Monday 27 June 2011
Tune of the Day: All Through the Night
Traditional Welsh folk song
“Ar Hyd y Nos”, also known in English as “All Through the Night” after the words by Sir Harold Boulton, is one of the most widely known and best loved Welsh folk songs. The tune was first recorded in harpist Edward Jones's Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards, circa 1784. It had already been used, however, in the 1728 ballad opera The Beggar's Opera by John Gay.
The song is sometimes considered a Christmas carol, and as such has been covered by numerous artists on Christmas albums.