Alain Stivell, the renowned musician from Brittany and collector of Celtic music, sang in Breton, Cornish, Gaelic and Cymraeg. He played a variety of Celtic instruments, which included the pipes, the harp, the whistle, the fiddle and the guitar, and he was a great entertainer. He symbolises the common musical and cultural traditions which unite the Celtic nations of
They were a highly civilised people, not woad-covered marauders as they have often been depicted, and were skilled craftsmen and artisans. Their technology was the best of its age. They kept cattle and sheep and drank mead made from barley and honey.
They called themselves the Cymry, and the Cymry of Wales retained the best of their Celtic heritage, along with the people of Dyfnaint (
They were known as Brythons, differentiated from their Celtic cousins the Goidels, or Gaels, who occupied southern
The Cymry in Cumbria became separated from their kinsfolk in the south and west. In Dyfnaint and in Kernow the Cymry were hard-pressed and many of them migrated back to
The three Brythonic languages were identical until fate divided them and they acquired their own distinct characteristics. As noted in the letter published below, there are efforts to revive and use the Cornish language once more. In
Now that we are experiencing the upsurge of national consciousness in the Celtic nations of