"Cornwall's rugged sea-bound land has shaped
its peoples' working and social lives. Placenames reflect
the use of the Cornish Language, the coming of Celtic Christianity
, and Saxon settlement in the north. Rebellion, Wesleyanism,
and the industrial revolution left their marks. In this
environment has grown a significant tradition of song, dance,
tales and instrumental music. "
Mike O'Connor, Crowder
to Ilow Kernow 2 Cornish
Instrumental Tradition: the resource (see
Ertach- the Cornish
Music Database: this
references to Cornish music broadly belonging to the Traditional
Genre and where material is entirely in the public domain midi and
Noteworthy files are also provided. This
part of the site is updated as time allows and additional
information becomes available.
Dialect is a significant element of culture. All the more
so in a land like Cornwall with a distinctive character and
history of its own.
Songs in Kernewek
: The Cornish Language is a wonderfully
expressive part of our distinctive culture and a delight to learn
but it is not only Cornish speakers who can enjoy the language.
Anyone living in Cornwall will use some Kernewek on a daily basis
simply by using placenames.
have been part of Cornish folklore since time immemorial
but the Celtic revival of the twentieth century has encouraged use
of the instrument both ceremonially and as a sympathetic medium
for our traditional music.
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contact us if you have a query that is not covered by the
index - or information that we are missing. This is interactivity
supports the organic growth of the site.