Can i Gymru

(Down the years: Last paragraph deleted - to be on the safe side...)
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Various including:<br>
Various including:<br>
Lisa Gwilym<br>
Lisa Gwilym<br>
Eleri Sion<br>
[[Eleri Sion]]<br>
Rhodri Owen<br>
Rhodri Owen<br>
Sarra Elgan<br>
Sarra Elgan<br>

Revision as of 11:59, 20 October 2007



Various including:
Lisa Gwilym
Eleri Sion
Rhodri Owen
Sarra Elgan
Dafydd Du

Radio commentator: Magi Dodd (2007-)


BBC Cymru Wales/HTV Cymru Wales (alternating: 1969-1982)

S4C (1983-present)
Production companies for S4C include:
Teledu Apollo
Avanti/The Pop Factory

BBC Radio Cymru (2007)


The birth of this annual St. David's Day spectacular came about when the Entertainment Department of BBC Cymru explored the possibillity of choosing a Welsh language song to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. They seemed quite confident about the prospect up until the moment when management in London decreed that the British Broadcasting Corporation can only allow for one entry.

Thus, they settled on doing their own contest - Can Disg a Dawn, a competition based around the Welsh language pop show Disg a Dawn (as seen on Victor Lewis Smith's TV Offal). Some 40 years on and a subtle name change later, Can i Gymru (Song for Wales) remains a highlight of St. David's Day on Welsh television.

9 songs make up the contest (having been chosen from a total of 100 entries a month beforehand) and these are split into 3 categories – professional songwriters, band or individual performers and public. The winners from those groups go through to a final sing-off which leads to a viewer phone vote.

The victors go onto Celtavision, held in Ireland every year during the Pan-Celtic Festival...which is not televised. Many Welsh songs have won Celtavision down the years but hardly anyone in Wales will know if the Can i Gymru is the all-Celtic winner! Ah well, you can't have everything.

Down the years

Winning songs in the first 8 contests always seem to have a degree of gentleness. Bran's Angel Ble Wyt Ti increased the tempo slightly in 1978 but this was short lived as gentle songs returned to glory for several years, with perhaps a couple of exceptions such as Geraint Griffiths's powerful ballad Y Cwm from 1984.

Twll Triongl in 1989 seemed to be the first upbeat winner of the contest. Another jaunty hit was Gwlad y Rasta Gwyn by Sobin a'r Smaeliad the following year (the lead singer, Bryn Fon would win the contest by himself in 1997). This signalled the beginning of a more varied choice of winner. One year, a pop-based number like 2002's Harbwr Diogel by Elin Fflur (for whom, it proved to be the catalyst for a successful career) would be chosen and the next year, a soppy duet such as Oes Lle i Mi would take the honours.

List of winners

1969: Y Cwilt Cymreig - Margaret Williams
1970: Dydd o Haf - Y Canolwyr
1971: Nwy yn y Hen - Eleri Llwyd
1972: Pan Ddaw'r Dydd - Heather Jones
1974: I Gael Cymru'n Gymru Rydd - Iris Williams
1975: Caledfwlch - Bran
1976: Y Llanc Glas Lygad - Rhian Rowe
1977: Dafydd ap Gwilym - Cawl Sefin
1978: Angel Ble Wyt Ti - Delwyn Sion a Bran
1979: Ni Welaf yr Haf - Pererin
1980: Golau Tan Gwmwl - Plethyn
1981: Dechrau Dyfodol- Beca
1982: Nid Llwynog Oedd yr Haul - Caryl Parry Jones a Bando
1983: Popeth Ond Y Gwir - Linda Healy a Cleif Harpwood
1984: Y Cwm - Geraint Griffiths
1985: Ceiliog y Gwynt - Bwchdanas
1986: Be Ddylwn i Ddweud - Eirlys Parri
1987: Gloria Tyrd Adre - Eryr Wen
1988: Can Wini - Manon Llwyd
1989: Twll Triongl - Hefin Huws
1990: Gwlad y Rasta Gwyn - Sobin a'r Smaeliaid
1991: Yr Un Hen Lle - Neil Williams a'r Band
1992: Dal i Gredu - Eifion Williams
1993: Y Cam Nesa - Paul Gregory
1994: Rhyw Ddydd - Geraint Griffiths
1995: Yr Ynys Werdd - Gwenda Owen
1996: Cerrig yr Afon - Iwcs a Doyle
1997: Un Funud Fach - Bryn Fon
1998: Rho Dy Law - Arwel Wyn Roberts
1999: Torri'n Rhydd - Steffan Rhys Williams
2000: Cae o Yd - Martin Beattie
2001: Dagrau Ddoe - Geinor Haf
2002: Harbwr Diogel - Elin Fflur
2003: Oes Lle i Mi - Non Parry & Steffan Rhys Williams
2004: Dagrau Tawel - Rhian Mair Lewis
2005: Mi Glywais - Rhydian Bowen Philips
2006: Llii’r Nos - Ryland Teifi
2007: Blwyddyn Mas – Einir Dafydd

N.B. There was no contest held in 1973.


Currently, the contest is held at Afan Lido Lesuire Centre in Port Talbot (oh yes, Wales has all the glamourous venues!)

2007's contest was the first to not take place on St. David's Day. It was held the day after instead.

Radio coverage has only been introduced recently. Magi Dodd was the commentator for the 2007 event, albeit describing the night's events from Cardiff and joined by a studio panel of analysts. Songs were played out on good old CD format with the results relayed from Port Talbot.

Multiple winners:
Geraint Griffiths - 1984 and 1994
Bryn Fon - 1990 (with Sobin a'i Smaeliad) and 1997
Steffan Rhys Williams - 1999 and 2003 (with Non Parry)

In 2003, there were special preview programmes where viewers were shown all the entrants from a category (one per programme). However by 2004, the previews were relegated into the Planed Plant childrens' strand and linked by PP's continuity team.


Y Casgliad Cyflawn - compilation of winning songs available from SAIN

Web links

Offical site in Welsh and English


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