Bags

Probably my favourite record shop bag is this one from the long gone ‘Centre of Music’ in Cardigan.   The shop was first located in the centre of town I believe, on the site of what is now The Original Factory Shop, before moving to Pendre and finally closing in the early 1980s.20190227_173824.jpgI met Mani’s Son Gethin back in 2010 when I was exhibiting some work in the Guildhall Gallery in the town centre.  The exhibition was part of a project about local chapels and their history and we chatted about his father who I had heard used to record various local chapel’s Cymanfa Ganu events (Choir festivals) direct to disc before the advent of tape recorders.  He told me about how they had built the first radio in their village and how they placed the earpiece (no speakers in those days) in a large ceramic bowl and gathered around to listen, and how his mother was deeply suspicious of who and where the voices they heard were.
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He returned later in the week bringing me a CD of recordings his father had made in local chapels, a vintage bag from the shop and a blank unused record (which has lived on my kitchen wall since).

Another local music shop no longer trading is Swales in Haverfordwest.  Trading into the 90s I remember it was one of the best record shops in the area as well as selling instruments and sheet music too.  Visit http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/swales.html for a great selection of photos from there.  The founder and namesake Robert Joffre Swales, known as “Joffre”, was awarded an MBE in 1975 for his services to music in the town for over 50 years.  As well as playing in a number of bands and teaching music he set up an instrument rental scheme at Swales, allowing those less well off members of the community the opportunity to enjoy learning and playing an instrument.

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These last ones I know very little or nothing about, the Dales bag came (with a record in) from a charity shop in Fishguard I think, the others were gifts from my good friend Flo Fflach.
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Three Four Five Nursery Course - Nonsense songs

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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 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

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.

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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)