welsh music

Anyone here likes celtic music?

I’m hopefully gonna get a pedal harp soon so I’m spending my last month with my small harp playing all the celtic music I’ve accumulated for the last 10 years (=a fuck ton) before I fully dive into classical, and I’m thinking of recording the best ones, creating the ultimate celtic mixtape (lol). I don’t have the best equipment, but this would be for fun. Anyway, would anyone care to listen? I play mostly Irish and Welsh.

Today is Welsh Language Music day, and subsequently it is time for me, your resident Welsh human, to provide you with a list of floor filling club bangers in yr hen iaith.

  1. Elin Fflur - Harbwr Diogel
  2. Super Furry Animals - Ysbeidiau Heulog
  3. Super Furry Animals - Dim Bendith
  4. Gruff Rhys - American Interior (not all in Welsh, but parts of the chorus are. Also, it’s from a documentary film all about indigenous languages, specifically Welsh and the decline of indigenous languages in the US. A v v good watch)
  5. Casi Wyn - Hela
  6. Yws Gwynedd - Sebona Fi
  7. Swnami - Gwreiddiau
  8. Swnami - Ar Goll
  9. Ti (Si Hei Lw) - Frizbee
  10. Gruff Rhys - Gyrru
  11. Calan - Kân
  12. Gwenno - Chwyldro
  13. Gwenno - Patriarchaeth
  14. Eve Goodman - Dacw Nghariad
  15. Ceredwen - Y Galwd
  16. The Joy Formidable - Tynnu Sylw
  17. Cerys Matthews - Arlington Way

Some things to remember about Welsh language music: the platform for it is very limited, and thus a lot of it is done on a budget, so keep that in mind regarding the music videos; not all Welsh music is Celtic music and I’ve tried to keep songs with lyrics like ‘I frolic around the beautiful green hills of my besmirched country and dream about dying at the hands of the English’ to a minimum; it’s been 2003 in Wales for about 36 years.

WITCH ICONS: STEVIE NICKS

Is Stevie Nicks a witch? Here is some evidence pointing to yes…

- lots of people think her songs, especially Rhiannon, Gold Dust Woman, and Sorcerer reference Wiccan rituals

- the name of her music publishing company is Welsh Witch Music, referencing both the song Rhiannon and the goddess who inspired it 

- Rhiannon is about a celtic lunar goddess

- she seems to love crystals, candles, flowy shawls, and general witchy aesthetics

- she wears a crescent moon necklace, which is a symbol of the Goddess and witchcraft

- Bella Donna was the name of her first album, and is also the name of a plant that is poisonous that witches have at times been known to use

- she wrote two songs for the movie Practical Magic

- in her own words:  I totally believe in magic. Because my life, I think, has been very magic, and magical things have come true for me time after time after time.
~Stevie Nicks, VH1 Hollywood & Vinyl on Practical Magic, 1998

anonymous asked:

Hey, I was wondering if you could recommend me some traditional celtic folk songs and music to listen to?

Sure can. I’m more familiar and cozy with the Irish half of the lot, so let’s dive into that:

  • Irish bands - traditional folk: The Chieftains, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, The Irish Rovers, Seamus Begley, Clannad, Clanxty, The Bothy Band, De Dannan, Altan, Arcady, Téada, Gráda, The Bonny Men, Caladh Nua, Cran, Dervish, Lúnasa … More here / here.
  • Traditional Irish folk songs: The Foggy Dew, Spancill Hill, She moved through the fair, Erin go bragh, Danny boy, Red is the Rose, Skibberreen, Star if the County down… More here (list & lyrics).

As for the rest, everyone feel free to share your country’s traditional folk songs. c: (Scottish/Welsh/etc)

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Is there a word for simultaneous joy and melancholy? There should be, because this is what I feel when I hear ‘Crythor du’ played by Cass Meurig. I feel like I’m being pulled somewhere when I hear it, but I don’t know where exactly.

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Florence + The Machine - Sky Full Of Song

New video from Florence + The Machine, for the song, Sky Full Of Song, which is a limited edition 7” vinyl released in partnership with Record Store Day April 21st. This video was directed by by AG Rojas.

How deeply are you sleeping or are you still awake?
A good friend told me you’ve been staying out so late
Be careful, oh, my darling, oh, be careful what it takes
From what I’ve seen so far, the good ones always seem to break
And I was screaming at my father and you were screaming at me
And I can feel your anger from way across the sea
And I was kissing strangers, I was causing such a scene
Oh, the heart it hides such unimaginable things

Grab me by my ankles, I’ve been flying for too long
I couldn’t hide from the thunder in a sky full of song
And I want you so badly but you could be anyone
I couldn’t hide from the thunder in a sky full of song

Hold me down, I’m so tired now
Aim your arrow at the sky
Take me down, I’m too tired now
Leave me where I lie

And I can tell that I’m in trouble when that music starts to play
In a city without seasons, it keeps raining in LA
I feel like I’m about to fall, the room begins to sway
And I can hear the sirens but I cannot walk away

Grab me by my ankles, I’ve been flying for too long
I couldn’t hide from the thunder in a sky full of song
And I want you so badly but you could be anyone
I couldn’t hide from the thunder in a sky full of song

Hold me down, I’m so tired now
Aim your arrow at the sky
Take me down, I’m too tired now
Leave me where I lie

I thought I was flying but maybe I’m dying tonight
I thought I was flying but maybe I’m dying tonight
And I thought I was flying but maybe I’m dying tonight
And I thought I was flying but maybe I’m dying tonight

Hold me down, I’m so tired now
Aim your arrow at the sky
Take me down, I’m too tired now
Leave me where I lie (Fire)

Hold me down, I’m too tired now
Aim your arrow at the sky
And take me down, I’m too tired now
Leave me where I lie (Fire)


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‘Pais Dinogad’, a 6th-century nursery rhyme, performed by Welsh group Ffynnon

[+ Another lullaby from the archives.]