Celtic Music From Wales

October 12, 2016 - Comment

Ffynnon, a Celtic folk group from Wales, preform songs deeply rooted in the rhythms, traditions and landscapes of the Celtic tradition. This album is a both ancient and contemporary traditional and modern. The 16 alluring tracks include a Scottish border ballad, traditional dialect songs, 6th century nursery rhymes and Cumbrian sheep counting, jigs a Breton

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Ffynnon, a Celtic folk group from Wales, preform songs deeply rooted in the rhythms, traditions and landscapes of the Celtic tradition. This album is a both ancient and contemporary traditional and modern. The 16 alluring tracks include a Scottish border ballad, traditional dialect songs, 6th century nursery rhymes and Cumbrian sheep counting, jigs a Breton song for dancing and 17th century poetry to music.Irish and Scottish music have permeated American culture to such a degree that certain tunes have become standards (“Auld Lang Syne,” “Molly Malone”). But there are four other Celtic nations, and the lesser-known folk traditions of Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany, and Wales are equally exciting. Ffynnon (pronounced “FUN-on”) are a Welsh neo-folk group that performs tunes from several homelands in the original languages. Instrumental accompaniment is usually centered on acoustic piano, not unlike the stately fiddle combos of Cape Breton, while the prominently placed six-string bass lines recall the early Clannad. Singer Lynne Denman has a cool, untroubled mezzo-soprano, and her jazzy phrasing mines unexpected dimensions and undercurrents from the simplest melodies. Highlights include “Felton Lonnin,” wherein a mother anxiously awaits the return of her son at nightfall, and “Pais Dinograd,” a nursery-rhyme counting lullaby, but each of the 16 songs has a lot to offer. –Christina Roden

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shoutgrace says:

Enjoyable Celtic Music from Wales for the Whole Family

Dianne Foster says:

Mixture of old tunes a child might enjoy… ffynnon, pronounced ‘FUN-ON’ in Welsh means ‘well spring’, is the debut Green Linnet album that makes up the voice and instrumental talents of Lynne Denman, Stacey Blythe and David Reid. Lynne Denman’s jazzy ethereal vocals provides a traditional sound for modern Wales. She also lends her instrumental talent on the bodhrán. Stacey Blythe plays keyboard, accordion, cello, piano and voice. David Reid plays six-string bass guitar, keyboard and vocals. Reid is active in the London jazz…

Anonymous says:

If you’ve ever tried to pronounce Welsh names or read road signs in Wales, you’ve probably wondered about this curious language. One great feature of this CD is that it is exactly what it purports to be Celtic Music from Wales with vocalizations mostly in Welsh although a few of the songs are sung in a French dialect from Brittany (English translations are provided in the insert). These pleasant tunes are sometimes lively, mostly soothing, and always clearly articulated.Some of the words…

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