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Other Voices TV series is coming from Kerry to the West Wales coast

Ireland’s internationally-acclaimed music festival television series, Other Voices, is coming to Cardigan this autumn. The much-loved programme makes its way from Dingle on the west coast of Ireland to Cardigan on the west coast of Wales, for a phenomenal weekend of music which celebrates the longstanding cultural and musical ties between these Celtic regions. Over…

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  The hauntingly beautiful sounds of the Irish uilleann bagpipes will be heard in Pontypridd as some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians perform at the annual Piping At The Old Bridge’ concert at Pontypridd Museum on Friday, September 6. Instructional workshops will be given on Saturday, September 7. The uilleann pipes, the national bagpipe of…

Mighty Pendevig! 15-musician juggernaut plans to turn Welsh trad music on its head

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“There’s a thriving music scene in Wales at the moment, and we want to bring that energy onto the Pavilion stage this year” – these are the words of Angharad Jenkins, member of award-winning folk band, Calan, and one of those involved in creating Pendevig, a brand-new 15-musician-strong juggernaut starring some of Wales’s leading players.…

Roots Unearthed crowds welcome Gretchen, the super spot-on songwriter

GRETCHEN PETERS: Roots Unearthed, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, June 12, 2018 Gretchen Peters is glad to be touring Wales and other parts of the UK, far away from the gloomy administration-led unpredictability, uneasy violence and irrational madness that has damaged her country’s reputation and honour so much. As she and her three-man band finally closed…

Allan Yn Y Fan and the Miners make this one of those perfect nights

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ALLAN YN Y FAN: Blackwood Miner’s Institute, March 28, 2018 Widely regarded as one of Wales’ foremost traditional bands, since their formation in 1996, Allan Yn Y Fan have taken Welsh traditional music all over the world (writes Dave Chamberlain). This Wednesday, however, saw the band performing closer to home with a gig at one of their favourite…

Vrï: The jaw-dropping sound of Welsh chamber-folk thrills the eager crowd

VRÏ: Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun Athletic Social Club, January 10, 2018 Patrick Rimes, Jordan Price Williams and Aneirin Jones have only been together a short time, but their impressive reputation has preceded them; and Llantrisant Folk Club was packed out to the gills with eager punters just waiting to hear their set. The air of…