Some songs such as Ow Avon Splann by Brian Webb and Sav yn-bann by Matthi Clarke are without English translation.

The music scene in Cornwall is enriched by Kernewek and Kernewek is enriched with music – long live Cornish music.

Pol Hodge, Kannas Bardh Meur, Mys Gortheren 2020

If you have songs for this section or would like to help with translations, please contact Merv Davey here.

Rann Gernewek 

Dynnargh dhe’n rann Gernewek.  An argh ma a syns kammneves a ilow a dhasplan ha merkya ertach gonisogethek diblans Kernow. Mars usi tamm an yeth y’n geryow (po yn titel mars yw heb geryow) a neb ober yth yw kernewek – ha hemm yw an hus a’gan yeth ni.  Hi a yll kemeres neppyth aswonys dhe’n bys kepar ha kanow Beatles, ha dre dreylyans, gul ilow pur gernewek yn hwir.

Yn kynsa, yth esa antempnys avel Trelawny (dyworth Sowsnek), Bro Goth (dyworth Kembrek) ha’n kanow yn solempnita Gorsedh Kernow – moy ages kans bledhen koth.  Nessa, y teuth oll an kanow gwerin meur gerys genen ni, r.e. Bre Gammbronn, Lamorna, An Rosen Wynn, h.e.  yn arbennek prys degea yn diwotti!  Hemm yw dhe les rag dyski Kernewek drefen nag yw pub kaner freth yn taves mes gans an tonyow aswonys yn ta nyns eus askus ma nag os ta omjunya.

Yma korf gans treylyansow a bub eghen a ilow; dyworth Chapel hag Eglos yma hymnys ha karols, (an Gonis Sen Iv a dhallathas yn 1975).  Ynwedh yma kanow fleghes dyworth kuntellesow Canow Fleghes, Planet Kernow, Keur Kernewek, h.e.  mes lies yw kenys yn fenowgh gans tevesigyon!

Yma Motorhead, Britney Spears, Gary Numan ha lies erel rag karaoke ha morganow ha gwari kan hag ynwedh ilow dhe skoodhya fylm ha gwariva.

Nebes kanow kepar hag Ow Avon Splann gans Brian Webb ha Sav yn-bann gans Matthi Clarke yw heb treylyans Sowsnek.

An gwel ilow yn Kernow yw rychhes gans Kernewek ha Kernewek yw rychhes gans ilow – bewnans hir dhe ilow kernewek.

Pol Hodge, Kannas Bardh Meur, Mys Gortheren 2020

Mars eus dhis kanow Kernewek rag an rann ma po hwans dhe weres gans treylyans res yw dhis kestava gans Merv Davey mar plek.

Ow Avon Splann Skrifys gans  Brian Webb Ow avon splann, ow avon efan Ow resek heb lett dhe’n mor; Ow avon splann, ow avon efan, Ow treghi dha fordh der an dor.   An lanwes re lanhas olow treys an klavrek Ysold yth esa ow toen. Dha dhowrow re welas
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Open downloadable pdf file:Hail To The Homeland Video Hayl Dh’agan Mammvro sung by Buccas Four Notes The English words were written by Pearce Gilbert in 1959. Kenneth Pelmear (1923- 1995) composed the music and published it together with a translation by Richard Jenkin in a booklet of compositions in 1982
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An Tir yw dha vro- skrifys gans  Brian Webb   An tir yw dha vro An tir yw ow bro A Benn an Wlas Dhe Damer ha’y glannow A dewynnow Pyran Dhe borth Lannvorek Komendys o Kernow dhywgh hwi ha my. Ha my ow kerdhes A-hys fordh stenoryon Y teuth
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