I was only six years old when the Aberfan disaster occurred on 21st October 1966; but even at that tender age, I remember being horrified by the news footage – it probably stuck in my mind because of the shock displayed by my parents. For those who don’t know about it, it was when a slag-heap collapsed on the junior school in the Welsh mining village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. 116 children, and 28 adults lost their lives. Those children were of a similar age to myself. (Read more about it here)
Singer/song-writer Amy Goddard grew up in the neighbouring village, and although she wasn’t born then, would have been well aware of the disaster from an early age. Now, approaching the half century mark since the catastrophe, she has written and recorded a new single entitled ‘Remembering Aberfan’; with all proceeds to go to the Aberfan Memorial Charity.
How like Amy to be brave enough to tackle such a dark and tragic subject – and how like her to have bettered that self-imposed challenge. How like Amy to donate her time and effort for the sake of charity – and how like her to write a song that is as wonderful as it is sad. It is a simple enough song in construction – yet delivered in Amy’s inimitable way; with haunting arpeggios, her trade-mark moving lyrics and emotionally charged vocal melody. There are some well arranged backing vocals too.
There are two versions of the song on the CD. It comes in a simple but smart, well-thought out sleeve (again typical of Amy). There is plenty of info and the lyric printed inside. The song will be released on 3rd October – just before the 50th anniversary of the disaster. You can listen to the song now though, on Soundcloud. CD copies are available from Amy’s website. PTMQ
I have written several reviews of Amy’s work…