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21 Jun 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Jun 2010
  • Label: Rainbow City Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Rainbow City Records
  • Total Length: 35:45
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  • ASIN: B003RPBK8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,761 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By The Robster on 5 Aug 2010
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I have read with dismay Roger Tyler's review below and was compelled to compose my own just in case anyone is swayed by his bizarre analysis of a wonderful record.

For the record, I am a bit of a fan of our Cerys, but not the sort of fan who will lavish praise blindly on an artist, even when it is undeserved. Here, though, the praise is warranted. Cerys takes 16 traditional Welsh folk songs, some more well-known to "the masses" than others, and decorates them with her sweet voice and simple arrangements.

What is most striking about this album is the genuine warmth and love Cerys gives each track. They are clearly very close to her heart and she treats each one with the respect she feels they deserve. It's hard to pick highlights, but 'Sosban Fach' got my 13-year-old singing along, while 'Bread of Heaven' and 'Land of My Fathers' produced rousing renditions from the four of us.

Elsewhere, 'Myfanwy' and 'Llwyn Onn' are sung with such tenderness (the latter a capella), they bring a tear to the eyes, while in 'Cân Merthyr' and 'Yr Insiwrans Agent' Cerys sounds like she was having a ball.

Without a doubt, the most gorgeous album of 2010 so far, a year blossoming with great albums by female singer-songwriters (Laura Marling, Gemma Ray, Lissie, Kristin Hersh). And not a single out-of-tune guitar to be heard (Mr Tyler - what WERE you listening to?).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. Smith on 11 Aug 2010
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I had heard a couple of tracks from this CD in an interview with Cerys on Frank Hennessy's BBC Radio Wales "Celtic Heartbeat" programme. I really loved what she had done with these traditional Welsh language songs. Her voice just gets better and better. An added bonus is that she sings with such clear diction that Welsh learners such as myself can benefit from being able to hear and therefore understand what is being sung. The CD is packaged in a hard backed booklet showing historical and family photo's with words, translations and origins for all the songs. An absolute delight.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Magyar Vizslak on 30 July 2010
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I really like everything about this CD, it came with a lovely little book containing the lyrics (in both Welsh and English) of a selection of very much loved Welsh folk songs. Born in Birmingham of Welsh parents I'm trying to improve my knowledge of my Welsh language and herritage - this CD is just perfect for me, it contains songs that I recall my parents and grand parents used to sing to me as a kid...I'm so glad I got this disc, I absolutely love it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nonethewiser on 31 July 2010
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Tir, being the welsh word for land, is the title of Cerys Matthews' recently released album. With it's traditional folk music, often gritty lyrics, nursery rhymes and hymns from the 18th century, Cerys' album is, as ever, delightfully eclectic. This collection of songs creates nostalgia for a period I never knew. And the use of English and Welsh somehow conjures up images of grainy pictures of farming families (although this may have something to do with the grainy images that come with the album booklet). I would recommend this album to anyone, welsh speaking or otherwise,it's an opportunity to learn about the welsh heritage and listen to Cerys Matthews' addictive vocals.
I love it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Patton on 6 Aug 2010
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In the Amazon blurb above, this is described as Cerys' fourth solo album. I guess that's sort of technically true (if you count 'Don't Look Down' and 'Paid Edrych I Lawr' as a joint 3rd album), but personally I see it as a separate project to her regular albums. It's an entity all of its own and a definite labour of love.

The CD comes in a hardback book of old sepia photographs, the lyrics to the songs and notes from Cerys. It's got a very personal feel and has obviously been produced by someone with a love of Wales and its history. This is evident in the songs as well - you can tell that Cerys really enjoys singing them. They're mostly quite short and sparsely arranged and if you close your eyes you can easily imagine you're sitting round an open fire in a cottage in North Wales, with Cerys sitting right next to you. You might have to stretch your imagination a little bit further when Bryn Terfel appears to sing on 'Migldi Magldi' (maybe he was making tea in the farmhouse kitchen! That would be one holiday you wouldn't forget...), but overall it has got a very warm and homely feel about it.

I'd recommend this album to anyone with a love or interest in Welsh traditional songs, as well as anyone who loves Cerys' voice of course as it really takes centre stage here.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Seren on 8 Aug 2010
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TIR is beautifully done. Simplicity is key, cerys' voice and an acoustic guitar. TIR for me contains old welsh songs that I remember listening to when I was a child. The hardback book-like case contains beautiful sepia pictures, lyrics and small snippets of information that are interesting to read through.

Understandably everyone has their own opinion, but in this case I believe Roger Tyler to be wrong. The simplicity of the CD needs to be aknowledged, appreciated... and in my opinion not described as unadventurous.

Overall, a great buy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. McIntosh on 1 Oct 2010
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This Album is brilliant. I bought two after listening to her interview on Radio 4. My son in law is a fan ever since "Road Rage" when he made the whole family aware of Catatonia.The second purchase was for him on his birthday.
The presentation is unique. I love the historical background of the songs,the photographs of a time gone by, the translations, and the ease with which Welsh and English lyrics make sense alongside each other in some of the songs.
Cerys's voice has matured beautifully and the sounds she makes evoke another time.She harmonises so well with Bryn in Migeldi Mageldi and I wish there was more.
We are Scots and can identify with some of these songs through our Bothy Ballads but it does help that my wife is Welsh, and like all Welsh speakers, has been brought up with these well known songs.She gets very tearful with "hiraeth" listening to them. We wish Cerys every success,which she definitely deserves, with Tir.
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