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Banjo-playing journalist records Wales Euro 2016 song

A banjo-playing regional daily journalist and his band have recorded a song for the Wales national football team ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign.

Tudur Huws Jones, of the North Wales Daily Post, is part of a collective to have recorded the bilingual charity single based on traditional Welsh song Hogia Ni in support of the squad, who will compete at June’s European Championships in France.

Tudur works as a story editor and designer with special responsibility for the Daily Post’s Welsh language content, but is a keen musician away from the newsroom – most notably as banjo player with folk group Gwerinos.

The song, which translates as ‘Our Lads’ in English, was composed by Gwerinos founding member Ywain Myfyr, who has followed the Welsh team across Europe during their successful qualify campaign.

Gwerinos at the song's recording with Tudur Huws Jones on banjo. Photo by Arwyn Roberts.

Gwerinos at the song’s recording with Tudur Huws Jones on banjo. Photo by Arwyn Roberts.

Tudur told HTFP: “The chorus has become part of the Welsh tradition and can often be heard in pubs around closing time.

“But is thought to have been written by an Anglesey man who was serving in the Welsh Guards during the Second World War. It contains the line (in Welsh) ‘The square isn’t big enough for our lads’. The square being the parade ground.”

Tudur, 60, has been playing instruments including mandolin, guitar, bouzouki and tin whistle for almost half a century.

On the single, which is currently being mixed and mastered, his band are joined by rock group Yws Gwynedd, football supporters and a silver band.

Tudur, who has worked for the Daily Post since 1989, added: “We’ve included Men of Harlech in the arrangement of the song and wanted some brass instruments.

“Men of Harlech is a stirring and well-known Welsh march, made even more famous in the film Zulu. Welsh fans can often be heard singing it on the terraces.”

Versions of the single will be released for download in both English and Welsh, with any profits going to the Gôl! charity, which helps young people in countries connected to Wales through football.