Y Bwced Perffaith: The Perfect Bucket

By Aberjaber

  1. Taith Madog
  2. The Singing Line
    Cân Y Garreg
    The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
  3. Braint
  4. Darren Uchaf
    Maisie Smith
  5. The Winds Of Change
    Mrs. MacLeod
    Hela’r Wiwer
    Ffidl Ffadl
  6. March Processional
    Muineira De Chantada
  7. The Rambling Pitchfork
  8. Y Crefftwr
    Kost Ar Choat
    Whelan’s
  9. O Mama
  10. Fferm Cadwgan
    The Bread Man
  11. Y Bwced Perffaith

Five comments

“Aberjaber: Y Bwced Perffaith / The Perfect Bucket”

SAIN - SCD2157 - 1997

& the musicians are ~

Peter Stacey - flute, soprano sax, gaito galega (gaita) & pibau Cymreig - bagpipes: Galician & Welsh

Delyth Evans - harp

Ben Assare - cello & percussion

There are holes in your bucket,

Dear Aber, Dear Jaber,
There are holes in your bucket,
And it leaks like a sieve…

I’m sorry, this wouldn’t be here at all if they hadn’t included some really awful attempts at playing various traditional tunes, including from Ireland. But, Welsh melodies are also full of holes, airy, with little substance and a heady dose of affectation - "see what I can do!" - with poor results. This is another my sweet wife made me turn off and won’t let me play in her presence.

There is a hint of some hope in, of all things, the harp accompaniment of Delyth Evans. I can hardly believe I said that. The lead, the winds, is just that, wind, whistling through the holes and spilling out all over the place, sloppy, with little understanding of ‘tradition’ from what I hear, and that includes his ‘compositions’. And this is the ‘leader’?! In this case the wind hasn’t enough substance to hold the results together and they are, to my ears and senses, all over the place, pretty dire.

So, it’s not good trad. It’s not good jazz. It’s not good music. But that is my personal opinion. The focus here hasn’t so much been on the melodies and their traditions as on those executing them. The dance is missing, the life has drained out of these melodies in their rough handling…

In order to attempt to be fair, for contrast here’s a ‘Living Tradition’ review by Tony Hendry, which, of course I don’t agree with :-P ~

http://www.folkmusic.net/
http://www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/webrevs/scd2157.htm

C: Peter Stacey

1. ) Taith Madog
2. ) The Singing Line / Can Y Garreg

4. ) Darren Uchaf / Maisie Smith
5. ) The Winds of Change

10. ) Fferm Cadwgan / The Bread Man
11. ) Y Bwced Perffaith (The Perfect Bucket)