Paul Robeson’s interactions with Wales were shaped by the violence of mining life: the everyday hardship of long hours and low wages, but also the sudden spectacular catastrophes that decimated communities. In 1934, he’d been performing in Caernarfon when news arrived of a disaster in the Gresford colliery. The mine there had caught fire, creating an inferno so intense that most of the 266 men who died underground, in darkness and smoke, were never brought to the surface for burial. At once, Robeson offered his fees for the Caernarfon concert to the fund established for the orphans and children of the dead – an important donation materially, but far more meaningful as a moral and political gesture.
“There was just something that drew Welsh people and Paul Robeson together. I think it was like a love affair, in a way.” And that seemed entirely right.” [ . . . ] Read More – The Guardian
Welsh comedian and singer Harry Secombe as “Mr. Bumble” in the 1968 film version of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
I saw Diana Morgan’s film Hand In Hand in grade school. It was one of the few non-Disney movies the Sisters of Mercy allowed for us to see on the rare and exciting Movie Day in the school cafeteria. The film is about the friendship between a Jewish and a Roman Catholic child, and their attempts to understand each others’ faith. I believe our parish also presented an “encore” presentation of the film one evening for parents to see, and I remember later discussing the film with my dad. Hard to believe, but Morgan’s film was somewhat controversial in some households, though not with Dad who loved it. Miss you Dad.
– Johnny Foreigner
Just as in other aspects of British life, women were at last getting a chance to do jobs that had for decades been the sole province of men.Women are working lathes making munitions; land army girls bring in the harvest; female pilots deliver spitfires; female crews work canal boats and at least one woman is writing the scripts of patriotic comedy films.I had heard that the inspiration for the new film was screenwriter Diana Morgan, who was one such woman and that the part of Catrin Cole in Their Finest was modelled on her. [ . . ]
More: Morning Star :: The female screenwriter hidden from history | The People’s Daily
Currently working alongside Gareth Bonello of The Gentle Good, Cardiff-based musician Katell Keineg is playing a one-off show in support of Joan Osborne at London’s Union Chapel. Louder Than War’s Melz Durston caught up with Katell for a chat.
Some stars shine the brightest when out of view, and this would be true of Katell Keineg, BretonWelsh musician who never quite embraced the glaring lights of fame and fortune, despite a voice that soars, and cuts you to the core, and a life lived fully and courageously. You can live your life in an endless wait, or build it high on the present tense, are the words Katell sang on One Hell of a Life, and she has surely lived up to that philosophy.
Born in Brittany, Katell spent the first eight years of her childhood travelling back and forth between there and Wales, where eventually she would settle with her family before leaving to study in London. Propelled towards sonic adventures from an early age, aged 16, Katell and her friend made a pilgrimage to Bron Yr Aur, having identified where Led Zepellin wrote their third album [ . . . ]
Full Story at Source: Katell Keineg – interview – Louder Than War | Louder Than War
A short film that is deeply critical of the church’s attitude to homosexuality is to receive its world premiere in a cathedral with the approval of the archbishop of Wales.The 12-minute documentary, which tells the story of two former nuns who fell in love, only to be ostracised by the church after their relationship was exposed, is to be screened in St Asaph Cathedral in Denbighshire, north Wales.All One in Christ will premiere on Tuesday and is thought to be the first gay film to be screened in a British church.
Source: Film about nuns who fall in love to be shown in Welsh cathedral | World news | The Guardian
A new choral work by composer Sir Karl Jenkins to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster will be premiered at a memorial concert in Cardiff. Here is an extract featuring Bryn Terfel.
Source: Aberfan: Extract of Cantata Memoria choral work – BBC News
A decade ago, Katell Keineg was poised to becomethe next big singer-songwriter. Now she’s tryingto figure out what it means — in today’s music business — to be really on your own.
READ THE FULL STORY FROM July 2006 Source: Her Lonely Voice – The New York Times