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Gwyneth Glyn

Written by Phil Harries
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Tro (Bendigedig)

Gwyneth Glyn is a poet, playwright, singer, and musician from north Wales. Following her 2016 success with Ghazalaw, a collaboration with the Indian ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar, which received a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nomination for Best Traditional Track for the song Moliannwn/Ishq karo, has released her fourth album, Tro (Welsh for turn). 

A beautiful, 13-track audio passport, rich with global inspirations, delicately woven in Welsh with lush instrumentation and musical imagery.

Quite simply, Tro is an exquisite aural experience! Gwyneth is more than just a resident of Wales, she’s a resident of the world. Although 10 of the 13 tracks are in Welsh, her global influences are elegantly felt throughout the layers of this album. 

Trafaeliais/Kidé-magni, originally written by Seckou, is overlaid with Trafaeliais y Byd, a Welsh folk song. Gwyneth also blends the traditional with the new, as in the gorgeous rendition of the traditional American/Scottish folk song Katie Cruel with Y Gnawas (The Bitch) or with Ffair, a superb translation of the Irish folk song She Moved Through the Fair.

It is said that good music transcends language and with Tro one does not need to be Welsh to appreciate its loveliness. Tro is emotional! It’s captivating! The instrumentation is beautifully light, with rich, subtle textures of the kora, lap steel, banjo, crwth, and bansitar.

Tro is a delightful turn that must be taken (Mae Tro yn dro hyfryd y mae’n rhaid ei gymryd).

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