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Painting the world green: Dafydd Iwan and the Welsh protest ballad

James, E. Wyn 2005. Painting the world green: Dafydd Iwan and the Welsh protest ballad. Folk Music Journal 8 (5) , pp. 594-618.

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Dafydd Iwan, the current President of the Welsh nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, has been a key figure in the significant renewal of national identity Wales has witnessed since the 1960s. While his contribution has been many-faceted, it is arguably as a singer-songwriter that he has been most influential. A master of satirical, political song, his work is a complex plethora of indigenous Welsh and Anglo-American influences, which can only be fully appreciated by being placed in the context of the preservation and modernization of Welsh culture on the one hand, and of the post-war folk revival and the international rights and justice movement of the 1960s on the other. Although not well-known outside Wales, Dafydd Iwan is a figure of international significance, both as an embodiment in a specific cultural context of the singer-songwriter par excellence and as a concrete example of the power and influence of popular song.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: English Folk Dance and Song Society
ISSN: 0531-9684
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Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 01:39

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