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First 1500 Years of Welsh Poetry

The First 1500 Years
of Welsh Poetry

Including Fern Hill, a tribute to Dylan Thomas

By John Good

Liner Notes

John reading Dylan The First Fifteen Hundred Years of Welsh Poetry
The idea behind this presentation is to allow those unfamiliar with the Welsh language and/or Welsh poetry, both in Welsh and English, a convenient access to an often neglected, extremely rewarding, sometimes daunting, obscure and yet magical world of verse.  One that has been flowing (and still flows!) from the western side of Offa’s Dyke and, in fact, from Welsh hearts and souls every and anywhere in the world since King Caratocos was a boy!
My qualifications for this job, having learnt/re-learnt Welsh in Arizona; having only three years  apprenticeship of the nine required in the writing of  bardic Welsh poetry; having limited and recently acquired knowledge/exposure to the art form; being a musician !@#$%? ….  my qualifications are more on the lines of the enthusiast than the professor.  But the one advantage I have over the literati is the fairly fresh memory of the frustration in not finding (until recently) moderately accessible writings on the subject designed for the novice, in English or Welsh. In a word, I don’t believe that a ticket to this show should be so outlandishly expensive and the ticket office such a mysterious place to find. I hope the true professors in this field will gently correct my errors and misconceptions, and that the spark created by this presentation will lead all concerned on to further, deeper inquiry and pleasure.
                                                                                                                                                                                              John Good/Sioni Dda

Download the companion texts to the recording (112K  Adobe® Acrobat® Reader file).

Track List

Tenby rock in the morning mist
   1. Introduction
  2. Taliesin/Cynfeirdd
  3. Gogynfeirdd
  4. Marwnad LLywelyn ap Gruffudd
  5. Dafydd ap Gwilym 
  6. Yr Wylan
  7. Hen Benillion
  8. Hedd Wyn
  9. R Williams Parry
10. Herbert and Vaughn
11. RS and DM Thomas
12. Fern Hill

To order contact John at potelobop@hotmail.com.

Each CD: $12.00 plus shipping and handling  ($2.50 US Orders, $5.50 International Orders)

Album Credits
Boat House Laugharne
               John Good
Mix down and mastering:  
              Kyle Harris
Graphic designers:  
              Mark Foshee
              John Good                            
John Good:
              Voice, 6 string guitar
Steve Colby:
              6 string guitar

Musical composition by John Good.
Photo of John reading by Mike Mclure.

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