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Chartists’ rebellion inspiration for new Welsh song of freedom

24 Apr 2021 2 minutes Read
Picture by Ifan Morgan Jones / Llinos Dafydd. (CC BY 2.0)

A number of Welsh singers have joined together to produce an anthemic song described as “a rallying call for independence”.

Under the direction of Osian Williams, from the band Candelas, the group of singers and musicians came together to record the song ‘Mae’r dydd wedi dod’/The day has come/Let us be free’, which is a new version of ‘Ar Noson fel Hon’ from the musical ‘Pum Diwrnod o Ryddid’.

The musical, by Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn, was based on the stance of Llanidloes workers over the principles of the Chartists in 1839, and the rebellion was described as “the first campaign for the rights of the working class in the world”.

‘Freedom’

In approaching the Welsh Parliament election, a number of Welsh singers realised that the aspiration for Freedom for Wales, and allowing the vote for young people, echoed many of the aspirations of the workers in Llanidloes.

Artists appearing on the track include Elis Derby, Gwenan Gibbard, Jalisa, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, and Ifan Pritchard, from the band Gwilym.

 

 

The idea for the song came from Sain records founder, politician and singer Dafydd Iwan who sent an e-mail to musicians and singers he thought might be interested.

Anthemic

The resulting song is well worth a listen and is heralded as a rallying call for independence.

Dafydd Iwan is credited as penning and singing such anthemic and popular songs as ‘Yma o Hyd’, which is often played by the FAW and Welsh Rugby Union as well as Wrexham FC.

The single will be out in the shops to buy on Monday.

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Neil App Jones
7 months ago

Beautiful! Let us also, with balance & chwarae teg, not forget the song handed to Sion Jobbin’s (twice!) on YesCymru’s Cardiff March for Independence ;

” THE WELSH FREEDOM SONG;

CYMRU LIBERTY ”

Authored early in the year 2000 before the initiation of YesCymru and aimed as a rallying call-to-arms for

FREEDOM to INDEPENDENCE

….to inspire such movements

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