Cynefin (‘kuh-neh-vin’)

cynefin welsh folk

Cynefin (a Welsh noun with no direct equivalent in English) is somewhat of a linguistic enigma. Originally a farming term used to describe the habitual tracks and trails worn by sheep in hillsides – the word has morphed and deepened over the centuries to conjure a very personal sense of place, belonging and familiarity. The artist Kyffin Williams describes it as ‘that relationship: the place of your birth and of your upbringing, the environment in which you live and to which you are naturally acclimatised.’

This ‘Cynefin’ is a musical journey to discover the musical landscape and contours of Ceredigion and West Wales. From the grumbles of millers past, musings of balladeers and every day tales of ‘y werin’ (the common folk) – it seeks to uncover the untold stories of the people who lived and worked on the land and who’s voices have been lost over the centuries. Through delving through unseen archive material, forgotten books and sourcing songs from local ballad singers, Cynefin presents unheard material in a fresh new light.