A song inspired by Flora Day has won top spot at a competition to find Cornish song for Pan Celtic Festival.

Band. The Changing Room, won ‘Kan Rag Kernow’ on Friday, January 30, at the contest for a new song in the Cornish language organised by Maga, the Cornish language partnership, in conjunction with Cornwall's Pan Celtic Committee.

The winning song ‘Hal an Tow’ is a catchy tune about the popular Flora day, held in Helston every May.

The sound recording of the whole concert can be heard online at

The Changing Room competed against other bands The Grenaways and Goslowes as well as three duos; Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs, Salt and Sky, Jo Tagney and Liz Davies, and solo artist Leanna Stacey. at the event at the Penventon Hotel in Redruth.

The Changing Room will now have the chance to represent Cornwall’s language and culture at the Pan Celtic Festival which will take place from April 6 to 12, 2015 at Londonderry/Derry in Ireland.

In Derry they will compete in the Celtavision competition against the winning entries from the other five Celtic countries.

Tanya Britain from the Changing Room said: “Friday was an absolutely splann night. Fab music, great company. We're very much looking forward to representing Cornwall at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland in April.”

Cornwall has won the competition on several occasions in the past and will be hoping for success again this year.

Portfolio holder for economy and culture, Julian German, said: “The Pan Celtic Festival is an important opportunity to showcase Cornwall’s song writing talent internationally, and put Cornwall’s language and culture on the world map. It was great to hear all the groups of musicians performing in Cornish and it sounded like a very lively evening! I know that The Changing Room will give a strong performance in Ireland on behalf of Cornwall. Chons Da!”