A Welsh Traditional harp tune
“The Queen’s Marsh / Bog”
morfa = marsh/bog/fen/moor/sea-marsh
‘r = the
brenhines = queen
mutated to frenhines, ‘b’ to ‘f’ ~ a single ‘f’ sounds as ‘v’
(a double, ‘ff’, sounds the same as the English sound ‘f’)
Have just been listening to this on the Megin album. It’s a brilliant moody tune.
surely a D#, not an Eb.
I’m glad I peruse the recent comments and clicked through to here!
Yes, by the way, the E flat would probably be better written as a D sharp, in my opinion.
Also, I like playing measures like | d2 B4 | as | dB-B4 |.
There are several versions of this tune knocking about. It’s beautiful, wither played as a very slow air as Rpbin HB does it or a lilting waltz, although some would argue with the latter. I’m not familiar with the variation third part of this and I think that it probably is just a written out version of what one person does. Am I right or wrong in this?
I don’t know if it is a harp tune originally or how old it is.
Definitely one of the best in the tradition though.
o.k similar to x1 but more like the way it is played in Pembrokeshire, (West Wales) the ‘C’ part isn’t commonly played.It’s good to add on if you want to move onto a more lively tune after, something like; Gwr a’i Farch.
So played thusly; AAB AAB AAB CC
Welsh Fiddler Gareth Wheelan Plays the C part on the recording ‘Ffidil’, in the recordings list above. He goes into ‘Merch Megan’ then ‘Wyres Megan’. I’ll put the links in below.
Morfa’r Frenhines, X:4
Morfa’r Frenhines - "The Queen’s Shore"
Traditional Welsh harp tune.
There are several variations for this tune, some of which have been listed above.
This version is played at the Cardiff Monday night Welsh sesiwn, and is often played in a set:
1. Morfa’r Frenhines, 2. Hyd y Frwynen, 3. Nyth y Gog
Morfa’r Frenhines, X:5
I played this Welsh tune in The O’Carolan Quartet some years ago, and this was close to the version we played.
Source for the above tune list: