Plygain Services - 2022/23

Time to kick off the Plygain thread for another year! Plygain is magical 3-part harmony singing, usually unaccompanied, and is traditional over the festive season in Wales. Its popularity waned for quite some time, but it seems to be enjoying a revival. It’s worth going along to - and if you can make this Plygain service in the beautiful old church at St Fagans, you’re in for a treat!

And if you’re not sure what Plygain is this video explains it and gives a beautiful demonstration: Singing Tradition: Welsh Plygain Carol - YouTube


Plygain carols workshop and service in Eglwys Dewi Sant, Cardiff on Saturday 3 December.

Anyone with any level of Welsh is very welcome to attend.

Book for the workshop (2-5pm) here:

The service at 6pm is free to attend


I went to the launch of a new book of plygain carols today - Seiniwn Hosanna with Sioned Webb and Arfon Gwilym. Sales from the book are supporting a new website for all things Plygain including a diary of plygain services. Find it at


What a useful website. That’s my calendar filled. Thank you @amandalaing

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I love Plygain services. Used to sing in several with our chapel when we lived in South Wales. But I doubt if there are any on Anglesey…

@amandalaing are you in contact with anyone from the book launch? The email address on their website doesn’t work. Someone contacted Admin to say the email address wasn’t valid, so I tried and got the same response. They say it’s the email address to let them know about other Plygain events so they can be included on the website, but they aren’t going to get any if it doesn’t work!

Looking at the map on it appears there’s one at Llanfairpwll on Christmas eve. You’re in luck!

I don’t but I know people who can contact Arfon and Sioned who have set it up. Its all very very new, only announced on Sunday at the launch of the new carol book. Arfon mentioned that not everyone thinks its a good idea as its too modern to have a website for plygain. I can get someone to let him know that the email address isn’t working.


Would be interested in knowing when it’s up and running!

I certainly am, thank you! Was thinking of travelling south to Carmarthenshire to our old chapel for one, but might not need to do that now.

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