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Jigantic night as triumphant band go down a storm

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THE JIGANTICS: Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, September 14, 2016 The Jigantics are an amazing phenomenon. The five musicians break every rule in the folk-police book as they deliver their interpretations of yee-haw country hits, Chuck Berry rock material and a welter of Americana, all richly ladled into exquisite guitar riffs, drum rolls,…

LB and Jenn: The Scottish Situation is bubbling nicely, thank you

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LAURA-BETH SALTER & JENN BUTTERWORTH Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, August 17, 2016 It promised to be an ecstatic, brilliant night; Llantrisant Folk Club quickly filled up, the starter session was cooking along nicely with the two Scotland-based guests joining in, Nanu Bouthillier from Ploërmel, Brittany played her fiddle and sang her Gallo…

Sweet Liberties: Cameron may not like it, but it’s a chorus of democracy

SWEET LIBERTIES: Roots Unearthed, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, November 27, 2015 Six musicians, including the charismatic and mesmerising Martyn Joseph and BBC Folk Singer Of The Year Nancy Kerr, staged this fascinating show, celebrating 800 years of democracy since the signing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament. The English…

Lau herald their new CD with power, flair and vision

Land of light: Martin Green {accordion),  Kris Drever (guitar) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle) in The Republic of Lau-land

LAU – Roots Unearthed, Lefel 3, St David’s Hall, Cardiff: February 8, 2016 Exceptional fiddler Aidan O’Rourke, master guitarist and singer Kris Drever and keyboard visionary Martin Green brought the Republic of Lau-land to the Roots Unearthed stage when they presented their brand-new album, The Bell That Never Rang; six tracks of freewheeling and freeform…