The Oggymen are a group of friends from Falmouth, on Cornwall’s south coast, and they delight in singing traditional and contemporary Cornish songs in three/four part harmony.
The Cornish have a proud tradition of expressing their loves, beliefs, hopes and fears through music. Their 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. 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, the songs of their fathers have been heard less, and collectively they lamented the loss of this bridge to their Cornish past. In 2010 they formed the Aberfal Oggymen with one purpose in mind: to sing Cornish songs in harmony, and to sing them in their community so they would never be forgotten. Apart from dropping the Aberfal from their name, nothing has changed since