Recreating Bardic Music – Trailer

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Music of the Spheres and Bardic Music

Cosmic Music

Cosmic Music

“Music of the Spheres and Bardic Music”

A lecture recital approximately 45 minutes long.
Free event. Contact for more details.
10:45am, Wednesday 10th June.

Conway Church Hall, Romilly Crescent, Cardiff CF11 9NT.

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Lincoln College Chapel


11 March at 19:30

Lincoln College Chapel
Lincoln College, Turl Street, OX1 3DR Oxford, Oxfordshire

Come and enjoy a rare performance of the crwth, the Welsh bowed lyre. Bragod will be performing cerdd dant and other Welsh music for a very special Lincoln concert.


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Awdl Ll. ‘Y Gododdin’


In his paper, Canu Aneirin Awdl LI, Dr. G. R. Isaac tells us that this poetry ‘…has nothing to do with accentual metrics,… but is a structure of responding syllable and word patterns, carefully regulated, balanced and intertwined with patterns of responding phonemes (i.e. in rhyme, consonance etc.).


Welsh edition and English translation from G. R. Isaac, ‘Canu Aneirin
Awdl LI.’, Journal of Celtic Linguistics, 2 (1993), pp. 65-91.


Awdl LI.

Llech lleudud, tud lleufre,
Gododdin stre, stre angad,
angad cyngor;
tymor tymestl,
tramerin llestr,
tramerin llu,
llu meithliawn, lledlin llu,
o Ddindywyd dywofu:
sgwyd Grugin rhag tarw trin talfriw fu.

Stanza LI.

[By] the hill in the open country,
…the country of the bright hill,
[on] the border of the Gododdin,
? the keeper of the border,
? the keeper of counsel/council;
[in] a season of storm,
a foreign vessel,
a foreign host,
a mongrel host,
came from Dindywyt:
Grugin’s shield was in splinters.

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Description of a Crwth – The White Piper’s Kaniad

Dyfaliad Crwth – Kaniad y Gwynn Bibydd

‘Dyfaliad Crwth’ is an extract from a long poem, ‘Cywydd Requesting a Crwth’, by Gruffudd ap Dafydd ab Howel (early 16th century). ‘Kaniad y Gwynn Bibydd’ is a piece music from the Robert ap Huw Manuscript (British Museum Additional Manuscript 14905).

Video filmed at Patricio Church, Nr. Abergavenny by Ben Stammers and Sarah Roberts .

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BIRDS ADAR at Small World Theatre


Saturday, 2 March 2013 19:30
Adar/Birds at Small World Theatre, 

Small World Theatre | Theatr Byd Bychan
Small World Centre | Canolfan Byd Bychan
Bath House Road
Cardigan | Aberteifi
SA43 1JY

Tickets: £10.00 Adults


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Bragod: Lunchtime Concert and Workshop


Sunday, 10 March 2013
Bragod at Cecil Sharp House

Lunchtime Concert and Afternoon Workshop

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road
Primrose Hill
London NW1 7AY
Phone: 020 7485 2206

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Friday, 1 March 2013 19:30
Adar/Birds at Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth, Powys

Y Tabernacl
Heol Penrallt
Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ
Phone: 01654 703355
Tickets: £10.00, £8.00 concessions, £5.00 children.



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Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Eisteddfod of Wales


Darlith / Cyngerdd

14:00 – 15:00 Robert Evans hefo’r deuawd Bragod- Gwreiddiau cerdd dant: y crwth a miwsig y nefoedd

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, 4 – 11 Awst
Llandŵ, Bro Morgannwg 
Maes Gwyrdd 
Llwyfan e-Coleg


Lecture / Concert

14:00 – 15:00 Robert Evans with the duo Bragod-  Origins of cerdd dant: the crwth and the harmony of the spheres

The National Eisteddfod of Wales, 4 – 11 August
Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan 
Maes Gwyrdd
e-Coleg Stage
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Kaingk Ryffydd ab Adda ab Dafydd

Crwth: Robert Evans, Voice: Mary-Anne Roberts


The englynion by Lewis ap Sienkyn and Sion Mowddwy, date form the 16th century and show the anxiety of trained poets, (and no doubt, harpers and crwth-players) concerning the growing taste among the Welsh aristocracy for the new amusements of the pipe, pipe and tabor and the fiddle. Their anxiety was well-founded as patronage for bardic music and poetry had almost dwindled to nothing by 1600.


ffei dabwrdd dwmbwrdd difwynder / kanu

ffei or kene sy iw harfer

ffei or bib, nid offer ber

ffei o adlais y ffidler./

Sion Mowddwy


Fie dinning tabor, unenjoyable song,

Fie the knave who uses it;

Fie the pipe, not a sweet instrument,

Fie the fiddler’s echo.


The verse above is from ‘Detholiad o Englynion’ Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, Part III, (1953), p.187.

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