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Thread #114217   Message #2436268
Posted By: sian, west wales
10-Sep-08 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Myfanwy (Welsh song by Joseph Parry)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Myfanwy
Well, Myfanwy was never really a 'folk' song in the academic sense. The tune, with those particular words, were a 'concert party' piece from the outset. It IS a folk song if you define folk by its popularity (or recognition) with 'the huddled masses'. Which is fine by me. And, although made famous by male voice choirs, there was a Welsh singer - Ryan Davies - who sang it solo in the ... 1960s/70s? ... and was possibly the best rendition EVER. Has me in tears. (Coincidentally, Ryan died in ... 1977? ... while visiting friends in up-state New York)

Popular 'sing-along' songs (unless you're out with a male voice choir) are things like Moliannwn, Harbwr Corc, Llongau Caernarfon, Lleucu Llwyd, Milgi Milgi, Hen Ferchetan, etc. But pub singing in general is in the doldrums these days ...

We'll be having (hopefully) good sessions at Coleg Harlech with our 3 day course from 30 Oct to 2 Nov. Well, not 2 Nov as the thing finishes at tea-time.