The year 2000 marked the 50th anniversary of Phil Tanner's death; Mick Tems, Mari Arts organiser and president of Llantrisant Folk Club, strove to get the anniversary recognised.
The only recording made by Phil Tanner was an old LP which was like rare gold dust; Mick
wanted a CD recording of Phil which would carry on the tradition.
Then Mick contacted John Howson of Veteran Records in Suffolk, who readily agreed to bring out a Phil Tanner CD.
and Doug Fraser's expert guidance, John compiled the detailed notes - and John has even acquired the Wynford Vaughan Thomas BBC tape, broadcasting an evocative 15-minute radio programme entitled The Gower Nightingale !
This Phil Tanner CD is remarkably special - it's catalogue number VT145CD and it's calledThe Gower Nightingale . Mick
has some copies available;click here to order .
After greeting Siwsi with Can Y Fari, the Mari
and party were invited to the hospital chapel for the afternoon service ("We don't mind pagans," said the chaplain) where they thrilled the visitors and patients with carols like Ar Gyfer Heddiw'r Bore andThe Sans Day Carol . In the picture, from left, are Siwsi, Mike Greenwood, the Mari
(with Paul Seligman under the horse), Pat Smith and Mick Tems
has been home from Llwynypia Hospital
for almost two years and is now living at 12, Maes Trisant, Tonysgyboriau (Talbot Green), Wales CF72 8RQ.
hasn't got the use of his
arm or his
leg back, but his
speech - though hesitant - is coming on.
has bought a car - and been three times to Ireland (by plane and by superferry) where he
performed before thousands of people at Kerry Fleadh and even climbed upstairs on top of a lurching Dublin tourist bus.
has 'done' trains four times (the Dublin DART and the West Somerset Railway) and has survived Butlitz Holiday Kampf.
In the 1980s, Mick Tems and Pat Smith (formerly Calennig) formed one part of Bedwen Haf, the Welsh twmpath band, and Siws and Stuart Brown (Mabsant) were the other half.
The party finished with a ceilidh, Olly and Mick
(with his tabwrdd) joining in to Five Bar Gait's
dance tunes and caller Keith Lascelles taking command and obviously enjoying himself.
DAWNSWYR GLAN LLWYD FOR IRELAND: - February 2006 Four musicians and dancers from the Welsh team Dawnswyr Glanllwyd - including Llantrisant Folk Club members Mick Tems and Olly Price - are going to Ireland to carry the flag at The Gathering, a festival of three days of amazing traditional music, ceilis and instrument workshops at the Kerry town of Killarney.
Eirwen, who appeared with Calennig and Dawnswyr Taf-Elai in Mick Tems'
touring show A Tale Of Two Rivers, is the storyteller, interspersed with incidental music composed and played by Phil.
Ned Clamp is holding the reins of the Mari
, with Mick Tems
looking resplendant as the top-hatted Leader.
The date, March 4, clashed with Cwlwm Celtaidd, the fifth festival of celtic celebration, and so Mick Tems was the only representative of the Llantrisant Mari party.
took the pictures of James, and Huw Chidgey volunteered to become Llantrisant Folk Club's snapper for Finest Kind.
The Mari Lwyd would like to thank the Hobby Horse Festival (and Fine Lady's Fool Verna Wass) for being such heartwarming, considerate, efficient organisers - and for arranging for stroke-survivor-who-can't-do-camping Mick
and Olly to stay in the Whately Hall hotel at no charge!
These pictures were taken by Mick Tems
and Olly Price:
Llantrisant Folk Club president Mick Tems and secretary Olly Price flew to Ireland with two of their fellow members of Dawnswyr Glanllwyd, Alun Rhodes and Sue Oates, to soak up this marvellous traditional festival, which takes place in The Gleneagles hotel in Killarney in the Kingdom of Kerry.
At Bantry the girls went scouting for shops, and Mick
brought a sky-blue grandad shirt - at Bantry Bay, a haven of peace, it was difficult to imagine the horror that fell on the town when a vast tanker, unloading at Whiddy Island, exploded all those years ago.
After a night of hard dancing, we adjourned to The Corner House for a session, the dancers playing and singing, Olly playing her fiddle, Mick
on the tabwrdd and Alun and Sue getting in on the act as well.
ARCHIVE IS FORGING AHEAD, THANKS TO TRAC : The South Wales Song Archive is up and running - thanks to the all-Wales folk development agency trac . The Archive project was the aspiration of Llantrisant Folk Club founder, collector, musician, singer, researcher and president Mick Tems, who spent 35 years recording and noting the 400-plus English and Welsh-language songs in the collection.
The Folkwales website had just started publishing the very first songs in the Archive when Mick
suffered a devastating stroke which virtually put paid to all his
work, and the collection was left in abeyance for nearly six years.
Then trac responded with offers of man (or is it woman?) power, without which the Archive would have remained unfinished, perhaps for years to come.
Both trac and Mick
are poised to start completing the Archive, and Mick
is going to The Museum Of Welsh Life
, St Fagans, in the near future to research and study all the South Wales songs.
Mick Tems, Llantrisant Folk Club president, said: "The Mari's been one of the family for something like 24 years now - her skull wears a silly grin, and once you've gone out with a happy Mari, you definitely want to go out again.
In a year when clubs seem to be faltering, Llantrisant made an considerable inpact by running a scintillating folk club night, compered by Ned (Pattie was busy calling for a ceilidh.) Ned stoked up the fires with The Galway Girl , and a selection of regulars - including Mike Greenwood, Mick Tems
and Olly Price, Gwyn Austin, John Prior and Andrew McKay and Carole Etherton kept the audience thrilled.
From Tramps and Hawkers, through toe-tapping jigs and reels and a prefect rendering of Are You Right There, Michael
, Are You Right?
The Pluck And Squeeze Band played while Ned
, Pattie Smith and Veronica Partridge called - individually, of course! - and Ned
, Iolo Jones, Mick Tems
and Olly Athelstan-Price got up and jammed with the regular members.