Wednesday, October 19, 2005

BBC NEWS | Welsh Revival hymns jazzed up

A new CD featuring jazz versions of hymns from the 1904-05 Welsh religious revival is said to be doing surprisingly well in the UK. (I couldn't make something like this up.)

Ms [Lleuwen] Steffan, from Sling, near Tregarth, Bangor, first became interested in hymns after finding a hymn book in her grandmother's attic.

"I knew the words off by heart because I used to sing them like a Polly parrot, but I had never thought what they actually meant," she said.

"There was a feeling that something big was happening, there was a revolution behind these hymns.

"The message is ageless, no matter if you believe in a religion or not.

"You can't fail to be touched by the strength of feeling in the words, and understand that the people who wrote them experienced something real," she added.

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Anonymous said...

where can I buy this cd? It sound exciting!

Kathryn Judson said...

I see that has it, under the title God Only Knows, artists listed as Steffan/Warren/Lockheart. Or I assume that's it. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

is there a chance she will tour the hyms in the States?

Jon Sneller said...

Will she be touring the hymns in the States?