Cornish Culture Association Newsletter
Edition 2 - February 2015
The Cornish Culture Association's last event, Candlemas, was well supported with over 50 people taking part in the evening proceedings. The guests were treated to an excellent meal by the staff of the Admiral Benbow in Penzance along with some strange and bizarre customs taken from various Cornish traditions.
Our next major event is Penzance May Hornes which will take place on Sunday May the 3rd starting at the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn at 8pm. Please bring a horn, whistle or drum to support the ancient tradition of "driving out the devil of winter". The procession will go from the Tolcarne Inn across Newlyn Green and into Penzance, once again arriving at the Admiral Benbow for an evening of celebration. For those unable to join us on the procession please feel free to join us either on route or at the Benbow at around 8.30pm.
We are in the process of researching and planning to make real traditional May Horns and May Flags both of which were important parts of the celebration in the 19th Century. More news to follow!!
This Saturday is the start of our first musical project THE RAFFIDY DUMITZ BAND. The Raffidy Dumitz band is a new band that will form the core of the Montol Band next year and be actively involved in events across Cornwall AND BEYOND. The band is open to musicians of all levels, dancers, singers and anyone else that wants to join in. Don't worry if you don't know anyone you will be made most welcome. For musicians - any kind of instrument is welcome and there is no restriction on numbers of kinds of instruments either.
This session will be very informal, first a chat about what aspirations people have for the band, the kind of music that is proposed for the band and costume (Guise costume between Allantide and Candlemas, including Montol and a Summer costume). Then a practice of some of the tunes to see what we can get.
If you want to see some of the proposed tunes please click here.
If you are interested in joining please let us know through 1) Facebook or 2) through this simple online survey tool
Oll an Gwella
Edward Williams - Chairman of the Association.
Simon Reed - Director of the Association,