Anthologies   •   Cân Cymru — The Song Of Wales

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  • Cân Cymru — The Song Of Wales
    • 1977 - Sain SAIN 1079A LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Land Of My Fathers (Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau) (Evan James, James James) — From an international rugby match at Cardiff
    2. Mountain Stream (Nant Y Mynydd) (Tradd.) — Brythoniaid Male Choir
    3. Rachie (I Bob Un Sy'n Ffyddlon) (Caradog Roberts, Ap Hefin) — Caernarfon Hymn-Singing Festival
    4. Deio'r Glyn (Tradd.) — Leah Owen
    5. Farewell To The Rhondda (Frank Hennesey) — The Hennessys
    6. All Through The Night (Ar Hyd Y Nos) (Tradd.) — The Royal Welsh Male Voice Choir
    7. Men Of Harlech (Gwŷr Harlech) (Tradd.) — Caernarfon Male Choir, Band, 1st Bn, Royal Welch Fusiliers
  • Side Two
    1. Cwm Rhondda (Ann Griffiths, John Hughes) — Brymbo Male Choir
    2. Pantyfedwen (M. Eddie Evans, Rhys Nicholas) — Godre'r Garth Choir
    3. Cymylau (Meinir Ifans, Sioned Evans) — Sidan
    4. We'll Keep A Welcome (Tradd.) — Cantorian Gwalia
    5. Y Doethion (The Wise Men) (Tradd.) — Geunor Ac Eleri
    6. Ddoi Di Gyda Mi? (Will You Come With Me?) (Glyn Roberts, Myrddin Owen) — Hogia'r Wyddfa
    7. Myfanwy (Joseph Parry) — Brythoniaid Male Choir

Sleeve Notes

This unique record features Welsh singing in its glorious variety - choirs, hymn singing, folk, pop, and traditional harp-accompanied penillion singing. The words in English and Welsh are provided inside.

Land Of My Fathers — The National Anthem of Wales — sung by the crowd at Cardiff Arms Park in the unique atmosphere preceding an international rugby match.

Nant Y Mynydd — The best known lyric in the Welsh language, describing an exile's yearning for the countryside of his youth, sung by one of North Wales' finest male choirs.

Rachie — The Gymanfa Ganu, a festival of Hymn singing, is still a vigorous Welsh institution, and when as here, 4,000 voices get together, the. power of the singing provides a memorable and thrilling experience.

Deio'r Glyn — The purity and clarity of Leah Owen's voice is typical of the female Celtic voice at its best. She sings a haunting traditional love song.

Farewell To The Rhondda — A modern folk song expressing the sadness — and latent anger — accompanying the decline of the most famous coal-mining valley in the world.

All Through The Night — A beautiful male-voice arrangement of this famous song.

Men Of Harlech — Rousing songs such as this inspired the Welsh warriors to the defence of their homeland against the invader.

Cwm Rhondda — Probably the most famous of all Welsh hymns. The words are by Ann Griffiths, a Montgomeryshire girl who, in her short life, composed some of our finest hymns.

Pantyfedwen — A recently composed hymn. It has become a great favourite throughout Wales.

Cymylau — The recent upsurge in Welsh cultural activity has seen the emergence of several folk-pop singing groups. One of the most notable is the harmonious girls' group featured here.

We'll Keep A Welcome — Known the world over, this song needs no introduction.

Y Doethion — Penillion Singing is a uniquely Welsh form, where a poem is set to music and sung to harp accompaniment. The harp, however, plays a completely different melody — usually a traditional air.

Ddoi Di Gyda Ml? — Welsh "pop" music puts the emphasis on tunefulness and harmony — qualities which, along with their fine singing, account for the immense popularity of this group from Llanberis.

Myfanwy — The rich harmonies of this well-known romantic male voice favourite rounds off this picture of Wales in music.