GREAT BRITAIN: Melodies for Miners

The faces of the stodgy, soot-laden houses of the little mining town of Mountain Ash were ugly and dirty as ever. But the faces of the miners, and their families, were scrubbed clean and the mines were idle. From the town rose loved Welsh songs like Jenny Jones, Men of Harlech and the Welsh anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau—meaning Land of My Fathers.

As in every year since the modern Eisteddfod (pronounced eye-steth-vud, means "get together") began in the 18th Century, men & women from all Wales and Welshmen from all parts of...

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