, translated as "one night", is based on the idea of the old Welsh
regulations on common land, that if you could build a house and have
smoke bellowing through the chimney by morning, you were legally able
to keep the property.
Wikipedia: "It was believed by some,
that if a person could build a house on common land in one night, that
the land then belonged to them as a freehold. There are other
variations on this tradition: that the test was to have a fire burning
in the hearth by the following morning; and that the squatter could
then extend the land around by the distance they could throw an axe
from the four corners of the house."
Huw Evans clarifies on his
C2 blog (translated by me) that "the idea is to build a musical house
in the BBC studios overnight, put the place on fire, throw an axe from
the doors of the main entrance," and so forth!
The artists have
from 7pm till 9am to record four tracks, and the choice of BBC Bangor
for the location of the recording is quite perfect. A modern, small,
intimate building on the brow of the Bangor hills. I used to work in
the building and would often have late night sessions on the radio, and
can just picture the mayhem awaiting the 9am news staff as they enter
the building with musicians piling out after the 'all nighter'. How
The following evening, an hour's program is collated from
the night's activities. For this reason it's the radio producers I feel
sorry for, this is quite a task to be there all night and to deliver a
radio program from all the fun, but congratulations to BBC Radio Cymru
for commissioning such exciting projects, that use and utilise their
facilities, that challenge artists, producers and presenters alike, and
each week creates a fresh crop of homegrown musical talent to broadcast
on the station.
The first show was recorded last week with hip
hop crew Pen-ta-gram (Ed Holden/Mr Phormula, Hoax a Alex Moller), and
Robbie Buckley from North Wales popular group Gwibdaith Hen Fran. The
tracks can still be heard on C2's website with photos and blogs about
the night. It's very entertaining!
This week Lisa Jen, singer
from 9Bach and Gruff Rhys
' solo tour joined forces with Geraint
Lovegreen and his band yr Enw Da. The show was broadcast last night, Wednesday 20 January, at 10pm.
You can hear the whole
show for the next 7 days on bbc.co.uk/c2
or just the session tracks via
the website, with specially-commissioned artwork to go with each
program and EP.