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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:
  Open downloadable pdf file: The_Old_Grey_Duck Dialect Terms: Beels – Beak of a bird Clunk – To swallow The Old Grey Duck was published in Ralph Dunstan’s in Cornish Dialect & Folk Songs, Ralph Dunstan,Cornish Dialect and Folk Songs, (Truro, Jordan’s Bookshop, 1932) where he says “This song is known
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Open downloadable pdf file:Jan_Knuckey Brenda Wootton Singing Jan Knuckey: Dialect terms : Bal – Mine Chelern – Children Fetch’d es coos – found his voice (Coos is derived from the Cornish Kows- to speak) Fooch – To throw out Durns – Door Posts NB “Screech” and “Dander” are used in
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'Adam's Fall' was set to music by Ralph Dunstan in Lyver Canow Kernow, the Cornish Songbook. It was also published in Sengen Fiddee by the An Daras Cornish Folk Art Project in 2003.
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