|Y Gwenith Gwynnaf
Gwenith Gwynnaf - the whitest wheat is Gwenan’s debut album
with Sain and features a selection of her arrangements of Traditional
Welsh music. Gwennan performs on both a Camac Aziliz lever
harp and a Bryan Blackmore Triple Harp. On some tracks there are
guest appearances from Maartin Allcock - guitar, bass and bouzar,
Huw Roberts / Stephen Rees - fiddle, Dafydd Roberts - flute and
whistle and Deian Elfryn - percussion.
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|01 - Gwenni aeth i ffair Pwllheli||
|02 - Polcas Llewelyn Alaw||
|03 - Dod dy law||
|04 - Llwyn Onn/Hoffedd ap Hywel||
|05 - Adar Man y Mynydd||
|06 - Gwcw Fach||
|07 - Nant y Mynydd / Bwlch Llanberis||
|08 - Y Delyn / Gwenynen Gwent||
|09 - Cysga di fy Mhlentyn Tlws||
|10 - Rhif Wyth / Pibddawns Abertawe||
|11 - Lwli Lw||
|12 - Paid a'm Twyllo||
|13 - Ty a Gardd||
|14 - Y Deryn Du||
|15 - Cainc y Datgeiniad / Y Delyn Newydd||
GWENNI AETH I FFAIR PWLLHELI
This lively Welsh traditional folk song gives a tongue in cheek account of country girl Gwenni's minor mishaps as she goes about her daily chores. There are many versions of this song, this particular one features in a collection of Welsh folk songs published in 1956 and was the version sung in Dolgellau years ago. It was contributed by Mrs Mair Howells, Aberdâr (previously of Dolgellau).
Three polkas from the prize-winning collection of Welsh melodies by Llewelyn Alaw (Thomas David Llewelyn, 1828-1879), the harpist from Aberdâr, Glamorgan.
DOD DY LAW
A haunting traditional Welsh love song, collected from the singing of Miss Tydfil Roberts, The Vicarage, Llanerryl, Powys.
LLWYN ONN / HOFFEDD AP HYWEL
Llwyn Onn was first published by Edward Jones in The Bardic Museum (1802). This particular version is the Welsh gypsies' version, as played by the renowned Nansi Richards. Hoffedd ap Hywel is a firm favourite with Welsh dancers today, but it was probably a popular slip jig in Englanld as well as Wales, as it was published in The Dancing Masters, one of the English collections of dance tunes.
ADAR MÂN Y MYNYDD
A beautiful yet sad Welsh folk song, collected by John Morris in the Ffestiniog area in the early 20th century. The young man in the song sends a message with the birds of the mountain, to his loved one who is suffering from a 'new disease', probably tuberculosis.
Collected just outside Chicago by the Reverend R Silyn Roberts, Gwcw Fach was published by Robert Bryan in Alawon y Celt '(1905). This song also tells of a bird sent as a love messenger.
NANT Y MYNYDD / BWLCH LLANBERIS
A well·known tune by the German composer Philipp Friedrich Silcher (1789-1860), by now firmly linked in Wales with the singing of the poet Ceiriog's well loved lyric, Nant y Mynydd, followed by a tune from the collection by Welsh harpist John Parry 'Bardd Alaw': The Welsh Harper, Vol.2 (1848).
Y DELYN / GWENYNEN GWENT
Cerdd Dant or Penillion singing, the unique and ancient Welsh tradition of singing poetry to the accompaniment of the harp. Modern words in praise of the harp are here set to a melody composed by John Parry 'Bardd Alaw'. Practiced in Wales since the earliest centuries, Cerdd Dant is still very much alive and thriving today.
CYSGA DI FY MHLENTYN TLWS
A well known traditional lullaby noted by Dr J Lloyd Williams from the singing of Mr R Jones, Trefriw, Conwy, and first published in Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Alawon Gwerin Cymru (The Journal of the Welsh Folk Song Society) in 1930.
A Welsh lullaby set on a Polish traditional melody.
A charmingly simple melody from Nicholas Bennett's collection Alawon fy Ngwlad (1896).
TY A GARDD
A traditional Danish tune, made popular in Wales by J Glyn Davies' version with Welsh words, published in Cerddi Robin Goch, 1934.
Y DERYN DU
I learnt this song from Menna Thomas who in turn learnt it from the reseacher and singer Daniel Huws. A simple but beautiful account of a young girl's longing for her loved one and her mission to find him alive and well, with the help of her love messenger, the faithful blackbird.
CAINC Y DATGEINIAD / Y DELYN NEWYDD
This first tune is another original composition by John Parry 'Bardd Alaw', and is a tune often used for singing Cerdd Dant. Y Delyn Newydd was composed by Dafydd Roberts 'Telynor Mawddwy', one of the last of the Llanofer harpists.
On this recording Gwenan plays a Camac Aziliz harp and a triple harp made by Bryan Blackmore, Pembrokeshire.
Producer Maartin Allcock
Made in Wales
|Title:||Y Gwenith Gwynnaf (the whitest wheat)|
|Instruments:||Solo Harp / Harp acc. by voice, guitar, bass, bouzar, fiddle, flute, percussion|