Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trad Tuesday: The Bells of Rhymney sung by Oysterband

The Bells of Rhymney was first sung by folksinger Pete Seeger, using words written by Welsh poet Idris Davies. The lyrics to the song were drawn from part of Davies' poetic work Gwalia Deserta, which was first published in 1938. The work was inspired by a local coal mining disaster and by the failure of the 1926 General Strike and the "Bells of Rhymney" stanzas follow the pattern of the nursery rhyme"Oranges and Lemons". 
It has been performed by a lot of people, most notably the Byrds, but I like this version by Oysterband.

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