Cornish language music video a viral hit
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Cornish folk band The Changing Room released a song in the Cornish language, Gwrello Glaw (Let It Rain) and it has now been viewed more than 500,000 times online. Based in Looe, which is not far from our luxury Golant hotel, the band have also just released their second album.
Tanya Brittain of the band said about the views: "Half a million people - that's virtually the entire population of Cornwall. We've had thousands of comments, shares and likes from people all over the world, most of them have just heard Cornish for the first time... and they seem to like it."
The traditional style of The Changing Room's music clearly has Kernow at its centre, and it is a surprise Tanya, and co-lead Sam Kelly have time to make the incredible music. Tanya organises the Looe Music Festival and Sam also tours with his own band The Lost Boys.
The band have won awards too since forming around two years ago. At the 2015 International Pan Celtic Song Contest they won in three categories, Best Original Song (for Row Boys Row), Best Traditional Song in a Celtic Language (for Delyow Sevi) and Overall Winner.
The new album, Picking Up The Pieces, features well known folk names like Belinda O'Hooley, and Tanya said: "It includes more songs about our industrial heritage such as mining and fishing, but we've also included some songs about deeper issues. When industry has gone, when loved ones die, when we lose our way in life - someone is always left picking up the pieces, literally and emotionally."
If you want to experience some amazing Cornish music yourself, they are on tour this autumn, and are performing at Looe Music Festival on September 24. Take a look below at their video of Gwrello Glaw.
Gwrello Glaw by The Changing Room (Cornish Language) from The Changing Room on Vimeo.