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WHAT EXACTLY IS FOLK SONG

On 22 January 1908, a botany lecturer from the University College of North Wales in Bangor gave an address to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion at No. 20 Hanover Square, at that time, home to the Royal Society of Medicine. The lecture was entitled ‘Welsh National Melodies and Folk-Song’ and the speaker made an impassioned case to preserve and protect Wales’s folk song heritage. His name was J.Lloyd Williams, a native of Llanrwst. And this is what he said: ‘[…] melodies[…] recognized by the hearts of the people as expressing the national aspirations[…] it is these songs […] alone that can be relied upon to foster a love of languageand of country […].’

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