Mae Nhw'n D'wedyd
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MAE NHW'N D'WEDYD. AKA and see "For Llanover Reel." Welsh, Air and Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). D Dorian/Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Hugh Mellor (1935) collected the tune from an informant in Bangor, Wales, as a song air, but was of the opinion that it was "undoubtedly a dance tune." The song "Mae Nhw'n D'wedyd" was also collected by John Lloyd Williams (1854-1945) in Colwyn Bay, who noted:
Sung to the Editor at Colwyn Bay, July 1910, by Mr Cynfi Jones, Council School, Prenteg, near Porthmadoc, after his mother, who had learnt it at Ebenezer near Llanberis, from an old woman, a native of Lleyn.
Williams had been made (in 1909) honorary musical editor of the official journal of the Welsh Folk Song Society, called Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Alawon Gwerin, and he published the song in the fourth number of the first edition.
The air was arranged for orchestra by Arnold Foster (1898-1963), published in London c. 1937.
Source for notated version: Collected by Mr. H.O. Hughes, Bangor, Wales, as a song air [Mellor].
Printed sources: Mellor (Welsh Dance Tunes), 1935; p. 6.