Cynefin Llafur Ni

Llafur Ni (Our Grains)

Did you know that almost no-one grows Welsh Black Oats anymore?

Why are we so ready to turn our backs on our indigenous seed, which like folk singing, is such a vital part of our rural heritage? It seems like madness to me, especially in a time when the food supply is under such pressure.

It’s #SeedWeek this week and I spent some time with The Gaia Foundation alongside Iwan Evans and Gerald Miles putting together this great little film (which includes some folk singing!) to raise awareness around the issue.

Llafur Ni – Our Grains from The Gaia Foundation on Vimeo.

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Welsh Language Album of the Year

I’m chuffed to announce that Dilyn Afon has been shortlisted for Welsh Language Album of the Year at the 2020 Eisteddfod. I’m in some good company too! You can check me out chatting to Gareth Potter about the journey below (sorry no subtitles!)

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BBC Radio 3 Folk@Home

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Dilyn Afon Album Reviews

Dilyn Afon OUT NOW!

BBC Celtic Heartbeat

Album Pre-Order

Album Pre-Order Pre-orders are now open for Cynefin’s debut album ‘Dilyn Afon’ (Following A River) before the official release on January 27th. The CD comes with full colour 30 page booklet detailing the stories and history of the songs You can listen to the lead single here And pre-order by clicking on the album image […]

New Single Out

The lead single from Cynefin’s debut album ‘Dilyn Afon’ – ‘Y Fwyalchen Ddu Bigfelen’ (The Yellow Beaked Blackbird) is out now! You can listen to the premier on Lisa Gwilym’s BBC Radio Cymru show here – you can buy/listen to it on Bandcamp below. 

Noted from the singing of Mrs. J Emlyn Jones near Llandysul at the turn of the last century, ‘Y Fwyalchen Ddu Bigfelen’ belongs to a unique sub-genre of Welsh folk songs known as ‘llatai’ (love messenger) songs.  Usually the domain of star crossed lovers, this llatai song goes one step further and invokes the ‘hiraeth (longing) felt by a boy who has crossed the border into England and is longing for his homeland. His heartache embodied in song by the mellifluous calls of a blackbird, this old song speaks to a very modern problem, as young people continue to leave rural Wales and the old traditions struggle to find new bearers.


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