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I’d like to share with you the second song from this singer, Bryn Fôn. It comes from the album “Abacus” and I really like it although it’s been some time since I’ve heard it for the first time. The video on YOutube has the lyrics so I think I won’t go into this.
Today I have a protest song for you. I had such a stage in my journey through music in different minority languages when I was discovering a lot of their songs simply about their discriminated and diminished languages. And as I’ve always felt kind o f protective towards extincting or endangered languages, those songs always moved me. This is one of them. The Youtube video of this song has the lyrics in both Welsh and English, plus a little bit of this song is in English as well. I’ll maybe just add that Cymdeithas Yr Iaith mentioned in this song and not translated to English is Welsh Language Society.
Bryn Fôn comes from North Wales, specifically from Caernarfonshire. He’s a famous singer on Welsh-language scene and active since many years, singing both solo and with quite a few different bands. He’s also an actor and as far as I can remember has played in the series “Pobl Y Cwm” (People of the valley), and he also is a Welsh language activist and has his own music company. I like many of his songs and this one is the first song from him I’ve heard.
Today’s song is a traditional Irish song made by American string quartet from San Francisco, called Kronos Quartet and a famous singer Natalie Merchant. I think it’s very beautiful.
Another Welsh-language song for today. This is my favourite song by Bronwen Lewis. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist neither on Youtube nor on Spotify, so I’m sharing it via Dropbox, it will expire after a month.
Oh, how I love English folk ballads! I could listen to them… don’t know for how long, there are still other brilliant kinds of music, but anyway I just love them. I like folk ballads in general, but British have something special to them. I could actually even put them among one of my smaller interests, I had the stage in my life, when I was reading Child and Roud ballads all the time and comparing different contemporary version of them. Because of both these collections – Child’s and Roud’s – British ballads are very popular among folk artists, even not British, and they can be truly inspiring, beautiful, weird, magical, and so on.
This one is very interesting and amazing and picturesque. It is a murder ballad. About a mother killing her children, so the topic may seem a little bit scary. But the song is wonderful, and I chose my favourite version, sang by English artist, Bella Hardy.
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Happy St. Patrick’s day to all of you, even if you don’t celebrate it in any particular way. Here in Poland we don’t rather have any Irish connections as a nation, so people don’t really care about it in general, but since I’m obsessed about Celtic everything, I do. And I’m gonna celebrate it on my blog by sharing an Irish song with you. I love loads of Irish music but Enya is my most favourite Irish artist so I chose her song. It is one of my favourite songs by her.
“The Humming” comes from her latest album “Dark Sky Island”.
Another Welsh song today. Greta Isaac sings mainly in English, but occasionally in Welsh too, and recently she became a bit more widely known after featuring the well-known Welsh language band called Swnami. I really like this song.
Because it’s not available neither on Youtube, nor Spotify nor SoundCloud, I’ll share it on Dropbox and it will expire after a month since publishing this post.
I’d like to continue this Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci for one more day if you don’t mind, but this time it’ll be a cover, or actually, as it is written in the description of the Youtube video with it “a new version” of Gorky’s song.
It’s brilliant, made by my current musical crush – Gwilym Bowen Rhys – and Cpt. Smith. I love it. And I love the original version too, it’s a complete masterpiece, but, since Gwilym’s my crush and he has covered it, I thought I should be loyal and share his version. 😀
Thought I’ll share one more song by the fabulous GOrky’s Zygotic Mynci, just to indicate that in the last few days I’m listening to their music more than I’d ever suppose I would. Such a pity they no longer exist. Maybe some of you will like them too. This track is from the same album as “Meirion Wyllt” which I shared yesterday (“Barafundle).
Today’s song is rally weird and crazy. I’m starting to love this fabulous Welsh band from Carmarthenshire. I mean, I’ve known them for years, they’re a legend, ever since I’ve started to listen to Welsh language music I’ve heard about “Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci” everywhere. But it’s only recently I’m starting to love them and discover them. I wonder why not earlier. Since childhood I’ve always had some weird liking to bands with strange names, strange/abstractive/incongruous sounding titles or totally weird lyrics. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci definitely is a rather unique name, isn’t it? 😀
I suppose most of you may not know them although I said they’re a legend, but they’re a legend mostly in Wales, or so I perceive it. If so, it’s a pity. So I’ll introduce them shortly. The line-up of this band was very mixed as it usually is with long time existing bands, people switched a lot, but the leader and the main vocalist was always Euros Childs. Their music is classified as psychedelic, but also alternative, folk, britpop… they blend lots of genres together and their music was changing with time. Apparently they have difficulties coming up with the band’s name so finally they decided they will choose most strange thing that will come to their brains as the name. This thing was Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. As I read, Gorky comes from “gawky” and from the slang word “gork”. Mynci is a Welsh spelling of English monkey, not the Welsh word for monkey, but writing the English word with Welsh spelling rules and it’s pronounced just like “monkey”.
This song comes from the album “Barafundle” which generally is very calm, without a few tracks I’d say sedated. But this one is a glaring exception! It’s a weird piece, absolutely weird. Heavy, raw, seems to not fit completely the rest of the album, but it is what attracted me to it for the first time. There’s something quirkily brilliant about it.
So the last song in this Dolores Keane series. As I’ve mentioned she was one of the founder members of the band De Dannan at the beginning of her career. Here’s one of the songs she sang with them. Another about Irish people and their emigration to America by the way.
“Isle Of Hope, Isle Of Tears’ is the song about Ellis Island and first immigrants that came there, particularly about Annie Moore who was Irish. This is a very popular song in Ireland, or maybe it’s just my impression, anyway it has loads of interpretations. This one is the first I’ve heard. And I think my favourite.
Decided to share more of Dolores Keane’s music in the few days.
Today’s song is brilliant. As you maybe have guessed it’s a cover of The Beatles’ song “let It Be” and honestly if I had to choose which version I like more – Beatles’ or hers – I would have a big big dilemma since I love them both so much. e
Hi! 🙂 I really like this song’s lyrics, but it also has a lot of interesting interpretations and one of them is Dolores Keane’s. I like Dolores Keane too and she is one of my earliest discoveries in Celtic music. As far as I know, she’s very liked and popular in her genre. Now she doesn’t sing professionally anymore, she has struggled with depression and alcoholism, also has a son with a rare disease and struggled with cancer and divorce with her first husband. She started her career as a founder member in the band De Dannan, her brother Sean was also one of the members. She was raised by her two aunts who were both traditional sean nós singers. During her career she also collaborated with her ex husband, John Faulkner. She is most known for interpreting famous traditional Irish songs. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m synesthetic. I have associations between many sounds/words and different factures or things, this is rather complex, but basically if I hear the word or sound, I immediately “feel” something speciffic. So the very first time I heard Dolores’ deep voice, which is indeed very characteristic, my brain associated it with the desert. Just a large, open and wide, hot and dry, fascinating, both sandy and pebbly space. I thought this association itself was rather fascinating and interesting and I still have it whenever I hear her.
I’ve showed you Alys’ great voice sometime ago in song she sang with the band Candelas in Welsh. This time I want to show you her stunning solo performance, and in ENglish. Alys became more famous while singing in “The Voice UK”. I am actually rather surprised she didn’t win in her edition as in my honest opinion she was just the best. Now, a few years afterwards, she is fairly active on the Welsh language music scene, featuring different artists, but I’m waiting excitedly to maybe see some releases from her in future. Also, for me, her accent is almost if not equally mesmerising and fabulous as her voice.
The song I’m sharing is the song she sang during blind auditions, “The Cave”, originally performed by Mumford And Sons. Btw, didn’t she break the time record as for making the decision whom to choose as her coach? 😀 It’s so much like me. 😀
Today’s song really speaks to me. I found it on Spotify last year. Those of you who use Spotify probably know their Daily Mixes with music you like and some new stuff in the same vibe. So back then I was listening one of mine, which had mostly Norwegian electronica in it, as I listened to it a lot at that time. And then this song played and I was rather surprised. It wasn’t really my style musically. Well, honestly, it wasn’t my style at all. And after all Alex Kunnari doesn’t really sound very Norwegian, rather Finnish (well unless he’s from Finnmark), so I was wondering a bit why it landed here. But then I started to listen to the lyrics and it suddenly caught my full attention. Oh gosh, what is this guy singing about? It sounds like… pretty much like me. :O What there was “like me” was the fact that I could relate to this song with my night experiences, which as I know now is sleep paralysis, and false awakenings. But back then, although I’ve been struggling with these and other sleep sensations regularly as long as I can remember and was very frustrated every time it happened, I didn’t have the name for it, didn’t know anyone who had it and what even more frustrating, couldn’t quite describe to anyone the content of these dreams and how it felt to have it in general. And so I felt a bit comforted hearing this, as I felt like if there’s song about it, there must be someone else on Earth, even just one person, experiencing this in one way or another too. That didn’t change anything in the grand scheme of things, but at least lessened my feeling of inadequacy which I think is strong enough in other areas of my life. So I really like this song now. 🙂
Another Swedish band I’ve discovered recently. Good Harvest are a duo, making kind of Americana music, consisting of two girls – Hanna Enlöf and Ylva Eriksson – founded by Per Gessle. I think this song is really nice.
I’ve discovered this girl very recently and I think I like her, so I’m sharing one of her songs.
Gina Dirawi lives in Sundsvall in Sweden, has Palestinian roots and her family, at least her dad’s as far as I know, comes from Libanon. She is also a radio and TV presenter, actress, songwriter and comedian, but is most known as the first woman to host Melodifestivalen (the melody festival, Swedish song competition which determinates singers who to represent Sweden at the Eurovision). Her career started with a blog at anagina.blogg.se (ana Gina apparently means I am Gina in Arabic) and then she started her youtube channel. That’s a little about Gina.
I think her voice is very interesting.
So as I wrote yesterday, today’s song of the day is another GeorGIA Ruth’s song, this time in English, called “Fossil Scale”. Isn’t it fabulous?
Hi guys! 🙂
Today I would love to share with you a song by Georgia Ruth Williams who is a really great singer and harpist from Wales, singing both in English and Welsh. I absolutely love her voice, harmonies in her music and how she plays harp. Hope you’ll like her too. Tomorrow I’m going to share her another song, this time in English.