deuair“Deuair” – {day-ire} Welsh, ‘two words'; A poetic form & melody

Elsa Davies & Ceri Owen-Jones:
Ffidl, telyn a dau lais   |
Fiddle, harp and two voices.


The root for the music of Deuair came from medlar pear, an album the duo recorded in Pembrokeshire with their great friend, fiddle-player Gwilym Hardy. Gwâl nos observes the old celtic fire festival, candlemas (gŵyl fair) of February, the little month. three songs held in mind twisted themselves into this set when we got to Llangranog to play an evening concert in St Caranog’s church, 2nd February 

2012. Lights low – candles and tranquil quiet – friends long past, we say goodbye. ‘Suogan’, a lullaby (Davidson’s), Sleep Gently Friends – ‘Craig-y-Ddinas’ (Maria Jane Williams), ache of longing, a parting, ‘y gwyl nos’, measure of three beats held sacred, the wake, the long night, glasses empty. The sun rises again. thanks to the warm & generous people of Llangranog who had us to play there & came out to listen on a cold, bitter night.

Tri Kaniad – three ancestral melodies – for a 1000 year old saint, for the dead of roman wales & a bird, singing the oldest melody of all. ‘Kaniad San Silin’ (Robert ap Huw), ‘Myn Mair’ (Myra Evans, Gilfachreda), Birdsong (Adar Pentre Ifan).

Elsa Davies & Ceri Owen-Jones have been playing together since 2010 and play tunes plucked from the air, shared with them from fellow travellers, sleeping manuscripts. The crazy wisdom of Iolo Morganwg, the gentle curiosity of Llewelyn Alaw, the artful homeliness of Ifor Ceri… Calon wrth galon.

‘Amazing, magical, inspirational, picture forming fantastic music’

– Aberystwyth Music Festival Fringe 2013


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