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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:
Bodmin Riding is one of the oldest recorded traditions in Cornwall and when it was revived in 1974 local historian Pat Munn, was able to provide a timeline from Parish Church accounts in 1469 through to W. J .P. Burtons recollections of the 19th century
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Newquay's Heva (Hevva) Dance
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Ray Delf's Polka Covath played at Rescorla Session and for the dance Corwhedhen.
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