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Gorthrwm y Gweithiwr

Recorded at Tinopolis studio, Llanelli for Heno S4C.

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Press Release

For immediate release 07/09/2018


Leading Welsh band Allan Yn Y Fan release their first single today on Steam Pie Records ahead of a major European tour. (SPCD1019S)and which is already receiving airplay from around the UK.

The band have chosen to highlight two songs from the incredibly rich Welsh folk song tradition :- “Ym Mhontypridd Mae’n Nghariad” is a beautiful Welsh love song with a young farmer on the banks of the Taff in Pontypridd intent on winning his intended by making play of his “speckled cows.” Who could refuse?

The second track on the CD release is “Gorthrwm y Gweithiwr” – a song of mid-19th Century industrial Wales in which the iron masters of Beaufort, Ebbw Vale are warned of dire consequences should they continue their oppressive ways. Working with talented film maker Antonia Salter the band recently filmed in Blaenau Gwent locations most pertinent to the song. Thanks to David & Margaret Rees the band were given access to one of the two Round Towers built in Nantyglo by Ironmaster Crawshay Bailey as protection against his workers, whilst the Sirhowy Iron Works ( contemporary to the Beaufort Iron Works) provided an apt 19th Century industrial backdrop.. The film is premiered today on the Folk Radio UK site and will soon also be featured on the band’s website.

Originally featured on their 2016 acclaimed album “NEWiD” SPCD1018S the two tracks have been remastered for this single version by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering.

The band will be performing both these tracks on their European tour which commences in Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on Friday 14th September.

The full tour dates are shown below :-

  • 14/09/18 Theatr Brycheiniog BRECON Wales
  • 27/09/18 Chateau Bettembourg LUXEMBOURG
  • 28/09/18 Alte Drostei PAPENBURG Germany
  • 29/09/18 Gemeinde Halle Jux SPIEGELBERG Germany
  • 30/09/18 Kleines Haus Staatsschauspiel DRESDEN Germany
  • 01/10/18 West Flügel SYKE Germany
  • 05/10/18 Ffwrnes LLANELLI Wales
  • 13/10/18 The Function Room LLANIDLOES Wales *
  • 14/10/18 Hermon Chapel Arts Centre OSWESTRY England
  • 16/11/18 The Welfare YSTRADGYNLAIS Wales
  • 17/11/18 The Met ABERTYLERI Wales
  • 23/11/18 Village Hall REDWICK Wales *
  • 01/12/18 Market Theatre LEDBURY England

* Funded by Night Out/Arts Council Wales

For further info and pictures please contact
Geoff Cripps 07973 850289 / 01495 240371
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SPCD 1019S “Ym Mhontypridd mae’n Nghariad / Gorthrwm y Gweithiwr http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2018/09/video-premiere-allan-yn-y-fan-gorthrwm-y-gweithiwr/

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