A couple of old 78s recorded playing on a vintage Decca Junior gramophone dating from the mid 1920s. Despite being a song called ‘Land of the Harp’ they both seem to have piano accompaniment, perhaps piano recorded better on the microphones of the day…
The John Lovering version appears to be from around 1929 according to the fantastic resource that is tedstaunton.com. While the version by Miss Annie Rees is listed in the September 1924 Zonophone record catalogue here in the British Library.
More recently I have been involved in a number of projects with harpists, one of my favourites was this short film for the fantastic duo Deuair
Continuing a celebration of Wales and Welsh music here are a few 7inch singles with harps on the covers…
In 2017 I made this short film about John Roberts, ‘Telynor Cymru’, with folklorist Peter Stevenson and harpist Harriet Earis.
And here are some album covers with harps on too…
Dechreuodd casgliad newydd yn Bara Menyn wythnos hwn i ddathlu Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant. A new selection of records started in Bara Menyn this week to celebrate St David’s Day.
A short film documenting a St Davids day excursion to the woods with a Decca Junior and “Hen Wlad fy Nhadau” and a Dulcetto playing “We’ll Keep a Welcome” amongst the daffodils in the ruins and grounds of the Holy Cross Church Llechryd. (2007)
A couple more variations on the resolution theme have been in Bara Menyn over this last week or so.
They will be a new selection in on Friday Jan 25th for Dydd Santes Dwynwen
Another selection for the season – get fit and book your holiday!
Ive collected a few of these old postcard flexidisc records over the years, mostly the audio on them bears no relation to the image or the places shown as far as I can tell. An exception is this one from York.
Many more flexidisc postcard records in this youtube playlist here
A New Year brings promise and hope. Hope of self improvement, of happiness, a new start, a fresh look at life, opportunities – learn that, stop this, go here – no pressure.
A new selection of records in Bara Menyn Bakehouse to help us get motivated for the new year.