Hey guys! 🙂
You might remember that I’ve shared some of the music of one very talented and extremely musically versatile, young singer from north Wales – Alys Williams. – I genuinely believe she can excel at any kind of music if she sets her mind to it, as she has a great voice, is very expressive and just knows how to do music. I’ve heard her covering artists like Adele, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling etc. (on the Voice), collaborating with electronic musician Ifan Dafydd and some other electronic projects on a few great tracks, singing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, acapella, more jazzy/rocky kind of stuff, folk, pop and what not. My Mum says that that’s what characterises a good artist, that they can play/sing any kind of music. I generally tend to disagree and think there are more important criteria, but in this case, it’s totally true! I really love her voice, how it’s slightly smoky but that her high registers are also great and how much feeling but also skill she puts in everything she sings. And I love her Welsh accent in English (that I love her singing Welsh too is obvious I guess, isn’t it?).
So today is the time for sharing another song featuring Alys’ vocals. Some time ago, she has established her own band called Blodau Papur, which means paper flowers. Aside from her, there are other musicians popular on the Welsh-language music scene that the band consists of – that is Osian Williams who is the frontman of the band Candelas, and the members of the band Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. – I really like their music.
But this song is probably my favourite. If I have the correct information, the original performers of this are the band Big Leaves (formerly called Beganifs but they changed their name after a concert promoter in the Netherlands misheard it as Big Leaves 😀 ), or that at least seems to be the most popular version and the one I have heard first, I don’t know of any others. The Big Leaves version is fair enough, more indie-ish, but I have much stronger feelings for this one, hence I’m sharing only this.
Hey people! 🙂
I haven’t posted Welsh music in ages! SO I thought I’d post something finally today. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you might remember Alys Williams, I posted a few songs by her already some time ago. I really like her, how versatile musically is, I love her Welsh accent when she sings in English, I love her voice, how strong it is but can also be very sensitive, she’s just great! She easily finds herself in rock, jazz, pop, indie, electronica and folk, and probably other genres too only I’ve never heard it.
This time we’ll be admiring Alys in folk music.
Pan Fo’r Nos Yn Hir is a song written by Ryan Davies – a composer very well-known in Wales, another very versatile type as he also was a playwright, radio presenter, singer, actor etc. – This song was also played at his funeral. It seems to be quite well liked as I’ve heard quite a lot of renditions of it, but Alys’ is most definitely my favourite, I actually really really love it. In this particular version that I chose, she is accompanied by Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Gymreig Y BBC (also known by the uninitiated as BBC National Orchestra Of Wales or BBC NOW).
I’ve also found a translation, which was written by Irene Ryan-Davies, so I’m sharing it with you as well.
When the night is long
__and the dawn is far away
Battling through the long hours
__without an hour’s sleep
Fighting, tossing and turning
__through the great, long hours
Without seeing the close of yesterday
__nor the end of my journey
Then through the black darkness
__I see your face
I remember the romance
__the eyelid closes
When the night is long.
Then through the black darkness
__I see your face
And fear doth retreat,
When the night becomes day.
Here’s another song from Alys Williams and Ifann Dafydd of those two I promised you. As I said, I really like them both, don’t know which one I prefer. As for the word llonydd, from what I know it means still, as in quiet, peaceful.
Hi guys. 🙂
I’m very sorry I didn’t finish the 3 Day Lyric Challenge, I was feeling very crappy physically yesterday and am still not doing very well, and just wasn’t feeling like writing anything at all. So instead my song for yesterday is from ALys Williams. If you’re with me since some longer time you may remember her from my previous song of the day posts, I shared with you her performance in The Voice, as well as other songs she’s made in both English and Welsh. This is a bit different, because even the genre of this song is definitely different. All the previous songs by Alys I’ve shown you were kinda pop or rock(ish) stuff, she has done also some folk music, but this is made in collaboration with a Welsh electronic musician – Ifan Dafydd. He has made two songs with Alys as the vocalist. I’m gonna show you both of them, the second one will be probably tomorrow. This one is called “Celwydd”, which, according to what I’ve read, means “lie” in Welsh. I’m not really sure because actually I’ve heard that lie is gorwedd in Welsh, but maybe that’s just a synonym, or something like this. Anyway, I really like this. I think Alys’s vocals make this very interesting to listen to.
Hope you enjoy. 🙂
Hi all! 🙂
I decided I just need to show you another song by this fabulous girl. Remember her from my previous posts? I showed you guys her singing a song in Welsh with the rock band Candelas and then also her blind auditio on “The Voice”. I just think she’s so brilliant.
Here’s the cover of the song “Glory Box” by Portishead she did. I love it!
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. 😀
This will be the second of my three favourite Candelas songs I want to show you. I absolutely love it, mostly because of Alys Williams who is featured in this song.
It took me a lot of time to figure out who is this woman with such a powerful voice, because Candelas consists only of guys and I listened to this song on Spotify where she weren’t mentioned as performer. It was hard with my very poor Welsh skills back then to find out who she is, but I did it.
Unfortunately, although Alys is a very active artist, she didn’t release any albums yet, but she featured many artists and made rock, electronic and hip hop music with them. She participated in The Voice UK a few years ago and I think it’s really weird she didn’t win, because in my opinion she was the best in her edition.
I rally love the expression in her voice and how feminine but at the same strong and a bit hoarse her voice is. It’s a pity that the album version is again only on Spotify so people who don’t have Spotify wouldn’t be able to listen to her solo, but I don’t think I can do anything with it as when I type a timestamp in URL, it doesn’t work, so I put it as usual.