Blodau’r Drain waltz

Also known as Flowers Of The Thorn.

Blodau'r Drain has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Blodau'r Drain
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2 | "Am"(A4 B2) | c2 B2 A2 | e2 (dc) BA | "E7"B4 E2 |
"Am"A2 (Ac) "Bm"(Bd) | "Am"(c2 B2) A2 | "(E7?)"G2 (GB) "Am"(Ac) | "E7"B4 :|
B2 | "Am"c4 c2 | "G"d4 d2 | "C"e2 (e2 "F"f2) | "C"e4 "G7"d2 |
"Am"(cB) cd c2 | "G7"(dc) de d2 | "C"(ed) ef ef | "G7"(g3 f) ed |
"C"(cB) cd ec | "Dm"(dc) de fd | "Am"e2 (e2 a2) | "E7"^g4 b2 |
"Am"a2 e2 c2 | "Dm"f2 e2 d2 | "E7"c2 (dc) Bc | "Am"a4 |]
2
X: 2
T: Blodau'r Drain
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2 | (A4 B2) | c2 B2 A2 | e2 (dc) BA |B4 B2 |
A2 (Ac) (Bd) | (c2 B2) A2 | ^G2 (GB) (Ac) | B4 :|
B2 | c4 c2 |d4 d2 |e2 (e2 f2) | e4 d2 |
(cB) cd c2 | (dc) de d2 |(ed) ef ef | (g3 f) ed |
(cB) cd ec | (dc) de fd | e2 (e2 a2) | ^g4 b2 |
a2 e2 c2 | f2 e2 d2 | c2 (dc) Bc | A4 |]

Six comments

Blodau’r Drain

This should be played slowly with feeling,not in waltz tempo.

Jocklet, this is a Waltz, a Welsh one and therefore would be played in Waltz tempo albeit slowly and with feeling. If not a Waltz then what is it?

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Bloadau’r Drain

It means "The Flowers of the Thorn" and its lovely.
Noel Jackson
Angels of the North

Blodau’r Drain

It’s not a waltz,it’s a slow air.Listen to Brian McNeill’s version on his album "Monksgate" You can play it as a waltz if you want to,it still sounds good.

Mae’n walts -

You can have your cake and eat it at whatever speed you like and in a dainty fashion or with melodromatic kick. We played this one for waltzing in Ceredigion (the centre-of -the-universe for some being Aberystwyth) and beyond, putting the latter swing on it. It is played by the Welsh Folk Dance crowd (Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru / The Welsh Folk Dance Society) in various states of waltzing it. It is also featured in their collection:

"Blodau’r Grug: 100 o Alawon Dawnsio Gwerin Poblogaidd Cymru / 100 Popular Welsh Folk Dance Tunes" - selected and arranged by Alex Hamilton, revised by Robin Huw Bowen

Yr Alawon / The Tunes:
4. Waltsiau / Waltzes ~ page 35:

Tôn / Alaw / Tune #75. Blodau’r Drain / The Flowers of the Thorn