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-With a renewed interest

-in traditional music...

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-..18 performers

-were invited to Fishguard...

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-..to perform their favourite songs

-and folk tunes.

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-Traditional music has been created

-over a number of years.

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-It's been adapted

-by different performers.

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-It really is honed.

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-Apart from being great songs,

-some sound like contemporary songs.

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-That's when I started singing

-folk songs in panic, thinking...

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-.."What if no-one recognises

-these songs in 20 years' time?"

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-That's the origin

-of the recent demand...

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-..for music created in the land

-and inspired by our surroundings.

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-What's the point in writing new

-songs when such beautiful songs...

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-..already exist in Wales?

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-It's high time

-we celebrated the tradition.

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-Gwyneth Glyn

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-Singing folk songs is something

-I've always taken for granted.

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-I remember hearing my father, not my

-mother, because she's tone deaf!...

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-..but my father would sing...

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-..and there were records by Plethyn

-and Meic Stevens around the house.

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-My interest

-has grown over the years.

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-I came across Lloer Dirion...

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-..in an ancient treasure trove

-of folk music called iTunes!

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-I was searching for a song...

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-..and I found a beautiful version

-by Julie Murphy and Fernhill.

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-I instantly fell in love with it.

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-I decided to change it

-from the minor to the major key.

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-I sing a version of it...

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-..that's

-slightly less traumatic and dark.

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-# Tender moon

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-# Colour of the day

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-# In pain and penance

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-# In a dream I'm sombre

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-# Through the charm of some magic

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-# The heart is so weak

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-# I won't live long

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-# When I saw your face

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-# You wounded me like a sword

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-# I received a wound without knowing

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-# I am set apart

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-# Ready for my grave

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-# O Goddess, gentle and good

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-# Hear a wounded man

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-# O save my life

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-# Beautiful moon

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-# Colour of summer

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-# Some are intent

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-# On the things of the world

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-# But on the goodness

-of a worthy moonlight

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-# I set my objective

-clearly and completely

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-# If I had only you

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-# I would say surely

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-# That enough wealth

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-# That enough wealth

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-# That enough wealth

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-# Young girl

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-# I had #

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-Cass and I met years ago

-in a Noson 4a6 gig in Caernarfon...

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-..where we were both performing.

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-We got on instantly.

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-I invited her

-to play on my second album, Tonau.

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-Her interpretation is instinctive.

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-Ryland Teifi

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-The folk-singing tradition

-has always been in the family.

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-There was always a lot of singing.

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-My parents helped found

-the Cnapan folk festival.

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-When I was growing up, all these

-artists passed through the house.

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-The Fureys, The Dubliners,

-Davy Spillane...

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-..as well as Ar Log,

-Yr Hwntws, Plethyn.

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-It was part of my background.

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-I'm singing a song

-called Rew-Di-Ranno...

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-..Diofal Yw'r Aderyn.

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-I chose it because...

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-Well, like a lot of folk songs,

-I remember them from my childhood.

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-I decided to play the bouzouki

-and came up with something...

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-..that reflected

-the themes of the song.

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-# Carefree is the bird

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-# He reaps not a single grain

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-# Without a care in the world

-He sings throughout the year

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-# Carefree is the bird,

-He reaps not a single grain

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-# Without a care in the world

-He sings throughout the year

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Rew-di-rew-di-ranno

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-# Rew-di-rew-di-ranno

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-# Without a care in the world

-He sings throughout the year

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-# He sits on the branch

-Looking at his wing

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-# Not a penny in his pocket

-And he will still be merry

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-# He sits on the branch

-Looking at his wing

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-# Not a penny in his pocket

-And he will still be merry

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Rew-di-rew-di-ranno

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-# Rew-di-rew-di-ranno

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-# Not a penny in his pocket

-And he will still be merry

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-# He will eat supper tonight

-Not knowing where it'll come from

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-# That's how he lives

-Leaving God to feed him

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-# He will eat supper tonight

-Not knowing where it'll come from

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-# That's how he lives

-Leaving God to feed him

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Dimilly-dimilly-dimilly-dimilly

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-# Rew-di-rew-di-ranno

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-# Rew-di-rew-di-ranno

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-# That's the way he lives

-Leaving God to feed him #

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-Huw and I have known each other

-for over 30 years.

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-Huw Roberts

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-Huw Roberts

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-Stephen Rees

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-It was 1996-1997

-that we came together...

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-..to record a duet for the Ffidil CD

-which was released in 1997.

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-We've played together since then...

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-..and we somehow

-complement each other.

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-I'm very fond of simple melodies...

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-..with a limited range at times.

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-It gives more scope

-to develop harmonies.

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-Usually I play harmonies underneath

-the melody, which Huw usually plays.

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-When I was young,

-I always listened to folk music...

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-..and traditional Welsh music...

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-..from being

-at the eisteddfod and at school.

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-Then I heard Gwyneth Glyn's music...

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-..which inspired me

-to write my own music.

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-Kizzy Crawford

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-I'm singing Dafydd Y Garreg Wen.

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-I learnt this song from

-listening to a CD of Welsh music...

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-..which included

-Bryn Terfel's version.

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-I love the way Bryn uses the words

-and brings emotion to the song.

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-That's why I chose the song.

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-I wanted to create the same effect

-with me singing it...

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-..if that's possible.

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-# Bring me my harp

-was David's sad sigh

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-# I would play

-one more tune before I die

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-# Help me, dear wife,

-put the hands to the strings

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-# I wish my loved ones

-the blessing God brings

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-# Last night an angel

-called with heaven's breath

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-# David, play,

-and come through the gates of death

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-# Farewell, faithful harp,

-farewell to your strings

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-# I wish my loved ones

-the blessing God brings

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-# Bring me my harp

-was David's sad sigh

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-# I would play

-one more tune before I die

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-# Help me, dear wife,

-put the hands to the strings

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-# I wish my loved ones

-the blessing God brings

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-# Last night an angel

-called with heaven's breath

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-# David, play,

-and come through the gates of death

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-# Farewell, faithful harp,

-farewell to your strings

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-# I wish my loved ones

-the blessing God brings

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-# I wish my loved ones

-the blessing God brings #

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-Cass Meurig

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-I started playing the lyre

-in the year 2000.

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-I was interested

-in the instrument...

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-..because I was studying

-the history of the violin in Wales.

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-The lyre preceded the violin.

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-It's a medieval instrument...

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-..similar to the bagpipes

-and the hurdy gurdy...

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-..in that

-it has a drone and harmonies.

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-There's no escaping it since

-you're playing six strings at once.

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-To me, it's a modern instrument.

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-It's an instrument

-that I play in modern day.

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-I've no interest in recreating music

-from the Middle Ages.

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-I play it in a way that pleases me.

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-Today, especially since we're living

-in such a technological era...

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-..where there's a lot

-of mass-produced music around...

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-..there's a greater demand...

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-..for organic, home-grown music...

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-..which belongs to us as a nation

-and inspired by our surroundings.

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-People throughout the ages...

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-..have wanted to hear and needed to

-understand their own stories.

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-Folk songs are a way of preserving

-those stories for posterity.

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-Aled Hughes

-from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog...

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-..was tasked with creating a

-compilation CD of various artists..

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-..of J Glyn Davies's songs

-from his book, Cerddi Porthdinllaen.

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-He realized there was a shortage

-of shanties in Welsh culture...

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-..so set about creating his own...

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-..by borrowing melodies

-from overseas.

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-I think the melody is Irish.

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-The Girl I Left Behind Me.

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-The lyrics express deep longing

-but are also ambiguous.

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-That's what inspired the song,

-Yn Harbwr San Francisco.

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-# That old silver moon

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-# Above the world

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-# Did you ever find the Welshman

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-# Who ventured far

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-# From his homeland

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-# From Lleyn to San Francisco?

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-# I appreciate your company

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-# On the open sea

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-# You're at my anchor tonight

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-# Like an old Welsh lady

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-# Above the water

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-# In San Francisco Harbour

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-# Looks like daylight ashore

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-# Everywhere is gleaming

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-# Casting sparks across the water

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-# In San Francisco Harbour

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-# But I can see your white light

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-# As I daydream

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-# About Porthdinllaen

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-# Its bay and its shore

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-# From the faraway San Francisco

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-# Mm-mm-hm

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-# Mm-hm-hm

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-# Hm-hm

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-# Noise from the streets

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-# Rings in my ears

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-# The town is alive and thriving

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-# And the clamour

-of the town's hustle and bustle

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-# Rings out

-over San Francisco Harbour

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-# But silent

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-# Are Lleyn's shores

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-# And all alone I listen

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-# To the distant whirring

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-# Of the waterwheel

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-# From San Francisco Harbour

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-# Tomorrow you'll reach

-the Lleyn Peninsula

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-# Seeing everyone who ever loved me

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-# And seeing houses in a better land

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-# Far away from San Francisco

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-# You can venture quietly

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-# On your way

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-# No gale could ever prevent you

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-# But turbulent storms

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-# Await us

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-# As we sail

-to Porthdinllaen from Frisco

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-# Yes, turbulent storms

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-# Await us

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-# As we sail

-to Porthdinllaen from Frisco #

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-I started off with Irish music...

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-..but I was interested...

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-..in finding out

-what Welsh music had to offer.

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-Oliver Wilson-Dickson

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-I've realized...

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-..that there are

-many beautiful melodies...

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-..in the Welsh tradition.

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-I started from there.

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-History interests me a great deal.

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-So does music.

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-Those two interests

-are entwined in old songs.

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-Gwilym Bowen

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-I've decided

-to sing a song called Dod Dy Law.

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-It's a perfect example

-of a folk song.

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-It's a combination

-of a simple, memorable melody...

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-..with great lyrics.

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-The words don't lend themselves

-to a particular time in history.

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-There's no reference to herding oxen

-and things like that.

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-It's completely contemporary.

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-# Place your hand lest you believe

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-# On my breast without hurting me

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-# If you listen you may hear

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-# The sound

-of my little heart breaking

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-# Wind on the sea

-and sun on the mountain

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-# Grey stones in place of woods

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-# Seagulls in place of people

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-# Oh, God, must you break my heart

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-# Heavy the lead, heavy the stones

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-# Heavy is the heart

-of all lonely people

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-# Heaviest of all twixt sun and moon

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-# Is bidding farewell

-where there is love

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-# Oh, my dearest, take a reed

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-# And hold it at both ends

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-# Break it in half

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-# Just as you broke my heart #

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-The melody I've chosen today

-isn't a rhythmic piece.

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-It's a melody to be sung.

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-Stephen Rees

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-This song blends in two parts into

-an old version of Triban Morgannwg.

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-Famous poetry has been set to this

-music by Iolo Morgannwg himself.

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-I might be a little sentimental...

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-..but at the beginning

-of the 19th century...

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-..Iolo returned from London

-to the Vale of Glamorgan.

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-He writes that this poem embodies

-the feelings of returning home.

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-He then

-sets about writing another verse...

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-..expressing the feeling

-of returning home...

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-..meeting old friends

-and visiting childhood haunts.

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-# I see the sea in Amlwch

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-# I see the Vale of Glamorgan

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-# I'd swap the waves

-for a small cottage

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-# For a small cottage

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-# And healthy I shall be

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-# I see the sea in Amlwch

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-# I see the Vale of Glamorgan

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-# I'd swap the waves

-for a little cottage

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-# And healthy I shall be

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-# And healthy I shall be

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-# I'll meet with old friends

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-# I'll wander the delightful dunes

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-# Where I played as a boy

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-# As a boy

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-# How happy I shall be

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-# I'll meet with old friends

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-# I'll wander the delightful dunes

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-# Where I played as a boy

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-# How happy I shall be

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-# How happy I shall be #

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-Lowri Evans

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-I started singing

-at the age of seven.

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-I competed in eisteddfodau for

-many years singing solos, duets...

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-..and folk songs, of course.

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-I loved singing folk songs...

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-..because you were given

-the first note and off you went.

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-Hopefully you kept in tune.

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-The song is called Tra Bo Dau and

-I remember singing it as a child.

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-Folk songs were usually sung

-a cappella when I was younger.

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-I think the Americana country style

-has crept into this version.

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-It's simplified and more acoustic.

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-It's sung in a country style.

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-It's a song of longing,

-full of love and romance.

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-It's a sad song

-and I feel sad when I sing it.

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-It's called Tra Bo Dau,

-While There Are Two.

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-Of course,

-life isn't like that all the time.

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-Sometimes it becomes

-While There's One.

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-# The one who loves my heart

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-# Lives far from here

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-# And longing to see her

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-# Made my colour grey

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-# Wealth is but a vanity

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-# Purity does not last

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-# But the pure love like steel

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-# Lasts while there are two

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-# From the beautiful choice

-that I chose

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-# My choice was a pure lass

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-# And before I'll regret it

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-# The fire will freeze

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-# Wealth is but a vanity

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-# Purity does not last

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-# But the pure love like steel

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-# Lasts while there are two

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-# My love is over the sea

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-# I hope that she is well

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-# I love the land where she walks

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-# From the core of my little heart

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-# Wealth is but a vanity

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-# Purity doesn't last

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-# But the pure love like steel

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-# Lasts while there are two

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-# Lasts while there are two #

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-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.

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Cerddoriaeth Werin gan/Folk music by: Gwyneth Glyn, Cass Meurig, Lowri Evans, Ryland Teifi, Stephen Rees, Huw Roberts, Kizzy Crawford, Oliver Wilson-Dickson a Gwilym Bowen.


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