A Collection of Welsh Folk Songs

Build up your repertoire of traditional folk songs from Wales with Arfon Gwilym, one of our major tradition bearers.


Build up your repertoire of traditional folk songs from Wales with Arfon Gwilym, one of our major tradition bearers. Arfon, with help from trac, has created this source collection for singers to make these traditional songs available in their purest form: unaccompanied voice.

Arfon says:

“It can’t be emphasised enough that folk songs and tunes have always been passed on orally over the generations, and that they should always be learnt by ear if at all possible. These are songs – almost all of them – that I heard before I ever saw them on paper. That’s why I probably imitate, almost unconsciously, a style of singing that’s impossible to convey on paper. That’s why, also, when I see a song noted in sol-ffa or old notation, that my instinct is to regard that as a guide rather than an exact version set in concrete.

I am also very much aware that there is a growing number of people who are interested in these songs but need to know a little more about their background and how to pronounce the words. This resource will hopefully help to put you on the right track.”

The songs are illustrated with photography by John Pocklington

Arfon teaches folk song at the Big Experiment, trac’s residential folk course


  1. Libby

    What a great site! Please add me to your mailing list
    Diolch yn fawr

    • Alison Ross

      When is the next Beam please?

  2. Anna Purver

    This is a lovely website. Can I be added to the mailing list?
    Diolch yn fawr

    • trac Webmaster

      Thank you Anna.
      I have added you to the mailing list. Some mail services like gmail and outlook might label our mail as social or promotional, you might have to look in there if you don’t receive mails.

  3. Craig B. Daniel

    How does one join this list? I love the idea of a song a week!

    • Elisa Morris

      Hi Craig,

      You’re very welcome to join our email list, but the Welsh Song A Week project is completed for now. So there’s no need to wait for new songs! There is a collection of around 30 songs which you’re very welcome to work your way through. Here’s the link to the page where you’ll find them all https://songs.trac.wales/

      I’m interested to know how you found the song project site?

      The email sign-up is at the foot of our main website home page, here https://trac.wales/

  4. David Bowen

    I am looking for: `Aderyn Du Pig Felen yn canu yn y dyffryn`. Any help appreciated. Thanks

  5. Lorraine Langston

    Sign me up please, diolch

  6. Andy Green


    Please sign me up for your mailing list as well.

    Andy Green


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