Welsh Ballads Website
Ballad supporting the abolition of slavery, c.1830.
Over the centuries the ballad has played an important and influential role in Welsh social and cultural life. Broadside ballad production was in its heyday in Wales in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although not usually poetry of the highest order, this popular verse is an invaluable field of study for anyone interested in the language, literature, history, religion and music of modern Wales. These poems are also an indispensable source for the study of the daily life and world-view of the common people of Wales in the modern period.
This website is dedicated to the study of Welsh ballads, and includes the following sections:
- Studying Welsh Ballads (UNDER CONSTRUCTION), including electronic articles by Dr E. Wyn James
- Digital images of a cross-section of ballads from the Salisbury Library
- Welsh Ballads Online
- Bibliographies and Indices, including Welsh Ballads Bibliography
- Useful Links
- Performance and Music
- Completing the British Ballads Network: A JISC Project