We’ll keep a welcome

For this blog I would like to show a rare version of the song “We’ll keep a welcome” sung by Dame Shirley Bassey, Bryn Terfel and Michael Ball. I found this clip on a videotape of our dear late friend Jean and her sister Audrey made it available for the blog for all fans to enjoy.
At the beginning of the clip it takes a few bars before their voices blend in but after that it is pure magic. Also a few newspaper articles about the opening of the event. I hope you enjoy it and a special thanks to you Audrey.
 

 

We’ll Keep A Welcome
Music by Mai Jones. Lyrics by Lyn Joshua and James Harper.

Released in 1999 on the various artists album Land Of My Fathers together with The Black Mountain Male Chorus and the Buy As You View Cory Band.

Shirley Bassey already performed the song in 1986 on Des O’Connor’s Christmas Show with Des and Tom Jones. She performed it again with Bryn Terfel and Michael Ball during the Rugby World Cup 1999 closing ceremony (November 6th) before the final game. Unlike World In Union this song was performed live in front of thousands in the stadium and on the TV screens.

Album Note
From
Land Of My Fathers

Wales is known world-wide as being “The Land Of Song”, and this famous Welsh song (Jones, Joshua, Harper) epitomises Wales as a country which will always be singing and which will always be welcoming. The word hiraeth is used in the third verse – a word which is almost impossible to translate, but is frequently used in Welsh as a means of describing the longing that one would feel when away from Wales for any length of time.

The song was originally published in Cardiff in 1943. It became famous after singer and actor Harry Secombe performed it on his TV programme Highway.

Lyrics

Far away a voice is calling
Bells of memory chime
Come home again, come home again
They call through the oceans of time

We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside
We’ll keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales

This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails
We’ll kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales

We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside
We’ll keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales

This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails
We’ll kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales

We’ll kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales

Dame Shirley and Bryn being interviewed for Welsh TV.

To watch the video click the picture on the left

2 thoughts on “We’ll keep a welcome”

  1. THANKS PIETER, YOU DO A WONDERFUL JOB WITH THE MEMORABILIA FROM JEAN’S COLLECTIONS AND I KNOW SHE WOULD BE TICKLED PINK THAT OTHER FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE SHARING HER MEMORIES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. LOL. xxx

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