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In 1852 David Merlyn Jones wrote a ballad titled
'Cyngor cyfaill i dri o wyr ieuainc, pan oeddynt yn cychwyn i Australia' Befriending advice to three young men, when they set off for Australia
The ballad has been sitting in the Welsh National Library as a lovely tattered old broadsheet until Angharad Jenkins & Bush Gothic restored it to life with a new musical arrangement. It’s new title is taken from the last line of the ballad: I Fyw I Fôd.
Invited to perform at the Welsh National Eisteddfod but unable to attend due to the global pandemic, Bush Gothic collaborated with Welsh composer and fiddler Angharad Jenkins, exploring what it is to be Welsh, to be Australian, to be human, to be folk. In partnership with the National Celtic Festival a team of ten artists and technicians across two hemispheres and four homes collaboratively composed, recorded and produced new arrangements of old Welsh songs with accompanying film clips.
Trwy’ch bywyd yn hyfryd bo’r hynt
I lanau Australian’n dra thirion.
Cael Aur y Wlad hono i’ch côd
A deuwch ‘r ol hyny, tan ganu
I Gymru I fyw I fôd
Experience pleasure every minute through your life.
Sure as the wind, off you go to the gentle shores of Australia.
Get the gold of that land and after that,
Come home singing to Wales, to live and to be
released October 20, 2020
LYRICS David Merlyn Jones, arr by Jenny M. Thomas
MUSIC: Dan Witton, Jenny M. Thomas, Chris Lewis, Angharad Jenkins
Angharad Jenkins - violin
Dan Witton - programming, piano
Chris Lewis - programming, drum kit
Jenny M Thomas - vocals, violin, viola
Recorded in the musicians homes by the musicians.
Mixing Engineer - Justin Marshall
Mastering Engineer - Lachlan Carrick
BBC Music Magazine - 5 STARS, World Music Albums of the year 2016, fRoots Album of the Year 2016: Runner
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