Sunday, 1 April 2012

Calon Lan - Only Boys Aloud

Every now and again something will happen that makes me proud of where I came from.

A couple of weeks ago I was proud to be Welsh when the national rugby team won the Grand Slam.

Apart from rugby, one of the other things associated with Wales is of course singing. (Quite often these two things go together and if you've ever been to a Welsh rugby match you'll know what I'm talking about).

There is a Welsh song called Calon Lan that is familiar to all Welsh speakers
- it's often heard at rugby games, I remember singing it as a child, I even chose it for my wedding.
 Roughly translated it means 'Pure Heart'.

A happy heart...a pure heart.

I'm 10,000 miles from Wales but there is a bit of Welsh slate hanging by my front door with those words. 
It was a generous gift from some very dear friends from home and greets me every single day
- diolch ffrindie. 

Anyhow, back to the singing...
Last week I picked up on a YouTube clip of a boys choir singing this song on the show 'Britain's Got Talent'. It stopped me in my tracks and I'm not ashamed to admit that I welled up listening to it...

The choir is called  Only Boys Aloud and the musical director Tim Rhys Evans is the very talented man behind the vocal group Only Men Aloud of which we are very big fans in this house.

Have a listen to this...

Pretty inspirational stuff...

I wish them all the luck in the world in the competition
and thank them for showing their incredible talent to the masses.

Pob lwc bois!

6 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Incredibly moving Beth and I hope the lads do well. I love the fact you are so proud of your homeland.
    A dear friend of mine is Welsh and I could listen to her melodic voice all day long. My husband and I visited Wales many years ago and I remember many signs and most we had no hope of pronouncing!
    Enjoy the remainder of down time before the troops return.

  2. Beth,

    I loved watching it and started singing along until I realised it may have been spoiling husband's enjoyment. They were great and a reminder of all good things Welsh!

  3. Unfortunately Beth couldn't open video, but Katherine Jenkins sang it when we saw her in Feb. Love to hear the welsh singing, reminds me of my grandparents. Hope all well. Short week here building up to Easter. Lots of love Wend xxxx

  4. That is just so beautiful Beth. I had a Welsh Great, Great Grandmother, they say I have her high forehead! Thanks so much for your support this week, your comment was really lovely. Rachaelxx

  5. I am not surprised you welled up, very moving.

  6. Hi Beth, I watched it and was moved to tears too. I love welsh singers. Lets hope the great british public appreciates them.
    Many thanks for your visit and lovely comments. Have a great week, love Linda x