Cerys Matthews | "A Child's Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs"

Cerys Matthews | "A Child's Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs"

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DOUBLE CD PLUS BOOKLET
RELEASED TO COINCIDE WITH THE DYLAN THOMAS CENTENARY

Dylan Thomas was always present in my life - we shared the same view of the crescent shaped Swansea bay, and my uncle Colin Edwards amassed the largest amount of interviews on him, starting in the years following Dylan's tragic death in New York City. Colin would talk to us about him for hours, and it wasn't long before I too fell for his magical, maverick voice.

'The world is never the same place once a good poem has been added to it'. Said Dylan, who never prefaced his readings with explanations, but rather with a simple 'I am going to read aloud now'.

Reading his work aloud, feeling those syllables roll around your mouth with the rhythms finding their own ebb and flow is one of life's greatest pleasures. In Welsh (and similarly in Somali) there is only one word to cover both music and poetry - the powerful, transformative qualities of each have always lead me to treat them both with a similar approach. I often hear music when I read great writing, especially Dylan's, which is so infused with melody and rhythm, and so the idea for this project was born.

Jeff Towns, Chairman of the Dylan Thomas Society, and owner of the one and only 'Dylan Thomas Mobile Book Bus' has written the notes on the poems, excerpts and short story released in this double album and also generously shares with us some of his wonderful collection of Dylan Thomas photographs and illustrations.

Choosing the works presented here seemed to come naturally, some are familiar, some more obscure. As for 'A Child's Christmas in Wales'? Well, I've always loved the matrimony of music and narration in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and dreamed, many years ago, that 'A Child's Christmas' should also 'dance' with music. Together with composer and arranger Mason Neely from Chattanooga, I began working toward this goal. With the help of some of the countries leading players and soloists - Catrin Finch on harp, Alice Neary on cello, and David Adams on violin, we made this a reality. Tiger eggs indeed.

For more information log on to cerysmatthews.co.uk

Disc 1 "A Child's Christmas"
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A Child's Christmas Theme
We Waited to Snowball The Cats
‘Fire! ', Cried Mrs Prothero
Years and Years Ago (feat. Catrin Finch)
The Useful, and the Useless Presents
Bell Tongued Ball of Holidays
There Are Always Uncles at Christmas
To Walk Into The Waves
Turkey and Blazing Pudding
Hippos
The Hooting of Ships and Auntie Hannah's Rum Tea
Ghost story
Home Sweet Home and Auld Lang Syne
The Close and Holy Darkness
A Child's Christmas End
Disc 2 "Poems & Tiger Eggs"
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Mr And Mrs Cherry Owen (Under Milk Wood)
In My Craft Or Sullen Art
Should Lanterns Shine
'I am going to read aloud'
Laugharne
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Captain Cat And His Drowned Sailors (Under Milk Wood)
The Hand That Signed The Paper
Being But Men
Fern Hill
That Sanity Be Kept
The Hunchback In The Park
And Death Shall Have No Dominion
The Reverend Eli Jenkins' Prayer
Bonus content - "Christmas Themes"
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Main Christmas Theme
Cats
Fire!
Years Ago (feat. Catrin Finch)
Presents
Holidays
Uncles
Walks
Turkey
Tickled Hippos
Hooting Ships
Ghost
Home Sweet Home
Bedtime
Main Christmas Theme End

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