“A group of tourists in Budapest, Hungary, were left in awe on Saturday evening when folk singer Andrea Gerák surprised them with a Hungarian rendition of ‘Calon Lân’ in honour of St David’s Day.
Admiring the view from the city’s iconic Fisherman’s Bastion, Ms. Gerák performed the first part of the song in Hungarian, before she switched to Welsh for the well-known chorus.
The artist said she recorded the experiment as a powerful message of Welsh-Hungarian friendship ahead of Wales’ national day, but was not expecting much of an audience.
Ms. Gerák said: “When I finished the song and wanted to say a few words to the camera, the applause took me by surprise. I turned around and saw that a crowd of tourists had gathered to listen.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to bring Welsh music to the heart of the Hungarian capital, and to immerse myself in this wonderful culture. I hope to visit Wales one day and sing Calon Lân among the hills of Snowdonia and on the bustling streets of Cardiff!” The Hungarian singer’s video of the spontaneous performance near Buda Castle was published on St David’s Day by Welsh-Hungarian information hub Magyar Cymru.
“We are absolutely delighted to see the hard work and dedication that has been shown to translate Calon Lân into Hungarian.
This is a fantastic example of the song being a great international anthem, not reserved for just Wales but sang by peoples of all nationalities and backgrounds.
Calon Lân is a hymn that is close to the heart of any Welsh person, and is seen by many as Wales’ second anthem. While it has been translated into English, it is still mostly sung in the original Welsh. We would like to pay tribute to Ms. Gerák and everyone in Hungary who has helped to bring this together!”
The article on Daily News Hungary: Hungarian singer stuns Budapest tourists with Welsh classic ‘Calon Lân’
West Wales Chronicle: Budapest tourists in awe after hearing ‘Calon Lân’ performed in Hungarian
Original article by Nation Cymru, a news site from, for and about Wales, with a readership of 5 million:
Budapest tourists in awe after hearing ‘Calon Lân’ performed in Hungarian
Thank you for reading, listening and watching and I also thank you for the feature, for all the love I got for this video on social media; this was the first Welsh song that I learned but certainly not the last one, and maybe only the beginning of a co-operation with another nation of music.
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End of 2019:
I decided to settle down in Hungary again, after 20 years of wandering about. It’s a bit bigger challenge to get the show rolling than I’ve thought, therefore I am singing in the streets as a temporary solution, to have food and a decent roof above my head and other such basics, so the beginnings are quite exciting… The whole story: Cup of tea for Andrea!
If you like my work and want to support, there are several ways to give me a kickstart.
- For a singer, the best support of course, is booking her for shows,
- Listen to and download her songs
- You can also throw some love at PayPal.me/GerakAndrea (no registration needed, cards are also accepted), or
- Bank transfer: IBAN: HU46 120105320021373500100000 SWIFT: UBRTHUHBXXX Raiffeisen Bank, Gerák Andrea
Thank you very much, Andrea & Karma will love you forever!