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.


Tom O Reilly and the Swaggers

Tom O’Reilly & the Swaggers is an award winning band from Cornwall who play a rich mixture of original folk and country songs. The Swaggers features four members of the notorious Celtic folk/punk band Black Friday. Comprising vocals, guitars, double bass and fiddle, they create a joyous musical experience, weaving memories and lore to strike colourful impressions of the verdant Cornish landscape, its surrounding seas and haunted histories.  In early 2016, the band entered one of their own compositions, ‘Black Lung’, into the Kan Rag Kernow Cornish music competition and won first prize. This led to them being chosen as the Cornwall representatives at the Pan Celtic Festival in Co Carlow, Eire, and an appearance at the Lorient Festival in Brittany.

Their debut album, One Fine Day, was released by Bothy Records in 2016. It is a tapestry of the soul of the west-country which takes the listener on a magical journey through a rich mixture of original country folk songs which conjure images of the verdant Cornish landscapes and their people, past and present. The fresh and heartfelt music treats the listener to a variety of moods – from the raw, dark energy of Final Resting Place and Black Lung to the joyous revelling of One Fine Day and soothing lyricism of Good To Be Free.

Unsigned and Independent magazine, Jan 2016, said of One Fine Day…

‘There is a richness to how the dynamics are worked and it displays a level of distinction which is comprehensively processed.’

‘Overall it is the pinnacle of how a solid song should sound.’

‘How the lyrics hold the narrative together on Black Lung is impeccable.’

London Celtic Punk’s review of One Fine Day said…

‘This is a fantastic album… Think of Cash and Strummer… Tom O’Reilly’s vocals suit the music 100% and his first class song-writing is delivered with charisma and depth. What you get is refreshingly authentic music with raw folk energy, the attitude of punk and the rebel yells of country music. Yee Har!’

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Telephone: 07460 510 293

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