Derfel Thomas and 'Rocet' Arwel Jones

Originally from the Nantlle Vale, Derfel Thomas studied education in Bangor University, and has been a teacher at Tudno Primary School, Llandudno for ten years.

Derfel used to be a member of the Caernarfon Male Choir, and performed with them in the Albert Hall in London and also at the Millenium Stadium ahead of Wales' international rugby matches. Derfel also has a background in singing as a solo artist, he reached the final round of the talent competition Ar y Bocs some years ago, and also is a member of the cover band Double Vision who can be seen playing in local venues all over north Wales most weekends.

Author and poet 'Rocet' Arwel Jones was born in Rhos-y-Bol, Anglesey. He now lives in Aberystwyth and works at the National Library of Wales.

He has published two humorous travel books, drawing on his experiences of travelling in Africa and Kenya, a volume of interviews with Emyr Humphreys and a volume based on the BBC's oral history project to mark the millenium. He also produced a book of songs for children Mynd i'r Ffair with the composer Bethan Bryn, and his poems can be heard regularly on the stage at the Urdd and the National Eisteddfods. One of his poems was among a series recently set to music for ABC choir by the Patagonian composer Hector McDonald.

Title: Dim Ond Ffwl Sy'n Ffoi

It was Derfel's idea to compete in Cân i Gymru 2012, Arwel wrote the lyrics and Derfel composed a catchy melody to follow.

The words refer to a father and son, or mother and daughter, walking hand in hand on a beach on a very stormy day. They can be interpreted literaly, or even to mean the storms we all face in our personal lives but the key to the lyrics are in the line 'mae'r trysor ar dy dafod di' ('the treasure's on your tounge').

Whatever the storms that the Welsh language may face its future lies in the simple act of transferring a language between a parent and child. It's the most precious inheritance anyone can give to the next generation.

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