A 12th century Welsh legend about a shepherd who meets and marries a beautiful fairy maiden who emerges from the depths of a hillside lake in the Black Mountains of Carmarthenshire.....
Adapted & Perfomed by Anne Maria Clarke
Vocal Arrangements Composed & Performed by
Ruth Churchill - Dower with Anne Maria Clarke
Music Composed & Performed by Chris Chambers
David Johnson audio production.
Illustration - Through the Looking Glass - Edward Burne-Jones
One year the Farmers wife gave us a present of Joseph Jacobs' Celtic Fairy Tales in which I discovered the legend The Shepherd of Myddvai and the Fairy Maiden (no direct relation to Arthurien Lady of the Lake but a distant relation if you like, who emerged from the depths, the same watery portal to the celtic otherworld from which such creatures may from time to time rise up to interact with us mortal folk.
Over the next few years we visited the tiny village of Myddvai many times and took the long walk up the mountain side to the remote lake of Lyn y fan fach, where story is said to have begun.
On returning home I wrote my own adaptation of the story with a view to recording it and was blessed to work with the lovely Ruth Churchill - Dower Chris Chambers and David Johnson who collectively helped bring it all to life.
We performed it live several times and made a studio recording which has remained in our archive ever since.
It is with great pleasure and fond, fond memories of all those involved in its creation that we have decided to issue it here this year.
Anne Maria Clarke
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