Meic Stevens: “Y Brawd Houdini”

My favorite song, possibly still my favorite song, was a song by a gentleman called Meic Stevens. It’s a song in the Welsh language. It came out the year I was born, and it stayed with me throughout my childhood. It’s very melodic, and I suppose it’s one of the catchiest songs ever written, which is great when you’re five. You can dance to it, which is also great when you’re five and full of energy. Meic Stevens was a bit of a rebel character, so it’s a kind of a drinking song. It’s about drinking in a coal mine, which I wouldn’t recommend. It’s a great three-minute pop song.

I still have the 7”, and it still has my sister’s name written on it, so it must have been my sister’s record. I was introduced to a lot of music by my older brother and sister. We grew up in a Welsh-speaking town, so we used to have Welsh-language radio, and that song would be on the radio all the time.

My parents used to take us to some folk festivals and things to see people like Alan Stivell, the guy who popularized the electric harp, and all kinds of interesting characters. It was quite inspiring. I got to see a lot of bands playing when I was about five years old.

—  Gruff Rhys, on his favorite music at age 5 (from Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20)

Artist: Meic Stevens
Album: Outlander
Song: Yorric 
Year: 1970

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Reverberation #58
1. Keith - Mr. Hyde
2. Meic Stevens - Dim Ond Heddiw Ddoe Ae Fory
3. Edgar Summertyme - I Would Do Anything
4. William C. Beeley - You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
5. Ted Lucas - I’ll Find A Way To Carry It All
6. Woo - The Western
7. Sonny Bono - Laugh At Me
8. The Beau Brummels - You Tell Me Why
9. Nick Garrie - The Nightmare Of J.B. Stanislas
10. Jimmy Campbell - In My Room


Y Peintiwr Coch - Meic Stevens


Meic Stevens - Y Brawd Houdini (1969)

For the win!


“The Welsh Dylan”


Bobby Sands - Meic Stevens

Can wirioneddol wych yw hon gan yr ardderchog Meic Stevens, a gafodd ei ysgrifennu i gofio y Gwyddel Bobby Sands a fu farw 31 mlynedd yn ôl ar y 5ed o Fai, 1981.

A truly moving and beautiful song by the fantastic Meic Stevens, written to remember the Irish man Bobby Sands who died 31 years ago on the 5th of May, 1981 while on a hunger strike.


Arglwydd Penrhyn - Meic Stevens

Y chwedlonol Meic Stevens a'i gan Arglwydd Penrhyn i goffhau Streic Fawr chwarel y Penrhyn yn Bethesda, Gwynedd, 1900-03 pan fu'r gweithwyr yn herio'r Perchenog Chwarel, Tori a thirfeddianwr ac etifedd ystad a grewyd ar gefn y farchnad caethweision. Y llun ydi'r cardiau a roddwyd yn ffenestri tai y streicwyr.

The legendary Meic Stevens and his song ‘Arglwydd Penrhyn’ (Lord Penrhyn) to remember the Big Strike of Penrhyn Slate Quarry, 1900-03, when the quarry workers of Bethesda, Gwynedd took on George Sholto Gordon Douglas-Pennant, 2nd Baron of Penrhyn, the Tory quarry owner and landowner, heir to an estate and wealth created through his forefathers’ interests in the slave trade. The picture is one of the original cards that were put up in the windows of the strikers’ homes. It says “There is no traitor (scab) in this house.”


Bibopalwla - Meic Stevens & Cate Le Bon

Fideo prin iawn yw hwn o'r ffantastig Cate Le Bon yn perfformio gyda'r chwedlonol Meic Stevens. Can hollol ardderchog yw hon – rhagorol.

A rare video of the fantastic Cate Le Bon performing with the legendary Meic Stevens. A truly brilliant song and performance - exceptional!