Morgan Farwel – The Farwell Shanty Kan Gernewek gans Tir ha Tavas dyworth Ragdres Morgannow Notes The lyrics originate from a nineteenth century chapbook. They were set to music by Alan Molyneaux and popularised by Mervyn Vincent of Padstow in the 1960s. Since then the song has become a
Written By Bernard Moore. Bernard Moore was the pen-name of Samuel Syrus Hunt (1873 -1953). He lived in London but his poetry was inspired by Cornwall and Cornish culture and dialect. His work on Cornish Dialect was recognised in 1934 when he was made a bard of Gorsedh Kernow in
The tune and lyrics were sent to Rev Sabine Baring Gould by J S Cayzer of Penzance dated 1850: Plymouth and Devon Archive: Sabine Baring Gould Personal copy mss, Vol 1 no 47. (SBG/1/1/243) See Racca: Cornish Tunes For Cornish Sessions Project & Hengan: Traditional Folk Songs Dances And
Manaccan is a civil parish and village on the Lizard peninsula about five miles south-southwest of Falmouth 1873 to 1888: William Martin of Manaccan Band played during this period. This is the only proof we have that this outfit existed at that time. (John Brush) If the first report
Open downloadable pdf file: Morvah_Fair Dialect Terms Balch Rope Heppen-Stock: A stone block rather like the old milk churn plats still found at old farmsteads. But were used for mounting one’s horse. Troachin: To walk slowly The version of the lyrics for
Cornish Sea Shanties Shanties are part of global maritime culture derived from the working songs of the days of sail. It is the nature of shanties that they are readily tailored to individual places and circumstances and this was the case in Cornwall where a number of shanties were identified
The story of Maggie May starts in the USA. It was composed as a pop song for the minstrel shows by Charles Blamphin and GW Moore circa 1869, and was published as sheet music in Chicago in 1870. It would seem to have arrived in St Mabyn that same year.