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Defining Cornish Music

Defining Cornish-ness is an age-old challenge – what makes a person (or a piece of music for that matter) Cornish for one person, might not be what makes it Cornish for another. Part of our aim is to represent the breadth and depth of music that is part of Cornish culture, so we’ve carefully considered how wide to cast our net of what to include in an archive of Cornish music. It can be quite the conundrum – consider for example, a piece of music written about Cornwall – but not by a Cornish person? Or, to take the opposite example, written by a Cornish person – but with nothing particularly “Cornish” about the music?

We’ve put our heads together and decided to include music that is, or has been: popular in Cornwall, impactful in Cornwall, written in Cornwall, written about Cornwall, inspired by Cornwall – thus aiming to include individuals, traditions and and compositions that express, reflect and celebrate Cornwall and our distinctive identity.

Most recent articles:
In 1998 the Cornish Music Guild sponsored a concert commemorating the life of Joseph Emidy "Hidden Routes". The concert featured "The Eulogy of Emidy", by Paul Gladstone Reid which celebrated his life.
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The Dilly Song is part of a family of “number songs” that includes “Green Grow the Rushes Oh” and “In those Twelve Days”. Guessing at the symbolism of the lyrics has entertained generations of folklorists.
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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.
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