Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi!
Foot stomping, story telling, blood curdling, hell raising, law breaking, heart warming, rabble rousing… Cayo. Cayo played his accordion as often as he could in life, a people’s person, delighting in cheer and company. In his latter career as horse breeder, Cayo travelled all over Wales with his beloved stud arab-palomino cross stallion, ‘Cruglas Candlelight’, or ‘Clance’ as we knew him. The golden mane and tail was a signature known from North to South, just as Cayo the man was. With an innate capacity to please a crowd, charm the ladies and bond with men, Cayo couldn’t help but make music one way or another.
Conscripted at 18, and sent to Malaya during the ‘crisis’ in the early 1950’s, he first mastered the mouthorgan, delighting his fellow rookie soldiers with sentimental songs from home. After leaving the army and returning home, suffering from frequent bouts of malaria and ‘the horrors’ as he’d refer to sweaty wakings in the night remembering monstrosities witnessed in the jungle, he turned to heinous insurrection, a reaction towards the extreme injustice being practised by British government to Wales. Incarcerated unjustly (for ‘trumped up charges’) after the infamous formation of the F.W.A., in a lengthy trial timed to coincide with the investiture of our ‘poseur prince’ of Wales, Cayo served 15 months with Dennis Coslett & Gethyn Ap Iestyn. After their release, Cayo lived as peacefully as possible in his Cardiganshire hometown, Lampeter, and died young (57) in 1995. He regularly attended rallies supporting Welsh resistance and was always ready to speak at Cilmeri where he would gather with his comrades every December in memory of Llewelyn. He lived his life a patriot believing in Wales and her people. Not wanting more than recognition for our nation, deprived of our status as a country by a long-stagnant teutonic unwanted royal line that still reside in the core of the rotten heart of the British class system.
(Made by Henry Powell and Dan Ohara, This Documentary was made for a presentation at University explaining the history of the Free Wales Army and includes a Interview with William Cayo-Evens’s son, Rhodri Cayo-Evens)
(In the 1960’s, Wales was a troubled country. Despite almost total opposition, the village of Capel Celyn had been destroyed and now there was to be an investiture of a foreign Prince of Wales. Many saw the failings in the democratic system and decided that they must act to defend the people of Wales. Step forward John Jenkins and Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru. The fight for Welsh freedom began and bombs started to explode. By the end of the campaign two people were dead and many in jail and John Jenkins was sentenced to ten years imprisonment)