FolkWorld #64 11/2017
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A Tapestry of Welsh Sounds

Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews is a musician, festival owner (The Good Life Experience), & cultural roving reporter for the BBC.
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The Ultimate Guide to Welsh Folk

The Ultimate Guide to Welsh Folk

Ft. Nansi Richards, Meic Stevens, Yr Hwntws, Georgia Ruth, Rhos Male Voice Choir, Robin Huw Bowen, Crasdant, Cerys Matthews, Mary Hopkin, Phil Tanner, Hennessys, 9 Bach, 10 Mewn Bws, Gwenan Gibbard, Calan, Bob Roberts, Ghazalaw, Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion, The Gentle Good, Bois y Felin, Cayo Evans, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Heather Jones, Meredydd Evans, Plethyn, Fernhill, Cass Meurig and Nial Cain, Dafydd Iwan, Llio Rhydderch, Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Elinor Bennett, Max Boyce, Tebot Piws, Siân James, DnA (Delyth and Angharad Jenkins), Lleuwen, Ben Bach Phillips, Ryan Davies, Chris Jones, Arfon Gwilym, Bendith, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Carreg Lafar, Euros Childs, Parti Fronheulog, Ar Log, Siwsann George.

Various Artists "The Ultimate Guide to Welsh Folk", ARC Music, 2017


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"My aim was simple, to try and include some of the most beautiful and recognisable songs of the Welsh folk repertoire, and also, to bring together the voices of some of the most well-loved and influential artists that have sung these over the years," says curator Cerys Matthews about the latest double disc album in ARC Music's Ultimate Guide series which completes Great Britain after England and Scotland.

She has been singing herself these songs all her life: a multifaceted tapestry of sounds including different regions, different generations and different approaches with mining choirs, folk groups old and new, singer-songwriters and triple harpists, and even the odd plygain song (i.e. Christmas carols usually sung in close 3-part harmony). [wt]

Cass Meurig

Cass Meurig plays the fiddle and crwth, that medieval bowed lyre with gut strings and droney sound. Over the last few years she has played internationally and recorded with Welsh bands Pigyn Clust and Fernhill.
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Cass Meurig @ FROG

Gwenan Gibbard

Gwenan Gibbard specialises in the unique art of 'Cerdd Dant', where a new melody is composed to be sung on top of an established air played on the harp.

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Gwenan Gibbard @ FROG


With their unmistakable sound of Welsh language vocals shimmering alongside swamp guitar, harp, and a subtle use of technology, 9Bach have been widely credited with giving a new voice to Welsh song.
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9Bach @ FROG


With a contemporary and lively approach, Calan breathe new life into the old traditions through sparkling melodies, foot tapping and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
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Calan @ FROG

Photo Credits: (1) 'The Ultimate Guide to Welsh Folk', (2)-(3) Calan, (5) Gwenan Gibbard, (6) 9Bach, (7) Cerys Matthews (unknown/website); (4) Cass Meurig (by Walkin' Tom).

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