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Behind The Tracks: Dead Space Chamber Music - Mari Lwyd / Morfa’r Frenhines (Single) (2021)


This piece combines two traditional melodies:

Mari Lwyd: a Welsh wassailing tradition, sung door to door around Christmas and New Year. The singers, accompanied by the Mari Lwyd (‘grey mare’) — a hooded horse’s skull decorated with bells and ribbons — competitively ‘barter’ through the medium of song in order to be invited in and given warmth and provisions. Although mysterious in origin, the Mari Lwyd tradition has been revived as an annual opportunity to welcome the ancient into the home and community.

Morfa’r Frenhines: ‘Queens Marsh’, a traditional Welsh melody in waltz time, commonly played on the harp.”

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