A Tale to be Told

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  • #11642
    Startree
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    There is a really good audio book of The Mabinogion on amazon, and it is not expensive, I like the audio book because it pronounces all of the Celtic names, and found it easier to learn because reading all the names just bores me and makes me want to put the book down, but listening to it on audiobook is mighty. have fun, William Taliesin St. C

    The Mabinogion
    By: Sioned Davies – Translator
    Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart

    #11671
    Dannorix
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    There’s also a version read by Ronald Hutton. And I totally agree, listening to the Four Branches really makes them come alive more. Too bad there isn’t an audio book of Taliesin’s poems and the main Irish stories.

    #11674
    Dowrgi
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    Hi Dannorix.

    I think there is an audio translation of the Táin Bó Cúailnge by Thomas Kinsella and there is also a spoken word version of the Mabinogion produced by OBOD. Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) and Patrick Cassidy did a beautiful version of the Song of Amergin in Irish, you can find it on the Immortal Memory (2004) album. The Welsh group Ffynon have also set Welsh poetry to music, including a version of Pais Dinogad, the oldest known verses in a Brythonic language if I’m not mistaken. There are also a number of Breton singers who have done versions of Breton poetry and if you’re interested in Breton music, you could start with Alan Stivell. Brenda Wootton recorded traditional Cornish songs and Dalla also did versions of traditional Cornish music and poetry.

    It is indeed difficult to find audio versions of Celtic literature, nevertheless, some of the poetry set to music and traditional song still gives you a great feel for the spirit of the works and is also a nice way to get into the languages too.

    Bennathow
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    #11680
    Dannorix
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    Thanks, Dowrgi. I’ll definitly try to hunt these down. Already found Lisa Gerrard and Alan Stivell. Absolutely haunting. I got this on repeat now: Iwan Gamus by Denez Prigent. Thanks again, /|\ Dannorix.

    #11696
    david poole
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    Gary and Ruth Colcombe have produced dramatisations of the Mabinogion and the Irish Book of Invasions, and are planning to do some other mythologies as well. Damh the Bard has dramatised three of the Branches and has just completed work on the third branch. I quite like Sioned Davis but Taliesin is not in it.

    #11710
    Dowrgi
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    Hi David,

    The Welsh artist Sianed Jones (you can find her page on Bandcamp) has produced some musical versions of Taliesin’s poetry. The album Taliesin has five tracks:
    Midwyf Daliesin, Can y Gwynt, Buarth Beirdd, Cwyndawd and Arall Addwyn. The language is Welsh, but the lyrics and translations in English are available on her page at the site. You might also like to check out another album, Lliwio’r Gair, by the same artist and available on her page.

    Bennathow
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