Dec 16, 2013

Mara Freeman - The Spirit of Wales - Land of Myth & Magic

Mara Freeman  has been a leading teacher of Celtic spirituality for over twenty years. She is an initiate of the Western Mystery Tradition, an Archdruidess of the Irish Druid Clan of Dana and Honored Bard with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. 

AmeriCymru spoke to Mara about her  new book Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition and the upcoming 2014 Celtic Spirit Journey Tour of Wales.

Dec 11, 2013

West Coast Eisteddfod 2014 Online Poetry & Short Story Competitions

Croeso/welcome to the 2014 West Coast Eisteddfod online poetry and short story competitions. The competitions began in 2009 as an online complement to our live event, the West Coast Eisteddfod, first held in Portland that year. The competition pages are linked below together with our 'Hall of Fame' winners page.
The WCE competitions are free to enter and ( although it helps ) you need not be a member of AmeriCymru to participate. Nor do your submissions have to reference Wales in any way , shape or form. For a fuller explanation of the rules please read the post below and click through to the submission guidelines pages for poetry and short stories

Pob lwc/best of luck to all of our 2014 competitors.


Apr 22, 2013

Oes i Oes - An Interview With Nial Cain And Cass Meurig

Welsh tunes and songs, old and new. Wistful and intricate to gritty and driving acoustic folk/baroque by two of Wales’s foremost traditional musicians. 

Alawon a chaneuon Cymraeg, hen a newydd. Hiraethus a chymhleth i bras a gyrru - gwerin acwstig / barĂ³c gan ddau o brif gerddorion traddodiadol.
AmeriCymru interviewed Nial and Cass about the album and their past and future musical projects. Please read on below.

Americymru: Hi Nial and Cass and many thanks for agreeing to be interviewed by AmeriCymru. Please tell us more about your new album 'Oes i Oes'?
Nial – Thanks for asking us! Oes i Oes was originally  going to be an album with a children’s focus – we were both inspired by the David Grisman and Jerry Garcia album “Not just for Kids” (I’m sure some readers will be familiar with this recording, and if not, I unreservedly recommend it!) This was the idea of a grown up album using material that was originally children’s. And that still might appeal to kids. So some of the songs are children’s songs or hwiangerddi – lullabies, nursery rhymes, and some other lyrics are semi nonsense and are from penillion, which is a traditional body of verses sung either to any tune that would fit, or used for Cerdd Dant. Some I remember singing at school. And though at pains to retain the traditional feel, we’ve sometimes been quite cavalier in our treatment, putting lyrics to different melodies and vice versa and even writing new music or lyrics if we thought it would be successful. It progressed from the original concept to some extent, but hopefully still retains a sense of the childlike.

Apr 17, 2013

Croeso/Welcome To The Welsh American Bookstore

For some time now we have been striving to provide a useful bookstore for our members and readers. Our earlier efforts were built around an Amazon astore and subsequently an Amazon astore embedded on the AmeriCymru site in a series of linked pages. Neither of these alternatives were satisfactory so we decided to upgrade.

Croeso/welcome to Bookstore 3.0! ( Click Here )

First, the new bookstore allows us to include books from sources other than Amazon. Whenever possible, we will advertise direct links to publishers in Wales and to Welsh booksellers and do whatever we can to stimulate interest in, and purchases of, their titles. Pennies we make from affiliate fees go toward maintenance of the AmeriCymru network AND subsidizing our efforts to bring Welsh authors and artists to events like the Wordstock ( and possibly other ) literary festivals in the US.

Apr 11, 2013

Send Them To The Colonies!!!

We are raising funds for 'transportation' and secure accommodation for the three serial literary perpetrators pictured below
Please purchase eto here to Review the Evidence. All funds raised through the Purchase of eto will contribute toward securing Transportation of these  Malefactors to the Colonies in October for Hard Labor at the 2013 Wordstock Literary Festival.

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