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Tŷ Ein Tadau

by VRï

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Welsh chamber-folk pioneers VRï are set to release their debut album 'Tŷ ein Tadau' in Wales this autumn on Recordiau Erwydd.

This record stays true to the trio's mission statement, to provide an art music voice in the rapidly expanding world of traditional music in Wales, whilst also drawing particular influence from chapel culture, and its interesting and sometimes controversial relationship with Welsh traditional music.

VRï formed in the summer of 2016 to explore the possibilities of a 'chamber-folk' style of playing Welsh music. With all three members already established with bands on the traditional music circuit (Calan, Elfen, NoGood Boyo) they were keen to see whether or not their shared repertoire of tunes and songs could be approached with the sensibilities of chamber music, creating a sound which was simultaneously sophisticated and raucous - maintaining in their playing all the energy and integrity of the pub sessions where they were first learned.

The backbone of this record is music from the Welsh chapel tradition. Far from being a collection of sacred or religious music, it looks at the complex relationship between Welsh music and the clergy which stretches back centuries. At the height of the Methodist reformation, folk dancing, singing and playing in almost all of their forms were being shunned by the mighty chapel as instruments of sin – meanwhile many popular tunes were being harvested, reworked as hymns and sung by the masses in order to extoll the virtues of God. This selective amnesia for huge swathes of Welsh culture meant that the members of VRï inherited a tradition broken in many places, forced into submission then resurrected and kept alive only by the brave efforts of a tireless few.
'Tŷ ein Tadau' can be seen in some ways as a reclamation exercise, and an opportunity to bring some of these old tunes back full-circle. As well offering a nod to the importance of the Welsh Chapels, which are still the cornerstone of society in the small village communities where all three members were brought up, VRï relish the thought of bringing some of the more obscure hymn tunes back into the 'folk' domain'.

'Tŷ ein Tadau' is a self-produced album, and the band employed the expertise of Sam Humphreys (Calan, NoGood Boyo) to engineer and mix their debut record. With the combination of his signature crystal clear string sound and his background in electronic dance music providing depth and drive (he regularly produces tracks for singers such as Kizzy Crawford, Eädyth, Gabrielle Murphy and many others), Sam has helped the trio realise their original vision – a healthy marriage of finesse and guts.

In anticipation of the official launch of 'Tŷ ein Tadau', VRï will be performing a select amount of gigs in Wales and England this Autumn:

September 28: Bangor, Cafe Blue Sky
October 3: London, The Aces and Eights
October 11: Llandeilo, Acoustic Club
October 12: Leeds, Clothworkers
October 26-7: Harlech, Gwyl Tan a Mor


released October 1, 2018

Aneirin Jones - Ffidil, llais / Fiddle, voice

Jordan Price Williams - Soddgrwth, llais bas dwbl, harmoniwm / 'Cello, voice, double bass, harmonium

Patrick Rimes - Ffidil, llais, fiola, traed / Fiddle, voice, viola, feet

Cynhyrchu / Production: VRï

Cymysgu a pheiriannu / Mixing and engineering: Sam Humphreys

Mastro / Mastering: Aled Wyn Hughes

Celf, dylunio a chysodi / Artwork, design and layout: Iona Jones

Llun / Photo: Trigger Happy Creative

Logo: Maria Hayes

Diolch / Thanks: Hugh & Sarah Jones, Paula Poole, Carrie Rimes, Aled Hughes, Antwn & Linda Owen Hicks, Beth Celyn, Cardiff Violins, Catrin Nolan, Dan Lawrence, Dewi H Roberts, Iona Jones, Maria Hayes


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Track Name: Ffoles Llantrisant
Mae gen i stwc,
Mae gen i hilydd,
Mae gen i fuddai fechan newydd

Mae gen i ffansi fawr iawn i dy garu,
Pe cawn i lonydd gan y diogi

Du yw y nôs,
Du yw y gaea,
Duach na du yw nghalon inna

Oer yw y rhew,
Oer yw yr eira,
Oer yw y tŷ heb ddau yn y gaea

Mae gen i iâr,
Mae gen i geiliog,
Mae gen i gywen felen fochog
Track Name: Cob Malltraeth
Os torrith cob Malltraeth fe foddith fy mam;
Mae 'rnaf ofn yn fy nghalon, ti-rai, twli wli ei,
Mae 'rnaf ofn yn fy nghalon mai fi caiff y cam.

Mi fedrai ddim clytio na golchi f'hen grys,
Mae 'rnaf ofn yn fy nghalon, ti-rai, twli wli ei,
Mae 'rnaf ofn yn fy nghalon bydda'i farw ar frys.

Ond, diolch i'r Nefoedd, fe welwyd 'rhen wraig,
Yn llechu'n ddiogel, ti-rai, twli wli ei,
Yn llechu'n ddiogel yng nghysgod y graig.
Track Name: Aros Mae'r Mynyddau Mawr
Aros mae'r mynyddau mawr,
Rhuo trostynt mae y gwynt;
Clywir eto gyda'r wawr,
Gân bugeiliaid megis cynt.
Eto tyf y llygad dydd
O gylch traed y graig a'r bryn,
Ond bugeiliaid newydd sydd
Ar yr hen fynyddoedd hyn.

Ar arferion Cymru gynt
Newid ddaeth o rod i rod;
Mae cenhedlaeth wedi mynd
A chenhedlaeth wedi dod.
Wedi oes dymhestlog hir
Alun Mabon mwy nid yw,
Ond mae'r heniaith yn y tir
A'r alawon hen yn fyw.
Track Name: Clychau Aberdyfi
Ding-dong bell Dawe, clych Abertawe
Ding-dong bell Deiol, clychau Llandeilo
Ding-dong bell Deifi, clych Aberteifi
Ding-dong bell medd y gloch,
Bu farw y Bachgen Coch,
Dewch gynta gallwch!

Ding-dong bell Arfon, clychau Caernarfon
Ding-dong bell Dyfri, clych Llanymddyfri
Ding-dong bell Dewi, clychau Tyddewi
Ding-dong bell medd y gloch...

Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St. Clements
'You owe me five farthings' say the bells of St. Martins
'When will you pay me?' say the bells of Old Bailey
'When I am rich' say the bells of Shoreditch
'And when will that be?' say the bells of Stepney
'I do not know' says the great bell of Bow
'Os wyt ti yn bur i mi
fel wyf inna'n bur i ti,
Pan ddof adra dros y môr
Cariad gura wrth dy ddôr'
medd clychau Aberdyfi
'Paid a'i wneud yn galon wan
pan ddaw o dan dy faner,
Os fydd gennyt air i'w ddweud
bydd gwneud yn well o'r hanner'

'Os wyt ti'n fy ngharu i
fel wyf i'n dy garu di
fel un, dau, tri, pedwar, pump, chwech'
medd clychau Aberdyfi

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