It’s not even worth pretending that ANBAD does not have a soft spot for Welsh music. Better to embrace these little weaknesses, right?
Not that anyone could ever, in all honesty, find any negative connotations to anyone having a bias towards the music of a minority language?
This becomes especially irrelevant when you realise that Welsh lends itself so beautifully to wistful, lilting songs like Osian Rhys‘ A Oes ‘Na Le (I Oeri Gwres Fy Nghalon). Yes, I typed that correctly on the first go.
The (coincidentally) Welsh music critic, Simon Price recently suggested in a radio interview that we’re now elevating and celebrating singer-songwriters merely for having the ability to play a guitar and sing their own songs, whilst looking pleasant. His argued that songwriting standards have slipped.
Well, Osian Rhys makes gorgeous folk songs, written and sung on a guitar. Maybe he agrees with Simon. Maybe Osian isn’t photogenic enough (although I’m sure he’s super-handsome – he sure does have good hair).
Either way, A Oes ‘Na Le (I Oeri Gwres Fy Nghalon) is astonishingly beautiful; a song that creeps into your life and wraps a warm but worried pair of arms around your thoughts.
There are times when guitar-based music re-affirms itself. For this listener, these moments become increasingly infrequent. But Osian has produced one of them. Lovely.