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Music and Song Inspired by the Beauty of Cornwall
Tir Ha Tavas
Meeting Report for 14th November 2018
For its November meeting, the Old Cornwall Society departed from its traditional presentation style format and took great pleasure in welcoming Tir Ha Tavas to join us for the evening.
Wife and husband, Delia and Dave Brotherton, formed Tir Ha Tavas in February 2013. Based in St Ives, both Delia and Dave are experienced and respected musicians, who are part of the Cornish and Celtic folk scene. Tir Ha Tavas means land and language in Cornish, which is exactly what their music reflected. Delia and Dave write a lot of their own music and much of it is written and sung in Cornish. They take their inspiration from the beauty of the Cornish landscape and feelings of nostalgia felt for Cornwall. Both Delia and Dave have been made Bards of Gorsedh Kernow for their services to music.
The programme was varied, vocally and instrumentally, with songs in Cornish and some in English. Delia and Dave performed some of their own compositions, as well as pieces by other composers, giving an introductory explanation to each item, to ensure that the audience understood the language and the context. November was declared too early for Christmas music, but they did make a musical nod to the approach of winter in a song about Jack Frost. In this piece the music imitated the sharp, jagged frost crystals deposited by Jack Frost on a moonlit night in a wood near St Ives, quietly observed by Delia hidden in the bushes. The evening ended with a beautiful, haunting unaccompanied piece performed by both singers.
The next meeting of the Old Cornwall Society is on Wednesday 9th January 2019 with a presentation entitled “Country House Fires in Cornwall” by Joanna Mattingly. All are very welcome to attend (non-members £2.50).