Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dialect

Cornish dialect is sometimes called "Cornu-English" to emphasis that, like Scots and Ulster Scots, it is has a vocabulary and grammatical structure which sets it aside from standard English. It is more than just an "accent", despite what popular TV shows would have you believe!

It owes much of its vocabulary and grammatical idioms to Kernewek, the Celtic language of Cornwall but it has continued to evolve and has many variations throughout the Duchy. For many people the heyday of Cornish Dialect was the late 19th Century when it enjoyed much attention from folklorists and enthusiasts. It is a moot point whether the dialect is now dying out or simply continuing to evolve and change whilst remaining distinctively Cornish. It certainly enjoys a presence in social media Social with a busy facebook page and Gorsedh Kernow runs a very successful dialect competition each year. For detailed dialect dictionaries and examples of dialect stories visit the dialect page on the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies website.

Below are links to dialect songs from the "Sengen Fiddee" project completed in 2003. Sengen Fiddee and a DVD collection of dialect tales "Cornish Drolls are available from our online shop

Trelawnee
Aadums Fawl
Cornish  Ketchun
Cornish  Laadz
Dree-And ud Rael
Faethom tha Boll
Tha Flite a old Artful
Goyn Up Camburn 'Ill
Jan Knuckey
Tha Keenlee Load
Lamorna
Liddel Eyes
Maagee Mae
Nawthen  Sept You
Tha Old Grae Duck
Old Mallee Pijee
Tha Passun Owtwited
Tha Pastee Sawng
Tha Raaslen Match
Tha Raoberz Retraet or Tha Cadgwith Hanthum
Sen Kevern Fayst Day Sawng
Shynen Down oan Sennen
Tha Sweet Nytengaal
Tom Bawcock's Eve
Trura Ager-i-cultral Shaw
We Be
Whael Rodnee
Tha Wyld Roaver
Tha Wite Roaz
Tha Zwy
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