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Alawon (The Songs of Welsh Folk)

Artist: Burum

Date of Release: 06/11/2007

Catalogue no: CD302H

Label: Fflach:Tradd

Price: £10.99

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Marwnad yr Ehedydd

10.05

2

 

Llongau Caernarfon

3.17

3

 

Ar Lan y Môr

3.49

4

 

Alawon

14.13

5

 

Yr Eneth Glaf

6.36

6

 

Hiraeth am Feirion

3.39

 

 

 

 

Tomos Williams - trumpet
Daniel Williams - tenor sax
Dave Jones - piano
Chris O Connor - bass
Mark O Connor - drums
with
Ceri Rhys Matthews - Welsh bag/horn pipe (1,4,6)

Burum play innovative and original interpretations of traditional Welsh melodies. The Welsh hornpipe adds an unique element to the over-all band sound.

 

Reviews

 

03/09/2007 Taplas

Here we have the classic jazz line-up: trumpet, sax, piano, bass and drums. On trumpet is Tomos Williams, whose playing is such a distinctive feature of Fernhill. Also included is the bag-hornpipe, played by Ceri Rhys Matthews. This is instrument is not normally associated with jazz improvisation, but the interpretation of 'Marwnad yr Ehedydd' is really something quite special.

Although this is predominantly a jazz album, the melodies used are all well-known traditional Welsh tunes. 'Alawon' is the Welsh word for tunes. The informative sleevenotes on the sources of the melodies reflect the respect they have for this music and their performances show a complete understanding of and love for the traditional music of Wales. With their performance of 'Ar lan y Mor' the whole sentiment of the song is rediscovered in their tender and gentle interpretation. It will melt your heart.

Again, they reach the very essence of the song with 'Yr Eneth Glaf', from the opening beat on the cymbal suggesting a fragile heart beat to the final gentle fade out on piano.

Burum means yeast. They take familiar ingredients and breathe new life into them. This is indeed a heady brew. Very highly recommended.

 

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