In the fourth article in our Cornish music series, John Roberts regales us with the history of the banjo. You can find last month’s offering which focuses on the Goonhavern Banjo Band here. “The twang’s the thang”…or so it was according to Duane Eddy in 1959, referring to the sound of his electric guitar of course, but…Continue Reading “Music Kernow – A History of the Banjo”

This month, Bert Biscoe returns with another hauntingly beautiful poetry reading. Pull up a pew for his reading of ‘Map Truro’.     If you enjoyed ‘Map Truro’, you can read more of our Cornish themed poems here, and Bert’s last offering ‘Boy Basset and his Monument’ here. Join us next month for more in our poetry…Continue Reading “Poetry – Map Truro”

This month Bert Biscoe returns with ‘Boy Basset and his Monument’, a touching poem about Francis Basset, 1st Baron de Dunstanville, and the Basset Memorial on Carn Brea which was dedicated to him following his death.     If you enjoyed Bert’s poem, you can read more of our Cornish themed poems here. Join us next month…Continue Reading “Poetry – Boy Basset and his Monument”

Our series on Cornish Music is back, join Tony Mansell as he shares his memory of a group of musicians and entertainers that thrilled their audiences with their home-grown talent. Halls warmed only by the folk who had braved the wind and rain, curtains faded by time, paint peeling off walls but it mattered not, the entertainers…Continue Reading “Music Kernow – The Goonhavern Banjo Band”

This month in our Cornish poetry series, we have Melanie William’s touching poem about her aunt Joan. Gingham not silk, linen not sable Plain stitch and cross stitch Displace embroidery.  All honest, simple practical A frank face, impish smile, open heart, Recall the early, stronger, taller Joan.   In childhood group, large-eyed She looks on…Continue Reading “Poetry: Joan”

Our series on Cornish Music is back, join Phillip Hunt for his passionate insight into the life of his Cornish music hero – George Lloyd. Mention the name George Lloyd in any discussion regarding our most prominent Cornishmen and it is probable that you will be met with a blank look. Yet his name should be better known, particularly…Continue Reading “Music Kernow – George Lloyd, The Great Cornish Composer”