Five composers from the Gwynedd and Anglesey area have had their songs chosen for the final of the 2017 “Can i Gymru” television show.
Hawys Bryn Williams, Gwion John Williams, Mari Lovgreen, Geraint Lovgreen and Sophie Jayne Marsh have all had their pieces of music selected for this year’s final.
First introduced back in 1969, the show has been produced annually since then and the winner goes on to represent Wales at the annual Pan Celtic festival held in Ireland and is also awarded a cash prize.
Hawys, who attends Meirion Dwyfor college in Pwllheli and Gwion who attends Ysgol Brynrefail, Llanrug, will represent Gwynedd with a song called “Curiad Coll”. The song was composed over Facetime, and talks about the daily battles people endure all over the world.
Mari and Geraint Lovgreen, a father and daughter duo, will also represent Gwynedd with their song entitled “Seren”. The song is about Mari’s experiences of becoming a mother for the first time to Betsan, who’s now two years old. Geraint has previously won Cân i Gymru in 1980 and 1982.
Anglesey will also have their own representative in the final. Sophie Jayne Marsh of Bodedern has put together a piece that she has called “Pryder”. Sophie has only been composing for a year, but over the last two years she has performed in clubs all over Anglesey. The song talks about the contrast between the fear of riots in the world and the security of living in Bodedern and Anglesey.
The five hopefuls will be up against six other songs and the winner will be announced on the live show which takes place on Saturday, March 11 at 7pm.