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An Evening of Welsh Fun
Date: Saturday, June 24, 6:30pm
Price: $15 per person, discount for families
Place: Lucky Labrador Public House, Multnomah Village, 7675 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, 97219
Sing a rousing round of your favorite Welsh song, attend to a well-told tale, and laugh at a good joke – it’s all part of this uniquely Welsh gathering of friends and family – The Welsh Society of Oregon’s annual Noson Lawen.
The event is hosted by the Welsh Society Festival Chorus who will present a handful of enchanting Welsh tunes. MCs Andrea Wild and Hugo Glanville will lead us in pub singing and their band Three Pound Note will also join them on the stage for some Welsh, Cornish and English folk songs. And if you have a song, poem, joke or pub trivia to share? This is a participatory event: Ewch amdani! Go for it!
Price includes hand-tossed, barley flour pizza and salad through the evening. Beverages available at our own private bar. Just head for the party room upstairs. Food starts at 6:30 and the singing around 7pm.
WHAT IS A GYMANFA GANU?
Gymanfa Ganu (guh-mahn-vah GAH-nee) is a magnificent Welsh hymn-singing festival and more! Literally meaning “sing gathering,” it is a tradition of song and worship that has been practiced in Wales for centuries. The songs are sung in English and Welsh in four-part harmonies. Bryn Seion Welsh Church, Beavercreek, Oregon, has carried on the Gymanfa Ganu tradition since 1935. You don’t need to know Welsh to make a joyful noise, so please join us.
Our celebration is always held on the fourth Sunday in June. The festivities begin right after church services. First we practice our individual parts and then we come together to blend our voices in harmony. Even if you are not a singer–or you cannot read Welsh–we encourage you to hum along. We sing from 1:45 p.m. until 4:00 p.m, followed by a Te Bach—traditional Welsh tea. After we are well-refreshed, the evening session begins. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., we raise our voices once again in song. This session consists of group singing and special requests. Some say this is the best singing of the day!
For more information, check the Bryn Seion church website .
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