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Alys Williams

Bydd y gantores-gyfansoddwraig gyda'r llais mawr, Alys Williams, yn ymuno â Rhys Meirion y tro hwn. Singer-songwriter Alys Williams joins Rhys Meirion this week to chat and sing...


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-I'm at Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau

-to hear this week's artist.

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-I've never heard her sing live.

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-I'm looking forward to it

-because she has quite a voice.

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-She knows one of my heroes,

-Tom Jones.

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-She's from Caernarfon,

-and she sings solo and with a band.

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-Today, she's with the band.

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-Her voice is world-class.

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-She has incredible control of it,

-and the tone is perfect.

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-She has a special

-and distinctive voice.

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-It's always lovely

-to listen to her.

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-Her voice is amazing

-and she's really cool.

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-Alys Williams's voice

-is rich and sexy.

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-Yes, this week's guest

-is the talented Alys Williams.

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-Hello, Alys, how are you?

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-Are you alright?

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-It's nice to meet you.

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-Thanks for accepting the invitation.

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-Thanks for accepting the invitation.

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-Thank you for the invitation.

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-I'm looking forward to it.

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-I feel as if I've made it now!

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-I feel as if I've made it now!

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-Don't be daft!

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-You've sung with Tom Jones!

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-Tom Jones was one of the judges...

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-..when Alys appeared

-on The Voice back in 2012.

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-She's now a professional singer...

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-..and has developed

-her own unique vocal style.

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-It'll be interesting to see

-how our voices sound together.

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-If voices are really different,

-it does sometimes work well.

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-I'm looking forward

-to the duets now.

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-# And you believe in dreams

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-# And you believe in dreams #

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-Talking of dreams, it's my dream

-to sing a duet with Alys Williams.

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-But this musical journey

-is set to be an adventure.

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-This is the only music

-that Osian has given me.

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-We'll find out how we get on

-as we go, I think.

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-A different way of working.

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-Alys and arranger Osian Williams

-have been close musical partners...

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-..since first working together

-on Can I Gymru.

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-Rhys Gwynfor and I

-were asked to adjudicate.

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-Alys was adjudicating too,

-and that's when we met.

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-After that, we clearly clicked.

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-I wrote Llwytho'r Gwn

-with Candelas for her.

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-That was incredible.

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-# Shadows in the night?

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-# Do you still listen

-to the old songs?

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-# The old songs?

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-# Hero

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-# Load the gun #

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-More recently, we've started

-to work as Alys Williams's band.

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-There's lots of new music

-on the way, definitely.

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-Talking of new music,

-we start work on Alys's duet.

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-Her choice is Gerfydd Fy Nwylo Gwyn.

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-It was written

-and performed by Twm Morys...

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-..for a charity record in 1995.

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-I have no idea

-what you're going to do.

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-I'm not sure myself yet.

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-Osian keeps saying,

-"We'll sort it out there."

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-She does know what she's doing.

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-I worked with Osian

-on the songs last night.

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-I don't read music at all.

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-I listen with my ear

-and try new ideas.

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-I'm looking forward to it

-but I am quite nervous.

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-# By my innocent hands

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-# The most innocent hands ever

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-# Lift me from here,

-from my father's house #

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-I don't sing like Rhys at all.

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-Our voices are totally different.

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-Rhys has an incredible voice.

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-Mam says it's like honey.

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-I don't know how our voices will

-meld, but I hope it sounds nice.

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-# And people in their place #

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-# Look at the wall shaking

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-# Look at the children running

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-# Look at the woman with both hands

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-# Trying to help them all

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-# Until someone like us passes by

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-# Someone like us passes by

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-# Someone like us passes by

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-# Woo-ooo-ooo-ooo #

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-Do you like it?

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-Do you like it?

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-The words, I love it.

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-I sang it at a concert years ago,

-but in the same pitch as Twm.

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-It was really low.

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-I remember thinking,

-this is a bad idea!

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-But it was too late by then!

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-When she's not in the studio,

-Alys loves cooking for friends.

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-I was invited to join in the fun.

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-It was an unusual menu for me.

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-I'm looking forward to tasting

-vegan food for the first time.

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-I can hear someone at the back.

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-Hello!

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-Hello!

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-Are you ready?!

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-How are you all?

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-Are you ready for a party?

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-I've got your favourite.

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-I can smell the aroma from here.

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-Wow!

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-It smells nice.

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-Very good.

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-What have you got?

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-I've made a chilli,

-and this is a veg type of dish.

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-And a less spicy chilli

-for people who don't like it hot.

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-Apart from singing, Alys's ambition

-is to open her own restaurant.

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-Judging by the aroma here,

-I'd be a regular client.

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-I've got salsa, home-made hummus,

-guacamole and what have you.

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-You've been busy.

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-I enjoy it, Rhys.

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-I've had a lovely day today.

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-I really have. Do you want a drink?

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-I really have. Do you want a drink?

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-Oh, yes.

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-I've been asking what you like.

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-I've been asking what you like.

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-Have you? What did people say?

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-Yes, that's it. Champion!

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-Lager top. I'm easy to please!

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-I did ask around.

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-I did ask around.

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-Great!

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-As well as being a musician,

-Alys is also a full-time mother...

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-..to eight-year-old twins

-Catrin and Gruff.

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-In no time, another child

-had joined in the fun.

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-Once we got talking,

-there was no stopping us.

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-One of each.

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-One of each.

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-A bit of everything.

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-Your plate's nearly full.

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-You're right.

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-It is.

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-I don't have room for everything.

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-There are olives there,

-and you could fit those on.

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-OK. There?

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-Like that?

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-You don't have to do

-what we tell you.

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-There's less food than usual, Alys!

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-Is there, Osian?

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-You don't get Rhys Meirion

-coming for food every day!

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-What are you trying to say?

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-I've made an effort!

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-What do you think, Rhys?

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-What do you think, Rhys?

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-Fantastic!

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-Do you like it?

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-I think I might have overdone it

-with this vegan feast!

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-Blimey, I'm absolutely stuffed.

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-Me too! And there's pudding.

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-Me too! And there's pudding.

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-No!?

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-I'll make room for pudding.

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-Have you tried the cocktail?

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-Yes.

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-It's nice.

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-Iechyd da!

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-Iechyd da!

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-Iechyd da!

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-Why the naughty laugh?

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-Because I know how strong it is!

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-With Alys Williams

-and Osian Candelas at the party...

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-..it wasn't long

-before a guitar appeared.

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-# I asked the robin

-where he got his red coat

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-# And here's the answer I got

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-# Mam made me a coat

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-# From a piece of the sky above

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-# When the sun was setting

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-# La la la la la, la la la la la la

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-# La la la la la la la

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-# Mam made me a coat

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-# From a piece of the sky above

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-# When the sun was setting #

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-It was time

-to say thanks for my meal.

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-I've heard that Myfanwy

-was your grandfather's favourite.

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-Yes.

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-Osh and I are going to sing it now.

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-Osh and I are going to sing it now.

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-Are you?

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-Don't, I'll cry.

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-Let's try it.

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-I'll try.

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-# Why does malice, Oh Myfanwy

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-# Now burn so brightly

-in those glowering eyes

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-# Why do your gentle cheeks,

-Oh Myfanwy

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-# Not blush at my desperate cries

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-# Forget thee

-all the vows of passion

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-# You made to me,

-Oh fairest maid

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-# Give me your hand

-my fair Myfanwy

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-# "Goodbye"

-is all that can be said #

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-Hey, good chords.

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-Your turn.

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-I can't. I'm crying!

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-You will hear Alys Williams singing

-in part two...

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-..and me as never heard before.

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-Anyone who has heard her sing...

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-..can tell that music

-comes naturally to Alys Williams.

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-But to hear

-about the performing side...

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-..we met at Pontio in Bangor,

-where Theatr Gwynedd once stood.

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-Have you seen this statue?

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-I've seen a photo of it,

-and I've passed it.

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-What's the connection?

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-What's the connection?

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-This is Taid Berllan.

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-Your grandfather? No.

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-The pieces are starting

-to fall into place now...

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-..about your artistic side.

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-Taid Berllan to Alys,

-but to others...

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-..Wilbert Lloyd Roberts,

-father of the Welsh theatre.

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-In the late 1960s...

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-..he founded the first

-professional Welsh theatre company.

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-But he was Taid to me.

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-But he was Taid to me.

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-Yes, exactly.

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-He was also behind Theatr Gwynedd.

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-He was an exceptional man,

-and you must be proud of him.

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-I'm glad that this sculpture

-is here to commemorate him.

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-What's on the back?

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-Oh, yes, this is nice.

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-I remember this englyn.

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-"A literary man behind the curtain,

-he gave us his thrilling dream

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-"A bright beam, and our stage

-was filled with his light."

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-Do you have memories of him?

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-How old were you when he died?

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-How old were you when he died?

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-I was nine.

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-I have lovely memories of him.

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-I remember laughing a lot,

-he was brilliant with children.

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-He loved gardening.

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-I remember,

-in one part of the garden...

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-..he let the grass grow

-really, really long.

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-He went through it with a mower

-and made a kind of maze.

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-I remember running through it

-as a child, unable to see anything.

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-He knew what children would enjoy.

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-That's how his mind worked.

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-He was an exceptional man.

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-He was an exceptional man.

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-Stay there. Don't move.

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-There is a similarity.

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-Do you think so?

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-I wanted to hear more

-about Alys's childhood.

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-Do you remember the first time...

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-..that you sang as a small child?

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-I don't remember this...

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-..but Mam says,

-and I do believe her, obviously...

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-..that I sang before I talked.

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-I remember singing

-whenever relatives called by.

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-There are loads of photos

-of me singing.

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-I'd perform at every opportunity.

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-Did you compete in the Urdd

-when you were at school?

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-I won through to the main stage

-when I was quite young.

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-I've never talked about this before.

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-I got very nervous and began to cry.

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-That put me off for years.

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-I've suffered with nerves

-before singing for years.

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-I've learnt to ride it out now.

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-Once I start singing, I open out.

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-Once I start singing, I open out.

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-Those minutes before going on.

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-I've been in operas...

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-..where I've heard other singers

-in the dressing rooms vomiting...

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-..before going on.

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-I used to be as nervous as that,

-but I'm not like it at all now.

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-When the audience responds well

-after the first song, that helps.

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-Yes. Yes, it does.

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-It's OK after that.

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-It's OK after that.

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-You're away then.

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-And away we went to tackle

-Alys's duet, Gerfydd Fy Nwylo Gwyn.

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-# Let me see the world

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-# As I have never seen it #

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-I try to Alysify songs.

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-That's what I call it.

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-Working on a song

-and making it suit me...

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-..to see what comes out naturally,

-riffs, what sounds good.

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-I must admit, watching Alys

-made me think how I should sing.

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-# Let me see the homes

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-# Where the curtains are all closed

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-# Let me see the sun

-when it's not summer #

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-I'm drawing my voice back

-and going close to the mic.

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-Trying to match?

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-I'll stay down there.

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-I'll stay down there.

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-That worked.

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-It's lovely, like honey.

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-It's lovely, like honey.

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-I'll stay down and do it like that.

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-I've never heard that range before.

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-I didn't know you had it.

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-I didn't know you had it.

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-It was stunning.

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-Something weird happened there.

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-I've never sung like that before.

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-It was clear when we rehearsed

-and started to record...

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-..that my usual voice

-wouldn't suit the song.

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-I listened to Alys

-drawing everything back.

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-The Alysisms.

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-It's the total opposite...

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-..of how we classical singers

-are trained to sing.

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-Rhys Meirion

-as you've never heard him before.

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-We'll see how it goes.

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-Dear me, that Rhys Meirion,

-not supporting his voice.

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-You don't need to listen to them.

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-You've joined us now!

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-You've joined us now!

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-The dark side!

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-I may not have crossed fully,

-but I'm on a rock-and-roll journey.

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-I'm on my way to Stiwdio Drwm

-in Llanllyfni.

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-I've been invited to hear Alys

-and the band recording a new EP.

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-The line-up features

-four well-known musicians.

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-They've been together

-for over a year...

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-..and a busy summer included

-the Pavilion gig at the Eisteddfod.

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-I feel very privileged

-to be able to watch them recording.

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-Who do we have here?

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-Branwen and Osian, you're siblings,

-in case people didn't know.

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-Aled, you're on the bass...

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-..and Gwion on drums,

-and you're Elin Fflur's brother.

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-You've known each other for years.

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-You've known each other for years.

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-Yes, through gigging.

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-That's why it comes easy

-for us to play together.

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-We all get on so well.

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-It's easy to make music together.

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-# He was smiling at me

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-# But the truth was burning me #

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-She might give the impression...

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-..singing live, that these

-vocal tones just happen.

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-But she puts so much thought

-into the parts that she sings.

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-People don't realize the work...

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-..that goes into the vocal phrasing

-as well as the music composition...

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-..and she takes it so seriously.

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-Very good.

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-That was perfect.

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-I also heard about the first track

-that the band performed together.

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-# I get up in the evening #

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-We recorded Yr Un Hen Ddyn

-in an Eisteddfod pop-up studio.

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-We did that in one take.

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-It felt so right, it felt perfect.

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-It probably wasn't.

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-That gets a good response

-when we play it live.

0:19:190:19:22

-How different is singing solo

-to singing with a band?

0:19:230:19:28

-There's no comparison.

-I feel better on stage.

0:19:290:19:32

-I don't have to worry about them.

0:19:320:19:34

-It feels like one sound,

-and not all eyes are on me.

0:19:340:19:39

-It gives me confidence

-and I much prefer being in a band.

0:19:400:19:45

-I can feel vulnerable singing solo.

0:19:450:19:48

-I'm not sure if I enjoy it.

0:19:490:19:51

-But with the band,

-I really enjoy myself.

0:19:510:19:54

-You're going to sing Blodau Papur.

0:19:540:19:57

-Tell me about the song.

0:19:570:19:58

-It's hard to explain properly.

0:19:580:20:01

-I wrote this song a few years ago.

0:20:010:20:03

-The words weren't really suitable.

0:20:030:20:06

-I'd seen this show...

0:20:060:20:07

-Is this story suitable?

0:20:080:20:09

-..about women killing their husbands

-and getting away with it.

0:20:090:20:15

-The original lyrics had lines

-like "The knife in my hand".

0:20:150:20:19

-Mam said that it sounded horrific.

0:20:190:20:21

-It sounded as if I wanted to kill!

0:20:220:20:24

-So, I didn't use those lyrics.

0:20:240:20:26

-But it retains that sense

-of being someone else.

0:20:260:20:29

-It's a story about unfaithfulness

-and me seeing through that.

0:20:300:20:34

-The paper flowers are a sign

-that the love isn't real.

0:20:340:20:39

-I'm not sure if the story

-about murder was suitable, sorry!

0:20:390:20:43

-# Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo-ooo

0:20:590:21:03

-# Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo-ooo

0:21:040:21:10

-# Tossing and turning,

-there was something on his mind

0:21:100:21:15

-# Talking in his sleep,

-calling her name

0:21:170:21:22

-# Tossing and turning,

-there was something on his mind

0:21:220:21:28

-# Talking in his sleep,

-calling her name

0:21:280:21:35

-# He was smiling at me

0:21:360:21:41

-# Trying to deny it

0:21:410:21:45

-# He was smiling at me

0:21:460:21:51

-# But the truth was burning me

0:21:520:21:56

-# In his sleep, his sleep

0:21:570:22:03

-# In his sleep

0:22:030:22:09

-# Ooo-ooo-ooo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo

0:22:100:22:15

-# The flowers on the table

0:22:160:22:18

-# Are just paper flowers

0:22:180:22:21

-# Flowers on the floor

0:22:210:22:24

-# No tears in his eyes

0:22:240:22:27

-# Flowers on the floor

0:22:280:22:29

-# No tears in his eyes

0:22:300:22:34

-# Aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa

0:22:400:22:44

-# The truth was slipping out

0:22:450:22:50

-# His smile couldn't hide the deceit

0:22:510:22:56

-# His eyes said it all

0:22:580:23:02

-# Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo

0:23:040:23:08

-# Whispering in the darkness

0:23:090:23:14

-# Whispering

0:23:160:23:20

-# Whispering in the darkness

0:23:210:23:26

-# Whispering #

0:23:270:23:34

-After the break,

-I ask one question too many.

0:23:380:23:42

-I never discuss The Voice now.

0:23:420:23:44

-I never discuss The Voice now.

-

-And my duet is coming up.

0:23:440:23:45

-.

0:23:470:23:48

-Subtitles

0:23:520:23:52

-Subtitles

-

-Subtitles

0:23:520:23:54

-Even though I'd been there once...

0:23:560:23:59

-..I was invited back to Alys's home

-on the outskirts of Caernarfon...

0:23:590:24:04

-..where a surprise awaited me.

0:24:040:24:06

-Hello!

0:24:060:24:07

-Hello!

0:24:080:24:09

-Are you OK?

0:24:090:24:11

-It became clear who had invited me.

0:24:130:24:15

-My new friends, Catrin and Gruff.

0:24:160:24:18

-Come on then.

0:24:190:24:20

-You've been practising!

0:24:220:24:24

-Do you remember it?

0:24:240:24:26

-Do you remember it?

-

-I think so.

0:24:260:24:27

-He's been doing it at school,

-saying that Rhys Meirion taught him.

0:24:270:24:31

-Are you alright?

0:24:320:24:33

-Are you alright?

-

-I'm fine. Are you OK?

0:24:330:24:35

-We've been playing instruments

-and jamming.

0:24:350:24:41

-Jamming?

0:24:410:24:42

-I don't understand

-what jamming means.

0:24:420:24:45

-What does it mean?

0:24:450:24:46

-We all play instruments

-to make up a song.

0:24:460:24:52

-Can we hear you?

0:24:520:24:53

-Can we hear you?

-

-OK.

0:24:530:24:54

-Here is the world premiere...

0:24:540:24:57

-..of Catrin and Gruff's new song,

-The Red Squirrel.

0:24:570:25:01

-The piano's out of tune, sorry.

0:25:010:25:04

-Don't worry about it.

0:25:040:25:05

-Don't worry about it.

-

-We're used to it that way now.

0:25:050:25:07

-I've said to myself for three years

-that I'll get it tuned.

0:25:080:25:11

-# One day I saw a red squirrel

0:25:220:25:26

-# A little red squirrel

-running along the ground

0:25:270:25:31

-# I saw a little red squirrel

-running in the woods #

0:25:320:25:38

-The Red Squirrel.

-Remember where you heard it first.

0:25:390:25:42

-After singing, every rock star

-needs to relax on the trampoline.

0:25:430:25:47

-Do you want water or a cuppa?

0:25:470:25:49

-Do you want water or a cuppa?

-

-Children are great, aren't they?

0:25:490:25:52

-Yes, they're lovely.

0:25:520:25:54

-Composing and writing

-their own songs.

0:25:550:26:00

-I've never seen such a thing.

0:26:010:26:03

-They experiment with instruments

-and come up with simple melodies.

0:26:030:26:09

-Catrin wrote those chords,

-but she can't sing and play.

0:26:090:26:13

-Simple tunes, but it's good

-for them to experiment.

0:26:130:26:17

-Playing instruments

-is brilliant for children.

0:26:170:26:20

-Hit them, do what they want.

0:26:200:26:23

-I've been listening

-to your way of singing...

0:26:230:26:27

-..and a lot of that

-is improvised, in a way.

0:26:270:26:30

-When you compose a song,

-do you write it out?

0:26:300:26:35

-I'm not brilliant at the piano.

0:26:350:26:37

-I play chords to myself

-and experiment with my ear.

0:26:370:26:41

-This is handy for writing songs.

0:26:410:26:44

-This is handy for writing songs.

-

-What is it?

0:26:440:26:45

-It's an autoharp.

0:26:450:26:47

-I write the chords

-and the melody on this...

0:26:470:26:51

-..and take that to the band,

-or whoever I'm working with.

0:26:520:26:56

-So, that...

0:26:560:26:57

-You don't need to be able to play

-an instrument well to play this.

0:26:570:27:02

-All you do is press these buttons...

0:27:030:27:06

-..and the chords are there.

0:27:070:27:09

-It's out of tune,

-like everything else in this house!

0:27:140:27:18

-I felt very privileged to hear

-one of Alys works in progress.

0:27:180:27:22

-# Down by the well

0:27:230:27:25

-# There you were, looking down

0:27:250:27:31

-# Looking down

0:27:310:27:34

-# Silver shining in the sunshine

0:27:340:27:39

-# Secret hopes, secret hopes

0:27:390:27:45

-# Deep yearning

0:27:450:27:47

-# Naked yearning

0:27:480:27:50

-# Between the dark walls

-under the cloak of dusk

0:27:510:27:56

-# I hear dreams

-shattering in pieces

0:27:560:28:03

-# At the bottom of the well

0:28:030:28:06

-# At the bottom of the well

0:28:060:28:08

-# The well

0:28:080:28:09

-This is so out of tune.

0:28:100:28:11

-# At the bottom of the black well #

0:28:110:28:16

-I haven't learnt it properly.

0:28:170:28:19

-Did you write that?

0:28:190:28:20

-Did you write that?

-

-Yes.

0:28:200:28:21

-I haven't learnt it yet,

-and it's not finished.

0:28:210:28:25

-Alys has come a long way

-since appearing on The Voice.

0:28:250:28:28

-In the first series,

-she only got to the early rounds...

0:28:290:28:32

-..but in series two,

-she reached the semis...

0:28:330:28:35

-..and millions knew her name.

0:28:360:28:39

-But series like these

-put so much pressure on performers.

0:28:390:28:44

-I wanted to know

-what inspired her to enter.

0:28:440:28:47

-I never discuss The Voice now.

0:28:470:28:49

-I'm only doing so

-because you brought it up.

0:28:500:28:52

-Sorry!

0:28:530:28:54

-I stopped singing for a while

-because I'd had the children.

0:28:540:28:59

-I sang a bit locally

-before that, nothing major.

0:28:590:29:02

-I thought it might

-give me the impetus...

0:29:030:29:06

-..to do what I wanted to do.

0:29:070:29:09

-When I first went on it,

-I was so nervous.

0:29:100:29:13

-I hadn't sung for years.

0:29:130:29:15

-I got this, you know...

0:29:150:29:18

-I couldn't get the notes out.

0:29:190:29:20

-I couldn't get the notes out.

-

-Nerves.

0:29:200:29:21

-The nerves were so bad.

0:29:210:29:23

-It must have been

-a nightmare experience.

0:29:230:29:26

-It's a terrible feeling.

0:29:270:29:29

-It's a terrible feeling.

-

-But you went back a second time.

0:29:290:29:32

-You knew you had to get it right.

0:29:330:29:37

-You knew you had to get it right.

-

-To prove myself.

0:29:370:29:38

-That took a lot of guts.

0:29:390:29:40

-They phoned and asked

-if I'd want to do it again.

0:29:400:29:44

-Initially, I wasn't sure.

0:29:440:29:46

-But I wanted to prove that I could

-do better than I had the first time.

0:29:470:29:51

-I wasn't able to sing, in a way.

0:29:510:29:54

-It went much better the second time.

0:29:540:29:57

-It was a brilliant experience.

0:30:020:30:04

-Tom Jones is a lovely man,

-really nice.

0:30:040:30:07

-But it was strange.

0:30:070:30:08

-You had no real say

-in what you sang or what you wore.

0:30:080:30:12

-Ultimately, it was a TV programme.

0:30:130:30:15

-People always ask me how I felt.

0:30:160:30:18

-I enjoyed the experience.

0:30:180:30:20

-It was a brilliant career boost.

0:30:200:30:23

-But at the same time,

-you couldn't do what you wanted.

0:30:230:30:28

-Do you know what I mean?

0:30:280:30:29

-Do you know what I mean?

-

-Absolutely.

0:30:290:30:30

-They chose the songs.

0:30:300:30:31

-They chose the songs.

-

-The songs, and the clothes.

0:30:310:30:33

-I remember the dress I wore

-on the night I went out.

0:30:330:30:38

-They gave me a Bob Marley song,

-and I knew it wouldn't suit me.

0:30:380:30:43

-I wore something that made me look

-as if I was going to serve sushi.

0:30:440:30:48

-A big white kimono.

0:30:480:30:49

-It was awful.

0:30:500:30:51

-I felt like a big cloud.

0:30:510:30:53

-"Please don't make me wear this."

0:30:530:30:55

-"No, this has been

-allocated to you."

0:30:550:30:58

-In a way, I'm less nervous now...

0:30:580:31:01

-..after singing live on TV

-on front of millions.

0:31:010:31:05

-I can't think of anything more...

0:31:050:31:06

-I can't think of anything more...

-

-In an awful dress!

0:31:060:31:09

-Singing a song

-I know doesn't suit my voice.

0:31:090:31:12

-You can't go through anything

-that makes you more nervous.

0:31:120:31:16

-I never expected to win it.

0:31:170:31:19

-I only wanted to make a career

-from what I love doing - singing.

0:31:190:31:24

-It's been great to that end.

0:31:240:31:26

-Beautiful Alys, beautiful singer.

0:31:260:31:29

-Really, really lovely.

0:31:290:31:31

-Really, really lovely.

-

-I agree wholeheartedly, Tom.

0:31:310:31:33

-Alys chose Gerfydd Fy Nwylo Gwyn.

0:31:350:31:37

-A children's choir

-sang in the original.

0:31:380:31:40

-Alys wanted something similar

-in the new arrangement.

0:31:410:31:44

-Who better than Catrin and Gruff?

0:31:450:31:47

-Because we've slowed it down,

-and the sound is clean...

0:31:470:31:52

-..there's only a piano

-and a double bass...

0:31:530:31:55

-..I felt that a choir of children

-wouldn't work.

0:31:560:31:59

-I've trained

-Catrin and Gruff at home...

0:31:590:32:02

-..to sing it slowly

-and to keep it simple and breathy.

0:32:020:32:06

-Who's talking through this?

0:32:070:32:09

-He's there.

0:32:090:32:11

-Hiya!

0:32:120:32:13

-Hiya!

-

-Hello!

0:32:130:32:14

-# Give me your hand

0:32:150:32:19

-# And we shall see the countries

0:32:190:32:21

-# The roads that come

0:32:220:32:25

-# From the north and the south #

0:32:260:32:32

-Very good.

0:32:360:32:37

-Do you want to listen to it?

0:32:380:32:40

-They seem comfortable in my chair

-in the recording suite.

0:32:430:32:47

-# From the north and the south #

0:32:480:32:54

-# By my innocent hands

0:33:080:33:11

-# The most innocent hands ever

0:33:110:33:15

-# Lift me from here,

-from my father's house

0:33:160:33:22

-# By my innocent hands

0:33:240:33:27

-# Over fields and trees

0:33:280:33:31

-# Over glades and lakes

0:33:310:33:35

-# Over every city and country

0:33:360:33:42

-# Let me see the world

0:33:440:33:48

-# Every corner of it

0:33:480:33:52

-# Every street corner of every town

0:33:530:34:00

-# Let me see the world

0:34:010:34:04

-# As I have never seen it

0:34:040:34:08

-# Idols pulled down

0:34:090:34:12

-# And people in their place

0:34:120:34:19

-# Look at the wall shaking

0:34:190:34:24

-# Look at the children running

0:34:240:34:27

-# Look at the woman with both hands

0:34:280:34:31

-# Trying to help them all

0:34:320:34:34

-# Until someone like us passes by

0:34:340:34:39

-# Someone like us passes by

0:34:390:34:43

-# Someone like us passes by

-

-# Woo-ooo-ooo-ooo

0:34:430:34:49

-# Let me see the court

0:34:500:34:53

-# Where a small boy plays

0:34:540:34:57

-# In a white shirt, kicking a ball

0:34:580:35:05

-# Let me see the court

0:35:060:35:09

-# Where the world revolves so slowly

0:35:090:35:14

-# Held between fingers and thumbs

0:35:140:35:18

-# So sweet and lovely

0:35:180:35:24

-# Let me see the homes

0:35:260:35:29

-# Where the curtains are all closed

0:35:290:35:33

-# Let me see the sun

-when it's not summer

0:35:340:35:40

-# Let me see the homes

0:35:420:35:45

-# Where sorrow is so deep

0:35:450:35:49

-# Where the children never hear

0:35:490:35:54

-# Any good news

0:35:540:36:00

-# Look at the wall shaking

0:36:000:36:04

-# Look at the children running

0:36:040:36:08

-# Look at the woman with both hands

0:36:090:36:12

-# Trying to help them all

0:36:120:36:15

-# Until someone like us passes by

0:36:150:36:20

-# Someone like us passes by

0:36:200:36:24

-# Someone like us passes by

-

-# Woo-ooo-ooo-ooo

0:36:240:36:30

-# Give me your hand

0:36:310:36:36

-# And we shall climb the mountain

0:36:360:36:38

-# There is a road

0:36:390:36:41

-# But only children know the way

0:36:410:36:46

-# Give me your hand

0:36:460:36:50

-# And we shall see the countries

0:36:500:36:54

-# The roads that come

0:36:540:36:57

-# From the north and the south

0:36:580:37:06

-# From the north and the south

0:37:060:37:12

-# From the north and the south #

0:37:130:37:21

-.

0:37:250:37:26

-Subtitles

0:37:290:37:29

-Subtitles

-

-Subtitles

0:37:290:37:31

-My choice of duet with Alys

-was Rhys Jones's classic, O Gymru.

0:37:310:37:36

-It was sung by Eleri Llwyd

-in the 1970s.

0:37:400:37:43

-I thought the song's slow

-and wistful sound would suit Alys.

0:37:430:37:47

-But having seen

-Osian's arrangement...

0:37:480:37:51

-..there was lots to do

-to make it a duet.

0:37:510:37:54

-There are gaps for Alys's voice,

-so I don't know what she's doing.

0:37:540:37:58

-I'll then have to work with that.

0:37:580:38:01

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-I'd give you my life

0:38:010:38:09

-# O Wales, o Wales #

0:38:090:38:13

-When Rhys said we were doing

-O Gymru, I was a bit worried.

0:38:130:38:17

-I imagined him

-belting out the high notes...

0:38:170:38:21

-..and that's not my style.

0:38:210:38:23

-I didn't know

-how I'd make it sound good.

0:38:230:38:26

-Nice.

0:38:270:38:28

-Nice.

-

-Wow!

0:38:280:38:29

-My part's easy!

0:38:300:38:31

-I've never had anyone

-sing so loudly so close to me!

0:38:310:38:35

-Loudly, maybe, but Alys

-can hit those high notes as well.

0:38:360:38:40

-# O Wales, o Wales

0:38:400:38:44

-# O Wales, o Wales

-

-Ooh! Wow!

0:38:440:38:46

-# My Wales, you are my sunshine #

0:38:460:38:54

-I was enjoying the experience

-of working with Alys...

0:38:550:38:58

-..but collaborating with other

-artists isn't new to her at all.

0:38:580:39:03

-She took me to Llanfrothen

-to meet Ed Holden.

0:39:030:39:06

-Do you work together?

0:39:070:39:08

-We met on Gweld Y Byd Mewn Lliw

-and I've known Ed for years.

0:39:080:39:13

-We've moved on and tried

-to do other projects together.

0:39:140:39:17

-Ed, or Mr Phormula,

-is a rapper and beatboxer.

0:39:200:39:24

-He and Alys are working on a project

-that uses just their voices.

0:39:240:39:29

-RAP MUSIC

0:39:300:39:32

-We both use our voices.

0:39:370:39:39

-That's the main link, really.

0:39:400:39:43

-You often use your voice

-as an instrument, don't you?

0:39:430:39:47

-I've always wanted to do

-something voice-based...

0:39:480:39:51

-..but I'm not great

-with the technical side.

0:39:510:39:54

-I know Ed's fantastic,

-having worked with him before.

0:39:540:39:57

-I thought I'd give

-something like this a go.

0:39:580:40:01

-I played some simple chords

-on a piano...

0:40:010:40:05

-..and recorded

-every note individually.

0:40:050:40:08

-Like a voice?

0:40:080:40:09

-Like a voice?

-

-The voice as the main instrument.

0:40:090:40:12

-Then Ed's done some superb sampling.

0:40:120:40:15

-Let's see then.

0:40:150:40:16

-I recorded every note individually.

0:40:200:40:22

-Then you play them together...

0:40:230:40:26

-Wow!

0:40:290:40:30

-So there are no instruments,

-just both your voices.

0:40:340:40:39

-Wow.

0:40:400:40:41

-I wanted to hear how my voice

-would sound electronically.

0:40:420:40:45

-I'll play it,

-and you sing whatever you want.

0:40:460:40:49

-Anything.

0:40:490:40:50

-Anything.

-

-Improvise.

0:40:500:40:51

-The pressure is on.

0:40:520:40:53

-The pressure is on.

-

-Improvising.

0:40:530:40:54

-That's new to me.

-I'm used to a manuscript.

0:40:540:40:57

-And a bloke with a white stick

-watching and keeping you in line.

0:40:580:41:03

-If you improvise, they go crazy.

0:41:030:41:05

-Ready?

0:41:060:41:07

-Ready?

-

-Yes.

0:41:070:41:08

-OK.

0:41:090:41:10

-# Aaaa-aaaa-aaaa

0:41:150:41:20

-# Aaaaaa-aaaaa

0:41:220:41:29

-# Aaaaaa-aaaaaa #

0:41:300:41:37

-Cool.

0:41:370:41:38

-Lovely, very good.

0:41:380:41:40

-Very good, very good.

0:41:410:41:42

-That's now been sliced up.

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-Wow!

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-Wow!

-

-Cool, isn't it?

0:41:510:41:53

-Then, if I use an arpeggiator...

0:41:550:41:58

-I'm beatboxing now!

0:42:020:42:03

-Very cool, Ed.

0:42:100:42:12

-The improvised style persists as

-Alys puts her own stamp on O Gymru.

0:42:120:42:18

-This is creepy.

0:42:190:42:20

-We have to work some parts out,

-and she's come up with some parts.

0:42:240:42:28

-I don't know if it'll work,

-but I've worked a lot with Alys.

0:42:280:42:32

-Her voice goes to places

-I've never heard before.

0:42:320:42:35

-I've never seen anyone

-working this way in a studio either.

0:42:360:42:40

-I came up with a hook

-in the outro at the end.

0:42:430:42:46

-I thought I'd just do some riffs,

-but it's turned out differently.

0:42:460:42:51

-Have you got it, Rhys?

0:42:560:42:58

-You could go down there.

0:43:010:43:03

-Try that.

0:43:050:43:06

-Eventually, there are three Alyses

-on the completed track.

0:43:080:43:13

-I've had a tremendous day today.

0:43:150:43:18

-I've looked forward

-to singing with Alys...

0:43:180:43:21

-..but I was unsure

-how the voices would sound together.

0:43:210:43:25

-I've had to change my style

-more with Alys.

0:43:250:43:28

-But I love how it's turned out.

0:43:290:43:31

-Singing two duets with Rhys Meirion

-has been an amazing experience.

0:43:320:43:37

-Our voices are so different,

-but I think it worked really well.

0:43:370:43:41

-This might never happen again.

0:43:410:43:44

-It's been great.

0:43:440:43:45

-Very good.

0:43:460:43:48

-# You're the only country for me

0:44:050:44:13

-# O Wales

0:44:140:44:19

-# You fill my heart with joy

0:44:200:44:29

-# You're my heaven

0:44:290:44:34

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-I'd give you my life

0:44:350:44:42

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-you are my paradise

0:44:430:44:50

-# My Wales, you are my sunshine

0:44:500:45:01

-# When trouble

-sometimes rears its head

0:45:060:45:13

-# I am lifted

0:45:140:45:20

-# By images of hill and home

0:45:210:45:29

-# The land of my birth

0:45:300:45:35

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-I'd give you my life

0:45:360:45:43

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-you are my paradise

0:45:440:45:50

-# My Wales, you are my sunshine

0:45:510:46:02

-# O my Wales,

-I'd happily sing you a song

0:46:370:46:51

-# A song to honour you, my sunshine

0:46:520:47:07

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-I'd give you my life

0:47:070:47:14

-# O Wales, o Wales,

-you are my paradise

0:47:140:47:21

-# My Wales

0:47:220:47:25

-# You are my sunshine

0:47:260:47:33

-# You are

0:47:360:47:42

-# You are #

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Bydd y gantores-gyfansoddwraig gyda'r llais mawr, Alys Williams, yn ymuno â Rhys Meirion y tro hwn. Singer-songwriter Alys Williams joins Rhys Meirion this week to chat and sing duets.