A file created by Jerry Sethir. “The source of the original material is unknown, but seems to be have been an unfinished project by someone to record traditional carols of the West Penwith area. Track 1 is obviously taken from a radio programme, at least one other has been recorded from old vinyl. The original recordings have been made, I believe, on an 8-track reel-to-reel machine and the source material suggests the recordings were made in the 1960s; mostly in chapels and pubs. The original contains 24 introductions in three different voices, two with rich West Penwith accents, to 18 carols.”
Several are well known as St Ives carols which are still sung around the town every Christmas Eve and the then leader may have been Edward Perkin. The current leader of the St Ives Combined Chapels Choirs is bard of Gorsedh Kernow, William Thomas, Caner Pescador.
Listen to the recording: