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Celebration song on compact disk
The release of a cd to mark a year’s trading by a community pub in North Pembrokeshire is the result of an unexpected liaison between Tafarn Sinc in the heart of the Preseli and members of a folk group from Cwmafan near Port Talbot. The Preselau and Cwmafan have been unofficially twinned.
A year ago the iconic pub became the property of the local community when people from all over the world were invited to buy shares. As part of the entertainment programme organised Gŵyr y Stac were invited to perform one Saturday evening.
The experience left such an impression on the three musicians that they began composing a relevant song to mark the first birthday.
“We heard about the pub on the radio. We bought shares ourselves. We enjoyed the atmosphere when we performed there to such an extent that we vowed to compose a song to acknowledge the initiative of the local people”, said Ken Thomas, one of the group founders.
But that was not enough. The song was recorded and refined. And now it is available on a Cd and a video is being created as well to highlight the song. A decision was made to produce only a limited number of Cd’s. These will be available in a wallet designed by Rhys Jones of Orielodli.
It will be on sale at the pub for £2 and that in itself is another reason to call in to see the sawdust, the flitches of ham and agricultural implements which customers already visit in droves. A hearty meal is available as well along with good beer and a stimulating conversation of course.
The members of Gŵyr y Stac are Tim Rees, Jayne Williams and Ken Thomas. They intend to revisit Tafarn Sinc soon to sing the old melodies and their own contemporary composition which has already proved to be something of a favourite. The song can be downloaded from the familiar websites from November 14.
Pictured: The wallet art work. The name of the song of course will be ‘Tafarn Sinc’.
Our shares campaign continues
Our initial share offer was successful. We raised the necessary capital to buy Tafarn Sinc. However, we did not reach our goal of selling 1876 shares - a number chosen to commemorate the year the Precelly Hotel, as it was then known, was built. The campaign caught the imagination. We even attracted investors from all over the world. We are continuing with our shares campaign until 2020 in order to widen the community ownership and provide further capital for upgrading work. We invite you to become part of this successful and unique community project. See the headings.
Nominated for a Cooperative Society Award
It was quite an honour after only around four months of trading to be nominated for a Cooperative Society Award in the Breakthrough category. The winner was chosen on the basis of on-line voting. Despite not winning the award the nomination in itself was quite an accolade.
Tafarn Sinc looks upon itself as the cultural centre of an extended area – y fro (neighbourhood) – reaching well beyond the bounds of Rosebush and Maenclochog and encompassing villages on both sides of the mountain ridge including Brynberian and Eglwyswrw, Crymych and Pentregalar, as well as numerous others – Bro Preseli.
To that end we invite local talent as well as nationally recognised artists to perform.
On the occasion of Hen Galan on January 13 the traditional dance group Heb Enw were invited to introduce the Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare) into our midst. Hopefully she will make an annual appearance.
What is unusual is the number of artists who have asked if they can perform on the sawdust floor such is their zeal for what we are trying to achieve in the name of the community.
The robust folk singer, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, came all the way from Gwynedd to entertain us. Gwŷr y Stac travelled from Cwmafan whilst Alan Burke, the Irish musician, called by to hold an impromptu evening.
Of the local entertainers, the comedian and country singer, Clive Edwards put a smile on our faces and further performances are expected by local girl, Nia Lloyd, who is one of the large pool of waiters and whose home is less than a mile from the pub. On the basis of her initial performance her rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ (Leonard Cohen) gained a remarkable response on the facebook page.
And we must not forget the phenomenal Welsh Whisperer who made sure ‘everyone was baling hay’. Also Alejandro Jones from Patagonia.
We were honoured by the presence of Dafydd Iwan to celebrate St David’s Day. Tecwyn Ifan returned to the fro and sang many of the songs inspired by local luminaries such as Twm Carnabwth, Dil Hafod-ddu, Wil Cannan and, of course, Waldo Williams.
It was apt on the occasion of the performances by Dafydd and Tecwyn that a life-size cut-out of Waldo stood behind them as all three were kindred soulmates.
A Heritage Group has also been formed which has met at the pub and frequently on location studying the early historic remains of the area.
The intention is to develop and build on the varied events so that Tafarn Sinc becomes an entertainment venue of note.
To that end we benefited from the guidance of the 'cultural guru', Euros Lewis, to set us on our way on how to reflect the natural 'culture' of the fro as he explained that 'diwylliant' is different to 'culture'.
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