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Fflat Huw Puw

Posted by RedDragon, written by John Glyn Davies

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Size: 2,687kb, uploaded 1/12/2011 7:09:36 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

My version of an old Welsh ballad. Huw Puw (Hugh Pugh, anglicised) was a 19th century Welsh captain of a "fflat", or flat-bottomed ship which was used to transport cargo up and down rivers. The ballad tells of a young boy's longing to go sailing and become a "real sailor" and ultimately the captain of Huw Puw's ship, and how he's going to keep all the brass shiny on the boat, and sail to Ireland and buy little dancing shoes with little silver buckles on them, and all that. It's a fun old tune. The hardest part of this for me was coming up with a decent sounding banjo part at a relatively slow swing tempo, rather than the usual fast flowing rolls.



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