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Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers - An Anthology of Welsh Music and Song

Various Artists
Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers - An Anthology of Welsh Music and Song

Wales, a country as ancient as it is forward-looking, boasts a wealth of contemporary musicians who harvest the best of their past to craft an artful future. Blodeugerdd ("song of flowers" in the Welsh language) features a garland of intimate musical interpretations by leading keepers of Welsh music today. Each track is an act of remembering something personal and an illustration of how Welsh culture, in the words of producer Ceri Rhys Matthews, "has survived by quietude and tenacity." 14 tracks, 60 minutes, 44-page booklet with photos and bilingual notes.

The 2009 Folklife Festival program featuring the creative culture of Wales includes six musicians from Blodeugerdd - Song of the Flowers. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival website has more information about live performances on the National Mall in Washington D.C., including a CD-release party on Friday June 26th, 2009.

Blodeugerdd has been produced with generous support from the Welsh Assembly Government.

Please enjoy this free, full-length stream of Colli'r eos (Losing the Nightingale) by Smithsonian Folklife Festival participant Christine Cooper.

Colli'r eos (Losing the Nightingale)MP3 Stream

2009 Independent Music Award for Best Traditional World Album

Ceri Rhys Matthews
Meredydd Evans

Track Listing

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Y’deryn pur (Gentle Bird) Mary Hopkin 02:45
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Estampie yr ehedydd (The Lark’s Estampie) Anne Marie Summers and Helen Wilding 04:03
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Ym Mhontypridd mae ’nghariad (My Lover Is in Pontypridd) Ceri Jones 02:47
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Tôn Cân Pensylvania (Pennsylvania Song Tune) / Hoff Fron (Fond Heart) John Morgan, Diarmuid Johnson, and Chris Grooms 05:29
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Dod dy law (Put Your Hand) Linda Griffiths 01:48
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Abergenni / Pont Caerodor Ceri and Catrin Ashton 04:05
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Carol Plygain (Plygain Carol) Daniel Huws 05:25
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Colli’r eos (Losing the Nightingale) Christine Cooper 04:28
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Bedd f’anwylyd (My Lover’s Grave) Llio Rhydderch and Tomos Williams 07:05
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Caru yn y coed (Courting in the Woods) / Cerdd y gog lwydlas (Cuckoo’s Song) / Lliw lili ymysg y drain (Lily among the Thorns) Cass Meurig and Nial Cain 06:06
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Y gŵr a’i farch (The Man and His Steed) / If You Do Not Love Me, Go Climb a Tree Jo Cooper and Elin Lloyd 02:46
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Y dyn meddw (The Drunkard) / Glân meddwdod mwyn (Sweet Mellow Drunkenness) / Coleg y Brifysgol Abertawe (University College Swansea) / Pibddawns gwŷr Wrecsam (The Men of Wrexham’s Hornpipe) Jem Hammond and Tom Scott 04:44
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Hiraeth (Longing) Max Boyce, Christine Cooper, and Llio Rhydderch 03:05
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Lisa Lan, Ffoles Llantrisant (Beautiful Lisa, Girl from Llantrisant) Julie Murphy, Sille Ilves, and Martin Leamon 05:33