Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

Album: Welsh Melodies (1856)
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  • According to Oswald Edwards in his 1989 monograph A Gem Of Welsh Melody, "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" was written in 1856 by the father and son team of Evan James (1809-78) and James James (1832-1902), although exactly how they wrote it or who wrote what part is open to debate; the tune is known as "Glan Rhondda," and it was the only work of major musical importance the two ever produced; although the music is only passable, this is a song which is capable of stirring great national pride in the hearts of men - the land of our fathers. Wales is a small country with an even smaller native speaking population, but this is frequently sung at major sporting events, usually in Welsh, including by such luminaries as Tom Jones and Charlotte Church. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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