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Sbardun

Bryn Fon, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Linda Griffiths a Brigyn sy'n perfformio detholiad o ganeuon Alun 'Sbardun' Huws. Popular singers perform a selection of songs by Alun 'Sbardun'...


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-Welcome to a special programme

-in tribute to Alun 'Sbardun' Huws.

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-Over the next hour,

-popular musicians will perform...

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-..a selection of the

-talented musician's work.

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-Sbardun was a member

-of several groups...

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-..including Tebot Piws,

-Ac Eraill and Mynediad am Ddim.

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-He became a prominent composer

-in the past decades.

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-He wrote songs for artists

-like Bryn Fon, Linda Griffiths...

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-..Sian James, Brigyn and Casi.

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-He came from Penrhyndeudraeth

-and he never forgot his roots.

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-Belonging and his home

-were prominent themes in his songs.

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-He wrote candidly

-about his life and experiences.

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-We start with a song from 1998

-- Dawnsio ar y Dibyn.

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-INSTRUMENTAL INTRODUCTION

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-# A phone call

-from the other side of the world

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-# The sun rises over the street

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-# As he tried to stop himself

-from shaking

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-# He reached for the clear bottle

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-# The only remedy for his pain

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-# Before long,

-everything seemed brighter

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-# In the sound of the waves and wind

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-# There were echoes

-of old rock and roll tunes

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-# On the faraway horizon

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-# There was a couple

-who were old enough to know better

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-# Dancing on the edge

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-# In the thunder and rain

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-# Dancing on the edge

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-# A bottle in his hand

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-# He lost confidence, lost faith

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-# He lost friends, every day

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-# He brought shame upon himself

-and upon her

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-# She grabbed his hand

-and held it tight

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-# Whilst she stared at the wallpaper

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-# Seeing people's faces

-from the Sixties

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-# In the sound of the waves and wind

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-# There were echoes

-of old rock and roll tunes

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-# On the faraway horizon

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-# There were a couple

-who are old enough to know better

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-# Dancing on the edge

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-# In the thunder and rain

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-# Dancing on the edge

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-# A bottle in his hand

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-# Ghosts in the black glass

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-# Faraway memories

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-# Of old Jerry Lee rock tunes

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-# Back in those wild days

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-# He lost everyone apart from her

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-# She couldn't leave him

-dancing alone

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-# There's nobody left

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-# Only a rock and roll nightmare

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-# On the faraway horizon

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-# There are a couple

-who are old enough to know better

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-# Dancing on the edge

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-# In the thunder and rain

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-# With her bleeding heart

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-# A bottle in his hand

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-# Dancing on the edge

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-# In the thunder and rain

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-# She stands by his side

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-# His bottle in the dirt

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-# His bottle in the dirt #

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-Sbardun's musical career

-spanned over 40 years.

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-He first performed with

-the wild band, Tebot Piws...

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-..and he was one of the wildest!

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-From then onwards, he was

-associated with other groups...

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-..including Ac Eraill, Mynediad am

-Ddim and the Nia Ben Aur rock opera.

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-He was a fantastic pianist

-and an accompanist for Tecwyn Ifan.

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-He was a true musician,

-in every sense of the word.

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-In addition to being a performer,

-he was a master of instruments.

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-He admitted that

-he wasn't much of a singer...

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-..but he was a fantastic guitarist.

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-He was able to play

-any string instrument.

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-He was also a guitar collector.

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-Now, we tend to think of him more

-as a composer for various artists.

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-His songs were simple and memorable.

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-I know from experience

-that this isn't an easy task.

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-He mastered in this field.

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-His roots were in Celtic

-and Americana music.

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-Over the past few years,

-we've compiled his songs.

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-People are surprised

-by the amount of songs he penned.

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-There wasn't any space for

-more than 40 songs on the CD.

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-It's testament to his ability

-as a composer.

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-INSTRUMENTAL INTRODUCTION

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-# I will sing my song for you

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-# During the harsh winter

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-# Under the cold,

-black sky of the night

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-# When snow swirls to the ground

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-# I will sing my song for you

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-# To keep you warm and cosy

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-# During the early hours,

-the notes of the song

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-# Will sustain us forever

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-# Sustain us forever

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-# I will sing my song for you

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-# Under green spring branches

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-# To the accompaniment

-of the crows and lambs

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-# And the blossoming

-roadside flowers

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-# I will sing my song for you

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-# It will be a haven

-and shelter from the heat

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-# On those warm evenings,

-when summer is at its peak

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-# The song will bring us closer

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-# The song will bring us closer

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-INSTRUMENTAL

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-# I will sing my song for you

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-# Under the autumn leaves

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-# When smoke rises

-from the tips of gold

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-# And the sun's blush diminishes

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-# I will sing my song for you

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-# A song of hope

-during these strange times

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-# In the water and fire,

-the song was composed

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-# I'm singing this song for you

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-# In the water and fire,

-the song was composed

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-# I'm singing this song for you

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-# I'm singing this song for you #

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-Join us after the break for more

-Alun 'Sbardun' Huws songs...

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-..in the company of Magi Tudur

-and Parti Cut Lloi.

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-Welcome back to Y Stiwdio Gefn

-in tribute to Alun 'Sbardun' Huws.

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-One of Sbardun's co-performers

-and close friends...

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-..is the musician and composer,

-Emyr Huws Jones.

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-Sbard' became my best friend

-from the moment we met in 1968.

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-Both of us were studying

-to be teachers at Cyncoed.

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-We failed the course

-but that's another story.

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-I clearly recall the moment we met.

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-He resembled a wild hippie.

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-However, we became instant friends.

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-Both of us owned guitars

-so we played music together.

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-Our sense of humour

-also helped us bond.

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-We always made each other laugh...

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-..and that was an integral part

-of our friendship.

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-During my year at Cyncoed...

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-..every Wednesday afternoon,

-without fail...

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-..we'd visit the joke shop.

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-It wasn't unusual to spot...

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-..two tutors marching down St Mary's

-Street holding their squeaky sticks!

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-Sbardun had mischievous glint

-in his eyes.

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-He was a practical joker.

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-He always caught me out

-on April Fools' Day.

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-His tricks were epic.

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-He always sent me a Christmas parcel

-that included a novelty gift.

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-It was a whoopee cushion...

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-..or a pair of glasses

-with windscreen wipers!

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-It made me chuckle

-and he loved making us laugh.

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-# I don't like bloody hippies

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-# They're so bloody messy

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-# Talking about some zodiacs

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-# And the influence of bloody stars

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-# I don't like bloody students

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-# They're all so big-headed

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-# Pretending to be real ravers

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-# But they're actually bloody snobs

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-# I prefer

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-# Real men

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-# Who smoke Park Drive

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-# And drink in the afternoon

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-# I don't like chapel-goers

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-# They're so bloody dry

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-# Smug elders

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-# With their long faces

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-# I don't like bloody teachers

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-# They're so bloody straight

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-# Bullying little children all day

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-# And thinking that they're great

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-# I prefer

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-# Real men

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-# Who smoke Park Drive

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-# And drink in the afternoon

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-# I don't like folk singing

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-# It's all such a bloody bore

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-# Dressed in long skirts and wigs

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-# And singing in a choir

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-# I prefer

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-# Real men

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-# Who smoke Park Drive

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-# And drink in the afternoon

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-# I prefer

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-# Real men

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-# Who smoke Park Drive

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-# And drink, and drink

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-# In the afternoon #

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-I met him in the 1970s,

-before you were even born, Mair.

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-I recall his fabulous flowing locks.

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-He was fortunate to be born

-with such stylish hair.

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-He wore denim and shopped

-at Gentle Folk in Cardiff.

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-It was the place to buy

-double denim in the 1970s.

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-It was fashionable look.

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-He started the style of wearing

-a red cravat around his neck...

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-..and many Welsh pop groups

-copied the look.

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-I recall growing up and trying

-to be my like my cool Uncle Al.

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-He was different to other relatives.

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-He had a tattoo and earring

-before they were cool and trendy...

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-..because he felt like it.

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-He would also wear colourful

-Converse trainers...

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-..and a neckerchief,

-as Sioned mentioned.

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-He oozed style and sophistication.

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-I think his style

-and eye for fashion...

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-..came from his passion for the

-finer things in life and the arts.

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-He was a fantastic photographer

-and talented artist.

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-He taught me how to paint

-and capture great photographs.

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-I've also inherited his camera...

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-..and am following the same

-Ffotogallery course as he did.

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-If you took a stroll with Sbard'

-he would bring his camera along.

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-He was always behind you...

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-..taking photos of a stone,

-a hole in a wall or piece of wood.

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-He photographed anything

-that caught his eye.

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-This was one of his traits.

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-He also produced

-beautiful handwriting.

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-It was a pleasure to receive

-a letter or note from Sbard'.

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-When composing a song,

-he wrote down the lyrics...

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-..in his beautiful

-and neat handwriting.

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-He wasn't afraid of being unique

-and was comfortable in his own skin.

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-I admired this unique trait that

-became more prominent over time.

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-It was also reflected in

-his composing and music.

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-He had grown into a fearless

-and confident individual.

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-# I bid farewell to Porthmadog town

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-# Sail away to see the world

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-# Leave my mother and the boys

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-# And Mary from the end of the road

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-# Farewell to the Cob,

-Cnicht and Snowdon

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-# Boston Lodge and Moelwyn Mawr

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-# I leave the land

-on a clear morning

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-# To sail the vast seas

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-# There are four masts

-on the schooner

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-# Her name is Elen

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-# I'll travel far away on her deck

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-# Over the ocean's fierce waves

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-# To Dingle, Cork and Nova Scotia

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-# Patagonia and Frisco Bay

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-# Newfoundland and the Rio Grande

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-# And the South Seas Islands

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-# I'll carry blue slates

-from Ffestiniog

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-# Tea, salt, grains and coal

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-# Back and forth

-from France to Spain

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-# Round the Horn to Galio

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-# The second mate is a fearsome man

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-# He eats nails and breathes fire

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-# Captain James is a kind sailor

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-# The cook is as black as a crow

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-INSTRUMENTAL

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-# When the storms

-at the Bay of Biscay

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-# Throw waves higher than our house

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-# The ship sails on four winds

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-# On a cold and dark night

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-# I remember the summer

-in the parish of Llanfrothen

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-# Walking through the fields of hay

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-# Listening to the sound

-of the little birds

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-# And holding hands with Mary

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-# Listening to the sound

-of the little birds

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-# And holding hands with Mary #

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-After the break, we enjoy more

-Alun 'Sbardun' Huws songs...

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-..with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog,

-Brigyn and Bryn Fon.

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-# There's a forest on fire

-by the border in Guatemala

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-# And the stars are falling

-on the way to Choroni

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-# The stars of the north

-are shining in Edinburgh

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-# And you are on my mind

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-# When life is hard

-and I'm part of the circus

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-# And feel the night

-closing in on me

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-# Though you are far away

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-# I feel the warmth of your love

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-# Far over the seas,

-far over the tides

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-# The clouds are dark

-above Santa Maria

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-# And the sound of a siren is loud

-on a street in Bangor, Maine

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-# The bells tonight are ringing

-above the bleak walls in Bandon

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-# And I long for your smile

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-# When life is hard

-and I'm part of the circus

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-# And feel the night

-closing in on me

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-# Though you are far away

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-# I feel the warmth of your love

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-# Far over the seas,

-far over the tides

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-# The moon tonight is full

-over the sand in Lamorna

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-# It's raining in Vienna,

-and thunder and lightning in Tralee

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-# It's midnight in Chichicastenango

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-# And you are on my mind

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-# When life is hard

-and I'm part of the circus

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-# And feel the night

-closing in on me

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-# Though you are far away,

-I feel the warmth of your love

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-# Far over the seas,

-far over the tides #

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-Spardun was a keen traveller.

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-He enjoyed visiting foreign lands...

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-..that offered

-different cultures and races.

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-He toured America with his

-best friend, Emyr Huws Jones.

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-They followed the famous Route 66.

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-In 2006, I had the pleasure

-of travelling with him...

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-..to Argentina, Patagonia

-and Australia on two occasions.

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-At the start of the year,

-we made a visit for preparations...

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-..and search for motorbikes,

-locations and horses.

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-Actors don't tend go on these trips,

-but I went to choose my motorbike.

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-We returned a few months later

-to start filming.

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-Due to his fragile health...

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-..and the relentless demands

-on a director and producer...

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-..you could see that

-he was becoming tired.

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-He enjoyed the work...

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-..but the days were long

-and it entailed a lot of travelling.

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-Towards the end of our trip,

-he told me that he missed Wales...

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-..and wanted to be

-at home with Gwenno.

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-# The moon was pink

-and the sky like ink

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-# On the night I first saw her

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-# It was late on a Thursday

-and the bar was about to close

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-# When she looked over at me

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-# I looked into her eyes

-and fell under her spell

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-# I could see swirling stars

-and I lost my mind

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-# I knew from the start

-that my glass was full

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-# And that nobody compared to her

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-# The breeze and sunshine

-made way for the rain

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-# But I stayed faithful to her

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-# When everyone had gone,

-she was still there, my friend

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-# On the edge, dancing with me

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-# The depths of her eyes

-were deeper than the sea

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-# And her mercy

-extended as far as the stars

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-# One thing was certain,

-whilst there was a sky and sea

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-# Nobody compared to her

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-# Time has passed but she's

-still my partner and friend

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-# Her smile lights up my world

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-# I wandered far

-but her arms were always better

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-# Than the world's wonders

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-# She opened my eyes,

-I'm learning every day

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-# Tolerance, peace, love and grace

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-# And I know for sure

-that all will be well

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-# And that nobody compares to her

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

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

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

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-In the final part...

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-..Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

-and Osian Huw will perform.

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-First, here's Brigyn with

-Paid a Mynd i'r Nos Heb Ofyn Pam.

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-INSTRUMENTAL INTRODUCTION

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-# Do not go gentle

-into that good night

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-# Old age should burn

-and rave at close of day

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-# Rage, rage

-against the dying of the light

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-# Though wise men at their end

-know dark is right

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-# Because their words

-had forked no lightning

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-# Do not go gentle

-into that good night

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-# Good men, crying how bright

-their frail deeds might have danced

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-# In a green bay

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-# Rage, rage

-against the dying of the light

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-# Wild men who caught and sang

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-# The sun in flight and learn,

-too late, they grieve it on its way

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-# Do not go gentle

-into that good night

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-INSTRUMENTAL

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-# Grave men, near death,

-who see with blinding sight

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-# Blind eyes could blaze

-like meteors and be gay

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-# Rage, rage

-against the dying of the light

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-# And you, my father,

-there on the sad height

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-# Curse, bless, me now

-with your fierce tears, I pray

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-# Do not go gentle

-into that good night

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-# Rage, rage

-against the dying of the light #

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-Subtitles

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-Welcome back to the final part

-of our Alun 'Sbardun' Huws special.

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-Sbardun's long-time neighbour...

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-..who is familiar with his work

-is the Chief Bard, T James Jones.

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-In my opinion...

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-..Sbardun was not only

-a talented musician...

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-..but also a poet.

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-His compositions

-placed emphasis on the lyrics.

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-His ideas...

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-..his philosophy...

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-..and beliefs...

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-..became evident in the lyrics

-he wrote for his songs.

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-He shared his interest

-as a wordsmith...

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-..when I was his neighbour.

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-He asked me to teach him

-how to write strict metre poetry.

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-Once a week for ten weeks,

-we studied cynghanedd...

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-..for at least an hour,

-every Tuesday morning.

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-I would visit his house

-and sit at the kitchen table.

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-Both of us sat at either end

-of this long table.

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-This book is proof of his talent.

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-I didn't know of its existence

-as he hadn't told me about it.

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-On the front, it reads...

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-.."Cynghanedd Lessons

-with T James Jones."

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-I was thrilled to receive this book

-from Gwenno.

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-In this book, he wrote notes

-about the rules of cynghanedd.

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-When he became familiar

-with the rules...

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-..I asked him to write a few lines.

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-There's one line

-that stands out to me.

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-"Without faith in Adam Faith."

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-I loved that line.

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-To me, it was proof

-that he had grasp it.

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-Next, we have a performance

-from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog.

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-Two years ago,

-Sbardun sent them a song.

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-Here's their first public

-performance of Lili'r Wyddfa.

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-# There's a man who lives all alone

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-# On a faraway, remote island

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-# In a white castle on a hill

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-# That's where he lies in his cell

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-# Every day,

-he recalls the white flower

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-# As he looks out towards the sea

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-# But days come and go

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-# For the man in the tower

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-# Where the Snowdon lily once grew

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-# There's now just weeds

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-# The song in his heart died

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-# Like the wilting white flower

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-# Oh, how he loved the Snowdon lily

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-# On the slopes in the crosswinds

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-# But the Snowdon lily disappeared

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-# Its life was short-lived

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-# The man was one

-of the valley's children

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-# He wandered the black cliff

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-# Eighteen years old

-at the foot of the rock

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-# That's where he loved her

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-# But now he's safe

-from the world's arrows

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-# Behind his strong walls

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-# At the break of dawn

-and late at night

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-# He whispers her name

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-# Where the Snowdon lily once grew

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-# There's now just weeds

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-# The song in his heart died

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-# Like the wilting white flower

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-# Oh, how he loved the Snowdon lily

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-# Fierce and generous

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-# He wore her smile on his heart

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-# And the mountain was his companion

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-# Tonight on the acres of Snowdon

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-# A seed flew

-on the wings of the wind

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-# To rest between the paths of lambs

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-# A new promise of the past's beauty

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-# In the tower, the man still dreams

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-# Like he does

-every night of his life

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-# About a flower

-which shines like a bright star

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-# On the slopes in the crosswinds #

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-Our final song is full of memories

-about youth and home life.

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-This is Sbardun's anthem and it pays

-tribute to the community of Penrhyn.

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-Before Osian Huw Williams

-and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog...

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-..play us out with the classic,

-Strydoedd Aberstalwm...

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-..here's Ac Eraill bandmate,

-Iestyn Garlick.

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-Spardun travelled the globe

-and wrote about places...

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-..like Guatemala, Tupelo

-in Mississippi and Patagonia...

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-..but his songs always

-brought him back to his home.

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-He was proud to come from Merioneth.

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-He didn't live there,

-but his heart belonged there.

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-He always sang about the Cob,

-Cnicht, Snowdon...

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-..Boston Lodge and Moelwyn Mawr.

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-Whilst touring with Ac Eraill

-many years ago...

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-..if Sbardun spotted

-a Crosville bus, he felt at home.

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-It made him feel safe.

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-One day, we spotted a Crosville bus

-on the square in Fishguard.

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-Spardun was never the same

-after that!

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-He wrote songs about his native area

-like the one about the Coliseum.

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-I can imagine him sitting

-in the warmth of the Coliseum...

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-..whilst snow covers the Moelwyn.

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-He's sitting there with

-ten Woodbines, Gwil and Jimmy Dean.

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-The iconic song about the village

-between the sea and mountain...

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-..has evolved into an anthem...

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-..namely Strydoedd Aberstalwm.

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-# Between land and sea

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-# A long, long time ago

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-# On a beautiful spring evening

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-# The boys stay on the square

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-# With their rock and roll shoes

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-# As the Pwllheli bus approaches

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-# The lights turn on, one by one

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-# It's cosy in the bar of the Royal

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-# I can see clearly

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-# The way down the long path

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-# To the streets of Aberstalwm

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-# A long, long time ago

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-# Johnny Paul papers

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-# Came to open his shop

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-# The factory horn sounded

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-# Elvis played on the wireless

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-# As children caught the train

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-# As the evening dew disappeared

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-# As the evening shift workers

-pack their bags

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-# And head home

-for a cuppa before bed

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-# The sound of their feet

-accelerated the bloodflow

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-# On the streets of Aberstalwm

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-# A long, long time ago

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-# The little meadow flowers

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-# Blowing in the wind

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-# The curlew's song

-is carried by the wind

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-# Down to the Ynysfach

-where children from Adwy Ddu

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-# Flounder and swim

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-# The solution

-is in the shadow of work

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-# Swelling the play and the laughter

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-# Long days under clear skies

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-# On the beaches of Aberstalwm

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-# A long, long time ago

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-# Rock and Motown songs

-played on the jukebox in the cafe

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-# The taste of smoke in the coffee

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-# Where Cliff, Rich, Sheila

-and Janice have a laugh

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-# Where nobody worries

-about tomorrow

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-# God lives in the chapel

-on the hill

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-# And the devil

-in the bar of the Royal

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-# With our boys

-in their black leathers

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-# On the streets of Aberstalwm

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-# A long, long time ago

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-# A long, long time ago #

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-S4C Subtitles by Tinopolis

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Bryn Fon, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Linda Griffiths a Brigyn sy'n perfformio detholiad o ganeuon Alun 'Sbardun' Huws. Popular singers perform a selection of songs by Alun 'Sbardun' Hughes.