Sleeve Notes (Original LP release)
CARDIFF AFTER DARK
What makes Cardiff different from any other City?
Well, for a start, it's a capital city, with one of the most beautiful civic centres in Europe.
It's got the castle, Cardiff Arms Park, and one of the most varied and integrated populations in the world.
This is what really makes a City special, its people, their humour, optimism, the ability to overcome great hardships and a great tradition for having a "do" at the drop of a glass.
Oh aye, and don't forget that element which makes us very different from the rest, the language.
I'm not talking about the ancient Welsh Cymraeg but the "KAIRDIFF LANGWIDGE" innit?
We have been described as the "Bristol Channel Yanks," and there is even one theory that the Australian accent originated in Old South Wales before being taken across to New South Wales.
Confused strangers have used many devious ploys to try to impersonate the true "KAAIRDIFF" talker.
In vain attempts to imitate the hard, flat, Kaairdiff "A" or the squeezed, stretched "E" sounds, foreigners have had their teeth wired together, stuck coathtwoers in their mouths, and even clipped clothes pegs onto their noses. All to no avail. There's no substitute for the real thing, hence this record.
I'd like to thank St. Peter's R.FC. and Chapter Arts Centre for allowing us to use their premises, and I want to give a very big thank you to the general public of our City for nagging me into doing it in the first place.
If you want to listen to this record in its true surroundings get yourself a flagon of "DAARK" an' a "Claarksey" and a few tanners worth of chips in an "Echo" and relax. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.
Sleeve Notes (CD re-release)
The Hennessys Folk Group has a cult following in Wales and have represented their country at countless festivals throughout Europe and the USA.
Founder members Dave Burns and Frank Hennessy have been musical partners since the late 1960s.
The current line up includes Iolo Jones on fiddle with occasional guest appearances by Tom Edwards on Double Bass.
The Hennessys wish to thank the following:
S.A. Brain & Co. Ltd for inspiring the cover design (and several of our songs) Nigel, David and Phil at Flocon Valves for their support and encouragement; and all our families and friends.
The Hennessys Crafter guitars & mandolins are supplied by M. Hohner Ltd. Bedwas.
Cardiff after Dark — The Millennium edition. This rare distillation of Cardiff Culture has been maturing gently for the last fifteen years When this recording first came out it caused much merriment and fun. Due to pressure from our fans we have decided to remix and remaster the album and to add a couple of tracks which were not included in the original.
As you will see from the reproduced sleeve notes, not much has changed Cardiff is if anything even more beautiful and the city has grown in stature throughout the world.
As for us Cardiftians. Well, we still enjoy having a "Do" whenever and wherever so, let the party start here. What makes Cardiff different from any other city?
Well, for a start it's a capital city, it has one of the most beautiful civic centres in Europe, at it's heart is a magnificent castle and in its very centre is the World's most famous Rugby ground, Cardiff Arms Park.
But what makes a city really special is it's people, their humour, resilience and optimism. Cardiff has one of the most varied and integrated populations in these Islands and perhaps it is these factors which have produced our unique language.
No, we are not talking about the ancient Cymraeg, although you are likely to hear Welsh widely spoken.
We're talking about the Kaairdiff Langwidge innit?
We've been described as the "Bristol Channel Yanks", and there is even a theory that the Australian accent originated in Old South Wales, before being taken over to New South Wales.
In vain attempts to imitate the hard flat Kaairdiff "A", or the squeezed, strangulated "E" sounds, foreigners have had their teeth wired together, stuck coathangers in their mouths and clipped clothes pegs onto their noses. All to no avail!
There is no substitute for the real thing, hence this recording.
If you want to listen to it in it's true surroundings, get yourself a flagon of "Dark", a Clarksey (Clarks Pie), and a tanners worth of chips in an Echo.
Relax and enjoy.