ALED LLOYD DAVIES
The tradition of singing poetry to harp accompaniment is known as Cerdd Dant (literally “the music of strings”), or Canu Penillion (“the singing of verses”). Traditionally, it was exclusively the territory of male solo singers, and Aled Lloyd Davies is one of the best known contemporary exponents of the art. It is a form of singing unique to Wales, where the accent is very much on the words, and where a counter melody is composed as a vehicle for the words, and sung to the accompaniment of a melody (usually traditional, but not necessarily so) played on the harp.
Aled Lloyd Davies on one of his albums presents a collection of pieces which span eight centuries of Welsh poetry. His other album is a selection of his most popular tracks, including tracks by MEIBION MENLLI, the small male choir he led for many years.