Ffidil: Welsh Fiddle Music

By Various Artists

  1. Tom Edwards
    Galloping Nag
    Y Derwydd
  2. Glamorgan
    Y Lili
  3. Gower
    Wednesday Night
  4. Ym Mhontypridd ’Nghariad
  5. Erddigan Y Pibydd Coch
    Tri A Chwech
    Marwnad Yr Heliwr
  6. Morfa Rhuddlan
  7. Miners
  8. Ffidl Ffadl
    Mogi Laddyr
  9. Devil In The Bush
    Y Polca Ffrengig
  10. Third Day
    Cynsêt Griffith Rowlant Y Crythor
    Y Ddeilan Grîn
  11. Cainc Dafydd Broffwyd
  12. Caru Yn Y Coed
    Y Fiaren
  13. Chwi Fechgyn Glân Ffri
    Difyrrwch Gwŷr Y Bontnewydd
  14. Carmarthen
  15. Y Bregeth
  16. Morfa’r Frenhines
    Merch Megan
    Wyres Megan
  17. Cadi Ha’
  18. Welsh Morris
    Rachel Dafydd Ifan

Three comments

“Ffidil” = Fiddle ~ Various Welsh Fiddlers

Fflach Tradd CD182H
Fflach, 1997

The Welsh Fiddlers are:

Robert Evans
Julie Higginson
Bernard Kilbride
Gerard Kilbride
Mike Lease
Dan Morris
Sian Phillips
Stephen Rees
Jane Ridout
Huw Roberts
Marc Weinzweig
Gareth Wheelan

Living Traditions Review:

“The Welsh fiddle tradition is probably the least well documented of those of the British Isles. ~

I’m not aware of any field recordings of the older generation of Welsh fiddle players. By the time that mechanical recording equipment became readily available, the fiddle was played mainly amongst the Romany population. Contemporary Welsh fiddle playing draws heavily on Welsh manuscript sources and on Scottish and Irish fiddle styles.

Irish fiddle music wasn’t unknown in Wales. A hundred and fifty years ago George Borrow records in “Wild Wales” an encounter with an Irish fiddler, and there were inputs from other sources.

The performances on this album are at worst very competent, and at best spellbinding, but for me the highlight was hearing Robert Evans play “Kaingk Dafydd Broffwyd” on the crwth. ~

For anyone interested in fiddle music ~ “ ~ Chris Bartram

The Sermon - Y Bregeth/

“The Sermon” is in in fact only 96 bars long, although it is cited as being 112 bars in length in Robin Huw Bowen’s “Tro Llaw”, but this is incorrect. The final section is merely a repeat of section “f”, with variant last couple of bars. I think the formula for this tune is that sections “c” & “e” are variations of “a”, whilst “d” & “f” are variations of “b”. I’m sure that if Robin re-examines the manuscript he will agree. Its a lovely tune - I haven’t found it in other traditions, but maybe it will emerge … [?]
- Mike Lease.