Gwlad y Delyn – Land of the Harp (2)

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 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


Gwlad y Delyn – Land of the Harp

Continuing a celebration of Wales and Welsh music here are a few 7inch singles with harps on the covers…

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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…

Cor Telyn Teilo

The Harp of Wales - Telyn Cymru - Cyfrol 2

Cor Telyn Teilo - Anrheg Penblwydd

Janet a Glenda

Ar Log II

Wales Land of Song

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.


Folk Songs of England Scotland and Wales

Cymanfa Ganu 1969

Tom Jones - Green Green grass of Home

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)