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'Y Swynwr o Solfach' Meic Stevens sy'n ein tywys i dri lle o'i ddewis personol. Singer and composer Meic Stevens takes us to three places that have played an important part in h...


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-I don't feel a sense of longing.

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-I've never felt a longing

-for this village.

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-No, I'm not someone

-who longs for anything.

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-I'm not saying

-there's no such feeling.

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-It might be that others

-are more tender than me.

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-I've travelled around too much.

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-It's odd that you end up

-coming back.

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-# I am the beginning

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-# I am the word

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-# My body is the land,

-the trees and the leaves

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-# My hair is the blood #

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-I was born in Harbour House.

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-I lived in Harbour House

-until I was about eight years old.

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-My great-great-grandmother,

-Ann Jenkins...

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-..passed away when she was 97.

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-The house was too big for Blodwen

-to look after and clean...

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-..so we moved

-to my great-grandmother's house.

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-We didn't have to pay a penny

-for the house...

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-..which worked out well.

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-There was no sanitation

-or electricity back then.

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-They built bungalows

-for the elderly...

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-..at the top.

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-We moved up there

-when I was about 12 years old.

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-That's where we lived...

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-..until Data passed away

-when I was 14.

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-Life was different up the top...

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-..because there was electricity.

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-We didn't need to use the oil lamps.

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-They got rid of them all.

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-We also had a bathroom

-with a flushing toilet.

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-That was certainly different.

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-Before that,

-we used to go in a bucket...

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-..in a shed out the back.

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-All the waste went into the river...

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-..and washed out to sea.

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-We couldn't do that nowadays.

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-Health and Safety

-would have a field day.

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-I used to spend my time

-fishing and rowing.

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-I had a small boat,

-similar to those down there.

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-I used to go out fishing.

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-In summer, we'd all go swimming

-around that corner...

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-..when the sun was out.

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-It was just a wonderful place

-to live.

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-# The infant's grey eyes

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-# See the ships leaving #

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-When you've grown up

-in a place like this...

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-..you learn a lot about nature

-because you're in the thick of it.

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-It's a habitat

-for all kinds of birds and fish.

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-It's teeming with wildlife.

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-The old people

-knew everything about animals.

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-They would hunt

-and shoot rabbits over there...

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-..as well as ducks

-and other creatures for sustenance.

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-I'd fish

-and take home what I'd caught.

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-Salmon, trout...

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-..and other kinds of fish.

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-As you can see,

-the sea is vital here.

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-The tide comes in and out every day.

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-You need a boat here.

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-You must have a boat

-to be able to live in Solva.

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-Not having a boat would be like

-living without arms or legs.

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-Having a boat is essential.

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-# The fishing boats of Dyfed

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-# Echoes of men's voices

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-# And their long oars #

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-I feel at home on the open sea.

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-It brings back memories

-of my childhood.

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-Fishing in this bay

-in a little canoe.

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-Being surrounded

-by these huge rocks.

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-Porth Y Bwch is over there...

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-..and Porth Gwyn on that side.

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-Ogof Y Deigryn...

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-..and Carreg Samson...

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-..and Dinas Fawr over that way.

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-I can't believe I climbed that...

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-..without a rope.

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-Just for fun.

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-I was looking for driftwood.

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-Planks and branches

-that had been swept onto the beach.

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-It's nice, isn't it?

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-It's great.

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-It's a little bit misty today...

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-..and a bit damp, but it's superb.

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-I was surrounded by music at home

-with Mam playing the piano.

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-There was a bust of Mozart

-on top of the piano.

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-She played the piano.

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-Walter played the accordion,

-but he drowned at sea.

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-He left home with the accordion...

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-..so Mam wasn't too happy

-about that.

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-The accordion sank with the ship

-in the Skagerrak.

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-I sent away for a catalogue

-that was advertised in the paper.

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-It was among the first guitars

-around here.

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-I sent away for the catalogue

-from Bells of Surbiton in Surrey.

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-I just looked at the guitars

-at first...

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-..and nagged my grandmother,

-my father's mother...

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-..who lived in Shrewsbury.

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-They gave in and bought me one.

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-It was 15 by mail order.

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-It wasn't a very good guitar.

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-It was Italian.

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-But it was better than nothing.

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-All I wanted to do

-was play the guitar.

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-That's how children are.

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-By the time I left college...

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-..I had developed

-into a serious musician.

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-I played the folk music circuit

-in folk clubs all across England.

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-I decided to move back here.

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-My wife was pregnant...

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-..so I thought it was a good idea

-to move back to Solva.

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-That's when I started writing songs.

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-I had written a couple of songs

-before that.

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-I wrote Can Walter when I was 19...

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-..when I lived at the old house

-in Bro Dawel.

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-I'd had a taste of songwriting.

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-Meic Stevens's contribution

-to Welsh rock and pop music...

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-..and to Welsh folk music,

-has been prolific.

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-Had it not been for him...

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-..the Sain record label probably

-wouldn't have been established.

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-He produced Huw Jones's

-first single, Sain 1.

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-He also produced

-a number of artists...

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-..in the company's first year.

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-He more or less dragged

-the Welsh recording industry...

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-..out of the Stone Age.

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-When I was young,

-only local people lived here.

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-There were no English people at all.

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-Just Welsh-speaking Welsh people...

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-..who had been born

-in the village or nearby.

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-There were no strangers here at all.

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-Very few of the original residents

-still live in the village.

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-Most of them are incomers.

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-Most of the old houses...

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-..now belong to people...

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-..who have moved here from England.

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-There's certainly been

-a big change here.

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-I'm one of the old people now,

-though I don't live here.

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-To be honest,

-I wouldn't want to live here.

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-The way the village is now,

-I wouldn't fit in.

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-I wouldn't feel at home.

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-It's out of the question.

-I'd never live here.

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-# Here now

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-# The end of the song

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-# I sleep with her in the grass

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-# I'll throw the tears

-back into the sea

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-# Into the green waves #

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-Solva is just like a mother to me.

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-I'm part of Solva.

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-For people who have been born

-and raised here...

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-..in a strange way,

-Solva has been embedded in us.

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-It's part of our spirit.

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-That's what it is.

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-It's a spiritual place.

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-I strongly believe that.

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-The place is powerful.

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-Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is in Llanbedrog

-on the Lleyn Peninsula.

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-It's a spiritual, historical

-and interesting place.

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-I'm currently an artist

-in residence at the gallery.

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-I'm preparing an exhibition

-of paintings and photographs.

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-I started painting

-when I was four years old.

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-An artist lived in Solva

-at that time.

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-She was known

-as Miss Davies the artist.

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-They invited her to the house

-where I lived at the time...

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-..to see my paintings.

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-She said,

-"Oh, yes, he's got possibilities.

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-"Very good for a kid."

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-I've always been interested

-in painting.

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-I went to art college in Cardiff

-when I was 16 years old.

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-I was given a scholarship

-to go there.

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-I've been painting

-ever since then, really.

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-This is the first exhibition

-of my work.

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-At first, I painted animals...

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-..and things that children

-are interested in.

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-Cowboys, pirates

-and stuff like that.

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-From there,

-I moved on to landscapes.

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-That's what I did at college.

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-Landscapes interested me...

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-..especially those

-of north Pembrokeshire.

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-Later, I started painting portraits.

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-Lots of my friends at college...

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-..all chose to paint landscapes.

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-I thought, yeah, yeah, this is OK,

-but what about people?

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-The terrain

-and the views of the land and sea...

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-..are there forever,

-whereas people aren't.

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-I thought it was important

-to paint people.

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-More recently...

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-..since about ten years...

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-..I've been painting portraits.

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-# Morning breaks

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-# Over the hills

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-# A painter

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-# Colours his paintings

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-# The wind skims over

-the golden wheat

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-# Stars are spinning #

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-People's reactions are important.

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-The whole point of creating

-something like this...

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-..is to connect with people...

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-..and to show

-how interesting they are...

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-..or how attractive

-or amazing they are...

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-..or how they command

-your attention.

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-You're drawing

-the audience's attention...

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-..to that which drew your attention.

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-# The sun's bearing down

-on his loaf of bread

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-# And apples #

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-Singing and performing

-is a bit like acting.

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-It has to be a show

-because that's what people expect.

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-They've heard the records,

-they've paid to come and see you.

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-They've gone out of their way

-to come and hear you...

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-..and have paid money.

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-You have to give them

-something decent...

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-..and something memorable,

-hopefully.

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-That's the intention.

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-Just as you frame pictures

-in an exhibition...

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-..when you perform songs,

-you are the frame.

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-You're the one

-framing the message.

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-# Down on the quay

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-# In the sunshine #

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-I lived in Caernarfon years ago.

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-It was a very happy time...

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-..full of escapades

-and amusing people.

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-# You are my inspiration #

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-It's a historical place,

-as you can tell.

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-For me, Caernarfon

-is the only town in Wales...

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-..that has suffered

-from its history...

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-..and it hasn't changed.

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-# Down on the quay #

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-It's an ordinary place

-and the people are rather dry.

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-Their sense of humour

-is interesting.

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-They also have a strange dialect...

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-..which involves

-a lot of swearing...

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-..as you'd expect

-in a historic port like Caernarfon.

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-I was in college in Bangor

-at the time.

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-I lived down there...

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-..at the end of Segontium Terrace

-with Gwen.

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-I bumped into many famous climbers.

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-They weren't famous to me.

-I'd just met them in the pub.

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-In the Black Boy.

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-I became friendly with them

-and started hanging out with them.

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-I then moved to Blue Peris...

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-..and lived sparsely.

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-There was nothing there.

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-I slept in a sleeping bag

-and wandered the mountains.

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-It was a strange period in my life.

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-# I run to the mountain

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-# I think the time has come #

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-The climbers I met...

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-..included Al Harris

-and Peter Minks.

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-Joe Brown and Don Whillans

-were the top dogs back then.

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-They were the ones who opened

-the pass for modern day climbers.

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-They were rough boys

-from Manchester and Liverpool.

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-But they loved the mountains.

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-They just wanted to be

-in the mountains.

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-At first,

-they just came back and forth...

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-..but then they decided

-to settle here.

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-# I think the time has come #

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-I took an interest

-in their climbing.

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-I'd done a bit of climbing

-in my time.

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-I'd been captivated

-by the mountains back then too.

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-I liked being

-on top of the mountains.

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-As far as his music is concerned,

-no-one can touch him.

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-He's so much more

-than the Welsh Bob Dylan.

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-Meic has created

-a new kind of folk music.

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-He has created new pop songs

-and new rock songs.

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-He has covered the whole spectrum.

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-He has created the most popular

-and catchy songs.

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-Unforgettable songs.

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-His influence can still be seen.

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-I'm about to go to Canada...

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-..to focus on my painting...

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-..for the exhibition

-at the Plas Glyn-y-Weddw gallery.

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-I'm going to live

-on Vancouver Island...

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-..in the Comox Valley.

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-There are all kinds of wild animals

-in that region.

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-Wolves, deer and bears.

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-You just see them walking around.

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-They don't bother anyone.

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-It'll be totally different

-from Wales.

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-I don't know what to expect,

-to be honest.

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-It'll be nice just being

-in a different environment.

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-I don't have any expectations,

-actually.

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-I just want peace to paint...

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-..and to live

-a relatively quiet life out there.

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-I never long for anything.

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-I've wandered all my life

-and never felt a sense of longing.

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'Y Swynwr o Solfach' Meic Stevens sy'n ein tywys i dri lle o'i ddewis personol. Singer and composer Meic Stevens takes us to three places that have played an important part in his life.