I met the band Ffynnon in of all places, Uzbekistan, where they were performing at the Sharq Taronalari festival. I fell in love with Lynne Denman’s beautiful voice, and later found myself singing along with the band, as I reviewed the video footage I had taken of them. As it turned out I spent 8 days in South Wales the next month, and that gave me the opportunity to capture two songs by the band. This one, “Hiraeth am Feirion” is a gorgeous ballad about a homesick sailor who longs to see Wales again. The term “hiraeth” is similar in meaning to the Portuguese/Brazilian sentiment of “saudade,” that is, a feeling that combines regret, nostalgia, stoicism and yearning all in one.
This is an admittedly homespun video. It is entirely acoustic. I wish we had had access to a boom mic, but we didn’t. We just set up in the meeting house of an old church on the top of a mountain and the band played the tunes. The sunlight came and went, it rained and stopped, colors changed…..
I shot the clouds that appear in the video during one of the breaks, and the seascape is from Llangranog.
Second camera: Eva Skalla
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