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Davies has been a prominent figure on the Welsh-language music scene for
over 40 years with groups like Gwenwyn, Hergest, Y Newyddion and Mynediad
am Ddim, and has also written songs for Heather Jones, the late Ray
Gravell and the children’s favourite, Mistar Urdd. On Mynediad am
Ddim’s last CD, Hen Hen Bryd, Geraint wrote four of the songs and co-produced the
are 11 songs on Fel ‘na mae, his second solo release, including two
instrumentals, mainly written by Geraint himself. According to Geraint
‘What we have is a collection of songs from an older perspective –
I’m far from being twenty-one by now and the songs reflect that. But
hopefully that twenty-one year old’s energy still shows up
of the songs (Penlan) boasts
lyrics by the chaired bard Robat Powell, there’s a cameo vocal apperance
by the young singer Miriam Isaac and other musicians include her dad,
Myfyr, and Geraint Cynan.There are a couple of songs pondering some deep
questions (as we all know, the answer’s 42), side by side with a
Christmas song, Twrci (‘It’s
hard being a turkey at Christmastime’).
a varied, acoustic, folk-oriented collection, with emphasis on guitars and
vocal harmonies. It was recorded in Stiwdio’r Efail near Cowbridge and
is on the Recordiau Glanceri label.
DAVIES [Diwedd Y Gwt
is Geraint Davies’ first solo CD, following years of recording
and performing experience with bands such as Hergest and Mynediad
album includes ten songs, nine written by Geraint himself, the
other an acoustic version of Eliffant’s classic ‘Lisa Lan’.
If the CD has a theme, it’s relationships and friendship: the
opening song ‘Paradwys Gudd’ (Secret Paradise) celebrates good
friends wherever they may be and the closer ‘Sefyll’
(Standing) refers to a friend who faced a personal tragedy
heroically; ‘Dylan a John’ (Dylan and John) elegizes two other
friends who left this world too soon while ‘Catherine Ann’ is
a tribute to a major influence on Geraint during his formative
years. Although there are feelings of loss, the emphasis in all
songs is on the joy of friendship.
y Byd’ (Ends of the Earth) is set in the past, on an imaginary
sea voyage with, again, a longing for friends and family
contrasting the shanty-like choruses. ‘Twll yn y To’ (Hole in
the Roof), however, looks to the future: there’s trouble on the
horizon, but of what kind exactly?
‘Eira man’ (Light Snow) looks at the romance and
dangers of being snowed-in, and there are love songs in ‘Fel
Ni’ (Like Us), a song of uncertainty even in the happiest
relationship, and ‘Un Wen’ (One Smile), a possible theme-tune
for grumpy old men everywhere.
the CD spans a variety of soft rock styles, mixed with touches of
country rock and pop. It was recorded at Stiwdio Waunuchaf in
Carmarthen with Geraint Griffiths producing, arranging and playing
the lion’s share of the instruments.