ALBUM REVIEW – Various – Cam O’r Tywyllwch

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This is the DIY compilation LP released 30 years ago that kick started a Welsh music revolution that still reverberates around today.
Released by Rhys Mwyn on the Anhrefn Label and picked up by John Peel, this album spawned Anhrefn, Datblygu, Super Furry Animals and Catatonia. It made the ignorant English based music media realise there was more to Wales than just sheep shagging farmers. There were sheep shagging musicians too…!

Y Cyrff

By |February 17th, 2005|1 Comment


(taken from This Patch of Land)

Twenty or so miles inland from Bangor’s Anhrefn in Llanrwst, a young Dylan Hughes was becoming musically aware, ‘I was a big Adam and The Ants fan as well as most of the ska bands around, Specials, Selector, The Beat and so on. I didn’t get into The Clash until things got serious with Y Cyrff, at which point I was very much into the White Man in Hammersmith Palais single [by The Clash].’ Explains Dylan who describes how Y Cyrff got together.

Y CYRFF – LLAWENNYDD HEB DDIWEDD – 12″ album

By |April 27th, 2002|0 Comments

TRACKLISTING –  SEIBIANT/COLOFN/BEDDARGRAFF27MERCH SY BYTH YN GWENU/CWRDD/COLLI ER MWYN ENNILL/EUOG/NUNLLE/HADAU’R DYCHYMYG/CRAFANC/DYN HEB GYLLELL/LLAWENYDD HEB DDIWEDD/EITHAF/

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LIMITED NUMBER OF VINYL COPIES OF THE ONLY FULL LENGTH ALBUM RELEASED BY ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED WELSH BANDS EVER. LATER ON THEY BECAME CATATONIA.

This may have originally been a cassette release (click pic to order from Ankst)

Barry Cawley – 1963 – 2000

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Barry Cawley

Barry Cawley, former guitarist with Llanrwst post-punks band Y Cyrff has been killed when he was cycling near Betws-y-Coed.
The 37 year old, rose to prominence with Y Cyrff as they plotted their way to Welsh stardom with their Clash-like stance and prolific recorded output.
After the band split up he went behind the scenes and worked with Catatonia for more than 10 years as a roadie.
Catatonia guitarist Mark Roberts said: “Cerys [Matthews] is really distraught. Everyone has treated her like a queen – but not Barry. He treated her like a real person. He would tell her something like: ‘Get your own drink.’ She appreciated that – he kept her feet on the ground.”

cawleyHe worked with the band from their days playing tiny clubs until they hit the charts with hits such as Road Rage and Mulder and Scully.

“He went to 16 countries with us last year. He was very talented but just as a ruthlessly ambitious as the rest of us,” said Mark Roberts.
His girlfriend, nurse Meryl Harrison, said: “Barry knew Tom Jones and was close to Cerys – but he would never show off about any of it. He would never brag about what he’s done or who he’d met. It’s awful. We were planning to have children and we were soulmates,” she said.

Mr Cawley will be buried on Monday in his trademark Levi jeans and denim jacket.

Y Cyrff, Cut Tunes, Bloody Picnic play Bangor

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