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OriginTregajorran, Cornwall, England
GenresFolk, world, celtic
Years active2001 (2001)–present
LabelsDalla Records
MembersHilary Coleman
Neil Davey
Bec Applebee
Jen Dyer
Kyt Le Nen Davey
Past membersSimon Lockley
Steve Hunt

Dalla was a band specialising in traditional Cornish music who were active from the late 1990s until about 2017. They were known mainly for their festival and concert performances, but until about 2013 also played music for Cornish Nos Lowen dance nights. After this, they used the name 'Skillywidden' when playing as a dance band. Skillywidden continues to be one of the main Nos Lowen dance bands. [1]

Members play the clarinet, bouzouki, fiddle, viola, accordion and percussion. They sing in both Cornish and English.[2]

Various members of Dalla formerly played in Bucca (a Cornish band named for the supernatural sea deities called Bucca), Sowena, Anao Atao and other bands. The music displays influences from these previous sounds. Dalla often appear with many additional instruments, which vary from event to event.


Dalla had its roots in 'The Jack and Jenny Band'. In 1999 they became Sowena, and two years later, the band underwent a second transformation as remaining additional members left and Neil Davey joined to complete the classic Dalla sound.[citation needed] Dalla's Myspace profile cites a wide range of influences.[3]


Dalla has greatly influenced Cornish music,[citation needed] encouraging the formation of 'Noze looan' bands, particularly by younger people and influencing bands such as The Red Army (band), Pentorr, and Tezen Koynt.[citation needed]

They have been involved in numerous Cornish music projects, run by Cumpas such as 'kick up your heels' in which young people from across Cornwall played in a large underground concert at Carnglaze Caverns, or the 'crowders and horners' project, to encourage processional Cornish music and dance.


In the Cornish Guardian Bert Biscoe wrote "There is an intelligence that inhabits and underpins the various activities of Dalla..." [4]


Although Dalla has a core of two to three members they rarely perform without additional musicians, and on such occasions when there are only two they are usually referred to as the 'dalla duo'.




  1. ^ email 2012-11-09 "we’d like to announce the imminent arrival on the nos lowen scene of an irrepressible, rapscallion creature by the name of ‘Skillywidden’! Basically, this is the Dalla dance band, and is the name the members of Dalla (and various distinguished guests) will be using whenever we play for dancing. Meanwhile, ‘Dalla’ will continue to be the name of the concert/festival band we know and love so well! Our first outing as ‘Skillywidden’ will be the big Degol Stul Nos Lowen on January 5th 2013."
  2. ^ Band website
  3. ^ Dalla's Myspace profile Archived 2007-09-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Dalla are Cornish pioneers", Cornish Guardian 1 September 2010
  5. ^ *Review Of 'A Richer Vein'
  6. ^ Just Cornish (Online shop) promotional message for "More salt" Archived 2004-07-07 at Archive.today