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

One Response to “Ffynnon performs “Hiraeth am Feirion””

  1. […] I heard the band Ffynnon performing this song at the Sharq Taronalari Festival in Samarkand, and thought it had one of the most lovely roller coasters of a melody; one that is a joy to sing and to harmonize with. When I visited Wales a few months later, I made it a point to videotape the band. I was particularly happy that they decided to perform this song as one of their chosen two. My only regret is that it is a very rough shoot, pretty much the only fancy equipment we had were some lights. So there are times when Lynne Denman’s fine voice is not that easy to hear. But I think she is so special, so I’m glad we at least have this. You can also hear the band performing a beautiful ballad here. […]


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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.