Meredydd Evans - Merêd
The doyen of Welsh folk singing presents 50 traditional songs, accompanied and a cappella on 2 CDs from his original recordings for Sain, Delyse and Wren.
Sain’ Tribute to Dr. Meredydd Evans
With the passing of Dr. Meredydd Evans, Wales has lost the mainspring of the revival in Welsh traditional singing which we have witnessed over the past few decades. But his inspiration lives on, in the work of folk singers and folk groups throughout Wales and beyond. His work in researching and collecting Welsh folk songs – aided by his wife Phyllis Kinney – was phenominal, but he always approached the music as a singer, as one who loved the songs as living creations. He knew that a tradition which does not grow and adapt is a dead tradition, but he also knew that a culture without roots is a culture without meaning or direction. Nothing gave Merêd more satisfaction than hearing young folk artists playing, singing and adapting traditional folk songs and tunes for new instruments, and new styles. Dr. Meredydd Evans was a pioneer in many fields, as composer of popular songs for Triawd y Coleg, the close harmony trio of his university days, as recording artist (his album on the American “Folkways” label was included in the New York Times list of best folk records in 1954), as the first head of Light Ent. at BBC Wales, as educationalist, as a philosopher and as a peace and language activist and campaigner, but he remained true to his roots as the son of a quarryman, and remained a very approachable and much-loved man of the people. We extend our deepest sympathy to Phyllis and Eluned in their hiraeth, as we express our gratitide for the life of one of Wales’ greatest sons.