Glyn Davies – Cerddi Huw Puw (1922)
Glyn Davies – Cerddi Huw Puw (1922); is one of known by myself books when I could see the shanties and sea songs in the Welsh language. The Welsh language (really unique); used in one of the countries of the land of the United Kingdom; has a very different accent and vocabulary than the English language.
The book is an experiment for an author’s own children; to increase the popularity of the Welsh language by singing in Welsh schools. Speaking of the authenticity of the songs you can find in the collection, the tunes have been taken at random: Old Welsh and Old English melodies. And also shanties and sea songs picked up on Welsh ships, some thirty years before the book was in print; which means around 1890. Some of the tunes were made up by an author, some of them just for an author’s own amusement. Overall book is super unique; I didn’t see any references on other collectors’ books to this one, which can be a good or bad thing.
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Related to the Cerddi Huw Puw
Joanna Colcord – Songs Of American Sailormen (1938)
R. W. Saar & Gilbert Forsyth – Twelve Sailors Songs or Chanteys v1 (1927)
R. W. Saar & Gilbert Forsyth – Twelve Sailors Songs or Chanteys v2 (1927)