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Cynghrair Cymreig Arizona

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Phrase of the Month

Nadolig Llawen

(Nah-doh-lig LLow-en)

Merry Christmas
Our March meeting/special celebration of St. David's Day  
held at the Tubbs residence was another success for us and a
great time was had by all.  Thank you, Graham and Kathleen!
Our president John Good joined forces with storyteller Liz Warren.
Together, they call themselves "Mythic Crew" and presented the    
first branch of the Mabinogion (Medieval Welsh Tales) for the      
Welsh League meeting in a free performance.  It was easy to see why
these gifted performers perform to international acclaim.

For more information, click on these:
the Mythic Crew website
www.tramormusic.com
www.youtube.com/TramorMusic

And to stay up-to-date on what's happening in Celtic music
be sure to visit
www.azirishmusic.com
Our FEBRUARY MEETING was also truly special!

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We are proud to be a member of the Arizona Celtic Cultural Association,
a group promoting cooperation among all the Celtic groups in the
state.  See more at their web site
www.azcelts.org
And thanks to all who visited us on March 13th -- see www.phxirish.org.
AUGUST MEETING
Our annual pub quiz,  
held this year at Fibber Magees in Chandler, proved once again to be
one of the most spirited meetings of our year.  Almost two dozen jolly folks braved the heat
and joined us for a lighthearted afternoon.
BY POPULAR REQUEST
this year's excellent quiz prepared by Bill Brazleton is now available from our downloads page
-- get it & test yourself!
2010 Pub Quiz

NO MEETING IN JULY
As is our custom,  in July there was no meeting because we were in Flagstaff at the 13th
Annual Northern Arizona Celtic Highland Games.  See their web site for details  
www.nachs.info
W E L S H   F I C T I O N
After a month of partying and festivals we welcomed spring with a
meeting in April to introduce us to more good stories!
Our member Lynn Watts, a librarian who teaches the Tucson
language class, spoke to us about fiction related to Wales and the
Welsh.  She covered several categories, including
the Mabinogi, Arthur, historical fiction, and fantasy in Wales
past and present.  
BY POPULAR REQUEST
The excellent handout from April's meeting is now available on our
downloads page -- click
Fiction Related to Wales and the Welsh
now to be taken there.  
The beautiful, true story of a famous
Welsh Gypsy is set in Gwynedd in the
1930’s. This drama won five “BAFTA”
(equivalent of Oscar in Wales) awards.  It
is based on the childhood of real life
Romani Eldra Roberts, a descendant of
the famous Abram Wood/Roberts Welsh
Gypsy tribe. The film was produced by
Teliesyn for S4C.  
The soundtrack is by Robin Huw Bowen,
celebrated triple harpist and favorite with
Welsh League of Arizona audiences.
 This
film is presented in the Welsh language
with English subtitles.
Our May meeting featured a special screening of:
The second annual Celtic Harvest Festival was held Sept. 25th in Sedona.
This pan-Celtic event equally represented Ireland, Scotland, Wales and North
America with music, dance and storytelling; craft, demonstrations, cultural
groups; food, drink, vendors -- and of course our booth..
Featured artists included, Dick Hensold (foremost Northumbrian smallpiper in
North America), theSouthwest Skye Pipes and Drums, step dancers, Mythic Crew
(storyteller Liz Warren with John Good -- see photo below), Celtica Chorale,
Tramor and more.
www.celticharvestfestival.com

The next day (Sept. 26th) Phoenix had a chance to hear Dick Hensold at the ICC
in a concert with John Good accompanying, preceded by a piping workshop for
all levels.
OCTOBER MEETING

Lynn Watts and Pat Anderson  collaborated on a presentation of early Celtic migrations with
very special visual aids and a comparison of ancient goddesses.  A good time was had by all
at this interesting meeting which also provided a good chance to meet, greet and catch up
with friends about their summer travels.  
Instead of a November meeting we were at the
Tucson Celtic Festival
& Scottish Highland
Games.  Our southern Arizona contingent's Welsh
Village displayed a big tapestry of neolithic sites,
had Druids demonstrating the ancient Celtic
religion and other costumed participants.  
CHRISTMAS PARTY SATURDAY DECEMBER 4 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
IRISH CULTURAL CENTER, 1106 N. CENTRAL, PHOENIX

Start the Christmas season with your Welsh friends!  Of course
this means music and refreshments, so bring your favorite treats to
share and get ready to sing some Welsh carols.
Welsh League of Arizona
Cynghrair Cymreig Arizona

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS:

4326 N. 57th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85018-3224

azwelshleague@gmail.com