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3 Lle - Sian James

Siân James sy'n ein tywys i dri lle sydd wedi bod yn bwysig yn ei bywyd hi. Siân James visits three places of importance in her life: Llanerfyl, Powys; Llanon near Aberaeron and...


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-This area has always been my anchor.

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-I've moved around...

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-..and I've lived in other places

-for short periods.

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-This is where I always wanted to be.

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-I lived in America for a time.

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-Coming back

-after living in America...

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-..I soon realized

-there was no comparison.

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-This is my heaven.

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-This is my home. This is Gardden.

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-It's a very special place for me.

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-It's been in the family

-for generations.

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-The James family

-has been here since 1756...

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-..and we're still here.

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-There's an old fort near the house.

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-The house was named

-after the fort - Garthan...

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-..the old word for hill fort.

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-That has become Garthen,

-due to the local accent.

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-We believe the house was built

-with stones from the fort.

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-It's hard to explain the emotional

-ties I have with this land.

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-It's deep in my blood.

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-My family have lived here

-for generations.

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-They first moved into the farmhouse

-to the left of Gardden...

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-..Castell Mynydd.

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-They had just escaped from Flanders.

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-We've lived here

-for many generations.

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-It's left its mark on me

-as a person evidently.

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-Can you see that white house

-over there?

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-Do you know what it's called?

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-Gyfylchau.

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-That's where Nain Bryn Tanat,

-my mother, stayed during the war.

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-She'd stay in Gyfylchau with her

-Auntie Maggie and Uncle Ifan John.

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-Being here with the children

-reaffirms my love for this place.

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-I have the opportunity...

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-..to pass on

-the family stories to them...

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-..stories of my mother's childhood.

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-And then ours.

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-I don't think ours is as big.

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-Caeffynnon is big.

-Can you see Caeffynnon?

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-Can you see Bryn Tanat?

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-Oh, yes. Over there.

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-I was raised in the village,

-in a house called Bryn Tanat.

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-Nain and Taid lived here.

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-This is where I would come

-for peace and quiet.

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-I used to walk up to see Nain.

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-I would walk across the fields

-from Bryn Tanat...

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-..just to have a chat

-with Nain by the Rayburn.

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-Nain passed away

-towards the end of the 1980s.

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-I inherited the house,

-my brother inherited the land.

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-We had a home here.

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-I loved the house.

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-This is where Nain and Taid

-had lived.

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-When we had children...

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-..it was a natural step

-to set up our home here.

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-It was originally a small cottage.

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-I'm not sure

-how my great-grandmother...

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-..raised 14 children here

-but she did!

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-As we renovated the house,

-we found so many fascinating items.

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-We found some children's shoes

-buried in the hallway.

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-They were tiny shoes, three of them.

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-Young families had a tradition

-of burying shoes in the ground...

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-..to bring the house good luck

-and plenty of children.

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-The latter was certainly a success!

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-I also discovered

-my great-grandmother's wedding ring.

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-She'd raised 14 children here.

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-After enquiring within the family...

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-..it appears that she'd lost

-her wedding ring for years.

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-There was a lot of embarrassment...

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-..because she didn't have

-a wedding ring on her finger.

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-When we were renovating

-the floors upstairs...

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-..we discovered a round ring

-which was totally black.

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-We washed it in the well

-and the gold shone through.

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-After making the enquiries...

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-..we realized we'd found

-the long-lost ring.

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-The house is full of music

-all the time.

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-The children play

-musical instruments...

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-..guitars, drums and the piano.

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-They even play the harp sometimes.

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-It's a special feeling for me

-because music is my life.

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-It also acts as a link to the past.

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-Dad's family was very musical.

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-I imagine there's been music

-and singing in this house...

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-..for generations.

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-It's an ideal place.

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-Just seeing the scenery from Gardden

-is enough to inspire my music.

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-She's unique, in some ways.

-There's no-one else like her.

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-She can sing like an angel, and she

-could have performed worldwide...

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-..but she chose to return

-to her home.

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-She's very proud of her roots

-in the Banw Valley.

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-There are drawbacks

-when you live in the countryside.

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-I don't want to romanticize

-too much...

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-..because it can sometimes

-be awkward living here...

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-..for my career

-and Gwyn, my partner's career.

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-We have to travel everywhere.

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-Having said that,

-we have to adapt too.

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-You have to work around

-the difficulties.

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-We decided to open a studio

-in our home...

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-..in the cowshed

-that's a part of the building.

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-We made a lot of alterations.

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-There's something nice

-about being able to work from home.

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-# The valley springs to life #

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-Initially,

-we created the studio for my work...

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-..to allow me to record my music.

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-I recorded

-Pur and Y Ferch O Bedlam here.

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-Nowadays,

-young bands come here to record.

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-Local bands, bands from afar.

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-We record choirs

-and soloists here.

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-It's really great

-having people here...

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-..recording and sharing their music.

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-# I know

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-# Why I'm alive

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-# And I know #

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-When I'm up here...

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-..I'm at peace.

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-I can put everything in its place.

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-I find the peace

-that all of us need.

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-It's very important for all of us.

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-I'm a very fortunate woman.

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-Mam was a great influence on me,

-throughout my life.

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-Mam's family comes from Llanon,

-near Aberystwyth.

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-My forefathers were sailors

-and ship captains in Llanon.

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-This goes back to the 18th century.

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-My grandfather was the first

-to break the tradition.

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-He went to work in a bank.

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-His father, my great-grandfather...

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-..was captain of a ship

-called Barbara.

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-There's a house in Llanon

-called Barbara House...

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-..named after the ship.

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-It's where my grandfather

-was raised.

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-We had a connection to the house...

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-..right up to Uncle Joe,

-Mam's brother, until very recently.

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-Today, the connection

-has disappeared.

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-It saddens me

-that I can't return to Llanon...

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-..with the family still here.

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-Mam's mother,

-Nain Sowth as we called her...

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-..came from Carno.

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-After marrying my grandfather,

-they moved to Llanybydder.

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-Mam and her brother lived there...

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-..until they were

-six and eight years old.

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-In 1936, the family unit fell apart.

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-Nain Sowth decided

-to divorce my grandfather.

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-It was a very unusual occurrence

-at the time.

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-Mam would often tell me...

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-..how she and her mother

-travelled by train...

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-..from Llanybydder to Newport.

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-Her mother had family ties there.

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-She fled to Newport...

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-..and roamed the streets until

-the early hours of the morning...

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-..trying to find a bed

-for the night.

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-They stayed there

-during my mother's teenage years.

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-Mam had a very difficult childhood.

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-She had very few opportunities

-in her life.

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-That's why she was so eager to give

-me the opportunities as a child.

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-Here we have Uncle Joe and Mam

-in Newport.

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-Mam had just become a Brownie.

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-Uncle Joe has joined the Scouts.

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-They both look very happy.

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-Here's a glamorous photo of Mam.

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-She's 18 years old in this photo.

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-She's wearing a green silk dress.

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-There's a reference

-in one of Nain Sowth's letters...

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-..to this particular dress.

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-Apparently, it cost a lot of money.

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-Mam liked her clothes.

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-I knew her as Sister James.

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-To be honest,

-she was a rather flamboyant person.

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-She stood out in amongst

-all the other mothers.

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-She was a very special lady....

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-..and very colourful.

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-She often became wound up.

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-I was a very laid-back child.

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-Mam would get frustrated

-as she tried to get me motivated.

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-"Come on, come on,

-you have to do this."

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-"OK..." That's how I was.

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-There was conflict between us

-at times...

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-..but we were still

-the best of friends.

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-The best of friends.

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-Those are the treasured memories

-I have.

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-Curiously...

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-..Gwyn, my partner...

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-..has strong connections

-with this part of Ceredigion.

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-When we became a couple...

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-..Gwyn soon realized

-that he knew some of my family...

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-..particularly, my uncle,

-Jones y Barbara.

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-As we went through some

-of the items in Barbara House...

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-..we found a photograph.

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-My great-grandmother

-is in the photograph.

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-As we were looking at the

-magnificent clothes they wore...

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-..Gwyn saw someone rather familiar

-standing behind her.

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-He said, "I can't believe this.

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-"That's my great-grandfather...

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-"..standing behind

-your great-grandmother."

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-We were both gobsmacked.

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-Fate had brought us together!

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-Composing was my main interest.

-It's what I enjoyed doing.

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-I've been composing on the piano

-since I was six or seven years old.

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-I tried to write down the music.

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-It developed further at school...

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-..and then I wanted to come here.

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-Coming to Bangor University...

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-..was a huge step

-for a girl from Llanerfyl.

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-I had no idea what to expect.

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-I couldn't compare or talk

-about it at home...

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-..because no-one had been

-to university...

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-..before me.

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-I was breaking new ground.

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-I remember the first day.

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-I came here with Mam.

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-I felt, "Wow, this is it now.

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-"I've left home."

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-Mam was ill for many years.

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-Responsibility at home fell

-on my father - he looked after Mam.

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-It was a very difficult situation

-for both of them.

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-I felt drawn

-by very strong emotions...

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-..to return home to Bryn Tanat.

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-I remember Sian turning up

-on the first day.

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-It was an exception for a student

-to turn up driving a car.

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-More than that,

-she had a Volvo and a harp.

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-She was a gold-mine

-for any Welshman!

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-There was also something mythical...

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-..about the way

-her blonde locks walked!

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-She came with some kind of drama.

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-There was a buzz around the place

-when Sian James arrived.

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-# To find another was her plan

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-# To find another was her plan

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-# To find another was her plan

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-# But not one of the village lads

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-# But not one of the village lads

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-# But not one of the village lads

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-# Ffol-di rol-di

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-# Wanted to marry

-Lisa from Yr Hendre

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-# Ffol-di rol-di

-rol-lol ffol-di rol-di ro

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-# To find another was her plan

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-# To find another was her plan

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-# To find another was her plan #

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-This is where Bwchadanas

-was formed...

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-..with friends I'd met

-during the first year.

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-Young, like-minded musicians.

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-That, in itself, was a huge step.

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-It was something I'd dreamt of

-before arriving here.

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-"Ooh, I wonder if I could be

-in a band?"

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-# An old maid lost her lover

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-# Ffol-di rol-di rol-lol

-ffol-di rol-di ro

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-# To find another was her plan

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-# Ffol-di rol-di rol-lol

-ffol-di rol-di ro #

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-The response to Bwchadanas

-surprised me.

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-I didn't know what to expect.

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-Performing at gigs

-and seeing people dance...

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-..that was wow, it was great!

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-It was an opportunity for me to

-express myself in a different way...

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-..in terms of the way

-I performed and used my voice.

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-That was a new experience for me.

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-I'd been singing to harp

-accompaniment since I was 14.

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-The concerts I'd attended

-were rather respectable affairs.

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-In Bangor,

-I was in a band with the lads.

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-They were influenced

-by rock and roll music.

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-Further down the line,

-we had drums and a bass guitar.

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-That opened the floodgates for me.

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-We played

-rock musical instruments...

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-..whilst singing folk songs.

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-That was a huge influence on me...

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-..especially later on,

-with my folk songs.

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-It was exciting, really exciting.

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-I came back here in 2007.

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-I was invited to become

-a fellow of the university.

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-That was a huge honour.

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-It was an emotional experience.

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-I do what I do and that's it.

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-Having someone acknowledge that what

-I've done has been worthwhile...

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-..is very nice!

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-I don't think you can measure the

-importance of going to university...

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-..especially if

-it's the right choice and it was.

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-Not only did I develop musically...

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-..although that was bound

-to happen...

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-..since I was studying

-in the music department...

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-..which was such a bustling place.

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-I also developed as a person.

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-When I first arrived,

-I didn't know how to write a cheque.

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-I felt so naive.

-I'd never had to write a cheque.

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-At the university,

-I learnt a lot about myself.

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-So I'm very grateful to this place.

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Siân James sy'n ein tywys i dri lle sydd wedi bod yn bwysig yn ei bywyd hi. Siân James visits three places of importance in her life: Llanerfyl, Powys; Llanon near Aberaeron and Bangor Uni