Can Anyone Help with a Welsh Song about a Small Bird (Un deryn bach )?

Alex Worrall wrote asking for help with a Welsh song. Here’s his note:

In 1963, I was a 6 y.o. English kid parachuted into a Welsh school in Haverfordwest. Actually, I was born in Haverfordwest on a previous visit but that’s another story all to do with RNAS Brawdy. I am quite proud of a bit of Welshness, I have to say, especially when it comes to rugby.

At Mount Airey School in Haverfordwest, I was very happy. In Singing Lesson, we were taught a Welsh song, bits of which has stayed with me all this time but I have never been able to identify despite hours spent trawling websites and Spotify. I am hoping that, if I give you my recollection of the words I remember, you might recognise it.

Something like:

Un deryn bach 
Yn canun iach
Did-a-dee, did-a-daw

(One small bird
Singing very pretty)

As I recall, the rest of the song was much the same.

Can you help? (I still remember the tune – if it really comes to it, I could record my rendition and send that!)


Alex Worrall.

Alex later sent me a recording. You can listen to it here.

If anyone can help with any info about this song, please comment below.

Thanks in advance! 

Mama Lisa

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