St Ives has been a rich source of inspiration for countless musicians, poets, storytellers and artists – a cultural magnet for people who love Cornwall.
The St Ives Song Project brought together seven Cornwall based singer/songwriters – Vaughan Bennett, Delia & Dave Brotherton, Toni Carver, Merv Davey, Mike Silver and Fred Williams – each of whom were asked to write and arrange two new songs to capture the spirit and historical legacy of St Ives.
These new works were performed for the first time Saturday 8th December 2012 at the iconic St Ives Arts Club.
The Commando Shanty Toni Carver
Vivimos En Santa Ives Fred Williams
The Spirit Of St Ives Mike Silver
Reun Porthia Merv Davey
Who Flogged The Hake? Vaughan Bennett
Porthia (in Kernewek) Delia Brotherton
Goodnight Cornish Souls Dave Brotherton
Penguize Merv Davey
The Cock Robin Choir Vaughan Bennett
Creative Heart Toni Carver
Barmy Town Dave Brotherton
To St Ives Upon The Train Fred Williams
The Seventh Son Mike Silver
Yn Tre Vaughan (in Kernewek) Delia Brotherton
BBC Radio Cornwall presenter Tiffany Truscott interviewed then Festival Chairman Dave Brotherton and pubs programme organiser Toni Carver about the St Ives Song Project. One of Dave’s two songs for the project tells the story of St Ives victims aboard the Titanic. Michelle Lake and her daughter Jessica were by chance visiting from Montreal and are great nieces of William Carbines, who was just 19 when he lost his life in the Titanic disaster. He was brought back home to rest in Barnoon cemetery, St Ives.