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Help: St Keverne Feasting Day

Hawker 27 Dec 01 - 06:48 AM
Joan from Wigan 28 Dec 01 - 05:06 AM
Hawker 28 Dec 01 - 06:21 AM
Malcolm Douglas 28 Dec 01 - 11:27 AM
Hawker 28 Dec 01 - 06:38 PM
katlaughing 28 Dec 01 - 06:54 PM
GUEST,Wendy 16 Oct 18 - 07:01 PM
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Subject: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: Hawker
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 06:48 AM

I have a recording by Sue White of this song, what I would like to know is any info on its origins - is it traditional? who wrote it? How old is it? etc. Any info greatfully appreciated, Cheers,
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 05:06 AM

No lyrics, I'm afraid, but a web trawl gives a little information: St Keverne was from Cornwall and lived around the sixth century A.D. There is a village named after him, and a band, also a flower. There is a hymn tune called "St Keverne". His feast day is 18th November. This is probably not what you wanted, Lucy, but at least it brings the thread to the top of the Forum again.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: Hawker
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 06:21 AM

Joan, Cheers for that, I live in Cornwall and am aware ofall excepting the date - which is really interesting, as it links to another feast day celebrated in North Cornwall. The song lyrics however suggest that it is modern, by use of certain dialect phrases, and the tune, though it is credited on the tape as being traditional, as there is just the song titles and traditional or who wrote the song on the cover and no notes, I was just a little curious as to its origins.
St Keverne the place is a beautiful place, a really lovely village, for anyone who has not visited it, it is worth a visit!
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 11:27 AM

I can find two references only to a tune (which apparently has words) of this title.  Ilow Kernow  has a useful listing (in pdf format, so rather slow to load) of Cornish traditional music, dance and custom, which contains the following:

Flight March / St Kevern's Feast / Kerdhyans Nyja
2/4 MARCH: 32 bars
Words: English
Refs:
Dunstan. R,  Lyver Canow Kernewek/ The Cornish Songbook p137
Dunstan R,  Cornish Dialect and Folk Songs p 6
Racca: Racca no 17

At  Racca - Cornish Folk Music Collection  is an example of the tune (in Noteworthy Composer format, so you'll need yet another browser plug-in) as St Keverne Feast (alternative title, Kerthyans Hes), also giving Lyver Canow Kernewek as source, and described as traditional.  No words are included.

Having brought up the subject, perhaps you could post the text you have?  This is obviously a local and little-known song, whether traditional or not, and at the moment we're rather in the dark as you seem to be the only person round here who has heard it sung.


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: Hawker
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 06:38 PM

Will do it tomorrow - good point my friend! little pushed for time tonight! Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 06:54 PM

Neat tune, Malcolm, thanks, great site, too!


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: GUEST,Wendy
Date: 16 Oct 18 - 07:01 PM

Music by jeff smallman , lighthouse music publications, they publish the sheet music with lyrics if thats any help, thier email address
Info@lighthousemusicpublications.co
Www.lighthousepublications.com
This is done for sopranos, altos, tenors and bass , using piano and fiddle


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Subject: RE: Help: St Keverne Feasting Day
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 06:00 AM

St. Keverne Local History Society

St. Keverne Feast and Harry Perry's Stall

Anyone with a sweet tooth living in the Helston area in the 1920s would probably have been a fan of Harry Perry and his home-made rock stall.

Harry lived with the Downing family in Meneage Street, Helston where he had a mass of ovens and other equipment to make rock in all different lengths and colours. He and his assistant Cissie Downing took the stall all over the Lizard Peninsula including to St Keverne for the annual feast celebrations in November.

In the 1920s St Keverne Feast was one of the highlights of village life. A two day holiday was enjoyed by all local residents including the children, after headmaster Tom Whale and deputy head Lewis John Hayden decided there was little point opening the school for only a handful of youngsters from outside the village.

Monday was the day for hunting with beaters hired to feed the band of guns at regular shoots at Lanarth. The rest of the men-folk made their way to the Lowlands via Trebarveth Farm lane to secure a good vantage point from which to watch the hounds. Other sportsmen were also out hunting - a crowd going looking for rabbits, armed mostly with nets, and others shooting wood pigeons from the trees.

On the Tuesday - the main Feast day - the village was a hive of activity as the stallholders, including Harry Perry, arrived to claim their stall or "standing" for the day.

On one Feast Tuesday Harry invited Dick Lory and me to visit him one evening in Helston to see the rock and other confectionary being made. A few days later we set off on Dick's motorbike with me as pillion. We spent a very pleasant evening with Harry, helping him to mix and taste various potions, liquids and colourings and then filling the moulds with them. However, we did not realise that some of the mixtures were very potent, a fact that we did not notice until we came out into the cold night air at about 11 o'clock to ride back to St Keverne.

Dick drove hell for leather and was going so fast around Treskewes corners that he struck one of them. I was thrown over the hedge while Dick was hanging half way up the hedge. We pushed the bike to Dr Spry's surgery at Polventon but it was a long wait to see the doctor because he was at one of his dance sessions which did not end until midnight.

I left Dick at the surgery and went home, hoping that no-one would see my face bleeding from being torn by brambles. Unfortunately, my older sister Edna was waiting for me and, after giving me a good telling off, then proceeded to go and spill the beans to Dick's sister Winnie. Dick needed six stitches in his head wound and probably had a scar for the rest of his life.

Billy Moyle February 2003


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