Kan rag Kernow is an annual song competition to find a song in the Cornish language to represent Cornwall at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, which takes place every spring. Cornwall has met with success several times in this competition and in recent years, singer / songwriter Benjad won in both 2012 and 2013.
Entries to the Kan rag Kernow competition should be newly composed especially for the competition and are welcomed in any genre of music.
All songs must also be written and performed in Kernewek (Cornish) and, if you would like to enter the competition but feel you don’t have sufficient knowledge of the language to write lyrics in Cornish yourself, as MAGA can help by assigning you a translator to work with you on your song, free of charge.
Shortlisted entries to the Kan rag Kernow competition compete against one another at a live concert in Cornwall every year, where a panel of judges decides which song will go on to represent Cornwall in Ireland.
Below you can listen to some previous competition entries, recorded by Kernowpods.
Bénjad – Mordid Bewnans,
Bolingey Troyl Band – Da Ew an Bownans,
Alice Allsworth – Kernow Ker,
Andrew Bate – Lisa Mari Kellys,
Keith Stevenson – Yth Es’ta Genam,
Ilow Iskell – Gweneli an Mor,
Hanterhir – Tekka ha Hwekka
For 2014, the deadline for entries is Friday 10 January 2014.
Anyone interested in entering a song, or working with one of the MAGA translators, should contact the MAGA office for an application pack on 01872 323497 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 December, 2013
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