AmeriCymru St David's Day Playlist

By Ceri Shaw, 2024-01-26

AmeriCymru St David's Day Playlist

Croeso/welcome to our St David's Day Playlist. We will be adding more in the next few days. Below we have assembled some of the most traditional and patriotic Welsh songs with which to celebrate St David's Day. Enjoy/Mwynhewch!


1   Yma o Hyd – Dafydd Iwan (English & Welsh lyrics and phonetic guide) Luca

2   Suo Gan ( Lullaby ) - Lyrics - Anthony Way and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir Somewheremaybe

3   Men of Harlech — Fron Male Voice Choir Anthems & Honors Music

4   Glan Mor Heli Carreg Lafar

5   Only Boys Aloud - The Welsh choir's Britain's Got Talent 2012 audition - Britain's Got Talent

6   Treorchy Male Voice Choir (Côr Meibion Treorci) - Myfanwy

7   Adra - Gwyneth Glyn (geiriau / lyrics)

8   Môr o Gariad, Meic Stevens - Penrhyn Gwyr (Gower Peninsula. Wales)

9   Welsh National Anthem - "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" (CY/EN)

10   Welsh sing Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau in front of a packed Principality! | Guinness Six Nations

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With tongue-in-cheek humour throughout, the themes of  ‘Domestic Majestic’  revolve around self-care in the face of the difficult and mundane early-2020s.  Here’s the Email  is the band at its angriest and mostdestructive - presenting the perspective of the disgruntled office worker, now working from home, juxtaposing corporate life lyrics with jagged post-punk chaos. “Here’s the email / Hope you are safe and well / Hope your family’s well.”


Indie number  Me but not Tired  captures recurring thoughts that can plague our minds as we try to sleep (lyrics appropriately written at 2am).  Treat Yourself  is the classic mixture of revealing, uncomfortable lyrics paired with animated, uplifting pop instrumentation. You can hear the band having a ball playing around in much poppier territory than they are used to. “Why don’t you treat yourself to a little self love / You matter, you matter so much / You don’t matter, you matter”.

On the other end of the spectrum you have  Petrol Station Flowers , perhaps the most different and defiant song on the album which could be described as ambient chamber pop. The ghostly slide guitar, reverberating synths and crisp percussion join together as a monumental cloud. It would be the band’s most romantic statement yet if it wasn’t for Better With You, a song which started life as a synth line run through various bass guitar pedals, forming the backbone of the melody. The guitars, trying to find a
way in, pull from classical music tropes rarely heard in rock music. This results in a bombastic, spy movie feel. 


Yes Man’s  opening and closing choral sections were devised by producer  Charlie Francis  over 2 years after the band had written the bulk of the track. It sounds as if David Byrne was invited to write a songfor Gran Turismo 5 - the ultimate driving song.


The lyrics relate to life working under a psychopath, againneatly fitting into the album’s self-care theme. The eye-catchingly titled  The Grand Burstin Hotel  (named after the dilapidated ship shaped hotel in Folkestone, Kent) provides another curveball with the bandunexpectedly embracing a swing time rhythm.


Whilst they wear many hats it all fits neatly on one record.


'Domestic Majestic Tracklist'

1. Yes Man
2. Here’s the Email
3. Treat Yourself
4. Better with You
5. Me but not Tired
6. Cat Pose
7. The Grand Burstin Hotel
8. Petrol Station Flowers
9. U OK?
10. Little Bird



'Brilliant Band!'

John Kennedy, Radio X 


'It's my favorite new song'

Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London


"Eschewing many of the tired troupes of modern indie bands Silent Forum have an ambition, vision andthe tunes that make them irresistible."

God Is In The TV Zine

“Silent Forum are a combination of shadowy post punk and the more accessible side of indie rock. Theymove from cold and brooding to nervy, and almost overbold.”  Destroy//Exist

“Silent Forum provide a cinematic take on broody indie rock… The band melds thrumming guitar linesand emphatic vocals with an unwavering beat.”


“There is something really interesting, almost PIL-like with those guitars." Adam Walton,  BBC Radio Wales


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R*E*P*E*A*T Presents

Leeks and Beets
A four way split single LP on limited 12” re-ground vinyl
for little more than the cost of a 7”


Leeks from South Wales
Bad Shout
and Monet
Beets from East Anglia
Acid Alchemist
and The Monoliths
Available on Bandcamp and digitally from December 1 st
and in record stores nationwide via Shellshock distribution from January 2024

Long standing underground DIY label R*E*P*E*A*T celebrate its dual Swansea / Cambridge heritage with a record showcasing uproarious talents from both East and West

Bad Shout

“Unhinged in all the best ways. I utterly love it. Sounds like someone left a cassette of Supergrass' debut album on the dashboard in the sun with Husker Du's Zen Arcade for just a little too long and it mutated into this”.– Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales.
“Ones to Watch” Buzz Magazine


“a stomping, melodic cry for change that fuses a raw barrage of caustic guitar riffs and surreal screams of the likes of the Dead Kennedys with the twisty turny relentless energy of early At the Drive-In” . God is in the TV. “fast becoming the enfant terrible’s of the South Wales music scene “ Clash Music.

Acid Alchemist

Debut garage recording from furious, feather boaed and frantic cross dressing face painted rock upstarts from a sleepy village in Cambridge.

The Monoliths

Teenage psychedelic post-punk metal mayhem with an ear for unexpectedly massive sounds and unlikely time signatures. Their healthy disrespect for their elders and lessers hasn't stopped them packing out venues across London and the South East.

Launch Gigs

Saturday December 16 th Elysium Swansea
(Bad Shout, Monet and special guest headliners Llanelli's disco punkers, Stickman)

Thursday December 28 th The Portland Arms Cambridge
(Acid Alchemist and The Monoliths plus support)

R*E*P*E*A*T DIY Punk Rock East West Rebel Alliance Production 2023

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Mae  Recordiau Noddfa  yn falch iawn o gyhoeddi bydd y trac  'Crachach ', sy'n ymddangos ar albwm  'Cig Cymreig' Crinc  ddaeth allan fis Medi 2023, yn cael ei ryddhau fel sengl ddydd Gwener yma 26ain Ionawr.

Eglura Llŷr Alun o'r band:  "Neshi 'sgwennu’r gân yn ganol lockdown yn Bangor a recordio’r demo i albwm 'Cofi-19'. Oni’m yn licio’r final product gyda electric drum kit o GarageBand felly nath' ni ail recordio yn y Buarth, yn fyw gyda Dafydd Ieuan ag Kris Jenkins, ar ôl fi symud i Gaerdydd."

Mae'r sengl yn cael ei ryddhau mewn ymateb i'r hyn sy'n digwydd yn Gaza ar hyn o bryd lle bydd unrhyw elw yn mynd tuag at  UNICEF.

Hailing from Bangor, North Wales,  Welsh Alternative band 'CRINC'  have announced a brand new single via their own label  Noddfa Records.

Noddfa Records  are delighted to announce that the track  'Crachach' , which appears on  CRINC's 'Cig Cymreig'  album that came out in September 2023, will be released as a single this  Friday 26th January.

Llŷr Alun from the band explains:  "I wrote the song in Bangor during lockdown and recorded the demo for the 'Cofi-19' album. I didn't like the final product with the electric drum kit from GarageBand so we recorded it again at the Buarth, live with Dafydd Ieuan and Kris Jenkins, after I moved to Cardiff."

The single is being released in response to the Gaza crisis at the moment and any income generated from the track will be donated to  UNICEF.


Donate to UNICEF Here   

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Sister Envy hail from the North Wales coast, a place of mystery, harshness, and beauty, a place where opportunity is blocked for younger people yet dreams can break through. It’s here that Sister Envy met at college, this fast-emerging Alternative Psychedelic rock quartet are a brand new signing to North Wales label Yr Wyddfa Records, Snowdonia (home to Holy Coves). 

Their first single ' Mourning Sickness '  released on all streaming platforms on the 23rd of February eases you into their world. Woozy psychedelic-tinged guitars and enveloping vocals that detail the bleary moments after you wake. North Walian singer-songwriter Kameron Jolliffe vividly captures the wistful memories of growing up. With his infectious vocals burrowing their way into your head.  Possessing a carousel of percussion, a tapestry of beguiling rock sound, that takes influence from the sounds of the 60s and 70s but also the early 90s indie and gaze scene of bands like, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Spiritualized. 

Kameron Jolliffe says of the bands debut single; “ Mourning Sickness was the first song I ever wrote when I was 16, and it feels like it makes sense for it to be released first, almost like an ode to my past self and what was happening in my life at that time.“

Sister Envy have been busy honing their sound in the studio with Welsh producers  Owain Ginsberg (Hippies Vs Ghosts) & Scott Marsden (Holy Coves) over recent months getting ready for ‘ Mourning Sickness ’ their debut single release this February. 

Their initial three singles were recorded in Liverpool at the famous Motor Museum Studio with Ben Harper. Mixed in France by Welsh legend Owain Ginsberg and mastered in Austin Texas by American producer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels).  Over the next twelve months, Sister Envy will invite you into their fascinating world over a series of singles releases and shows including a debut performance at Focus Wales in May.  Gradually revealing the different faces of their tapestry of sound and fledgling experience. 

Sister Envy band

Kameron Jolliffe - Vocals and Lead Guitar

Matty Waring - Guitar

Callum Jones - Bass

Ryan Roberts - Drums


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Jac  by Sam Adams (Y Lolfa) is a novel of boyhood novel set in a south Wales Valley during the Second World War (1939-1945).

Described as “a lyrical and beautifully crafted story of growing up in the Valleys in the shadow of World War II” by poet, essayist and editor John Barnie, the novel follows Jac, a young boy at the start of the story, as he grows in awareness of the world beyond his home and family.

Author Sam Adams says:

“I wrote the novel to recall a lost age – wartime and the era of coal production in south Wales; the realities of the time. I also wanted to explore and commemorate the first steps in life outside the home, first friends and first boyhood adventures.”

The novel explores how war affected everything, including the play of children.

“The novel is semi-biographical, as I was a boy during the Second World War and grew up in a mining valley in south Wales. I have tried to recapture a time and a place which I know well,” said Sam Adams. 

Jac   by Sam Adams is available now (£9.99, Y Lolfa).

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The Rhondda & Trealaw Cross

By Ceri Shaw, 2024-01-15

Here is the famous Rhondda Cross in Trealaw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. 83 year old founder Glyn Thomas has given his first ever video interview to Sonny Davies AKA Teacher Sonny D explaining why he built it and his hopes for it to be maintained in the decades to come.

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A new, updated version of the classic beginners’ Welsh course,  Welcome to Welsh , has been published by Y Lolfa. Written by Heini Gruffudd, bestselling author of materials for Welsh learners, the content of the new edition has been completely revamped and the book has been redesigned to bring it up to date. 

“Forty years have flown by! I would never have thought in 1984 that the book would be so popular. The grammar, stories and conversations needed updating, and humour has changed. The success of materials for learners show that there is an ever-growing wish for Welsh to be increasingly used as a spoken language. I hope this new version will still be around years after I’m gone!” said author Heini Gruffudd. 

First published in 1984, the original edition has sold over 70,000 copies. Carolyn Hodges, now Head of English-Language Publishing at Y Lolfa but formerly in charge of creating market-leading language coursebooks at Oxford University Press, said: “The original edition is an absolute classic and has helped tens of thousands of learners to take their first steps in learning Welsh. This edition builds on that success, with the content overhauled to teach up-to-date Welsh that you’ll hear around you in the real world today, and a fresh new design that will appeal to a brand new generation of learners!” 

Ideal for self-study, the course has 16 units, using engaging new strip cartoons by Welsh illustrator Osian Roberts to present sentence structures and grammar points. There is also a dictionary section at the back of the book, and free MP3 audio files to accompany the lessons are downloadable from Y Lolfa’s website. 

Swansea-born Heini Gruffudd has spent his life teaching Welsh to children and adults. He has for many years been at the forefront of the campaign for Welsh-language education, and is a prolific author of successful and popular materials for Welsh learners. Other titles written by him include  Welsh is Fun (which has sold over 200,000 copies) The Welsh Learner’s Dictionary Welsh Rules  and  Talk Welsh .  

Welcome to Welsh   by Heini Gruffudd (£9.99, Y Lolfa) is available now.

Mae’r Lolfa wedi cyhoeddi argraffiad newydd o’r cwrs poblogaidd i ddysgwyr Cymraeg,  Welcome to Welsh .  Wedi’i ysgrifennu gan Heini Gruffudd, mae cynnwys yr argraffiad newydd wedi’i ddiweddaru a’i ail ddylunio er mwyn ei wneud yn addas i ddysgwyr heddiw. 

Mae’r adargraffiad hwn yn cynnwys nodiadau gramadeg gwerthfawr, ymarferion defnyddiol, sgyrsiau cartŵn a geiriadur cyffredinol ar gyfer dysgwyr.  

“Mae pedwardeg o flynyddoedd wedi hedfan heibio! Bydden i byth wedi meddwl yn 1984 y byddai’r llyfr mor boblogaidd. Roedd angen diweddaru’r gramadeg, y storïau a’r sgyrsiau, ac mae’r hiwmor wedi newid. Mae llwyddiant y deunydd ar gyfer dysgwyr yn dangos bod yna ddymuniad i siarad Cymraeg sydd yn parhau i dyfu. Rwy’n gobeithio bydd y fersiwn newydd yma ar gael ymhell ar ôl i fi fynd!” meddai’r awdur Heini Gruffudd. 

Cyhoeddwyd am y tro cyntaf ym 1984, a gwerthwyd dros 70,000 copi o’r fersiwn wreiddiol. Meddai Carolyn Hodges, Pennaeth Cyhoeddi Saesneg Y Lolfa sydd hefyd wedi bod yn gyfrifol am greu llyfrau cyrsiau iaith gydag Oxford University Press: “Mae’r fersiwn wreiddiol yn glasur ac wedi helpu degau o filoedd o ddysgwyr i gymryd y camau cyntaf i ddysgu Cymraeg. Mae’r fersiwn newydd yn adeiladu ar y llwyddiant yma, gyda chynnwys cyfoes, gyda Chymraeg fyddwch yn clywed ar strydoedd Cymru, a dyluniad ffres a fydd yn apelio at genhedlaeth newydd o ddysgwyr!” 

Mae’r gyfrol yn ddelfrydol ar gyfer dysgu ar eich pen eich hun, Mae’n cynnwys 16 uned a chartwnau gwych gan y dylunydd Cymraeg, Osian Roberts, sy’n cyflwyno strwythur brawddegau a phwyntiau gramadegol. Mae yna hefyd eiriadur, a ffeiliau sain MP3 am ddim i gyd-fynd â’r gwersi. 

Mae  Welcome to Welsh  gan Heini Gruffudd ar gael nawr, £9.99.

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In the heart of 18th century Ceredigion, a mysterious figure emerged from the shadows, leaving an indelible mark on the region's history and folklore. Known by the intriguing moniker Siôn Cwilt, this enigmatic character was more than just a smuggler; he was a symbol of defiance against heavy taxes, a master of evasion, and a key player in the clandestine world of contraband trade along the Welsh coast.

Siôn Cwilt, also known as John White, arrived in the picturesque parish of Llanarth around the middle of the 18th century. His residence, a humble cottage named Sarnau Gwynion, became the epicenter of his smuggling operations. Clad in ragged clothes, Siôn Cwilt was said to patch the holes in his attire with pieces of cloth in every color imaginable, earning him the distinctive nickname.

The choice of the name "Cwilt" is shrouded in ambiguity. Some locals speculate that it could be a corruption of the word ‘gwyllt’ meaning wild, an apt descriptor for a man who rode boldly to meet smuggler ships under the cover of darkness. Others believe it may have originated from the colorful coats or cloaks adorned with multi-colored patches that Siôn Cwilt purportedly wore. The intrigue surrounding his name only adds to the allure of this elusive character.

For much of the 18th century, smuggling was not just a forbidden act; it was a way of life for many along the Ceredigion coast. The Napoleonic Wars brought with them heavy duties on imported goods, with exorbitant taxes on items such as tea, wine, salt, spirits, and tobacco. The taxation on salt, in particular, fueled an illegal trade, as it was used for pickling and salting fish.

Siôn Cwilt thrived in this atmosphere of economic discontent. Operating from his clandestine residence on Banc Cwm Einion, he orchestrated smuggling runs with mules over treacherous terrains to meet ships anchored in Cwmtydi. These vessels, carrying illegal cargo, were a lifeline for Siôn Cwilt, allowing him to acquire goods that would fetch a hefty price in a region burdened by oppressive taxes.

As Siôn Cwilt's activities gained notoriety, authorities caught wind of the old smuggler's operations. Faced with the imminent threat of imprisonment, Siôn Cwilt had to make a daring escape, leaving his cottage filled to the brim with wine bottles. The once-secretive Banc Cwm Einion transformed into Banc Sion Quilt in the wake of this event, a name that endures to this day, etching Siôn Cwilt's legacy onto the landscape of Llanarth and Synod.

The decision to rename the ridge was a symbolic acknowledgment of the notorious figure who had once roamed freely, defying the authorities and outwitting capture. Banc Sion Quilt stands as a testament to the resilience and audacity of a man who left an indelible mark on the region.

Intriguingly, Siôn Cwilt's connections extended beyond the shadowy world of smuggling. Stories suggest that he supplied contraband wine and brandy to none other than Sir Herbert Lloyd at Plas Ffynnon Bedr in Lampeter. The High Sheriff of the county, Sir Herbert Lloyd, played a pivotal role in local governance. The alleged collaboration between a smuggler and a prominent figure like Sir Herbert adds layers of complexity to the Siôn Cwilt saga. Was it a strategic alliance born out of necessity, or did Siôn Cwilt possess an uncanny ability to navigate both sides of the law?


Cwmtydu Beach: Where Smugglers, Limekilns, and Seals Collide Through Time

Nestled along the rugged Ceredigion coastline, Cwmtydu Beach stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of history that has unfolded on its secluded shores. This little bay, once notorious for smugglers and pirates who took advantage of its hidden caves and coves, now echoes with the whispers of bygone eras. From the exploits of smuggler Sion Cwilt to the limekiln that stands on the seafront, and the wartime encounters during World War I, Cwmtydu Beach carries the imprints of a multifaceted past.

In the 18th century, when smuggling was a thriving yet illicit trade along the Welsh coast, Cwmtydu Beach served as a haven for individuals like Sion Cwilt. The hidden little caves and coves provided the perfect cover for smugglers to carry out their clandestine operations. Sion Cwilt, a legendary figure known for his audacious exploits, utilized the bay's secrecy to conduct smuggling runs, navigating the treacherous waters under the cover of darkness.

The tales of Siôn Cwilt's colorful attire and strategic evasion tactics add an element of intrigue to the history of Cwmtydu Beach. As the waves lapped against the shore, smugglers like Siôn Cwilt left an indelible mark on the landscape, shaping the lore of this secluded bay.

Standing stoically on the seafront, the limekiln at Cwmtydu Beach is a tangible relic from a bygone era. Once a crucial element in the local economy, limekilns were used to produce lime by heating limestone. The restored limekiln at Cwmtydu serves as a poignant reminder of the region's industrial and maritime history.

As one explores the limekiln, a sense of nostalgia permeates the air. The meticulous restoration efforts have allowed visitors to step back in time, envisioning an era when the kiln was a hub of activity, contributing to the economic livelihood of the coastal community. The juxtaposition of the limekiln against the backdrop of the serene sea evokes a sense of continuity, connecting the present to the industrious past of Cwmtydu Beach.

The echoes of history extend to the tumultuous times of World War I when Cwmtydu Beach became an unexpected pitstop for a U-boat commander. During the war, the waters off the Welsh coast were fraught with danger and intrigue. In a surprising turn of events, a U-boat commander ventured ashore at Cwmtydu to gather fresh supplies for his crew.

This wartime episode adds a layer of complexity to Cwmtydu's history, showcasing the beach as not only a haven for smugglers but a strategic point with unexpected visitors during times of conflict. The footprints of war left on the shores of Cwmtydu serve as a poignant reminder of the diverse narratives that have unfolded on this secluded beach.

As the tides of time ebbed and flowed, Cwmtydu Beach underwent a transformation, now welcoming a different kind of visitor. Amidst the tales of smugglers, limekilns, and wartime encounters, the beach has become a sanctuary for Atlantic Grey Seals. During the autumn season, these marine mammals grace the shores of Cwmtydu to give birth to their pups.

The once-turbulent waters that may have witnessed clandestine activities now serve as a peaceful birthing ground for seals. Nature has reclaimed the bay, harmonizing the historical layers with the natural rhythms of life. The juxtaposition of seals landing on a beach once frequented by smugglers paints a picture of resilience and renewal, where the cycles of nature intertwine with the echoes of human history.


Dirgelwch yr Ogof

A fresh release of a thrilling tale delving into the clandestine realm of smuggling amidst the coastal enclave of Cwmtydu in late eighteenth-century Cardiganshire. This captivating adventure, initially unveiled in 1977, takes readers on a riveting journey through the secrets and intrigues of a bygone era.



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