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Saturday Oct 20, 2018

Academy Of Music And Theatre Arts
Falmouth University
Penryn Campus
Penryn
TR10 9LX

After stellar perfomances at both Boardmasters and the Eden Project supporting Ben Howard earlier this summer, via a triumphant performance on Later with Jools Holland, we’re delighted to announce Gwenno’s return to the South West with two shows, the first being at AMATA, Falmouth University on Saturday 20 October, and then the Lemon Grove at Exeter University on Sunday 21 October.

Following 2014’s critically acclaimed Welsh language record ‘Y Dydd Olaf’. Gwenno will released ‘Le Kov’ in the spring of 2018, and like her debut it’s a bold statement on the importance of protecting minority languages &
has come about with long term collaborator Rhys Edwards.

Written entirely in Cornish, Le Kov is exploration of the individual and collective subconscious, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language. As one of the language’s few fluent speakers, Gwenno felt a duty to make her second album entirely in Cornish: to create a document of a living language, explore her identity and the endless creative possibilities of a tongue that has a very small surviving artistic output, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries.

She dove deep into research, learning about attempts to protect and progress the language and the role of women throughout Cornish history. When Gwenno considered the legends of sunken Brythonic cities Cantre’r Gwaelod, Kêr-Is, Langarrow and Lyonesse, she knew she had her starting point. These cities evoked her idea of language as its own form of psychological territory, a concept perfectly distilled by the Cornish title for the album, Le Kov – the place of memory.

Over the course of making Le Kov, Gwenno reconciled her anxiety over her right to make a Cornish-language pop record, and realised that, in the age of Brexit, isolationism and hostility towards the rich cultures that make modern Britain, it had a wider resonance, too. “This album is a combination of accepting the culture which your parents have valued enough to want to pass on to you, regardless how small, and utilising it in a positive way to try and make sense of the world around you, it’s also about having to accept and respect the
nuances that make us all different and discovering that all of our stories share the same truth.”

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