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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:
1889: Rumford Brass Band active. (John Brush)       Compiled by Tony Mansell (Bardh Kernow)   This collection is a part of the Cornish National Music Archive (CNMA) project to Collect, Preserve and Share our Cornish Heritage and Culture. It is based on location as each may have had
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An article by Cornish Historian Charles Henderson in the Cornish Guardian (04/10/1928) seems to have inspired Newquay School Master, R.S.Best, to write a song for Summercourt Fair.
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Rosenik Gwer – Green Cockade Link to open and download pdf score Rosenyk Wer Notes Learned by Jim Thomas and Tom Miners from Miss J. Kelynack of Troon in 1924 Cornish Translation: E.G.Retallick Hooper (1966), Standard Written Form: Mick Paynter (2021) This version from the singing of Tavas (Crysten Truran
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