Côr y Penrhyn reunited with Damon Albarn and the super-group ‘The Good, the Bad & the Queen’ on Friday night for a special concert at the London Palladium.
The Bethesda male voice choir first worked with the former Blur front man when they provided backing vocals for a song called ‘Lady Boston’ which was recorded at Penrhyn Castle in Bangor last year.
‘Lady Boston’ – which features on the band’s album latest album Merrie Land – was inspired by Albarn’s visit to Penrhyn, from one of the numerous portraits adorning the castle walls. “There was a face which looked slightly detached,” he said. “I was really drawn to her. The colour of her skin was subtly different. Maybe she came from the colonies and I’d like to know who she was.”
The band returned to Penrhyn castle to record the finished song. It includes a Welsh-language refrain sung by Côr y Penrhyn: “Dwi wrth dy gefn,” which translates as: “I’ve got your back.”
“It has a sense of, ‘We rely on each other,'” Albarn told The Guardian. “We live on this stroppy little island, and we need to talk to each other. But have we not just spent the last couple of years going round in circles?”
The choir performed four songs at the London concert, including ‘Lady Boston’, they also performed the popular song Moliannwn by Bob Roberts Tai’r y Felin during the break.
The choir also performed with the band at a special concert in Blackpool last December. The band also includes Paul Simonon from the Clash and afrobeat legend Tony Allen.
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