Kezia will perform a selection of her own songs, which have been inspired by growing up in Cornwall in an ex-mining town. This experience has fixed her songs with a certain melancholy and the shadow of something lost and has influenced the way she plays and sings. Folk legend Ralph McTell has called Kezia “exceptional” and “one of the most original and exciting artists to come out of Cornwall”.
Colin Leggo, whose parody videos of Cornish culture including ‘Grand Theft Cornwall’ have been a viral hit, will give his thoughts on modern Cornwall in a set entitled ‘The Curse of Poldark’. Colin is a popular figure on the comedy circuit around the UK and reached the finals of the UK Pun Championships this year, beating over 2,000 comedians to reach the last eight.
TEDxTruro curator and co-licensee Mandy Reynolds said:
“We are delighted that singer/songwriter Kezia and comedian Colin Leggo, two of the most exciting talents in Cornwall, have agreed to perform for us. This year at TEDxTruro we are exploring the theme ‘Beyond Barriers’. Kezia and Colin will both bring a fresh take on the theme and are an exciting addition to our line-up.”
Colin and Kezia will join the speakers announced in July, whose talks will cover a variety of issues from neurodiversity and inclusion to endurance.