The 22nd annual Cadgwith Folk Festival, held on 15 July, delighted crowds and seagulls alike and raised £500 for the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust. Organiser Dave Hearne remains delighted at the growing popularity of the annual event: ‘the singing, playing and dancing goes on all day Saturday and now spills over to Sunday – you can’t stop the music!’
Musicians and dancers from all over Cornwall brought their skills to Cadgwith Cove – including the inspiring Cornish Caledonian Pipe Band and the spectacular Penzance Morris whose female dancers thrilled the crowds with their routines. Monologues from Andrew Whitehorn punctuated the afternoon and there were visiting singers from Bristol and Sheffield. Emma Packer, a music therapist gave a brief address on the power of music therapy before playing fiddle and singing in the Cornish duo Salt and Sky.
Landlord Garry Holmes, of the Cadgwith Cove Inn, which hosts the event, said ‘The day is always a treat for everyone – including my staff – and I am particularly happy this year that the event has raised funds for Music Therapy in Cornwall.’
The Cornwall Music Therapy Trust supports the work of state-registered music therapists who deliver music therapy to children and adults across Cornwall with such conditions as autism, cerebral palsy, dementia, downs syndrome and other emotional and behavioural issues. Music therapists also work in the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and Little Harbour Children’s Hospice.