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Swansea resident Angharad Jenkins sings Welsh vocals on this most poignant of trad Welsh songs, given a femfolk treatment by Bush Gothic. The third single from this international collaboration made in isolation. A new definition of Group Therapy.

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.

In partnership with the Welsh National Eisteddfod and the National Celtic Festival Portarlington.

lyrics

1. Mae’r hon a gâr fy nghalon i
Ymhell oddi yma'n byw;
A hiraeth am ei gweled hi
A'm gwnaeth yn llwyd fy lliw.

2. O’r dewis hardd ddewisais i
Oedd dewis lodes lân;
A chyn bydd 'difar gennyf fi
O rhewi wnaiff y tân.

Cyfoeth nid yw ond oferedd,
Glendid nid yw yn parhau;
Ond cariad pur sydd fel y dur
Yn para tra bo dau.

3. Mae f'annwyl riain dros y lli,
Gobeithio'i bod hi'n iach!
'Rwy'n caru'r tir lle cerddo hi
Dan wraidd fy nghalon fach.

Cyfoeth nid yw ond oferedd,
Glendid nid yw yn parhau;
Ond cariad pur sydd fel y dur
Yn para tra bo dau.

English singing version
While There's Two

1)A lovely girl's my heart's desire,
But I live far from my dear,
And through my longing for my love
I fade away right here.

2)The fairest path I ever walked
Was when I chose my mate.
And seas will boil and fire will freeze
Before I rue that fate.

Riches will rust and be scattered;
Beauty will wither right through;
But faithful love endures like steel,
As long as there are two.

3) My love lives far across the sea,
I wish her safe and well.
And from the very depths I know
I love my sweet-heart still.

Riches will rust and be scattered;
Beauty will wither right through;
But faithful love endures like steel,
As long as there are two

credits

released November 6, 2020
LYRICS: TRAD
MUSIC: Trad, arranged by Bush Gothic & Angharad Jenkins

Angharad Jenkins - vocals
Dan Witton - programming
Jenny M Thomas - backing vocals, violin, viola

Recorded by the musicians in their own homes, July 2020
Mastering Engineer - Lachlan Carrick

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Bush Gothic Melbourne, Australia

BBC Music Magazine - 5 STARS, World Music Albums of the year 2016,
fRoots Album of the Year 2016: Runner Up. Adelaide Fringe Festival Best Music Weekly Award 2017 & 2018. Defiantly modern, achingly old, Bush Gothic re-imagine songs of heartbreak and tragedy amongst convicts, desperate miners and criminal women. ... more

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