Following the success of their 2015 book Shout Kernow, which won the Waterstones’ Holyer an Gof Award, Sally Burley and Hilary Coleman turned their attention to exploring the continuity and revival of the Cornish carolling tradition. During 2016 they travelled around Cornwall, recording stories, memories and local versions of carols.
Cornish carols are special and have a long history which deserves recognition. These carols are part of Cornwall’s rich communal singing. “We hoped the book would raise awareness of them and preserve this heritage as well as increasing knowledge of Cornish history through the background of the carols and the local stories” said Sally Burley.
Funded by the Cornish Heritage Trust, The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and the Red River Singers, the book is accompanied by 2 CDs of recordings and contains 32 carols with associated history and photos.
‘Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols’ was published in November 2017 and immediately sold extremely well virtually selling out within a month! Hilary and Sally were delighted when they also received an Holyer An Gof award in 2018 as well as the publishers cup!
They will be telling tales of their adventures as well as ‘illustrating’ their talk with songs, helped out by the Red River Singers. They will also provide songbooks so people can join in if they wish.
We are very grateful to Cornwall Community Foundation who helped to fund our story cafes.