Lleuwen Steffan Deuawdau Rhys Meirion


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Lleuwen Steffan

Lleuwen Steffan fydd yn tywys Rhys Meirion o gwmpas ei chynefin - yng Nghymru ac yn Llydaw ac yn canu deuawdau. Lleuwen Steffan shows Rhys some of her favourite places in Wales ...


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-I'm in the studio at Sain,

-as you can see.

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-I'm excited because I'm meeting

-Lleuwen Steffan for the first time.

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-Our voices are very different,

-but Lleuwen does sing lyrically...

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-..especially on Duw A Wyr,

-God Only Knows, her album of hymns.

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-God also knows how it'll go today.

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-I'm used to singing harmonies.

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-But classical singing

-is another matter.

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-You have to reproduce

-what's on the paper.

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-We'll see...

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-What am I doing?

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-# The extremist of the year

-downing gin #

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-Lleuwen Steffan

-first came to prominence...

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-..as a member

-of the jazz band Acoustique.

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-She hails from Rhiwlas near Bangor

-and has sung since her schooldays.

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-# His head spinning, in a quandary #

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-Lleuwen's three albums

-demonstrate many influences...

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-..such as jazz, Welsh hymns

-and Brittany...

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-..the latter

-in her latest album - Tan.

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-She's not like anyone else.

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-Her voice is like

-a palette of colours.

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-She can colour every word she sings.

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-Listening to Lleuwen

-is a pure pleasure.

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-She has worked with many artists,

-some of them easier than others.

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-I just hope Rhys isn't a diva.

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-I've worked

-with classical singers...

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-..and the odd diva,

-especially tenors.

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-But I saw the first series

-and he seems alright...

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-..or I wouldn't be here.

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-Here he is!

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-Alright?

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-How are you?

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-Don't address me formally!

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-It's nice to meet you.

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-It's nice to meet you.

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-And you.

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-You're taller than I expected.

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-You're taller than I expected.

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-Heels!

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-I've made an effort!

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-Do you like honey?

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-Do you like honey?

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-Yes. Have you got some?

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-Honey from Brittany.

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-You'll never catch a cold again.

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-Thank you.

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-I don't have a gift for you.

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-I don't have a gift for you.

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-Oh, right. I'm going...

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-Before Lleuwen left...

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-..I wanted to present

-my choice of duet to her.

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-An aria by Handel,

-Laschia Ch'io Pianga.

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-Let's go to the piano.

-I want to try this too.

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-It's also a chance

-to tell the story behind the song.

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-You're a princess...

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-..who has been kidnapped

-and imprisoned by a witch.

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-You're in chains...

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-..in a cave,

-like a dungeon in a castle.

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-Right.

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-So, you're not happy...

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-So, you're not happy...

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-No, I can see that.

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-I'm sure she'll he happy eventually.

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-But one place

-certainly makes Lleuwen happy.

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-Brittany.

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-Lleuwen has lived there

-for eight years...

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-..with her husband Lan

-and two children.

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-As Lleuwen does

-between Wales and Brittany...

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-..I predict lots of toing and froing

-during this programme as well.

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-Degemer mat. Welcome.

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-Welcome in Breton.

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-You're a good one.

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-I'm looking forward to this.

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-I'm looking forward to this.

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-I've arranged a gig for you tonight.

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-Is that OK?

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-Is that OK?

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-Yes, great.

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-Are you willing to sing in Breton?

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-Are you willing to sing in Breton?

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-Yes, yes.

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-You can teach me on the way.

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-You can teach me on the way.

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-OK, I'll do that.

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-Show me the words.

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-Singing in Breton?

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-Anything can happen

-when Lleuwen's around.

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-I wanted to know how an Ogwen Valley

-girl came to be here in Brittany.

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-I hadn't intended staying here.

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-I came here to play a gig

-and to work on my music.

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-Is that when you met Lan?

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-No, I'd been here a while

-before I met him.

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-I got a chance to appear in a show.

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-A sort of musical.

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-The woman who was playing the part

-fell ill.

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-They said,

-oh, she happens to be here.

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-Would I do it?

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-OK, but I don't speak Breton.

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-I didn't then.

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-I had to learn my part phonetically.

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-I saw a video of it a while ago,

-and I wanted to die!

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-I decided to learn Breton,

-and Lan was the one who taught me.

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-Oh, I see. That's how you met.

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-When I want to learn something,

-I'm serious about it!

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-That's the way.

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-So, we're singing tonight, are we?

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-So, we're singing tonight, are we?

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-Well, Rhys. Yes, we are.

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-It's a song called Plac'h Landelo.

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-Right.

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-Believe it or not, there's a place

-called Landelo here, Llandeilo.

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-Plac'h means girl.

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-Llandeilo girl.

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-I'd better get started,

-with a mobile Breton lesson.

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-HE SINGS IN BRETON

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-That "n" with the tilde...

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-..the mark above it, is silent.

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-You say ma, not man.

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-Sorry, I have to look at the road.

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-Sorry, I have to look at the road.

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-Yes, you do that!

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-Or we won't get to the gig!

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-Before the gig, I met some important

-people in Lleuwen's life...

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-..at her home in rural Brittany.

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-The neighbours had called

-to prepare a traditional lunch.

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-Crepes - lovely!

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-Anyone home?

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-Are you alright?

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-Hello.

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-Are you alright?

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-This is Rhys, Mam's mate from Wales.

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-Lan.

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-Lan.

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-Nice to meet you.

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-Welcome.

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-These are our neighbours.

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-In the company of Caradog,

-Eira, Lan and the neighbours...

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-..I got the honour

-of sampling the first crepe.

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-Mmm! Lovely.

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-Very nice.

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-Although I offered to wash up,

-they preferred to hear a Welsh hymn.

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-It's not the first time

-I've had to sing for my supper.

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-# I hear Thy welcome voice

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-# That calls me, Lord, to Thee

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-# For cleansing

-in Thy precious blood

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-# That flowed on Calvary

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-# I am coming Lord

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-# Coming now to Thee

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-# Wash me, cleanse me in the blood

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-# That flowed on Calvary #

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-From singing in Welsh

-to talking in Breton...

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-..Lleuwen is fluent

-in both languages.

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-Have you eaten already?

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-No. Well, a little.

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-As well as speaking it, she also

-sings and writes songs in Breton.

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-I asked her about that challenge.

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-Speaking Breton is one thing.

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-How difficult was going from

-talking and conversing in Breton...

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-..to writing songs and verse?

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-Did that come naturally to you?

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-On the last record I released...

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-..I'm not happy with what I wrote

-in Breton, to be honest.

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-At the time, I knew all I knew.

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-But looking back...

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-..I can write a lot better now,

-put it like that.

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-I'm sure you're the type of person

-who's very self-critical.

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-I am, but I feel I'm right

-when I do so.

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-I don't feel I'm overly harsh.

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-Of every song I release,

-four just aren't good enough.

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-Do you leave them

-and go back to them?

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-Bin.

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-Bin.

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-And start again from scratch.

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-If they aren't good enough,

-so be it.

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-Back in the studio,

-we've turned to Italian.

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-# Lascia ch'io pianga

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-# Mia cruda sorte #

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-We need to sing "Mia" together.

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-How did you say it?

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-It needs more emphasis.

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-# Lascia ch'io pianga

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-# Mia cruda sorte #

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-I sang this song

-when I was at school.

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-That was years ago...

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-..but it's still

-in the memory somewhere...

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-..but not as a duet!

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-Lovely.

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-Beautiful.

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-A good start...

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-..but even the most experienced

-feel the pressure sometimes.

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-I'm nervous now.

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-I'm nervous now.

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-Don't be silly.

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-Slowly, slowly.

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-I don't know what I'm doing.

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-Don't think about singing it like

-someone else, sing it as yourself.

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-A whisky would be nice!

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-We'll have one afterwards.

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-# Lascia ch'io pianga

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-# Mia cruda sorte

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-# E che sospiri la liberta?

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-Wow! That was good.

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-Wow! That was good.

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-That was OK. It felt right.

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-Nice.

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-With the Italian coming along,

-it was my turn to sing in Breton...

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-..in front of an audience

-of fluent speakers, so, no pressure.

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-Bernez, Lleuwen's brother-in-law,

-had already started the gig...

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-..but my watch

-was still on Welsh time.

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-I'm here, and it's a lovely place.

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-I have the Breton song.

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-I've been practising

-with Lleuwen in the car.

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-I hope to get it right,

-and here's Lleuwen.

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-I'm alright, but we're late.

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-Where have you been?

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-I got lost!

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-Have you learnt your lines?

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-I've got them on paper.

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-But Lleuwen was on first, giving me

-a bit more time to learn my words.

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-SHE SINGS IN BRETON

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-Here we go!

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-My Breton singing debut...

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-..in front of an audience

-in a former convent in Brittany.

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-Before I could blink, we'd started.

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-HE SINGS IN BRETON

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-That went OK.

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-Yes. Did you enjoy it?

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-Yes. Did you enjoy it?

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-Yes, very much.

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-I was nervous, mind,

-singing in Breton to an audience.

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-Shall we have...

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-Shall we have...

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-A pint?

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-A pint. Come on then.

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-From the convent,

-we go to the pub.

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-Yec'hed mat.

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-Yec'hed mat.

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-Yec'hed mat!

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-My duet starts to take shape...

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-..and we hear

-a viral hit by Lleuwen.

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-.

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-Subtitles

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-Subtitles

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-So far, Lleuwen Steffan has

-welcomed me to her home in Brittany.

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-Next, I was going to Ty Anna,

-Lleuwen's local pub...

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-..a few miles from her home.

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-# I see someone there

-outside the pub

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-# Striking a match #

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-Hello. OK?

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-Hello. OK?

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-Are you alright?

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-What a nice little place.

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-What a nice little place.

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-Welcome to Ty Anna.

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-I saw the sign, Tavarn Ty Anna.

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-Do you come here

-to socialize and to chat?

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-I like to come here when I can.

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-I like the village.

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-I used to come here...

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-..when a Welshman called Bun Walters

-ran another pub down the road.

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-I went there

-when I first came to Brittany.

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-I'd been told about a pub

-run by this man from Merthyr Tydfil.

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-That he'd give me a Welsh welcome,

-that I'd feel as if I was at home.

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-I arrived and asked

-where the nearest campsite was.

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-He took me into his garden.

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-That's where I was

-for a few months, camping.

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-Camping for months? Lleuwen

-is clearly a very determined person.

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-I couldn't play the guitar.

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-I was 26

-when I learnt to play the guitar.

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-Did you teach yourself?

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-Did you teach yourself?

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-Yes.

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-I was starting to get fed up

-of being in bands...

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-..with people, men...

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-..telling me what to do.

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-When you're a singer,

-especially a jazz singer...

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-..you're dressed

-in a nice frock on stage.

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-You then play a kind of role.

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-I didn't want to do that,

-so I started to learn...

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-..and I'm still learning.

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-How do you start writing a new song?

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-Do you get inspired first

-or do you decide to write a song?

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-The songs that work

-are the ones I don't think about.

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-Five minutes later,

-I wonder if I'll remember it.

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-Something happens...

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-..when it works.

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-When it doesn't,

-you have to work at it.

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-I heard you on Twitter, was it?

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-You performed Bendigeidfran.

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-It's a lovely song.

-Would you sing it now?

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-Have you got your guitar?

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-Have you got your guitar?

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-Yes.

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-They won't mind, will they?

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-They won't mind, will they?

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-No, they probably won't listen!

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-What inspired you to write it?

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-I was travelling last year...

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-..with the children,

-and we were in Philadelphia...

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-..at the time of the Brexit vote.

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-I was emotional

-and the children wanted to know why.

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-I wasn't sure how to explain it...

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-..to a three-year-old

-and a two-year-old.

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-At the time, we were reading

-the Mabinogi tales for children.

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-A simplified version of the tales.

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-I tried to explain it to them

-in that way.

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-Look at Bendigeidfran,

-making a bridge of himself.

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-That's a good thing, understand?

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-Then she played Bendigeidfran,

-the song that had over 30,000 hits.

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-# Sometimes I see you

-with my eyes closed

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-# Standing over a scenic mountain

-above a bay

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-# Asking me to listen

-to beautiful secrets

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-# But I can't hear

-your voice in my sleep

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# This country is sick

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-# Your old island waves its hand

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-# To keep them out

-and to keep us in

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-# We need magnificent bridges

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# Lay down over the waters,

-lay down over the waves

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-# Talking of bridges

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-# People like you,

-uniting yesterday and today

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-# The right and left

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-# The space between the space

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-# That widens every day

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# Only a giant can bridge

-the sea of emptiness

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-# Between two strangers

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-# Between two brothers

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-# We need magnificent bridges

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# This country is sick

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-# Your old island

-is building a wall

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-# The island of the mighty

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-# The island of the weak

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-# We need magnificent bridges

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# Bendigeidfran

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-# Bendigeidfran #

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-Ooh, lovely. Yec'hed mat.

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-Ooh, lovely. Yec'hed mat.

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-Yec'hed mat!

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-# De' miei martiri sol per pieta?

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-Those notes...

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-Those notes...

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-Am I too strict with it?

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-Focus on phrasing.

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-Instead of focusing on the notes.

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-Yes, spot on.

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-Right.

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-Take two.

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-# De' miei martiri sol per pieta?

0:22:030:22:13

-# De' miei martiri #

0:22:130:22:18

-Much better. Ideal.

0:22:200:22:22

-It's been a lot of fun,

-fair play to Rhys.

0:22:250:22:27

-He's very generous, he helps a lot,

-and he offers lots of ideas.

0:22:280:22:32

-He's a 100% kind of chap,

-which is always nice.

0:22:330:22:38

-Thanks for telling me to redo that.

0:22:390:22:42

-Thanks for telling me to redo that.

-

-No problem. I think we're there.

0:22:420:22:44

-Well done. You came to my side.

0:22:450:22:47

-I'm coming to yours now,

-so look out!

0:22:480:22:50

-We've just finished mixing

-and cutting Lascia Ch'io Pianga.

0:22:560:23:02

-I think we've hit the jackpot.

0:23:020:23:06

-Both voices blend well together.

0:23:060:23:09

-Lleuwen has captured

-the feeling of the piece.

0:23:090:23:12

-There was an innocence

-in the way she sang it.

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-On the quiet,

-I think she's pleased as well.

0:23:180:23:21

-# Lascia ch'io pianga

0:23:470:23:52

-# Mia cruda sorte

0:23:530:23:58

-# E che sospiri la liberta?

0:23:590:24:09

-# E che sospiri

0:24:110:24:16

-# E che sospiri la liberta?

0:24:160:24:28

-# Lascia ch'io pianga

0:24:280:24:34

-# Mia cruda sorte

0:24:340:24:40

-# E che sospiri la liberta?

0:24:400:24:52

-# Il duolo infranga

-queste ritorte

0:25:170:25:26

-# De' miei martiri sol per pieta?

0:25:270:25:35

-# De' miei martiri sol per pieta?

0:25:370:25:47

-# Lascia ch'io pianga

0:25:470:25:52

-# Mia cruda sorte

0:25:530:25:59

-# E che sospiri la liberta? #

0:25:590:26:10

-After the break,

-we hear Lleuwen's unlikely choice...

0:26:150:26:20

-I thought you'd be scared.

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-..and an exclusive performance

-of Lleuwen Steffan's new song.

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-I'm at Theatr Felinfach.

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-If you listen carefully...

0:26:410:26:42

-..Lleuwen's doing her soundcheck.

0:26:440:26:46

-I'm here to listen to her live,

-and I'm looking forward to it.

0:26:460:26:50

-I've heard so much praise

-for her live performances.

0:26:500:26:54

-Having recorded with her,

-I can't wait.

0:26:540:26:57

-She's playing an acoustic gig

-with double bassist Owen Evans.

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-Hello.

0:27:100:27:11

-Look who's here. Are you OK?

0:27:110:27:14

-Look who's here. Are you OK?

-

-Very well, thank you.

0:27:140:27:16

-Are you ready?

0:27:160:27:17

-Are you ready?

-

-Yes.

0:27:170:27:19

-How long is your set

-for a gig like this?

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-Tonight, I'll play

-two 50-minute sets.

0:27:220:27:26

-Most of them are new songs.

0:27:280:27:30

-The singing's fine,

-no need to bother with that.

0:27:320:27:36

-But the guitar isn't quite there,

-so they're guinea pigs.

0:27:360:27:41

-I'll be a guinea pig as well.

0:27:410:27:43

-No problem.

0:27:440:27:45

-Lleuwen clearly appeals

-to a cross section of people.

0:27:460:27:51

-Once a fan, always a fan, I'd say.

0:27:510:27:54

-There's a closeness there,

-great honesty.

0:27:550:27:59

-She's an artist, a true artist.

0:27:590:28:01

-I'm not a keen follower of Lleuwen,

-I just happen to have come tonight.

0:28:020:28:06

-I've come to sample her music.

0:28:070:28:09

-We've got all her albums.

0:28:110:28:12

-We've got all her albums.

-

-Yes, every one.

0:28:120:28:14

-If I hear about a new album coming,

-I find out the exact release date...

0:28:140:28:20

-..then buy it straight away.

0:28:200:28:22

-I'm a big fan.

0:28:220:28:23

-I consider myself

-a member of the fan club as well.

0:28:240:28:27

-But it's the first time

-I've heard her sing live in Wales.

0:28:270:28:31

-I can't wait.

0:28:310:28:32

-# Take me to chapel

0:28:380:28:40

-# Take me back to four-part harmony

0:28:420:28:47

-# I'm sitting in the pub

0:28:490:28:52

-# Waiting for some tenor to give me

-harmony and a new hallelujah

0:28:530:29:00

-# Give my regards

0:29:070:29:11

-# To Jesus Christ

0:29:120:29:15

-# Give my regards

0:29:180:29:23

-# Give my regards

0:29:240:29:26

-# Remember me as I was

0:29:390:29:41

-# Give me your blessing

-on my journey

0:29:430:29:47

-# Remember me as a hymn

0:29:500:29:54

-# In your heart, on your lips

0:29:550:29:58

-# And at your fingertips

0:29:590:30:04

-# Give my regards

0:30:080:30:13

-# To Jesus Christ

0:30:130:30:17

-# Remember me

0:30:200:30:24

-# Remember me #

0:30:250:30:27

-Remember Me by Lleuwen Steffan.

0:30:370:30:39

-A performance

-that I'll remember for a long time.

0:30:400:30:43

-It was now time to turn

-to Lleuwen's duet.

0:30:430:30:46

-It seemed an unlikely choice.

0:30:460:30:48

-# I was once lost without redemption

0:30:490:30:53

-# There was no-one

-more impure than me #

0:30:530:30:58

-I love this hymn.

0:30:580:31:01

-I imagined Rhys singing it...

0:31:010:31:04

-..while I listened to the old

-version by Richie Thomas.

0:31:040:31:08

-Then I thought,

-why not make a duet of it?

0:31:090:31:12

-Yr Hen Rebel is my choice.

0:31:140:31:16

-I've listened a lot to the version

-sung by Richie Thomas.

0:31:160:31:20

-The words are quite old-fashioned.

0:31:210:31:24

-Why did you think of me

-and pick this?

0:31:250:31:27

-Do you know something..?

0:31:280:31:29

-Do you know something..?

-

-I could just hear you singing it.

0:31:290:31:31

-Nothing to do with the title?

0:31:310:31:32

-Nothing to do with the title?

-

-The old rebel?

0:31:320:31:33

-I suspected that Lleuwen

-had a surprise in store for me.

0:31:360:31:40

-What's this drum?

0:31:400:31:42

-Oh, look out.

0:31:440:31:46

-You'd better cover it.

0:31:470:31:49

-I thought you'd be scared.

0:31:490:31:51

-That's why I wanted you

-to play the drum.

0:31:520:31:54

-It's payback time for getting me

-to sing something out of an opera.

0:31:540:31:59

-It shows you didn't know me.

0:31:590:32:01

-It shows you didn't know me.

-

-Indeed.

0:32:010:32:02

-Because of his

-classical background...

0:32:040:32:07

-..I thought Rhys would be

-classical by nature too.

0:32:070:32:11

-I didn't think he'd love the idea

-of playing the drum.

0:32:110:32:15

-He doesn't fit into the box

-of a classical singer at all.

0:32:160:32:19

-At primary school in Tremadog,

-I always wanted to play drums.

0:32:200:32:23

-But I always got

-a tambourine or a triangle.

0:32:230:32:27

-I've waited a long time

-to finally get this opportunity.

0:32:280:32:32

-But we'll get the song right first.

0:32:320:32:34

-Hurry, I want to play the drum.

0:32:350:32:37

-Yes, I wanted to start drumming,

-but the singing came first.

0:32:410:32:46

-# Then, despite such darkness,

-a kind, tender voice #

0:32:490:32:54

-I'm meant to be singing.

0:32:540:32:56

-I was far away!

0:32:560:32:57

-You were thinking of the drum!

0:32:590:33:01

-# Saturday morning,

-and the train's late, late, late #

0:33:030:33:09

-Lleuwen grew up in Rhiwlas,

-between Caernarfon and Bangor.

0:33:090:33:13

-While she was back in Wales,

-she took me up Moelyci mountain.

0:33:140:33:18

-You must have played a lot here.

0:33:190:33:21

-It was like a garden to us.

0:33:220:33:23

-I can see the school.

0:33:240:33:26

-I can see the school.

-

-I went to Rhiwlas school, yes.

0:33:260:33:28

-Did you enjoy primary school?

0:33:280:33:29

-Did you enjoy primary school?

-

-I did.

0:33:290:33:30

-Was there singing?

0:33:310:33:32

-Was there singing?

-

-Yes, and Mrs Parry played guitar.

0:33:320:33:34

-I thought she was cool.

0:33:340:33:36

-She wore high heels as well.

0:33:360:33:38

-She kept the beat going,

-banging her foot on the floor.

0:33:390:33:44

-Who were the musical influences

-in the early days?

0:33:450:33:49

-Which pop groups

-or singers did you listen to?

0:33:490:33:52

-I liked Caryl Parry Jones.

0:33:520:33:55

-I liked the Shampw record.

0:33:550:33:57

-That was by Bando.

0:33:580:34:00

-I also liked Tiffany,

-Mel and Kim and Kylie Minogue.

0:34:000:34:06

-People like that.

0:34:070:34:08

-Lleuwen has ploughed her own

-musical furrow by now, of course.

0:34:080:34:12

-You had a song with a number...

0:34:130:34:15

-You had a song with a number...

-

-The catchy title? 346,000.

0:34:150:34:19

-That one. What's it about?

0:34:190:34:21

-It's about a lot of my friends

-who have moved to Cardiff.

0:34:210:34:26

-I felt unlucky

-because my friends had moved away.

0:34:270:34:32

-The traffic of modern life.

0:34:320:34:34

-# If you try your best

-to hide all the time

0:34:370:34:44

-# I know every street, don't forget

0:34:440:34:50

-# In your mind

0:34:520:34:54

-# I know the city,

-its dust and its debris

0:34:590:35:04

-# I know the narrow paths

0:35:040:35:09

-# The lovely gardens

0:35:090:35:12

-# Your skin in your sleep

0:35:140:35:17

-# There are 346,000 people living

0:35:210:35:32

-# In the city of Cardiff

0:35:360:35:40

-# Not one

0:35:440:35:47

-# Of those people, no one at all

0:35:470:35:53

-# Has found the road

0:35:530:35:55

-# The road to you

0:35:590:36:02

-# 346,000

0:36:040:36:09

-# If you try your best

-to hide all the time

0:36:140:36:20

-# I know every street, don't forget

0:36:210:36:26

-# In your mind #

0:36:280:36:32

-After the break, I hear more

-about Lleuwen's musical influences.

0:36:390:36:43

-I'm ashamed to say

-that I like Dad's songs.

0:36:440:36:46

-And how will I get on

-with my ambition to play the drums?

0:36:470:36:52

-You feel it!

0:36:520:36:53

-You feel it!

-

-I feel like a Roman!

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-As I got to know Lleuwen,

-I sensed the rebel within her too.

0:37:050:37:09

-As such, her choice of duet -

-the hymn Yr Hen Rebel - is very apt.

0:37:100:37:15

-# To save an old rebel like me #

0:37:160:37:21

-There's one part...

0:37:230:37:24

-There's one part...

-

-Go on.

0:37:240:37:25

-I can't remember...

0:37:260:37:29

-# Calling out that He

-was the biggest sinner #

0:37:300:37:35

-Just to change it a little bit.

0:37:350:37:38

-Just to go off the beat.

0:37:380:37:40

-# Calling out

-that I was the biggest sinner #

0:37:400:37:44

-I want to sound more rebellious!

0:37:450:37:47

-# I listened to dearest Jesus

0:37:570:38:01

-# As He spoke so tenderly to me

0:38:020:38:06

-# I called out

-that I was the biggest sinner

0:38:060:38:11

-# So can he save

-an old rebel like me #

0:38:110:38:15

-Well done.

0:38:170:38:18

-Well done, Rhys Meirion.

0:38:180:38:20

-With the singing out of the way,

-my drumming dream is coming true.

0:38:210:38:26

-There are no words to learn,

-at least.

0:38:260:38:29

-I was thinking...

0:38:290:38:31

-Yes.

0:38:330:38:34

-Or dum-dum-dum.

0:38:340:38:35

-Oh, right.

0:38:360:38:37

-If that's what you want.

0:38:380:38:40

-That's the one.

0:38:410:38:42

-You feel it!

0:38:420:38:43

-You feel it!

-

-I feel like a Roman!

0:38:430:38:45

-It's time to add the drum

-to the track.

0:38:480:38:50

-I'm so excited!

0:38:510:38:53

-Oh! The end.

0:39:120:39:15

-Thank you. Great.

0:39:180:39:19

-Thank you. Great.

-

-Very brave.

0:39:190:39:20

-What's nice

-is that there's no stress.

0:39:210:39:24

-It's just a matter

-of having a good time.

0:39:240:39:27

-If you sing a good time,

-they hear a good time.

0:39:280:39:31

-Something like that!

0:39:320:39:33

-That was great. I think it's a hit.

0:39:350:39:37

-That was great. I think it's a hit.

-

-Do you think so?

0:39:370:39:38

-There's such a contrast

-between that one and the first duet.

0:39:380:39:43

-I'd never met Lleuwen,

-and now I think the world of her.

0:39:430:39:48

-I've had a great day.

0:39:480:39:50

-I've laughed,

-and I've really enjoyed the singing.

0:39:500:39:54

-Two totally different songs.

0:39:540:39:56

-I took her to the classical world,

-then she took me to her world.

0:39:570:40:02

-Changing Yr Hen Rebel...

0:40:020:40:05

-..to a song with rhythm,

-and a bit of blues.

0:40:050:40:08

-A day to remember.

0:40:080:40:10

-Days to remember, actually.

0:40:100:40:12

-Before we left Rhiwlas,

-I asked Lleuwen about her family...

0:40:130:40:17

-..an event that shaped her life,

-and her father.

0:40:170:40:20

-# O son of the sea #

0:40:200:40:23

-Your father also influenced you.

0:40:240:40:26

-For those who don't know,

-he's Steve Eaves.

0:40:260:40:29

-When I was young, I liked his music,

-but I was ashamed to say so.

0:40:290:40:33

-I thought it was weird to say so.

0:40:330:40:35

-"I like Dad's songs."

0:40:360:40:37

-Maybe your children are the same.

0:40:380:40:40

-They like what you do

-but are ashamed to say so.

0:40:400:40:44

-I wonder if they're the same.

0:40:440:40:47

-I'm sure they are.

0:40:470:40:49

-There's a nice stone

-where we can sit down.

0:40:490:40:52

-We can have a rest.

0:40:520:40:53

-# If you come back #

0:40:540:40:57

-You mentioned

-your father's influence.

0:40:580:41:00

-You had to deal with the blow of

-losing your mother at a young age.

0:41:010:41:06

-Yes, I did.

0:41:060:41:07

-Was it a turning point in your life?

0:41:080:41:11

-Yes, definitely.

0:41:110:41:13

-As you know,

-there's life before and life after.

0:41:130:41:16

-You just adapt your life...

0:41:170:41:21

-..in the way that we

-as human beings are able to do.

0:41:210:41:24

-You don't have any choice.

0:41:250:41:26

-You just deal with it.

0:41:270:41:28

-You get the strength from somewhere

-that enables you to carry on.

0:41:290:41:33

-Did you change as a person

-or did you carry on as you were?

0:41:330:41:38

-I'm sure I changed as a person...

0:41:380:41:41

-..but maybe I didn't realize that

-until fairly recently.

0:41:410:41:46

-We all changed, because

-she was the focal point, in a way.

0:41:470:41:51

-Her nature, you know.

0:41:510:41:53

-She was quite magnetic

-and very lively.

0:41:530:41:57

-Like someone else.

0:41:570:41:58

-Like someone else.

-

-Who?

0:41:580:41:59

-As for your songs...

0:42:030:42:05

-..do you think growing up here

-has influenced your songs?

0:42:050:42:10

-Definitely, yes.

0:42:100:42:12

-In what way?

0:42:120:42:13

-Well...

0:42:130:42:14

-..when you write something...

0:42:150:42:18

-..everything that you experience

-goes into the words or the music.

0:42:180:42:23

-I can't write words or music about

-something I know nothing about.

0:42:240:42:29

-I only write what I know.

0:42:290:42:31

-Yes, I see.

0:42:320:42:33

-This is where I've lived longest.

0:42:330:42:35

-Do you feel a yen to return?

0:42:370:42:39

-Oh, yes.

0:42:390:42:40

-I'd love to move here

-with my family...

0:42:400:42:44

-..and take the children

-to Rhiwlas school.

0:42:440:42:47

-But life isn't as simple as that.

0:42:480:42:50

-Sadly, our time is running out.

0:42:520:42:55

-Sadly, our time is running out.

-

-Already?

0:42:550:42:56

-Thank you for taking me on a journey

-through Lleuwen's life.

0:42:560:43:01

-I didn't know you before this.

0:43:020:43:04

-I didn't know you before this.

-

-No.

0:43:040:43:05

-A welcome awaits you in Brittany.

0:43:050:43:07

-A welcome awaits you in Brittany.

-

-I feel we've become friends.

0:43:070:43:08

-I'll have to hire a motorhome...

0:43:090:43:11

-..and catch that ferry

-with the family.

0:43:110:43:14

-We can share a kir.

0:43:140:43:16

-Yes, or six.

0:43:160:43:18

-Six!

0:43:190:43:20

-# I was once lost without redemption

0:43:430:43:46

-# There was no-one

-more impure than me

0:43:490:43:52

-# And I wondered

-whether the Saviour

0:43:530:43:56

-# Ever save an old rebel like me

0:43:570:44:03

-# I wandered ahead in darkness

0:44:030:44:07

-# The sun didn't rise upon me

0:44:070:44:11

-# My breast was filled with sadness

0:44:120:44:17

-# There was no hope

-for an old rebel like me

0:44:170:44:22

-# Then, despite such darkness

0:44:410:44:45

-# A kind, tender voice spoke to me

0:44:450:44:49

-# Telling me that the answer

-was to look to the cross

0:44:500:44:54

-# To save an old rebel like me

0:44:550:44:59

-# I listened to dearest Jesus

0:45:000:45:04

-# As He spoke so tenderly to me

0:45:040:45:08

-# Calling out

-that I was the biggest sinner

0:45:080:45:13

-# And that he could save

-an old rebel like me

0:45:130:45:17

-# I no longer wander in darkness

0:45:370:45:41

-# The sun dawned upon me

0:45:420:45:46

-# And now I attest unto others

0:45:460:45:50

-# How He saved an old rebel like me

0:45:510:45:55

-# And when I finally reach Heaven

0:45:560:46:00

-# And witness my Saviour's esteem

0:46:010:46:04

-# I'll sing

0:46:050:46:06

-# I'll sing His praises eternally

0:46:070:46:13

-# For saving an old rebel like me

0:46:140:46:18

-# For saving an old rebel like me

0:46:180:46:23

-# For saving an old rebel like me

0:46:240:46:27

-# For saving an old rebel like me #

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Lleuwen Steffan fydd yn tywys Rhys Meirion o gwmpas ei chynefin - yng Nghymru ac yn Llydaw ac yn canu deuawdau. Lleuwen Steffan shows Rhys some of her favourite places in Wales & Brittany.