This year, Mudiad Meithrin will commemorate Meredydd Evans (also known as Merêd) at Gŵyl Dewin a Doti (Dewin and Doti Festival). This festival is held from 12-29 June at locations all over Wales in the company of the popular entertainer Martyn Geraint – who is an old favourite amongst young children (and their parents!).
A number of staff felt that the Mudiad needed to concentrate on singing the old favourites that are sung regularly at the cylchoedd meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) as part of the festival this year, and as Merêd had composed so many songs for young children it was decided to commemorate him by singing ond of the songs he composed to Mudiad Meithrin many years ago.
Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive said:
“Merêd was a dear friend to Mudiad Meithrin, and he and his wife Phyllis Kinney composed a number of songs over the years for the young children throughout Wales. The children will sing ‘Un ‘Deryn Bach ar Ben y To’,[One little bird on the roof] as part of the show as a tribute to Merêd.’
Martyn Geraint will present a ½ hour show on ‘Hwyl yn y Cylch Meithrin’ (Fun at the Cylch Meithrin). Martyn said:
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the children and their families on Gwyl Dewin and Doti Festival that will tour to all parts of Wales during the last three weeks in June. Performing all the children’s favourites songs is going to be a lot of fun, and it will be an honour and a privilege to be able to host this festival to commemorate Merêd.”
Phyllis Kinney, Meredydd Evans’ widow, and their daughter Eluned will attend the Festival when it visits the Bandstand in Aberystwyth on Wednesday 28th June. One of Phyllis’s songs will also be sung during the show.
There will be an opportunity to hear some of these songs at 1.00pm, Saturday, 3rd June at Mudiad Meithrin’s stand at the Urdd National Eisteddfod when Martyn Geraint will perform a taster from the show to launch Taith Gwyl Dewin a Doti Tour officially.
A cd of all the songs has been sent out to all the Mudiad’s members – Cymraeg for Kids groups, cylchoedd Ti a Fi, Cylchoedd Meithrin and day nurseries, as well as a colourful children’s comic to all the children which featured numerous fun activities as well as the words of all the songs so that the parents can learn the songs will the children at home.