Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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St Piran's Day and Pirantide

 

St Pirans Pilgrimage

Gool Peran Lowen! Happy St Piran’s Day! March 5th is St Piran’s day, Cornwall’s National Saint and we will be flying the Cornish flag high. The day starts with processions, dancing and flag waving at Penzance and Bodmin spreading through Cornwall by the end of the day. The Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, Elizabeth Carne, will lead the parade at Truro and present her St Piran’s Day message on the steps of the Cathedral. At 9pm the day rounds off with the “Trelawny Shout” in pubs and clubs across Cornwall in honour of St Piran with a hearty rendering of the Trelawny song.   

Such is the popularity that Pirantide celebrations will extend to the weekends either side. On Sunday 3rd there will be a 1000 strong procession across Penhale Sands near Perranporth celebrating the story of St Piran with music and drama. The procession leaves at 2pm and follows the path first to the site of the original 6th Century oratory which has now been excavated thanks to the work of the St Piran Trust. People are then led up to St Piran’s Cross, thought to be the oldest Celtic Cross in Cornwall. The procession completes its journey at the ruins of the medieval church of St Piran just behind the cross. Here the walls of the old church provide a perfect amphitheatre and it is an amazing experience to join in with the singing that rounds off this pilgrimage.

For full list of Pirantide events visit Gorsedh Kernow

and also Old Cornwall

For St Piran's Story visit St Piran Trust

The Trelawny shout nwill take place at 9pm in clubs and pubs across Cornwall

Go on give it a go and try Trelawny in Cornish with St Ives Communkity Choir below - words all set out ready!

 

An Daras, doorway in Cornish, is an outreach project of Lowender Peran, Cornwall’s Celtic festival, and provides a portal to the distinctive traditions of Cornwall . The links on the site map will take you to the tunes, songs, dances and associated traditions of Cornwall. There are also links to teaching materials and further research work and publications on Cornish Folk Tradition.

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