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Trelawny Shout


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You Know The Reason Why!

If those five words mean anything to you, then the chances are that March 5th does too. So how will you be marking St Piran’s Day again this year? 

Perhaps by lending your voice to join us and hundreds of others in pubs across Cornwall as we hold the third ‘Trelawny Shout’ for charity.

A shout is the term used for Cornish pub singing, and there’s always plenty of that going on this side of the Tamar.

But the Trelawny Shout is a little different. A hundred pubs, a thousand voices, one song, one magical hour.  

What better way to celebrate the strength of our amazing communities (not to mention tipping our hats to Cornwall’s patron saint) than to take part in a mass singing of the Cornish anthem, or The Song of the Western Men, to give it its proper name? Penned by Robert Stephen Hawker in 1824, the song continues to bind us today.  

The Cornwall Community Foundation began the St Austell Brewery supported event in 2015 and it has grown year by year. Let’s make 2018 bigger still. The CCF supports projects in every village and community in Cornwall so it is as much a part of this land as shouts and pasties and pub life itself.

The Fishermens’ Friends, The Aggie Boys, Kernow King, local shanty choirs, members of male voice choirs, barber shops, folk groups and Cornish bands have all turned out. Please join them, and communities the length and breadth of the land, in 2018. Hundreds of Young Farmers from Cornwall will be leading a pre-shout on Lemon Quay earlier in the evening.

The pubs themselves will take on the challenge to raise money during the evening in whatever way they choose. And as you know, the CCF covers every parish in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with all the money raised staying in Cornwall.

Please do join in. Keep an eye on our website and find Trelawny Shout on Facebook and Twitter for updates. We can’t do it without you!

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Participating Pubs

Trelawny Lyrics

Links and videos

The pubs joining the Trelawny Shout in 2018 so far:



01288 356113

Bell Inn


01566 77970

Bishop & Wolf

Isles of Scilly


Copley Arms


01503 240209

Cornubia Inn


01736 753351

Countryman Inn

Langdon Cross

01566 785333

County Arms

Highertown, Truro

01872 273972

Falcon Hotel


01288 352005

Fire Engine


01736 710771

Four Lords


01726 810911

Fountain Inn


01726 842320

Golden Lion

Port Isaac

01208 880336

Great Western


01637 872010

Halfway House


01503 232986

Heron Inn


01872 272773

Hewas Inn


01726 73497

Lifeboat Inn

St Ives

01736 794123

Kings Arms


01726 850202

Kings Arms


01736 731224

Molesworth Arms


01208 812055

Napoleon Inn


01840 250204

New Inn


01726 817360

Pandora Inn


01872 863175

Polgooth Inn


01726 74089

Rashleigh Arms


01726 73635

Rifle Volunteer

St Anne’s Chapel

01822 833038

Rising Sun


01872 240003

Royal Oak


01726 73635

Safe Harbour


01726 833379

Ship Inn


01726 832230

Ship Inn


01726 842855

The St Michael’s Hotel


01326 312707

The Tinners Arms


01736 796927

The Weavers


01208 74511

Top House


01326 290974

Travellers’ Rest


01837 861633

Victoria Inn


01872 27833

Who’d Have Thought It

St Dominick

01579 350214

Lyrics by Robert Stephen Hawker (1804–1875)

A good sword and a trusty hand!
A merry heart and true!
King James's men shall understand
What Cornish lads can do!

And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!

And shall Trelawny live?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!

Out spake their Captain brave and bold:
A merry wight was he:
'If London Tower were Michael's hold,
We'd set Trelawny free!

'We'll cross the Tamar, land to land:
The Severn is no stay:
With "one and all," and hand in hand;
And who shall bid us nay?

And shall Trelawny live? , etc.

'And when we come to London Wall,
A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth!  come forth! ye cowards all:
Here's men as good as you.

'Trelawny he's in keep and hold;
Trelawny he may die:
But twenty thousand Cornish bold
Will know the reason why!'

And shall Trelawny live? , etc.


Download the lyrics here

Shout Kernow's facebook page for all those interested in having a shout somewhere, anywhere in one of Cornwall's lovely friendly pubs!      

Watch the video of the joyous singing of Trelawny here, the final moments of the concert Kernowyon A Gan (Men of Cornwall Sing), a massed Cornish choirs concert, in the Royal Albert Hall on the 2nd of November 2013