Final Project Events on June 19th 2013

  • June 5, 2013 - Lorna Hughes

At the conclusion of the AHRC-funded research project The Snows of Yesteryear (narrating extreme weather)/Eira Ddoe (cofio tywydd ethafol), we are delighted to announce an afternoon and evening of exciting and stimulating events on June 19th 2013, culminating in the performance of Dawns ysbrydion/Ghost dance 09.02.63 commissioned from Eddie Ladd.
We hope you can join us
Prof Lorna Hughes (University of Wales)
Prof Mike Pearson (Aberystwyth University)

Annwyl ffrindiau
Wedi darllen fod yna helyg ar lan Afon Tryweryn (ar y “Tryweryn Trail”), daeth y stori am yr helygen i gof. Dywedwyd fod yr Iddewon alltud wedi crogi eu telynau ar ganghennau’r coed wrth afonydd Babylon a’u nifer (a dwysder y profiad) yn eu tynnu tuag at y dŵr. Teimlais y byddai’r telynor Rhodri Davies, o Aberystwyth, yn medru ‘neud cyfiawnder â’r ddelwedd hon ac y byddai’r gerddoriaeth, a’r gwaith dawns y gallai ysgogi, fod yn sail i berfformiad am achos Tryweryn. Daeth ef â Lee Patterson gydag ef, un o artistiaid blaenaf yn y sîn sain amgen, a des i â’m brawd, Roger Owen. Gobeitho y dewch chi’n llu hefyd…
Eddie Ladd

(…Having read that there were willow trees on the banks of the Tryweryn river (on the “Tryweryn Trail”), a story about willows came to mind. It was said that the exiled Jews hung their harps from the branches of the trees by the rivers of Babylon, so that their number (and the intensity of the experience) drew them down to the water’s surface. I felt that the harpist Rhodri Davies, from Aberystwyth, could do justice to this image and that the music, and the dance work thus invoked, could form the basis of a performance about the Tryweryn case. Rhodri brought Lee Patterson, one of the foremost artists in the alternative sound scene, with him and I brought my brother, Roger Owen.  I hope you bring yourselves in large numbers too…)



Cerddoriaeth. Darlith. Perfformiad.
Music. Lecture. Performance

14.00 Rhodri Davies (telyn) a Lee Patterson (artist sain) ar waith ar y delyn rhew (Mynediad am ddim)
Rhodri Davies (harp) and Lee Patterson (sound artist) at work on a frozen harp (Entrance free)

16.00 Darlith gan Dr. Roger Owen ar achos Tryweryn a dawns ysbrydion brodorion America yn ystod y 19eg ganrif (Mynediad am ddim)

Lecture by Dr. Roger Owen on the Tryweryn bombing campaign and native American ghost dances of the 19th century (Entrance free)

18.00 Saib

19.30 Dawns ysbrydion/Ghost dance 09.02.63
Rhodri Davies, Lee Patterson, Roger Owen + Eddie Ladd (dawnswraig/dancer)
(Mynediad am ddim ond trwy docyn yn unig; Entrance is free but booking essential)

Stiwdio Emily Davies                                              Emily Davies Studio
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu    Department of Theatre, Film and Television
Adeilad Parry-Williams                                          Parry-Williams Building
Prifysgol Aberystwyth                                             Aberystwyth University
SY23 3AJ                                                             SY23 3AJ

Dawns ysbrydion/Ghost dance 09.02.63

Dawns ysbrydion/Ghost dance 09.02.63 is the final output of the research project ‘The Snows of Yesteryear/Eira Ddoe’, which explored archival and personal evidence of resilience and vulnerability to extreme climate in Wales. These narratives were the inspiration for the ideas within the performance, and the work is outlined in the series of events around the performance. The project was funded by the AHRC Landscape and Environment programme, and is led by the University of Wales in partnership with Aberystwyth University, the Internationsl ACRE initiative at the Met Office, the National Library of Wales and Eddie Ladd.

Perfformir y sioe ar ddiwedd diwrnod o weithgareddau – mynediad am ddim ond trwy docyn yn unig.

The show is performed at the end of a day’s activities – entrance is free but booking essential.


Sharing your Memories of Extreme Weather

  • October 29, 2012 - cerysjones

Anyone who wishes to share their memories of extreme weather can now do so by going to Community Interaction and completing our submission form.

Digitised pages of almanacs, diaries and various other manuscripts from the National Library of Wales archives are able to be viewed on Flickr NOW! (see right of your screen) Some chosen highlights are discussed in Historic Weather Sources and will be added to periodically.

Welcome to the Snows of Yesteryear blog

  • July 27, 2012 - blogadmin
Welcome to the Snows of Yesteryear blog; a brand new forum for extreme weather in Wales.
The blog's developing every day so keep an eye out for the latest changes, such as Flickr images of historical documents on the weather - coming soon!