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Thread #23366   Message #261863
Posted By: Snuffy
20-Jul-00 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Tunes for songs
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for songs
May I correct some of the names in the version of "Farewell to the Rhondda" in the DT, which may pose difficulties for those not familiar with Wales? The mining villages mentioned in the last verse should be:

Treherbert and Treorchy, Tonypandy and Tynewydd,
Ystrad Rhondda and Ton Pentre, all adieu

Also in the first verse, the axe was wielded by Alfred Robens (later Lord Robens). He had been a minister in the post-WWII Labour government, but was later appointed chairman of the National Coal Board by the Conservative government, and oversaw a major programme of pit closures.

^^ BTW: on the recording I have, Mick Moloney definitely sings Robbins, not Robens

Wassail! V