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Gwenno's new Cornish psych-pop album celebrates her cultural identity

Gwenno discusses her second solo album, Le Kov, which is sung entirely in Cornish — an old Celtic language understood by only 600 people today.
(Heavenly Recordings)

Gwenno Saunders' catchy new psych-pop album will have you hitting repeat, but unless you're one of the 600 people who speak Cornish, you'll have to do some Google searching to understand the lyrics. 

The artist, who releases music under her first name only, is the daughter of a Cornish poet and a Welsh language activist. Her first solo album Y Dydd Olaf is sung predominantly in Welsh. Now, Gwenno has come out with her second album, this time, sung entirely in Cornish — an old Celtic language from Cornwall, in the south west of England. The album is called Le Kov, which translates to "place of memory" in English. 

Gwenno talks to guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, telling her what it was like to grow up in a house that shunned English and Anglo-American culture, and how, in spite of that, she ended up working in Las Vegas. Le Kov is out now.

Produced by Ben Edwards


Gwenno, Tir Ha Mor​ 

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