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Thread #48021   Message #718732
Posted By: sian, west wales
28-May-02 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: Robin Huw Bowen harping on
Subject: Robin Huw Bowen harping on
I know that some of you may know the Welsh triple-harper, Robin Huw Bowen. Well, he's just won a BAFTA Cymru (the Welsh Emmy) for his original score for the S4C film "Eldra" which was shown this past Christmas. The film is about Eldra Jarman, who taught Robin the Welsh Gypsy dance melodies and their interpretation on the Welsh triple harp. (Eldra is from a long line of harpers including some of Wales' most famous ones.) Robin subsequently released his collections of Eldra's music on his 1994 album "Hela'r Sgwarnog/Hunting the Hedgehog."

In his acceptance speech, Robin said that the award was a victory for traditional Welsh folk music, the potential use of which is so often ignored by the contemporary media.

Well said, Robin!