THE release of a CD to mark a year’s trading by a community pub in North Pembrokeshire is the result of an unexpected liaison between Tafarn Sinc in the heart of the Preseli and members of a folk group from Cwmafan, near Port Talbot.

The Preselau and Cwmafan have been unofficially twinned.

A year ago the iconic pub at Rosebush became the property of the local community when people from all over the world were invited to buy shares. As part of the entertainment programme organised, Gŵyr y Stac were invited to perform one Saturday evening.

The experience left such an impression on the three musicians that they began composing a relevant song to mark the first birthday.

“We heard about the pub on the radio. We bought shares ourselves. We enjoyed the atmosphere when we performed there to such an extent that we vowed to compose a song to acknowledge the initiative of the local people”, said Ken Thomas, one of the group founders.

But that was not enough. The song was recorded and refined. And now it is available on a CD and a video is being created as well to highlight the song. A decision was made to produce only a limited number of CDs. These will be available in a wallet designed by Rhys Jones of Orielodli.

It will be on sale at the pub for £2 and that in itself is another reason to call in to see the sawdust, the flitches of ham and agricultural implements which customers already visit in droves. A hearty meal is available as well, along with good beer and a stimulating conversation.

The members of Gŵyr y Stac are Tim Rees, Jayne Williams and Ken Thomas. They intend to revisit Tafarn Sinc soon to sing the old melodies and their own contemporary composition which has already proved to be something of a favourite. The song can be downloaded from the familiar websites from November 14.