Videos

WSWNE plans to record presentations at quarterly meetings throughout the year. We’ll post them here in case you missed or if you’re looking for a particular piece of information. Our videos can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

01 Susan Davies Sit opens Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Noson Lawen means “Happy Evening” and is a centuries-old event that has its roots in rural Wales. Families gather in someone’s front parlor and play harps, sing hymns and read Welsh poetry and literature.

Susan Davies Sit opens the Noson Lawen and reads THE RISING OF GLYNDWR by R S Thomas at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

Nine more videos follow. Please pardon the grainy quality; the dim mood lighting was great on site … but not so great for video recording.

02 Ed Brown at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Ed Brown reads THE SHEPHERD OF CWM DYLI at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

03 Warren Morgan at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Warren Morgan shares some Welsh humor and a Dylan Thomas piece to celebrate Dylan Day that occurred in the past week at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

04 Susan Jenkins Mears at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Susan Jenkins Mears reads IN PASSING at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

05 Jason Ellsworth at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Jason Ellsworth sings his own composition titled FREEDOM ROAD at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

06 Straford Wiles sings MY DELILAH at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Straford Wiles sings MY DELILAH at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

07 Lowri Jones and Susan Davies Sit at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Lowri Jones and Susan Davies Sit read a poem (in English and Welsh) written by Lowri’s grand uncle who won a Bardic chair award at the Eisteddfod (an annual Welsh celebration of song and language).

08 Magdalen Dowden at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Magdalen Dowden reads THE PRINCES OF WALES AND CARROT SOUP at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

09 Glyn Dowden at Noson Lawen WSWNE May 2018

Glyn Dowden reads his story, GETTING STITCHED IN WALES, at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

10 Straford Wiles sings Calan Lan at Noson Lawen May 2018

Straford Wiles sings CALAN LAN at a Noson Lawen put on by the Welsh Society of Western New England on May 20, 2018 at the Tap House Grille in West Springfield MA.

 

Helen Coates at WSWNE St Davids Day March 2018 #1

On March 3, 2018, the Welsh Society of Western New England hosted its Annual St. David’s Day Luncheon event at which two delightful speakers graced the podium in the afternoon. Each has her own video.

In this video, Helen Coates of the Copper Kettle Bakery describes her journey from LLantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan, watching her mum make Welsh Cakes, to Westwood, Massachusetts, where her dream of a bakery took shape.

She began some years ago baking Welsh Cakes in her home kitchen, delivering daily to local stores, and now has commercial production with online sales and distribution worldwide.

Her website, http://www.copperkettlebakery.com, not only sells her Welsh Cakes, but also her Welsh Cake mixes, preserves, and coffees. Plus it includes almost everything you could possibly want to know about Welsh Cakes.

WSWNE’s St Davids Day March 2018 #2

On March 3, 2018, the Welsh Society of Western New England hosted its Annual St. David’s Day Luncheon event at which two delightful speakers graced the podium in the afternoon. Each has her own video.

In this video, Professor Margaret Lloyd of Springfield College presents a fascinating introduction to the Mabinogi Tales of medieval Wales, telling of the mythical woman Rhiannon who travels from the Otherworld on a white horse in search of her prince Pwyll. She finds him and they are married, but after their child is abducted, Rhiannon heroically accepts punishment herself to spare the lives of her midwives.

Professor Lloyd reflects on Rhiannon as a noble woman of stature and strength in her fourth collection of original poetry titled: Travelling on My Own Errands – Voices of Women from the Mabinogi, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanwrst, March 2017.

WSWNE’s December Luncheon 2017


Jodee James joined the Welsh Society of Western New England on December 2, 2017. Her concert featured songs in both Welsh and English of the winter solstice, Christmas and New Year’s traditions, and Wales’ mysterious Mari Lywd. Jodee James has performed in concert venues, festivals, colleges, and cultural events from Maine to Florida. She has dedicated much of her career to making Welsh folk music a larger part of the Celtic music scene in America.

WSWNE’s St. David’s Day Luncheon 2017


This talk was given by Illtyd and Dominic Barrett, owners of the SUNKEN HUNDRED (Cantre’r Gwaelod) restaurant in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY. They are introduced by WSWNE President Susan Davies Sit. This talk was given at the WSWNE St. David’s Day Luncheon at the Nutmeg Restaurant in East Windsor, CT on March 4, 2017. See all their projected photos and more on their Facebook page.

WSWNE’s Christmas Luncheon 2016 – Part One


The first part of Thomas Leigh’s talk about Celtic Languages at our 2016 Christmas luncheon.

WSWNE’s Christmas Luncheon 2016 – Part Two


The second part of Thomas Leigh’s talk about Celtic Languages at our 2016 Christmas luncheon.

WSWNE’s Christmas Luncheon 2016 – Part Three


The last part of Thomas Leigh’s talk about Celtic Languages at our 2016 Christmas luncheon.

St. David’s Day 2016 – Part One


Part one of the video recorded at the St. David’s Day Luncheon of the Welsh Society of Western New England on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, CT.

Program by Leslie Spencer: “Wales – Land of Song: A look at the choral tradition from yesteryear to today.” Beginning with a tribute to St. David, she will review events that have shaped the magnificent musical traditions of Wales, and will include photos of her own travels in Wales, including a visit to a mine and how singing relieved the stresses of the harsh conditions.

St. David’s Day 2016 – Part Two


Part two of the video recorded at the St. David’s Day Luncheon of the Welsh Society of Western New England on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, CT.

Program by Leslie Spencer: “Wales – Land of Song: A look at the choral tradition from yesteryear to today.” Beginning with a tribute to St. David, she will review events that have shaped the magnificent musical traditions of Wales, and will include photos of her own travels in Wales, including a visit to a mine and how singing relieved the stresses of the harsh conditions.

St. David’s Day 2016 – Part Three


Part three of the video recorded at the St. David’s Day Luncheon of the Welsh Society of Western New England on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Nutmeg Restaurant, East Windsor, CT.

Program by Leslie Spencer: “Wales – Land of Song: A look at the choral tradition from yesteryear to today.” Beginning with a tribute to St. David, she will review events that have shaped the magnificent musical traditions of Wales, and will include photos of her own travels in Wales, including a visit to a mine and how singing relieved the stresses of the harsh conditions.

WSWNE’s Christmas Luncheon 2015 – Part One


Part One of Hugh James’s presentation on “Perlau Llanfihangel-ar-Arth” at the Welsh Society of Western New England’s annual Christmas Luncheon in 2015. Hugh James is Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Norwich, CT. He was Vicar of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Pencader and Capel Dewi in West Wales from 1992 until 2004. He shared stories from those parishes’ history, bringing to life some of the characters who lived there, and spoke about research into parish records for those wanting to trace their family history.

WSWNE’s Christmas Luncheon 2015 – Part Two


Part Two of Hugh James’s presentation on “Perlau Llanfihangel-ar-Arth” at the Welsh Society of Western New England’s annual Christmas Luncheon in 2015. Hugh James is Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Norwich, CT. He was Vicar of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Pencader and Capel Dewi in West Wales from 1992 until 2004. He shared stories from those parishes’ history, bringing to life some of the characters who lived there, and spoke about research into parish records for those wanting to trace their family history.

St David’s Day 2015 – Part One


This video was taken at the Welsh Society of Western New England’s St. David’s Day celebration on March 7, 2015. Shirley Gilmarten presented the formation and history of Plaid Cymru at WSWNE’s event. This video (part one) picks up after the start of her presentation and cover’s the party’s history from 1949 through the flooding of Tryweryn.

St David’s Day 2015 – Part Two


This video was taken at the Welsh Society of Western New England’s St. David’s Day celebration on March 7, 2015. Shirley Gilmarten presented the formation and history of Plaid Cymru at WSWNE’s event. This video (part two) cover’s the party’s activities from 1977 to the present day.

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