Sleeve Notes (in Welsh)
Dyma record newydd YR HENNESSYS, y grwp enwog o GAERDYDD. Cymerodd y grwp eu henw oddi wrth Frank Hennessy, y gitarydd, ac fel mae ei enw yn awgrymu, mae'n hanu o dras Gwyddelig, fel ei ddau gyfaill. Bu'n canu ar hyd tafarndai Caerdydd fel aelod o grwp pop cyn uno a'i ddai gyfaill, hwythau cyn hynnu wedi dilyn yr un cylchoedd fel cantorion gwerin. Er bod y tri aelod yn canu ar brydiau y prif ganwr, sydd hefyd yn chwarae mandolin, yw DAVE BURNS a fu cyn troi'n broffesiynol yn gweitho mewn swyddfa. Er bod gan y trydydd aelod PAUL POWELL enw sy'n swnio'n fwy Cymraeg naV ddau arall, mae ei wreiddiau yntau yn yr YNYS WERDO, Paul sy'n chwarae'r banjo a chyn mentro broffesiynol roedd yn gweithio fel peintiwr.
Yn naturiol maer tri yn canolbwyntio ar y canu Gwyddelig ac yn yr Iwerddon maent yn boblogaidd aruthrol ond fel rhan o'u rhaglen mae y grwp yn canu nifer o ganeuon Cymraeg. Mae galw mawr wedi bod am record o'r Hennessys yn canu yn Gymraeg a rydym yn sicr cewch eich mwynhau wrth wrando ar y record newydd hon.
The Scene: A Dingy Little Pub somewhere in Wales.
Characters: Frank 'Fingers' Hennessy and Dave 'The Rave' Burns.
My name is Hywel Gwynfryn and my job was to try and find out something about the Hennessys new E.P. So I crawled under the table and had the following conversation (conversation! what am I saying?)
Me: Excuse me.
Frank: Why, what have you done?
Me: I'm trying to find out something about your new record.
Frank: Our new record, like?
Frank: I'll tell you then. It'll be a round black disc with a hole in the middle.
Me: That's a change. What will be on it?
Frank: Depends on who buys it. I suppose.
Me: What do you mean?
Frank: Well, three navvies bought our last one. And in no time at all there was draught Guinness all over it.
Me: I see. What I really meant was. What songs will be on it?
Frank: I don't know. Ask Dave.
Me: He knows does he?
Frank: No. But he says it better than I do.
Me: Excuse me. Dave.
Dave: Who are you?
Me: Hywel Gwynfryn.
Dave: Well, we've all got our problems.
Me: Talking about problems! Can you tell me something about your new record?
Dave: Sure. There are four songs. The title song is an adaptation of an Irish song by Thomas Davis called "A Nation once Again". The Welsh version is "Cymru Rydd'". There's also a translation of a song written by Frank called "Twm Sion Cati".
Me: Very nice. Who did the Welsh words?
Dave: Someone called Owerd Gwimper.
Me: I see. And the other two songs?
Dave: One is a song about the narrow gauge railway that runs from Talyllyn to Abergynolwyn, and the other is one of our favourite traditional songs called "Hiraeth". Which means "Longing" I think.
Me: Yes, nostalgia.
Frank: My aunt had that once.
Frank: Neuralgia. She had it very bad.
Me: (Realizing I've lost) yes…well…er…Thanks very much and all the best with the record.
Dave: Hey, Frank!
Dave: Who was that?
Frank: I don't know. I thought he was with you. Has he gone?
Frank: Charming. It was his round too.
When you're in Wales, take a ride on one of our great little trains; there are six of them to choose from, all different. To the legion of railway enthusiasts they are little gems, combining the romance of steam with a nostalgia for a peaceful, leisurely age; a sense of adventure with the spirit of discovery. They are the works of pioneers, handed down to us and restored as they were in their own brass-polished, gleaming hey-day. Their gauge—and so the size of their engines and coaches—may differ, but there is one thing all the railway routes have in common: superb scenery. The Snowdon Mountain railway takes you to within a few short steps of the tip of Snowdon's 3,560 ft. summit; from Llanberis the newest line of all gives superb views of Snowdonia, as it runs alongside Llyn Padarn; the Ffestiniograilway runs from Porthmadog for 10 miles along the shoulder's of the Moelwyn Mountains in Snowdonia's National Park, high above the sylvan vale of Ffestiniog. Is there a valley anywhere to compare with it? Perhaps the Vale of Rheidol does, or the Talyllyn Railway's Dolgoch Valley, or, perhaps, that of the Banwy River, as it cuts a course for the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway before turning aside on its way to the cornlands of the Vale of Meifod, ancient seat of the mediaeval rulers of Powys. Who is to choose? Only those who have seen them all can guess at the secret.
But whether you are a narrow gauge fanatic, or one of the thousands who come to Wales for a few weeks of peace and quiet, and happen to discover the charms of the 'Great Little Trains', or simply one who enjoys good folk music , this record is the ideal souvenir of your visit to Wales. These three songs, two in English and one in Welsh, performed by one of the most popular folk groups in Wales today, the Hennessys, will enable you to relive at home those happy summer days until next summer once more gives you the chance to take another trip on the 'Great Little Trains of Wales'.
Dave Burns and Frank Hennessy, both from Cardiff, have been singing together for three years and are much in demand on television , on record and folk clubs in and outside of Wales. On this record Dave sings lead while Frank harmonizes, and between them they play guitar, mandolin and banjo. Their good friend Roger Gape provides the bass.
'Does dim angen cyflwyno'r Hennessys bellach i'w dilynwyr Cymreig. Erbyn hyn, aeth y tri yn ddau, ond ni newidiwyd eu swn hollol arbennig. Mae caneuon yr Hennessys yn ddieithriad yn mynnu aros ym meddwl dyn, ac mae graen ar eu perfformiad bob amser. A dyna gewch chi ar y record yma—canji da a chaneuon hwyliog wrth i Frank a Dave fynd a ni ar daith ddwyieithog o gwmpas un o atyniadau mwyaf Cymru yn ystod misoedd yr haf-y rheilffyrdd bychain.
The Hennessys, Frank Hennessy and Dave Burns, are a well known Cardiff folk group who have won many friends both in Wales and outside since their inception in 1969. BBC Television viewers will recognise their rousing style of playing from their many appearances on 'Disc A Dawn' and the network series 'The Singing Barn', and delight once again in the immediate appeal made by their singing.
Frank and Dave were born in Cardiff of Irish descent. With that kind of background their eventual success in the field of folk music could hardly be doubted. When this year's miners strike was first announced they were both determined to make what contribution they could to the cause of the Welsh miner. 'We have always' they maintain 'been conscious of the great financial aid given by the miners of Wales to the Irish Transport and General Workers when their Union was threatened by the employers in 1913. We hope that in making this record we' can in some small way repay the miners for their support and generosity at that time'.
The title song, 'Who will cast a Stone' was written by Frank Hennessy especially for the 1972 Strike and clearly illustrates the sympathy and admiration he has for the miners and their cause. 'Farewell to the Rhondda' is another of Frank's songs. This time he views with sadness and great poignancy the plight of the miner without work who is forced to leave home and family in search of a living. 'The Halfpenny Strike' looks back to 1910 and another mining struggle when troops were sent to Tonypandy against the striking men. The last song is already a classic. 'The Gresford Disaster' tells of the explosion at the Gresford Colliery near Wrexham on the twenty-second of September, 1934 in which two hundred and sixty five men lost their lives. At a time when the wages of miners are being disputed it may remind some of the real price of coal.
Mae hanes chwareli Gogledd a glofeydd y Gogledd-Ddwyrain a'r De yn rhan annatod o hanes diweddar Cymru, ac y mae brwydr fawr y glowyr y dyddiau hyn am gyflog teg yn frwydr y dylem ni fel Gymry ei chefnogi i'r diwedd. Mae`r record hon gan y Gwyddel-Gymry enwog Yr Hennessys yn deyrnged i hanes cythryblus a dewr glowyr Cymru, ac yn ddatganiad clir o gefnogaeth i'r glowyr yn eu brwydr bresennol. Wrth gefnogi'r glowyr yr ydym hefyd yn hybu'r gwaith o ryddhau Cymru o afael y gormeswr a'r ecsploetiwr.
This is the first record by the Hennessys since they were joined by the well-known singer from Anglesey, Aloma Jones. She brings with her a new dimension, both vocally and with the addition of a new instrument, the harp, to the previous combination of guitar and mandolin. The line-up blends together perfectly to produce on this record a varied harmonious collection of songs which you will find yourself playing over and over again.
THE GRANGETOWN GONDOLIER– Words and Music Frank Hennessy. © Land of Song Music.
Inspired over several pints of Brains Dark, this song set in the year 1993 looks back on "the building of the Barrage", and it's effect on certain areas of our city.
The slight "Venetian" feel to the song is not entirely coincidental.
Contrary to current practice, the Hennessys have not applied for a grant from Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, but have threatened that unless a substantial sum of money is forthcoming, this record would be released!
However, Frank feels that there is nothing to fear from the building of the Barrage. (And neither would you if you lived in Llandaff on top of a hill!).
TORQUAY TALKING BLUES– Words and Music Frank Hennessy. © Land of Song Music.
This typically understated headline in the "South Wales Echo" alerted Cardiff readers to the fact that the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary were trying to stop Cardiff City fans from travelling to Torquay for City's away match with them.
Unfortunately, the wider implication of the headline meant that Frank could look forward to a life sentence with no remission if he ever opened his mouth in Torquay!