“It’s gold dust what she’s doing!”

Hagmann, Lea Salome (2020). “It’s gold dust what she’s doing!” (Unpublished). In: Locating Women in 'The Folk' – An interdisciplinary conference : Perspectives on women’s contributions to folk song, folklore, and cultural traditions.. University of Sussex. 19.06.2018.

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When the Cornish Music and Dance Revival started in the late 1970s, it was primarily male-dominated. Musicians and researchers such as the Davey brothers aimed at reviving Cornish music as ‘Celtic Music’, thereby excluding traditions which were considered ‘English’ and therefore ‘foreign’.
However, about two decades later, women started actively to engage in the Revival, giving it a completely new direction, which has been severely criticised by the former revivalists. They aimed at transforming the Revival from being part of the Cornish nationalist movement, whose primary aim was to represent Cornwall at Interceltic festivals, towards an all-inclusive hybrid form of community music making and dancing. Three women in particular, Frances Bennett, Hilary Coleman and Karen Lockley-Brown, have played essential parts in founding the Cornish Nos Lowen-movement, which severely differs from the former Revival.
This paper explores in what ways these three women engaged in the Cornish Music and Dance Revival and follows their main projects:
- Cumpas: the Cornish music project, which aimed at disseminating Cornish culture by means of school projects, teaching resources and community events
- Bagas Crowd: the cross-generational community fiddle group, where people engage in learning and developing Cornish instrumental music
- Second Wave Dance Arts, which not only serves at creating and bonding communities through the newly invented Cornish Nos Lowen dancing but also works therapeutically for families in trouble and disaffected teenagers, and
- The Red River Singers, who engage in researching, reviving and creating Cornish singing traditions.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

UniBE Contributor:

Hagmann, Lea Salome


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
700 Arts > 780 Music


Sussex Traditions - Folklife and Lore




Lea Salome Hagmann

Date Deposited:

08 Jul 2019 10:30

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:27

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cornish music revival, Nos Lowen, Cornwall, Second wave dance arts, community music



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