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

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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)

Untitled mix for the End of Empire #1

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Photo by Kathryn Campbell Dodd

Despite a few technical hitches I really enjoyed playing with records at the Glynn Vivian for the End of Empire preview.  My audio recorder failed unfortunately so I decided to continue working with the selection of records in the studio and post some recordings of them as I go.  This first mix from the studio uses 3 Swansea based Welsh Teledisc records and ‘Freedom Fanfare’ by the Band of the Nigeria Police, recorded to celebrate Nigerian independence.

Time wasn’t on my side and I didn’t get to play a number of things that I’d hoped, one was this Vistasound postcard record with a view of Snowdon from Llyn Llydaw.

Vistasound Postcard Record - There'll be a welcome in the valley

On the balcony above where I was situated in the atrium is a series of landscape paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams, including views of Snowdon.  I had planned to play this on a portable record player with them, here it is playing in the studio instead..

Swansea Records / Recordiau Abertawe

Swansea recordings include this one by Horizon Recordings ltd, Dylan Thomas House, 32 Alexandra rd

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This from Swan Records Limited, Swansea. No mention of whereabouts in Swansea they were based…a fine figure of a hound though!

To Love and be Loved - Ieuan R Evans

and these from Recordiau Mynydd Mawr, who were at 381 Gors Avenue, Cockett, Swansea

Cymanfa Ganu Fodern

Cor Telyn Teilo a Bois y Blacbord - Emyn a Thelyn a Thant

Dylan Thomas House on Alexandra rd was where the BBC recorded the 1963 version of Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton apparently.  I don’t seem to have that one but found this one from 1954.  (BBC article about the 1954 version)

Under Milk Wood