As a follow-up to his earlier article in this series about brass bands (find it here), Tony Mansell looks at the world of contesting where bands compete for the ultimate accolade. Competitions, or contests as they are termed in the brass band world, have their beginning in the brass and reed band era of the…Continue Reading “Music Kernow – Contesting”

Join Helen Renée Wuorio as she explains the extraordinary role that a small village in Cornwall played in her Alaskan Cornish love story. My incredible journey, and my Cornish story began in a place called North Pole, Alaska, and yes, there really is a town in Alaska called North Pole.  Back in 1981, my parents decided…Continue Reading “An Alaskan Cornish Love Story”

In this article Merv Davey takes a look at Cornwall’s oldest musical genre and explores its interaction with our social history. This Cornish Story is about the folk dance traditions that have evolved in Cornwall and the music that goes with them.  Just as the dance traditions mirror Cornwall’s social history so the tunes that…Continue Reading “Music Kernow – Ilow Dons Kernow (Cornish Dance Music)”

Local educator and entrepreneur Charity Wilson brings the mythology of St Michael’s Mount to life with her short poem and artwork about the giants who once lived on the Mount. The giant on St Michael’s Mount is quite misunderstood. He’s totted up a sad headcount, not like a giant should. He only ever squished one wife…Continue Reading “Poetry – The Giant on St Michael’s Mount”

Tony Mansell provides our next slice of the Music Kernow pie as he explores the life and career of Cornishman Phillip Hunt. The author of three articles in the Music Kernow series, Phillip now finds himself under the spotlight. In an article in 2015, Simon Parker wrote of Phillip Hunt’s love of music which began in…Continue Reading “Music Kernow – Phillip Hunt”

This month, Simon Pienaar, a third-generation Cornish South African writes about the effect that his Cornish ancestry has had on his art and his own sense of identity. My name is Simon Pienaar (I also work under a family name, Tamblyn). I am an artist and a Cornish South African. Most of my work revolves…Continue Reading “Cornish Soil”