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sian, west wales Anthems Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (9) RE: Anthems Wales, Cornwall, Brittany 13 Jan 11

Well, the Welsh was first. Composed by James James, 1856, in Pontypridd. Originally titled Glan Rhondda (the Banks of the Rhondda) His father, Evan, wrote the Welsh words.

It was the first national anthem to be sung officially at the start of a sporting match.

Evan James was ... uncle? great uncle? ... of Jesse James. Honest.

I was at a dinner reception thrown by our First Minister for a delegation from Brittany, sat next to Alain Stivell and so ended up singing Bro Gozh ma Zadoł with him at the end of the meal. I think we'd had a bit to drink ...

Welsh, Cornish and Breton are all in the same branch of Celtic languages. A lot of similarities. I can usually work out the gist of Cornish and Breton if I see it written down.


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