‘Yma o Hyd’ soars in the charts as independence supporters push for no.1 spot
Patriotic folk singer Dafydd Iwan has been outselling the likes of Harry Styles and Lewis Capaldi as it reached no.1 in the iTunes singles charts on Sunday.
It follows an attempt by Yes Cymru supporters to get his song ‘Yma o Hyd’ to the top of the charts.
The move was inspired by a successful attempt in Ireland to get the Irish rebel song Come out Ye Black and Tans by the Wolfe Tones to the top of the charts.
Dafydd Iwan’s ‘Yma o Hyd’, which extols the survival of the Welsh nation over the centuries since Roman times, sat on Sunday afternoon at no.1 in the UK iTunes chart.
Fans hope to make another big push to reach the overall no.1 spot in the UK charts which are complied every Friday. The song can be downloaded here.
The Wolfe Tones tune reached number one in Ireland on Friday after a government-organised event remembering the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police was cancelled following backlash.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan cancelled the commemoration following a public backlash due to the Royal Irish Constabulary’s association with the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries who committed atrocities during the War of Independence.
A drive to repeat the move with Yma o Hyd in order to draw public attention to the campaign for Welsh independence was then suggested on Twitter by Aled Gwyn Williams.
However, while the song reached no.1 on the iTunes chart, it would take as many as twice as many sales to get the song to the top of the UK singles chart.
Not everyone was keen on getting Yma o Hyd, which was first released in 1983, into the charts.
Punk rocker and Radio Cymru host Rhys Mwyn said that there were plenty of new Welsh bands whose songs could be promoted.
“If you are so keen on getting a Welsh Song to No 1 how about something current,” he said.
“The older songs are there but I want to wave the flag over the new talent which has messages about Wales as it is today – I’m sure Dafydd Iwan would agree.”