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ROBIN HUW BOWEN - Iaith Enaid: The Language Of The Soul

ROBIN HUW BOWEN - Iaith Enaid: The Language Of The Soul
Sain Records SCD2723

Since 1983, Robin has introduced the Welsh triple harp and its music to thousands of people. As the only full-time professional Welsh harpist specialising solely in the triple harp, his influence on the world of Welsh folk music and harping has been far reaching. He ranks among the most important figures that the Welsh folk tradition has produced. Robin was told in 1965 by Nansi Richards, the renowned Montgomeryshire harpist, that “you shouldn’t learn the new and forget the old”. On the evidence of this album, he has followed her wise guidance.

Some tunes like The South Pembrokeshire Hunt, The Sunshine Waltz and The Soldiers Return are composed by Robin and inspired by his numerous world tours and various other experiences. Other tracks are arrangements of Welsh traditional tunes by Robin, specifically for the triple harp. These include The Bells Of Glamorgan, The Kings Departure (an ancient regal, solemn air that some say is actually a druidic tune), The Perfect Measure (a charming melody from Anglesey), two 18th century melodies from Montgomeryshire simply called Two Lovely Tunes and The Maid Of Sker, about a rich lass who falls in love with a poor harpist and whose father does not allow true love to run its course – an old tale. Robin has a great interest in the music of Welsh gypsy harpists and New Gypsy Hornpipes is in keeping with the unique style of those harpists, the Roberts and the Wood families.

Robin knows his instrument, the tunes, the country and the language – all essential elements of presenting the music in its perfect form. We found the whole experience of listening to this CD to be soul inspiring, evoking the mountains and lakes and Wales as a whole. This is a CD to listen to after a day’s hustle and bustle – guaranteed to dissolve any stress and tension in a matter of moments. Truly delightful.

Kathy & Bob Drage

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This album was reviewed in Issue 110 of The Living Tradition magazine.