Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity's transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

Cornish Music

Traditional / Celtic / Contemporary Cornish Music – Bands

We are adding to this page all the time – so if you think a Cornish band/musician/link should be included contact CMN at info@cornwallmusic.co.uk

BAGAS DEGOL

Exuberant ‘feast day band’ from West Cornwall who bring first class musicianship to the people through a whirl of bagpipes, saxophones, clarinet and drums. Recordings of their work are sadly rare, but the band features on the compilation CD ‘Mammyk Ker’ which kicks off with their fine rendering of the air ‘Pencarrow’.

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BOLINGEY TROYL BAND

The Bolingey Troyl Band and Dancers came together to provide entertainment for community events in their local village of Bolingey. This proved such good fun for the group that they moved on to events throughout Cornwall and beyond – events involving all ages – events from carnivals to ceilis, from pub sessions to dance demonstrations. The Bolingey Troyl Band aim to provide others with as much pleasure in Cornish music and dance as they get from it themselves.

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CARACANA

Caracana is Cornish for the love and music and song. And it shows. With a long established reputation as a trio, the group has recently expanded to a line up of five of Cornwall’s most respected musicians.

Caracana play for street dances, Nos Lowens, celebrations and concerts and the exuberance of their live performance shines through on their recordings.

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CORNCROW

Kim Guy & Steve Hunt

Corncrows’ distinctive approach to (mainly) traditional songs and tunes has led to their inclusion on four highly regarded UK folk compilation albums and an impressive list of festival and club appearances. They are the residents at Liskeard’s Barley Folk.

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DALLA

Top Cornish traditional music band Dalla are at the forefront of a revival in Cornish music. Their exhilarating, moving and dazzling performances convey the sheer joy they take in Cornwall’s indigenous culture.

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HANTERHIR

Some say Hanterhir are a Cornish “alt-folk rock” group, some people throw “psyche” into the mix just to be cheeky, some may not use “folk” and some would swear by it. Hanterhir aren’t overly sure or particularly worried but agree on all.

The band play songs in English and Cornish and are written around both real and imagined stories of peoples lives within Cornwall.

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HEVVA – Traditional Cornish Music & Dance Group

Hevva was formed by an enthusiastic group of like-minded dancers and musicians who wanted to pool their extensive experience to promote, teach and display the traditional dances of Cornwall. The group has grown considerably from its beginnings and is now one of the foremost dance groups in Cornwall, recognisable by its distinctive traditional costume.

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KESCANA

Kescana are a group of Cornish singers who have met and sung together every week for nearly three decades. Their repertoire extends to a wide variety of songs, from the lively and colourful, to the sweet and ethereal – in dialect, English and Cornish. The pleasure they derive from their harmony singing is infectious, and has delighted many a concert and festival audience.

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PENTORR

A ‘new generation’ Cornish band reminiscent of the pioneering family ensemble Bucca. They have come a long way since their first stage appearance at Torpoint School in 2001. Now a five piece line-up, their Cornish performances have included Lowender Peran, the Eden Project, Dehwelans, the Royal Cornwall Show and Carnglaze Caverns. Is Pentorr to be the new Cornish supergroup?

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ROS KELTEK

Ros Keltek have been displaying Cornish dances and performing Cornish music for more than twenty years – and are still as enthusiastic as ever! Accompanying the dancers at major festivals, and in great demand as a troyl band, the musicians are both adventurous in their arrangements and superbly interactive as an ensemble.

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SALT & SKY

Fiddle duo Salt & Sky (Emma Packer and Lizzie Pridmore) bring a fresh sound to the folk scene with their energetic re-working of traditional Cornish music interleaved with new songs and tunes. Using just fiddles and voices, Salt & Sky’s unique take on traditional music will entice the ear and get feet tapping.

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TAN HA DOWR

Tan ha Dowr are a young Cornish group, the emphasis of whose music and dance is to capture the spirit and motivation of the young people of Cornwall but in doing so, continuing to respect the rich Cornish tradition from which their repertoire derives. Wherever Tan ha Dowr go they are always well received because of the fresh and vibrant pride that they radiate for their culture, and their willingness to share it with others.

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THE BRIM

Consisting of piano accordion (Alan Pengelly) and guitar (Jamie Toms) ‘The Brim’ perform an eclectic mix of both contemporary and traditional Cornish music, including their own compositions along with Celtic/folk music from regions outside of Cornwall.

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THE CHANGING ROOM

Looe-based folk band The Changing Room delivers original, award-winning songs in English and Cornish language. Formed in 2014 by Tanya Brittain and Sam Kelly, R2 Magazine said at the time “It feels like a little musical magic happened”.

The band is already multi-award winning having won Kan rag Kernow 2015 and the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2015. Sam also won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016.

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Traditional / Celtic / Contemporary Cornish Music – Musicians

PETE BERRYMAN

Guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter Pete Berryman arrived on the acoustic music scene in the 60’s with the Famous Jug Band which also featured Clive Palmer of the Incredible String Band. At this time he also recorded with Ralph McTell, Wizz Jones and Al Stewart and in 1971 his influential LP with John James , Sky In My Pie, was released. Since then he has collaborated with many notable musicians, worked in theatre and film, and played as far afield as Hokitika and Abidjan. His CD “The Ghosts of May”, is a collection of compositions and arrangements for solo guitar based on traditional Cornish music.

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LUCY BURROW

Lucy Burrow is a talented singer, song writer & multi-instrumentalist living in North Cornwall. Lucy has been a member of The Burrow Family Ceilidh Band “The Cavaliers” for 23 years and is a member of “Menwhynn”, a band that grew out of Bude Folk Club,based at The Falcon Hotel in Bude. With Cornwall Songwriters, Lucy has written and performed songs for the iconic shows “Unsung Heroes” and “Cornish Lads”.

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GRAHAM ELLABY

Graham Ellaby is a fiddler of renown, firmly rooted in the Cornish tradition. He conveys his music with expression and dynamics which bring out the best in his varied repertoire, while sounding refreshingly uncomplicated.

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MO KEAST

Singing has always been part of Mo’s life. She first performed in public around the age of 9 and has always been aware of the folk music and song around her. Moe started to perform her native Cornish songs in the 60’s, when she was fortunate enough to meet traditional source singers and musicians in North Cornwall. Mo has performed on numerous occasions at an Interceltic Festival in Lorient, Brittany, and at the annual Celtic Congress events held in each of the Celtic countries. She is regularly heard on Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio 2 and Westcountry Television.

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MIKE O’CONNOR

Mike is a prizewinning competition fiddle player, with a stimulating style & refreshing lightness of touch. He is a master of the concertina. His tunes are in print in ‘Piran’s Welcome’. Mike is the leading researcher of Cornish instrumental music. He has studied at the Institute of Cornish Studies, Exeter University & writes for learned journals & popular magazines on subjects relating to folklore.

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GRAHAM SANDERCOCK

Graham Sandercock and his band perform almost entirely in Cornish and have played extensively in Cornwall and Brittany. Their material is in a modern Celtic folk-rock idiom with songs written mostly by Graham himself.

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RICHARD TRETHEWEY

Title: Folk singer. Mission: Inflict Cornish music on the world. Weapons: Voice, fiddles, mandola, triangle, weapons of brass destruction.

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Traditional / Celtic / Contemporary Cornish Music – Links

AN DARAS: THE CORNISH FOLK ARTS PROJECT

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 research papers and teaching materials.

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CORNISH MUSIC – JIM WEARNE

One of the purposes of this site is to help interested people find more Cornish music. When I started collecting Cornish songs, this presented quite a problem. (see story). I hope to help others have an easier time finding, procuring and perhaps learning Cornish songs and other Cornish music.

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KESSON

Kesson is the brainchild of Cornish musician and composer, Kyt Le Nen Davey, who, after enjoying international success with pioneering traditional Cornish music groups Bucca and Anao Atao, wanted to give a helping hand to new artists, to perpetuate the revival of interest in the unique music and dance of this Celtic land. With its comprehensive directory of Cornish artists, the website soon became the ‘go to’ resource for those looking to engage musicians for their event, and Kesson found itself acting as a no-commission booking agency.

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LOWENDER PERAN INTERNATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL

Cornwall’s International Celtic Festival is one of the highlights in Newquay’s 2016 event calendar, Lowender Peran will be metaphorically ‘painting the town tartan’ in a spectacular 5-day festival between 2-6 November, welcoming people from around the world to enjoy music, dance, arts and culture, representing Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.

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MAGA – CORNISH LANGUAGE PARTNERSHIP

MAGA – The Cornish Language Partnership was set up in 2005 to oversee the implementation of the Cornish Language Development Strategy. It offers learning and teaching, resources, online translation, conferences, links, etc.

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THE CORNISH STORE

Discover the sounds of Cornwall in the Music section of the Cornish Store. Cornwall is a land of music makers and Cornish music comes in a variety of forms from traditional Sea Shanty Songs and Folk to Cornish Male Voice Choirs, Brass Bands and Sacred Music. We also have a smattering of Cornish Dialect recordings and several examples of the Cornish Language in song.

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