Bronwen Lewis – Edrych Ar ol Fy Hun (Looking after myself).

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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vtzb7urfim3i5um/Bronwen%20Lewis%20-%20Edrych%20Ar%20Ol%20Fy%20Hun.mp3?dl=0

Greta Isaac – “Troi Fy Myd I Ben I Lawr” (Turn my world upside down).

Hi! 🙂

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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0u0yqrw82ij06h5/Greta%20Isaac%20-%20Troi%20Fy%20Myd%20i%20Ben%20i%20Lawr.mp3?dl=0

Gwilym Bowen Rhys & Cpt. Smith – “Merched Yn Neud Gwallt Eu Gilydd” (Girls doing each other’s hair).

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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. 😀

Song of the day – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci- “Pen Gwag Glas” (Blue Blank Head).

Hi!

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).

Song of the day – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Meirion Wyllt (MaD Meirion).

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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.

Song of the day – Georgia Ruth – Etrai.

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.

Song of the day – Al Lewis Band ft. Sarah Howells – “Heulwen O Hiraeth” (Sunrise of longing).

This is my favourite song by Al Lewis, I don’t understand its lyrics fully, but I love it even just for its sound. And Sarah Howells is also great.

And by the way, as a name geek I can’t not make this digression, I wouldn’t be myself if I wouldn’t make it. Don’t you think Heulwen makes such a brilliant Welsh girl name? I have no idea if it’s in use there and I don’t think it could be usable anywhere else, it’s pronounced pretty differently from how it’s written (like HAYL-wen) so not the wisest choice in any other country, but… I might use it in any of my stories, or wherever else it could be possible. Well if this idea seems weird for you, I really had more odd name ideas. Like I’ve heard a word gwanwyn (Welsh for spring), thought “WOW! Such a great name it could be!”, and then got to know there is a word gwenwyn as well and thought it’s even better. Only that I didn’t know what it means and felt pretty disappointed when I got to know it means “poison”. Ughhh… What a pity! But still a great name for a witch or something. 😀

But I think that’s definitely enough about me and my crazy name ideas, here’s the song:

 

Song of the day (1st March) – Alaw ft. Gwilym Bowen Rhys – Lisa Lân (Fair Lisa).

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Yesterday it was Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Saint David’s Day) in Wales, saint David is the patron saint of Wales, and so I thought the song for yesterday should be in Welsh, although pity I wasn’t able to post it on time.

This is definitely one of my most favourite songs (if not the most favourite) released last year. The band Alaw (alaw means melody in Welsh) is a folk band and they invited some guests for their last album “Dead Man’s Dance” and one of them was my current crush – Gwilym Bowen Rhys, who sings two songs on this album. Lisa Lân is a traditional Welsh love song, one of the first traditional Welsh songs I’ve ever heard and then learnt by heart just to improve my language skills when I didn’t have that much resources. My Swedish teacher told me to learn as many things as possible by heart in my target languages and in his opinion things like songs or poems are the best and I really think it has improved all of my languages more or less.

The first performance of this song I’ve heard was harp arrangement by Catrin Finch, then some others, many really great versions, but… Gwilym’s is just so stunning!!! When I first heard it I almost cried, so moved I was.

Because this tune is in Welsh I’ll share the English translations

as well, they’re from Wikipedia.

Literal translation:

 

I have loved you many times
Yes many an hour in prolonged tenderness
I have kissed you mysterious Lisa
And your company was better than honey.

My pure bough, my warm embrace
You are the purest in the world
You cause pain and anguish
And it is you who steals my life.

When I stroll during the day
My little heart becomes sad
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.

When I stroll at nightfall
My little heart melts like wax
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.

Lisa will you escort me
To place my body in black earth?
I hope you will come, my dear friend
To the graveside where I am going.

Great longing for Lisa Lân.
Great longing for Lisa Lân.

 

Poetic translation:

Full many a time I came to woo,
Oft, Lisa I came a courting you;
I kissed your lips when we did meet,
No honey ever was so sweet

My dainty branch, my only dear,
No woman comes your beauty near;
‘Tis you who with my passion play
‘Tis you who steals my life away

When I go walking through the day,
My lovesick heart will turn to clay,
And but to hear the small birds sing,
The longing to my soul will bring

When’er at eve I walk apart,
Like wax will melt my lovesick heart,
And but to hear the small birds sing,
The longing to my soul will bring

Ah, will you come to bid good-bye,
When in the earth my form must lie?
I hope you too will there be found,
When men shall lay me in the ground

The longing to my soul will bring
The longing to my soul will bring

It’

s a pity though it doesn’t exist on YT in album version, so that even those of you who don’t have Spotify could listen to it fully.

Song of the day – Candelas – Colli Cwsg (lose sleep).

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Here’s the last song of my three most favourite songs by Candelas.

The title “Colli Cwsg” can mean “sleep loss”, but in the context it would rather mean “lose sleep”. I like this track more and more. Hope you will like it too. The album version of this song doesn’t exist on YT either, but there is another version which I think I like as much or maybe even a bit more than the album one, so I picked this one, especially that not everyone has to have Spotify:

Song of the day – Candelas ft. Alys Williams – Llwytha’r Gwn (Load the gun).

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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. :/

Song of the day – Candelas – Anifail (Animal).

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In the next few days I want to show you my three favourite songs from the band called Candelas. They’re very popular now in their musical environment, so on the Welsh language music scene. It’s a rock, kind of alternative rock band.

The first song of my favourites I want to show you is called “Anifail”, so “animal” in English and is so cool. I loved it immediately when I heard it for the first time, which was about a year ago, and still listen to it pretty often and like it really really much.

Hope you’ll like it too.

Song of the day – 9Bach – Lliwiau (Colours).

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A really, really beautiful song I have today for you. One of my most favourite Welsh language songs ever, I can even say.

9Bach is a band founded by Lisa Jên Brown and her husband Martin Hoyland. Their music is kind of a blend of folk/roots with electronic music, I’d say. It has also some oriental vibes at times. I love the feel of their music and Lisa’s voice is so ethereal. As for the band’s name, there is a word nain in Welsh – pronounced exactly like 9 in English, which means grandma, while bach means small. So – “Little Grandma”? “Granny?” Sounds interesting, although I don’t exactly know what the context is and what it means for them.

The song is called “Lliwiau” which means “colours” in English. But it’s not exactly about colours. It’s about childbirth. About the ecstasy that a mother feels while giving birth to her child and the love she feels instantly as she sees the baby. And the child’s beauty, or prettiness, is compared to colours’ beauty.

While I don’t plan to have children and, honestly, don’t really understand all that fuss about babies and what’s really so exciting about having children, the more giving birth and I’ve always found babies and young children, maybe besides Zofijka, pretty annoying, even I can feel so much overflowing joy in this song, so much love, and all that expression and emotions that Lisa puts in it make it even more beautiful. And I’m sure you will also hear it.

Song of the day – Trwynau Coch – Radio Cymru.

Hi all. 🙂

The song I have for you today is by the Welsh punk rock band called Y Trwynau Coch, which in English literally means “the red noses”. The vocalist of this band – Rhys Harris – is the father of the three siblings who make the band calle Plu – Elan Mererid, Marged Eiry and Gwilym Bowen Rhys.

The song’s title “Radio Cymru” relates to BBC Radio Cymru, a radiostation broadcasting entirely in Welsh. The band doesn’t exist any longer, they split sometime in the beginning of 90’s as far as I can remember.

This is one of my favourite songs from them.

Song of the day – Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog – Cân Y Capten Llongau (Captain’s Ships’ Song).

So finally I have a song for today for you guys. It’s one of the songs I like quite a lot recently and listen to it pretty often. I don’t know what it is in it, but I find it quite moving, even if it didn’t seem so for me the first time I heard it. With my poor Welsh language skills I understand maybe half, or most probably even less of the lyrics, but anyway, somehow it’s moving.

As for the band, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, they are three brothers – Iwan Glyn, Dafydd Rhys and Aled Wyn Hughes – from Rhos Botwnnog in Northern Wales. Aled Hughes has also his show on BBC Radio Cymru. Their style is something between americana/country and folk. I am not a big fan of country, but I like them and actually I see much more of a folkish vibe in their music, than country-ish. If I am translating the title (“CânY Capten Llongau”) well into English, it means something like “captain’s ships’ song”.

As the album version isn’t on Youtube, again I will link to this song on Spotify.

Song of the day (13th February) – Siân James – Dod Dy Law.

Recently, when I was posting the song by Gwilym Bowen Rhys, I found the same song in this stunning interpretation of Siân James. And although I still just LOVE it in Gwilym’s version, this is so absolutely great I just couldn’t resist to not share it with you, even if it’s the same song I shared with you just a few days ago, but in different version.

I think partly why I love this version so much is because Siân James is a harpist and as I told you guys some time ago, I am crazy about harp, especially Celtic harp. But her voice is so beautiful and captivating as well.

I’m curious what your impressions will be like.

Song of the day (12th February) – Bendith – Mis Mehefin (June).

Hi guys!!! 🙂

At last I managed to catch up on my blog a bit and pick my songs of the two previous days in which I didn’t post at all. My winter break is over so I had to get into my normal routine and it was a lot going on lately.

So my song for Monday is another of those special songs for me, because of my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, being a part of the musical project who is performing this song. Bendith is the effect of collaboration between two Welsh bands, Plu (I shared one song of them with you not so long ago) and Colorama which is an electro band founded by Carwyn Ellis. Carwyn felt very inspired by what Plu have created and contacted with them asking if they would like to make something together. And the effect, I think, is really interesting. They released their first (and for now the only one) common album, it was also somewhere at the beginning of February. Bendith means “blessing” in Welsh.

As for the song, this is my absolute favourite song of their album. Usually I have a big trouble picking my favourite song from artists I really like, but in this case, “Mis Mehefin” was like my automatic choice. “Mis Mehefin” means “June” in Welsh and the song has the same mystic, soothing, slightly otherworldly, I’d say, climate, as Plu’s music has.

Hope you like it too. 🙂

Song of the day – Caryl Parry Jones – Babis Bach Mis Awst (Little Babies In August).

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Today I have a nice and funny song for you which is just about babies. Its title may mean little babies in August but I guess that also little August babies. It is the first song in Welsh language that I’ve ever heard. Well at least consciously, I don’t know, maybe I’ve heard something before but just don’t realise, I highly doubt it though. I wanted to find out some Welsh music as I was starting to learn Welsh as my new language and this was just a first thing that I found on Spotify on some playlist. And I liked it for three things – because of its cheerfulness, because it is fairly easy so even though I was just a complete beginner I was very happy and proud of myself because I could understand something, although I still don’t get exactly every word in this song, as I’m still quite a beginner, and the third reason was, I showed it to Zofijka, I often share some music with her if I think she might like it, and she made a discovery, that you can hear something… ahem, a bit undecent, in Polish, at the beginning of the refrain. 😀 Because it’s slightly odd what we hear there, I think I won’t share it publicly, anyway when we listen to this song together, we still always have a good laugh of it, even though in fact it is so innocent and childish. It’s weird though that Zofijka, being a child, heard it out much quicker than me. 😛 Oh, and you have quite a bunch of Welsh baby names in it, so that’s another advantage if you are a name geek, although of course I’ve heard them much earlier already, so it wasn’t anything new to me.

I’ve even wondered if I could make an English translation of the lyrics, because as far as I know there aren’t any online and the lyrics are fairly easy as I’ve said, but it was quite a spontaneous thought I had today so I don’t have it done yet, but maybe I’ll take a risk and add the lyrics in my own translation later on.

As for the performer of this song, Caryl Parry Jones, she lives in Glamorgan Vale and besides being a singer-songwriter, is also an actress and has her own show on BBC Radio Cymru, which is a Welsh-language station. She comes from an artistic family and her own children all work in arts as well. In seventies she was known as a vocalist in the band called Bando.

Here’s the song:

Song of the day – Y Bandana – Siwgwr Candi Mêl (Sugar Candy Honey) #DMC

Hi! 🙂

Finally, Welsh Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru) has come, which I am very happy about. Well, I listen to music in all “my” languages every or almost every day, so maybe it shouldn’t matter that much for me, but it’s always nice to celebrate, plus it’s always an opportunity to find out some more great music.

The song I want to share with you though, isn’t really very new, or isn’t very new to me. I wondered whether to show you something brand new or something from Gwilym again and decided for the latter, so that soon I will complete my “crush series”.

This song surely isn’t that sophisticated and ambitious as the one I showed you yesterday performed by Plu, but it’s definitely cool, funny and catchy and the only thing these both songs may have in common is the topic. They’re both about love, or actualy this one is more about infatuation, but anyway… It’s called “Siwgwr Candi Mêl” which means sugar candy honey in English and it’s one of the songs on Y Bandana’s debut album.

Y Bandana is another band in which Gwilym Bowen Rhys has taken part, although now it doesn’t exist anymore. Besides Gwilym, who was the frontman of the band, as well as the guitarist and leading vocalist, it consisted of his two cousins – Tomos (founder and keyboardist) and Siôn (bass) Owens – and his friend Robin Llwyd Jones (drums and sound engineering). They all wrote lyrics to diferent songs and Gwilym usualy wrote music, as far as I know. Their lyrics tend to be humourous and they were quite a typical, rock boys band, besides the fact their lyrics were entirely in Welsh.

I really like their music as it is just really cool, I really tend to like rock music in all kinds of “strange” languages and that’s what attracted me to them at first, and now obviously as I am learning Welsh and listening to Welsh music A LOT I like them even more.

There are the lyrics in both Welsh and English on Youtube so I won’t go into it, I think.

Song of the day – Plu – Tra Bo Dau.

Hi! 🙂

Wanted to share with you another song by my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys. I think it is so stunning.

I told you yesterday he’s not only a soloist, but also a part of the Welsh alt-folk band called Plu, which also consists of his two sisters – Elan and Marged. I find their music absolutely beautiful, when I listen to them for a longer time, I just feel as if I stepped into another, not quite material reality or something like this, or as if I was in a calm, beautiful dream. I love their music. I love how Gwilym is versatile by the way, versatility is one of things I appreciate the most in people so I always notice it, anyway there’s a huge difference between the music made by Plu and his own solo music and the music created by his other band – Y Bandana – which was a rock, kinda garrage band.

Although the leader of the band is Elan Mererid Rhys – Gwilym’s oldest sister – and she is the main vocalist, this song is mainly sang by him, as the lyrics are from a man’s perespective.

“Tra Bo Dau” is a traditional Welsh love song, in which lyrical subject tells us about the girl he loves and how he misses her, because she’s overseas.

I saw somewhere that there is also an English equivalent of this song written from a woman’s point of view.

Here’s the song. Isn’t it moving and very sophisticated in the sound as for a love song?

Song of the day – Gwilym Bowen Rhys – “Dod Dy Law”.

Hi! 🙂

Today’s song is another of those very exceptional ones for me. It’s mainly because Gwilym Bowen Rhys is my current musical crush and the next after mentioned before Cornelis Vreeswijk.

I got to know his music pretty soon I seriously started my journey with Welsh language and wanted to discover some Welsh music. At first I discovered him as a rock singer, ’cause he’s a former member of the Welsh rock band called Y Bandana, but he has also a big interest and talent for traditional music. He’s a member of the band called Plu (which means feathers), they make alt-folk kind of music, and he has also released his debut solo album almost two years ago.

This particular song isn’t from his album, but it is his solo performance for S4C, Welsh TV channel. As always with my crushes I had a big trouble choosing a song to show you, but since I listened to thsi one a lot recently, I decided for this one, I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve also heard it in Sian James’ version and that one is also great.

It’s a traditional Welsh folk song called “Dod Dy Law” and he was performing it for a p programme called “Ffwrnes Gerdd” (Musical Furnace (I guess that’s how it should be translated)). Plus he also introduces himself and the song, so if you haven’t heard spoken Welsh language before, now you have a chance. I think you can get more of a language hearing it spoken than through music, especially if you haven’t had much contact with it before.

Hope you’ll enjoy this song as much as I do: