Nansi Richards – “Faire Dance – Irish Reel”.

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   Staying in the world of Welsh harp music, I’d like to share with you a piece played by the Welsh Celtic and triple harpist Nansi Richards, also known as Telynores Maldwyn. As its title says, this is a traditional Irish reel. 

Nansi Richards – “Castell Rhuthun” (Ruthin Castle).

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   Today I have a short harp tune for you from the Welsh harpist Nansi Richards or Telynores Maldwyn. This piece’s title refers to a castle called Castell Rhuthun, or Ruthin Castle in English, which is a medieval castle in the Vale of Clwyd near Ruthin, built by the brother of prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd – Dafydd. – This castle is now a hotel. 

Nansi Richards – “Gorhoffedd Gwŷr Harlech” (March of the Men of Harlech).

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   The piece I have for you today is a traditional Welsh tune which is quite important for Welsh history. I believe it’s more well-known as Rhyfelgyrch Gwŷr Harlech, but Gorhoffedd Gwŷr Harlech is the earlier version that originally had no lyrics. This is a military march that is associated with the siege of Harlech Castle which lasted seven years during the Wars of the Roses, when it was held by the Lancastrians. 

Nansi Richards – “Morfa Rhuddlan” (Marsh of Rhuddlan).

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   Today I’d like to share with you an old Welsh tune, played by the Celtic and Welsh triple harpist Nansi Richards, whose music I’ve shared many times before on here. As the title suggests, this song is associated with a small town in North Wales called Rhuddlan, which is surrounded by marshland. It  commemorates battles that the Welsh fought with Mercians in 8th century in that area. 

Nansi Richards – “Cainc Dafydd Broffwyd / The Prophet David’s Air”.

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   For today, I have for you one more short, traditional tune played by the Welsh harpist Nansi Richards aka Telynores Maldwyn. I think it’s a really nice piece. 

 

   Nansi Richards – “Cainc Dafydd Broffwyd / The Prophet David’s Air”

Nansi Richards – “Morfa’r Frenhines” (The Queen’s March).

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Yesterday we listened to a tune about the king, and today, it’s about the queen. This is also a Welsh piece, played by the Welsh harpist Nansi Richards, also known as Telynores Maldwyn, whom you’re probably already familiar with given that she appears on my blog quite regularly.

Nansi Richards – “Wyres Megan” (Megan’s Granddaughter).

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For today I chose to share with you another traditional Welsh tune played by the amazing late Welsh triple harpist and Celtic harpist Nansi Richards (aka Telynores Maldwyn). This is a lovely little waltz, which apparently is particularly often played on fiddle though I know no other recordings of it than this one. There’s also another tune that seems to have some association to this one though I never heard it before, it’s “Merch Megan” (Megan’s Daughter). That makes me wonder if there’s a tune dedicated to Megan herself and what Megan that was, though the latter would probably be difficult to find out, unless folk music experts and nerds bigger than myself know it and it’s just me who does not.

Nansi Richards – “Cainc Dona” (Dona’s Tune).

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For today I chose another tune from the amazing late Welsh harpist Nansi Richards, also known as Telynores Maldwyn. I’m not exactly sure whether cainc indeed means tune, ’cause it also means things like branch and I guess several other things, but in this context I suppose it’s meant to mean tune.

Nansi Richards – “Nes Atat Ti” (Nearer To Thee).

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Today, let’s listen to the rendition of this Christian hymn played by the Welsh harpist Nansi Richards, otherwise known as Telynores Maldwyn. Its original, English title is “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and was written by Sarah F. Adams, with the melody composed by Lowell Mason. I found it interesting when I first heard this piece played by Nansi Richards that not only do I know it, as a hymn with this melody is also known in Polish Catholic church (don’t know how about the Catholic church in other countries) but even under more or less the same title as the Welsh version. I was later quite surprised to learn that the author of the lyrics, Sarah F. Adams, was actually a Unitarian, and while when I had a look to compare the English and Polish lyrics they’re quite different and the Polish ones are only loosely based on the original theme, it’s interesting that this hymn made its way here.

Nansi Richards – “Codiad yr Ehedydd” (Rising of the Lark).

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It feels quite late here for tunes like this, as it’s almost noon, but I still decided to share with you this beautiful piece performed by late Nansi Richards aka Telynores Maldwyn. It was composed by Dafydd Owen, aka Dafydd y Garreg Wen, also a Welsh harpist, who simply heard a lark singing one morning and got inspired to compose this. I’ve also seen that lyrics to this song exist, but all versions I’ve heard so far are instrumental.

Song of the day (15th June) – Nansi Richards – “Pibddawns Gwyr Wrecsam” (Men of Wrexham’s Hornpipe).

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Let’s listen to this short, traditional tune by Nansi Richards. Or at least I’m pretty sure it is traditional. A hornpipe (or pibddawns in Welsh) is a Celtic and English dance which is danced in a type of hard shoes, like clogs in Wales I think, and which took its name from the instrument which traditionally accompanies it.

Nansi Richards – “Beibl Mam” (Mum’s Bible).

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It’s actually a bit weird that I haven’t shared anything from Nansi Richards before, giving how renowned and skilled a harpist she was. Nansi Richards was born in Wales in 1888 and was an expert both in terms of Welsh triple harp, and Celtic harp, and all the pedal harps as well. She is also known as The Queen of the Harp, or Telynores Maldwyn. To me, when reading about her, she generally sounds like someone who must have had bags of character and truly enjoyed what she was doing in life. She was appointed the Royal Harpist to Prince of Wales and held this title until her death in 1979.