Lime Kiln Stage – 12:20pm – Saturday
This group of friends from Falmouth delight in singing traditional Cornish songs in three part harmony.
The Cornish have a proud tradition of expressing their loves, beliefs, hopes and fears through music. Songs chart the history of Cornwall’s Methodist past, the hardships of life as a tin miner, the peril of those at sea, or the lament of the cousin jack, longing for family and familiarity whilst working a long way from home.
These songs are part of our culture; a bridge to both the past and the future. As the Oggymen grew up in Falmouth they heard these songs regularly. Fathers sung them in male voice choirs, friends sung them after working boat races, brothers sung them gig rowing, and they all tried to sing them down the pub…
In recent years, these fathers have been heard less, and so in 2010 the Aberfal Oggymen were formed with one purpose in mind: To sing Cornish songs in three part harmony, and to sing them in the community so they would never be forgotten.
Apart from dropping the Aberfal from their name (people kept thinking they were Welsh!) nothing has changed since then.