Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fernhill - Canu Rhydd (2011 Wales) @320

Recorded at Dartington College of Arts in July 2010, Canu Rhydd is the fifth studio album by Welsh folk group Fernhill. It was released on May 1, 2011 on disgyfrith Records. Described by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 as "another wonderful Fernhill album", and by Verity Sharp on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction as "a very beautiful album", Canu Rhydd is the first of the groups' albums to feature Christine Cooper on fiddle and spoken word. She joins the existing line-up of Julie Murphy, Ceri Rhys Matthews, and Tomos Williams, all of whom appeared on the band's previous, live album, Na Prádle.

Canu Rhydd, Welsh for "free poetry", is described in the sleeve notes as “that written by the free will of the poet, unconstrained by patronage or by the bardic tradition”. The album, like all Fernhill albums features songs sung in both Welsh and English. Different traditional songs are woven together in each track, changing the thrust of the original songs within their new context. They are, according to Julian May in a Songlines review of the album, "concerned not with the culture of past aristocratic patronage but the expression of the ordinary people of Wales. So they have lovingly assembled these songs from odd verses and fragments of manuscripts. They are about love, place, birds, forests and everyday life. They are touching and beautiful." It is the first Fernhill album to be released on the disgyfrith label. All their previous albums were released on Tim Healey's Beautiful Jo Records, based in Oxford, England.

01 - Adar
02 - When I Was In My Prime
03 - Diddan
04 - Forest
05 - Glyn Cynon
06 - Glyn Tawe
07 - Y Fwynlan O Serch
08 - Like The Snow

Julie Murphy - voice, sruti
Ceri Rhys Matthews - guitar, flute, voice
Tomos Williams - trumpet, flugelhorn
Christine Cooper - fiddle, voice


CrimsonKing said...

Canu Rhydd (RS)
Canu Rhydd (Yandex)


Anonymous said...

Many thanks - a lovely album.

Anonymous said...

Fernhill are great: thank you!

Pancho Cerón said...

You're awesome Crimson King
Thank you very much! Greetings from Chile!

Eliseo Mauas Pinto said...

This is one of my fav. works of J. Murphy, her subtle voice shines outstandingly on this album...though I always wondered why she never included the harp on her recordings since she is so related to welsh music...
Keep on shining Crimson suns ☼ !
Celtic Sprite

CrimsonKing said...


Canu Rhydd


Gabriel Lazzari said...

Excuse me, would you guys have the latest album from Fernhill, Amser?
Julie Murphy is amazing!

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