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Mike O’Connor’s Cornish Folk Tales, published by the History Press, is much more than a simple recounting of traditional material.
Storyteller and musician Mike O’Connor has conducted extensive research into traditional music and folklore in Cornwall. As a consequence he has been recognised as a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, and in 2009 received the Henwood Medal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
In a decade of research, Mike has uncovered the almost unknown world of the itinerant storyteller and singer in early 19th century Cornwall – the travelling ‘Droll Teller’.
Cornwall was then in some ways still a remote land, though changing swiftly with the industrial revolution. The Cornish language was (just) still in use. Cornish Folk Tales is a vivid window on the traditional and popular culture of this distant world. It illustrates the principal customs of the time, and includes vernacular poetry in both English and Cornish. The folk songs, tunes and dances mentioned are also the result of original research. This book brings together stories, history, custom and folklore in a unique way.
The reader is given an unprecedented insight, for Cornish Folk Tales performs a dual role. Not only does it recount the tales of its title but, in a unique way, it places them in a beautifully researched and completely realistic context, which effortlessly draws the reader into a lost world of two centuries past. It informs as much as it entertains, with no detriment to either. The reviews have been wonderful - you will enjoy it too!
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