Dilyn Afon

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Cynefin’s debut album.The result of three years of research and work, Cynefin’s debut album ‘Dilyn Afon’, follows the cultural ‘cynefin’ of Owen’s home county, starting in the Clettwr Valley where he grew up.

Uncovering lost voices, melodies and stories as it goes, the album gives a modern voice to Ceredigion’s rich yet fragile cultural heritage and presents forgotten and neglected material in a fresh new light. Produced by John Hollis (Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita, Toto La Momposina) 

Y Fwyalchen Ddu Bigfelen ( The Yellow Beaked Blackbird)

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The lead single from ‘Dilyn Afon’, Y Fwyalchen Ddu Bigfelen (The Yellow Beaked Blackbird). This song was sourced from the singing of Mrs. J Emlyn Jones near Llandysul at the turn of the last century.

This is a ‘llatai’ (love messenger) song featuring a conversation between a young lad and blackbird. It is unusual since the ‘beloved’ in question is not a woman, but Wales itself. It is in essence a song of hiraeth (longing) by a boy who has moved to the city and is longing for gentler contours his homeland, embodied in song by the mellifluous calls of the blackbird.

Cân Dyffryn Clettwr (Song of the Clettwr Valley)

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Cynefin’s debut single. Discovered in ‘Hanes Llandysul’ (A History of Llandysul 1896) and originally composed by Edward Rees of Talgarreg. It was also sung by Kate Davies of Prengwyn – the last known bearer of this song.

This rare song tells the tale of ‘y fab afradlon’ – the prodigal son who leaves his ‘cynefin’ and goes to sea, only to find that life is tough and soon finds he has ‘hiraeth’ or longing for the comforts of home. Song intro courtesy of William Mathias.

“Quite extraordinary” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Epic work” – Living Tradition
“Absolutely Fantastic” – Frank Hennessy, BBC Celtic Heartbeat