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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:
1836: “Fowey — The annual Rowing Regatta at Fowey was held on Tuesday the 19th instant, when excellent sport was afforded to the lovers of aquatic entertainment. … The town was an entire gala and the attendance of strangers from Bodmin and Lostwithiel much to the influx of strangers. The
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Cornish Brass Bands – Camborne
1841: Newspaper reports Camborne Band formed. (Camborne Town Band by Tony Mansell) 1846: “… and with a bright sun, and a steady breeze from N W, was everything that could be desired for an aquatic holiday. The Camborne Band attended, and multitudes from all parts of the surrounding populous neighbourhood assembled …”(14
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Boscastle is a village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall 14 miles south of Bude and 5 miles northeast of Tintagel   1898: Boscastle Brass & Reed Band formed. Played at carnivals, fetes and for dancing on the lawn opposite Manor House. (John Brush) Boscastle Brass & Reed
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