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Folk Music of Wales

Folk Music of Wales

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Folk Music of the British Isles

Ref: CDG1019

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This album and its companion volumes present some of Britain's finest folk musicians performing a selection of songs and instrumental music from the British folk tradition.

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Folk Music of Wales

1 Suo-Gan (Sleep my baby)
2 Llwyn-onn (The Ash Grove)
3 Cysga di, fy mhlentyn tlws (Sleep away, my gentle child)
4 Y deryn du - The Blackbird
5 Machynlleth
6 Hob y deri dando
7 Sweet Jenny Jones
8 Ambell gan
9 Gruffydd ap Cynan
10 Fadwg fach
11 Llwyn-onn (The Ash Grove)
Vocal version
12 Y Fenyw Fwyn/Y Llan (The Gentlewoman/The Church)
13 Welsh Waltzes - The Abernant Waltz/The Hungerian Waltz/The Ringlet Waltz/The Trefforest Waltz
14 Yr Hen Eog Lewys/Cainc Y Famiaith/Sir Fon Fach
Greensleeves - Welsh version/The nurse's strain/My dear Anglesey
15 Pibddawns Merthyr
16 Jock o'Hazeldean
17 Ymdaith Bellise
18 Suo-Gan (Sleep my baby)
Instrumental version
19 Goslef/Y Glwysen/Difyrwch lowerth ap Ifan (Llewelyn/The fair one/Edward ap Evans Delight)

This album and its companion volumes (Folk Music of England CCLCDG1016, Folk Music of Ireland CCLCDG1017, Folk Music of Scotland CCLCDG1018) present some of Britain's finest folk musicians performing a selection of songs and instrumental music from the British folk tradition. These recordings have the air of spontaneous, impromptu performance, a coming together to make music which is one of the hallmarks of the folk music scene. It is as if the recording engineers were allowed to eavesdrop on the music making - and captured frozen improvisations. The variety of sound on these albums is remarkable and the number of instruments and voices involved produces some remarkable programmes. But don't be fooled by the apparent ease - these musicians work hard, rehearsing and arranging behind the scenes (or discreetly working and honing their style during a jam session in a quiet town or country pub). The result is carefully crafted music which honours and past but which, like all living things, moves on and develops. Next time they play and sing the results will be different. The old folk melodies of the British Isles are honoured and respected, are treated as raw material for high quality music making.

Folk Music from Wales presents lullabies, legends and country dances mixed with genteel drawing room music. Harp, voices, dulcimer and oboe bring a richness of sound to ancient songs with origins lost in the mists of time.


Ian Giles
John Spiers
Jon Banks
Paul Sartin
Benji Kirkpatrick

The Amber Quartet
Ian Giles voice
Paul Sartin fiddle & oboe
John Spiers melodeon
Benji Kirkpatrick bouzouki

Jon Banks medieval harp
Ben Grove mandolin
Hilary Perona-Wright guitar
Nigel Perona-Wright flute

All arrangements by courtesy of the performers.

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