Y Cyrff

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Y Cyrff
Origin Llanrwst, Wales
Genres Rock
Years active 1983–1991
Labels Recordiau Anhrefn, Sain, Ankst, Rasal Cyf.
Associated acts
Website www.ycyrff.co.uk
Past members

Y Cyrff (1984–1992; English: The Bodies) was a Welsh language indie band in the 1980s, initially formed at the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy secondary school in Llanrwst, Conwy. The line-up included Mark Roberts, Barry Cawley, Dylan Hughes and Emyr Hughes. Emyr was later replaced by Paul Jones, and Dylan left to join Welsh punks Yr Anhrefn and Mark Kensal took Dylan's place. They performed on Welsh language television, and internationally, until they broke up in 1991. Afterwards, Roberts formed Catatonia, with Jones joining the band a while later. Cawley was also a guitar technician for the band.

History[edit]

Y Cyrff (English: The Bodies+, were formed by Mark Roberts in the fifth year of secondary school.[1] The initial line-up had Barry Cawley on guitar, Dylan Hughes on drums and Emyr Hughes on rhythm guitar. They were influenced by Joe Strummer and The Clash. Managing the band was Tony Schiavone,[2] who was also their geography teacher.[1] Many of their earliest performances were at their school, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, but they also played at the Llanwrst community centre.[2]

After the school years, Emyr left the band, and Cawley moved onto rhythm guitar. Paul Jones, a friend of Roberts from outside school, joined on bass guitar. He was older than the other boys, and was working in a dog food factory at the time.[3] The band performed Welsh language songs, and began to get noticed by the fanzines of the genre.[4] They would often work with Yr Anhrefn, either supporting them in their concerts or doing the reverse when Y Cyrff were booked as the lead act.[5] Their first recorded work was on the Cam O'r Tywyllwch compilation album on Anhrefn Records in 1985 and their track Lebanon was described by reviewer Neil Crud as being "head and shoulders above their country folk" the other songs.[6]

Y Cyrff formed their own record label to release the single "Pum Munud" (English: "Five Minutes"_ in 1986,[7] and later that year they become the first Welsh language band to be offered the chance to perform on the S4C television channel. They were embraced by Welsh nationalists with some performances being restricted to Welsh speakers only. When they later performed in front of English speaking student unions, the band received some criticism from those nationalists.[8] Y Cyrff were signed to the Sain record label and recorded the seven track long album, Y Testament Newydd (English: "The New Testament"). Dylan left the band shortly afterwards to join Yr Anhrefn, and was replaced by Mark Kendall.[9]

Through connections with the Welsh television programme Fideo 9, they were able to make music videos and performed overseas in Warsaw, Poland.[10] They also played at concerts arranged by the Welsh Language Society.[11] It was at one of those performances where Y Cyrff played for the last time in 1991 at the Pavilion in Pontrhydfendigaid. The band broke up as they realised that they couldn't get mainstream success singing only in Welsh.[12]

After they split up, Mark Roberts went on to form Catatonia with Cerys Matthews.[13] When the band signed to the Crai label, Roberts brought Jones into the band from Y Cyrff.[14] Barry Cawley, who later worked as a guitar technician with Catatonia, was killed in 2000 when his bike was hit by a car near Llanrwst.[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Owens 2000, p. 17.
  2. ^ a b Owens 2000, p. 18.
  3. ^ Owens 2000, p. 19.
  4. ^ Owens 2000, p. 20.
  5. ^ Owens 2000, p. 21.
  6. ^ Crud, Neil. "Album Review – Various – Cam O’r Tywyllwch". Link2Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Owens 2000, p. 23.
  8. ^ Owens 2000, p. 24.
  9. ^ Owens 2000, p. 26.
  10. ^ Owens 2000, p. 27.
  11. ^ Owens 2000, p. 28.
  12. ^ Owens 2000, pp. 30-31.
  13. ^ Owens 2000, p. 34.
  14. ^ Owens 2000, p. 49.
  15. ^ Bychawski, Adam (31 July 2000). "Cerys Heartbroken over Roadie's Death". NME. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Discography". Y Cyrff. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 

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