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

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   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 . 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. 

Delyth & Angharad Jenkins – “Gan Bwyll Jo! / March Glas” (Take Care, Jo! / The Blue Stallion).

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   For today, I want to share with you a two-piece set from the already well-known on this blog mother and daughter duo – Delyth (harp) and Angharad (fiddle) Jenkins – who are also known as D&A or DNA. While I know for sure that the second song in this set is a traditional tune and that it means The Blue Stallion in English, I’m not perfectly sure of the first one, either its origin or meaning in English. It looks like it could be their original though, and Google says that gan bwyll means take care, whereas my dictionary says it means be careful. I’m not sure which one is correct/more relevant here, so I just went with my instinct. 

Delyth & Angharad Jenkins – “Casse en Lorient”.

For today, I’d like to share with you another harp & fiddle piece from this Welsh mother-daughter duo whose music appears on my blog quite frequently. They’re also known as DNA or D&A. I think it’s a really beautiful piece with a kind of reflective vibe to it.

Delyth & Angharad Jenkins – “Casse en Lorient”.

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.

Delyth Jenkins & Angharad Jenkins – “Can y Bachgen Main/Ebenezer” (Song of the Slender Lad/Ebenezer).

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For today I decided to share with you a set of pieces from this great Welsh mother-daughter, harp-fiddle duo, also collectively known as DNA. I like their arrangement of these tunes very much, I like their arrangements in general. The first one is called “Can Y Bachgen Main”, also known simply as “Y Bachgen Main”, and it does originally have lyrics. It’s about a boy who is walking in the forest when he hears two women talking with each other. As it happens, they turn out to be his lover and her mother arguing. The mother tries to persuade the girl that she should find herself a wealthy husband and that she’s going to find her the right match, but she disagrees and says she’s happy with the boy with whom she is. She emphasises that even if she would be offered all the riches in the world she’d stick to him anyway. That really pisses the mummy, who says she’ll have to sleep on a bed of torns if she doesn’t change her mind. Then we can assume that the girl eventually did what she wanted, as we hear that the girl who sleeps in the lad’s arms is happy, but then in the next verse he goes off to sea, and we don’t even know why. Perhaps he couldn’t deal with the mother-in-law.

The second tune, “Ebenezer” is a hymn, it’s alternate name being Ton-y-Botel (Tune From the Bottle), which I think is a very funny name for a hymn, but it is called so for a very simple reason, namely that it is said to have been found in a bottle along the Welsh coast. It was composed by Thomas John Williams.

Delyth Jenkins ft. Angharad Jenkins – “Glyn Tawe”.

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Another piece today featuring Delyth Jenkins, this time with her daughter – Angharad – playing fiddle. They’re also known together as DNA. I really really love this beautiful peace. Its title comes from Glyn Tawe, a hamlet near the river Tawe in Powys in Wales.