Voices From Wales - a video series from Mother Bear Productions
AmeriCymru is very proud and thankful to present a video series by Mother Bear Productions in Wales, a cooperative project by the incredibly talented team of Andy Edwards and Seimon Pugh Jones, sharing interviews and the beautiful land of Wales and its people with all of us. Please enjoy this week's video below, and click on the "Weekly Video List" tab for previous weeks.
Snowy Hopkin sits and reflects on his life as a coracle fisherman on the River Towy, Carmarthen. He sits with friends: fellow coraclemen, Malcolm Rees and David Siggery.
The video is part of a large collection of a oral history project. All nineteen short videos are available on the Mother Bear Channel. Many of the videos are also available on the People’s Collection of Wales.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY TRUST, Learning from genocide – for a better future
Seimon Pugh Jones video interviews Harold Gouvier Richards of Summerhill in Pembrokeshire. He talks about his father, David George Richards and his role in The Great War as a Royal Engineer in the tunnelling company.This Memorial Day was held in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire on 27th January 2020. Seimon Pugh Jones attended with his camera. The whole event was filmed on the one camera and all sound came from the camera in built microphone. Apologies for the lack of quality in sound and the only one point of...
DAVID GEORGE RICHARDS
Seimon Pugh Jones video interviews Harold Gouvier Richards of Summerhill in Pembrokeshire. He talks about his father, David George Richards and his role in The Great War as a Royal Engineer in the tunnelling company.
AUNTY MAGS PART 8
Aunty Mags re-appears for her last trip down memory lane, for now, with her reminiscences of family life in Carmarthen.
Ramblings and tales of Priory Street and Carmarthen in general. It’s the last installment for now but she is screaming at me to come up to film more. She has so much more to tell and it would be a crime not to archive her memories..
LOST HOLLOW – OH HEART
Tommy Harden of Lost Hollow shares, "Our 12 year old son, Rowan, found a heart shaped rock on the beach while we were filming. We put it in the anchor hole of the ship because it was too heavy to lug around. As we were wrapping up filming, I looked at the rock and the hole and showed it to our videographer Seimon. I said, 'Look! O Heart' as the anchor hole was literally the "O" and the rock the heart. He got his camera back out and said in his thick Welsh accent, "Now that's art!" It's the opening shot of a truly sensational video.
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TIA MCGRAFF AND TOMMY PARHAM IN CONVERSATION WITH BB SKONE
Tia McGraff, Americana artist of the year 2019 (IMEA Awards)
Hailing from south of Toronto, Ontario Canada, Tia McGraff is an internationally-renowned, award-winning Americana singer-songwriter and gifted author with Scottish and Transylvanian roots. Tia’s performances, her angelic voice and well-crafted song writing have been described as ‘soul-stirring, thought provoking and providing promises of hope’ in a world full of chaos, broken dreams and uncertainty.
With seven international CD releases, various film/tv...
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-FOUR OF FIFTY-TWO , Christian Pattemore – Drive
January 31st was the day that Alan McGhee’s label, Creation23 released the single, Drive by Christian Pattemore. McGhee has managed or championed acts such as Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus and the Mary Chain and The Libertines.
Christian Pattemore commented on social media " I’m still buzzing from all the positive responses I've had so far for "Drive". Lots of people commented on the video .
"Filming took place literally one-year ago in Sub-zero temperatures and snow on higher ground in Ferryside,...
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-THREE OF FIFTY-TWO , AUNTY MAGS PART 7
Aunty Mags re-appears for another trip down memory lane with her reminiscences of family life in Carmarthen.
Ramblings and tales of Priory Street and the Printers Arms: hairdressers, horse fairs, tall jockeys, Great War farewells on a Carmarthen railway station, berserk horses and sapper trenches in Gallipoli. It’s all here!
There’s one more instalment! But I have been phoned and asked when am I coming up next as she has got loads more stories to tell!
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY-ONE OF FIFTY-TWO
Mother Bear has been sick and poorly ill over Christmas and new year so hasn’t been able to get out and film any specific Xmas activity.
The natural storytelling of Margaret Lee is once again the subject. There’s not many left I promise!
Social history is so important, and everyone should archive their own in whatever way they can. In this digital world it’s easy to take photos but it’s just as easy to record testimonies through video or audio recording. I urge people to get out there and press the record button.
VOICES FROM WALES – FORTY OF FIFTY-TWO
Life in Carmarthen Town during WW2 with Aunty Mags. Margaret Lee talks of pub life in The Eagle Inn, Priory Street during the war.
Billeting soldiers and VE Day.
Four of Eight and she threatens to record more!
VOICES FROM WALES – THIRTY NINE OF FIFTY-TWO
Life in Carmarthen Town during WW2 with Aunty Mags. Margaret Lee lets her into pub life in The Eagle Inn, Priory Street.
Evacuees: ‘I wanted one!’
German Spies and Darts matches!
Four of Eight and she threatens to record more!
I had a decision to make after finishing my education nearly forty years ago: follow a career in theatre and film or to try and play rugby to the highest level. I decided on the latter. Different lives have come and gone: rugby player, teacher, rugby coach and outdoor pursuit centre manager. Hobbies illustrate a love of life and the challenge of the outdoor. extreme cyclist, mountain walker, songwriter, musician and storyteller.
I am now free to concentrate on projects of my choice. Something I should have done at the start of my career, maybe, capitalising on my schooling and love for working in film, television and theatre.
Seimon Pugh Jones
Seimon Pugh Jones, Born in Carmarthen back in 1966. Been a professional photographer for most of his life and has been very lucky to have been involved in some interesting projects.Lives in Laugharne with his partner Min (Meinir) and Stepson Daf (Dafydd).Loves to play drums, paints and history.
Andy Edwards, Mother Bear Productions
Mother Bear started out as a Community Theatre Project. It is based in the township of Laugharne. The aim of the project is to research local historical figures and play out scenes usually by characters listening to stories in a public house in an improvised situation.
One of the most informed pieces is about a Napoleonic soldier who retires after the Wars to run a pub in Laugharne. Research was done and his diaries found. They become the basis of the treatment that has been performed in cafes, churches, chip shops, town halls and pubs across South Wales.
Another part of the project is to put together videos of community interest, whether they are cultural, historical or have a community interest. We have basic equipment but found that we could produce reasonable quality videos that were of interest.
Seimon and myself have been friends for many years. He now hopes to relocate his WW2 museum and artifacts to Kidwelly very soon and is working hard towards that end. For twenty years I helped run an outdoor pursuit centre in Pendine. Six years ago I built a WW1 trench system as an educational tool for children of all ages.
We have a network across South Wales of like-minded friends and now and again you will see that our videos have a slant to the two major conflicts of the 20th century.
I contacted Gaabriel at Americymru over ten years ago when I was organizing a charity cycle trip from California to Florida. I wanted to link up with different Welsh communities as we went. Americymru supported the trip by putting it out there that we were looking for help. The straight route across the States became a zig-zag as we endeavored to meet all of Gaabriel’s contacts. Over £80,000 raised for Noah’s Ark Hospital in Cardiff.
So it all goes quiet for ten years until Seimon announces that he’s got a great contact in Oregon.
‘Let’s do a few videos for them!’
‘How many is a few, butt?’ I say.
‘One a week for a year!’ he says.
Today we launch our video series with author Alun Gibbard, at Number Five, Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas.