Delyth & Angharad Jenkins – “Nath” (Nest).

   Hey people! 🙂 

   Today I’d like to share with you another tune played by Delyth and Angharad Jenkins, the Welsh harp and fiddle mother and daughter duo from Swansea whose music I’ve previously shared multiple times, as well as Delyth’s solo music and together with the no longer existing Anglo-Welsh band Aberjaber. Angharad is also part of the very popular Welsh folk group Calan and a coouple other projects. This piece here is a traditional Welsh tune, a barndance more exactly, which is also known as Nyth y Gôg (The Cuckoo’s Nest). Actually, the first time I ever heard this tune was on BBC Radio Cymru, where one of my faza peeps Gwilym Bowen Rhys played it on the tenor guitar (which is like a smaller, four-stringed guitar that’s tuned like a viola) together with Gethin Griffiths on the accordion. They played it as part of a set alongside some other Welsh tunes, and my mind was absolutely blown by how freakishly fast and seemingly effortlessly he was playing this one, I’ve no idea how people get such coordination. 😀 Anyway, I really like this tune, and I love Delyth’s and Angharad’s arrangement a lot as well because of how mellow it is compared to  all the other versions that I’ve hearD, and so elaborate and evocative. 

Song of the day (12th November) – Delyth & Angharad Jenkins – “Can y Lleisoniaid” (Song of the Lleisons).

I’ve already shared one interpretation of this song, played by Gwenan Gibbard. If I had to choose which one I prefer, I definitely wouldn’t be able to tell, they’re all beautiful, and I suppose this mournful-sounding piece would be really difficult to properly butcher by anyone. As I’ve explained when sharing the Gwenan Gibbard rendition, Lleison is a Welsh surname. I wonder who they were and what’s the story behind this piece.