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Bryn Terfel

Songs of the Sea

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: February 2, 2024

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1 Fflat Huw Puw  
2 Drunken Sailor  
3 Codi Angor  
4 Whiskey Johnny  
5 The Fisherman's Friends - Sloop John B  
6 Me Zo Ganet E Kreiz Ar Mor  
7 Ar Lan Y Mor  
8 Santiana  
9 The Green Willow Tree  
10 Unst Boat Song  
11 The Wellerman  
12 Ye Mariners All  
13 Harbwr Corc  
14 The Fisherman's Friends - Bold Riley  
15 Mae'r Gwynt Yn Deg  
16 Irish Rover  
17 Leave Her, Johnny  
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The call of the sea and the magnetic pull of home run through Bryn Terfel’s latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, Sea Songs, set for release digitally and on CD on 2 February 2024. Sir Bryn, who is marking his 30th anniversary as a DG artist this year, is joined on Sea Songs by a storied line-up of guest artists, including Sting, singer-songwriter Eve Goodman, baritone Sir Simon Keenlyside, the Cornish singing sensations Fisherman’s Friends, and traditional Welsh folk band Calan, in a programme of romantic sea shanties, spirited sailor songs and maritime folk tunes. “These songs are numerous and with an astonishing variety of tunes, many of them exceptionally beautiful, dramatic and memorable”, says the great Welsh bass-baritone.

Sea Songs was recorded in the intimate space of Acapela Studios in Pentyrch, near the Welsh capital Cardiff. Its songs come from the coasts of Wales, England, Ireland, Shetland, Brittany and far beyond, shining a light on words and music that helped generations of sailors face fair and foul weather. The album traces the strong ties that bind together the seafaring communities of different nations and celebrates their shared musical traditions. All tracks are newly arranged by Patrick Rimes.

“I cannot begin to explain how incredibly thrilled I am to return to the shanties and folk songs of the sea,” notes Bryn Terfel. “A North Wales farmer’s son who has always been rather obsessed with the 360-mile coastline of Northern Wales – Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Nefyn, to name but a few places that were always my safe harbour away from the daily routine: fishing, swimming, boats and ropes and all things nautical with days out at sea capped off with a welcome glass of whisky or rum at close of day. The call of the sea is strong and so too is the call to the folk songs of my homeland.” 

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