5th-11th August: Lorient Festival Intceltique
Kesson is the brainchild of Cornish musician and composer, Kyt Le Nen Davey, who, after enjoying international success with pioneering traditional Cornish music groups Bucca and Anao Atao, wanted to give a helping hand to new artists, to perpetuate the revival of interest in the unique music and dance of this Celtic land.
Set up at the turn of the millennium, the initial focus of this not-for-profit project was to provide a professional distribution platform for CDs, supplying retailers around the world. This was soon extended to selling downloads, and today there are more than a thousand tracks on catalogue.
With its comprehensive directory of Cornish artists, the website soon became the 'go to' resource for those looking to engage musicians for their event, and Kesson found itself acting as a no-commission booking agency.
The 'Tunery' was designed as a resource for those new to Cornish music to find and learn tunes to play at the many pub sessions taking place across Cornwall, but is also helping established performers to include Cornish music in their repertoire.
Perpetuating the tradition as a prolific composer and accomplished arranger, Kyt created a band to provide a platform for his music at major festivals, bringing together some of Cornwall's most talented professional musicians, and setting a new standard for Cornish music.
Kesson is also nurturing a community group, to give an opportunity for Cornish music and dance enthusiasts to work together, perform in public, and link up with similar groups in other countries.