Cân i Gymru 2017

  • ​Gelyn y Bobl

    ​Gelyn y Bobl

    Richard Marks

    Richard won Cân i Gymru in 1991 with the song 'Yr Un Hen Le' (The Same Old Place') and decided to have another go this year. He was inspired to write the song while watching the news and describes the song as a political rock ballad on a riff.

  • Cân yr Adar

    Cân yr Adar

    Llinos Emanuel

    Llinos is originally from Carmarthen and is currently studying a masters degree in Vocal Jazz at Trinity Music College, London. She was inspired to write the song after visiting Cefn Sidan beach, Carmarthenshire.

  • Ti yw fy Lloeren

    Ti yw fy Lloeren

    Hywel Griffiths

    Hywel is a freelance graphic designer and has recently returned to Cardiff after living in London. The song was originally written in English and talks about Brexit, but when adapting the song to Welsh he changed its meaning. The song now talks about the light when someone is in a dark place.

  • Pryder


    Sophie Jayne Marsh

    Sophie has only been composing for a year, and over the last two years she's been performing on Heno and 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.

  • Curiad Coll

    Curiad Coll

    Hawys Bryn Wiliams a Gwion John Williams

    Hawys and Gwion are currently studying their A Levels – Hawys is in Meirion Dwyfor College, Pwllheli; and Gwion is in Ysgol Brynrefail, Llanrug. The song was composed over Facetime, and talks about the daily battles people endure all over the world.

  • Eleri


    Betsan Haf Evans

    Betsan has been in a band since she was 18 years old - Alcatraz, Genod Droog, Johnny Panic, Daniel Lloyd a Mr Pinc and Gwdihw to name a few. It will be a dream come true for Betsan to sing on Cân i Gymru, and will be a big boost for her to create her own album. The song celebrates her love for her wife, Eleri.

  • Rhydd


    Cadi Gwyn Edwards

    Cadi is from Llanrwst and is studying her AS Levels at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. She wrote the song on her phone after visiting Llanddwyn Island. She describes the song as 'a lone person that wants to break free from captivity'.

  • Seren


    Mari Lovgreen a Geraint Lovgreen

    A father and daughter have collaborated for the first time to write this personal song. Mari wrote the words and Geraint composed the melody. 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.

  • Rhywun Cystal â Ti

    Rhywun Cystal â Ti

    Eady Crawford

    This is the second time Eady has reached the Cân i Gymru shortlist having competed in 2016. The song is a ballad about love and Eady hopes it will make people happy. Eady has had an interest in music since she was very young, and now gigs in both Welsh and English.

  • Fy Nghariad Olaf i

    Fy Nghariad Olaf i

    Richard Vaughan ac Andy Park

    The love song was written in two hours in a bar in Bangor. Richard is a session musician, conductor of the Cardiff Blues Choir, and composes regularly. Andy is a musician and performs in clubs, pubs and weddings.

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