MARTIN Simpson, the incredible Brendan Power and Tim Edey and Welsh
harp and fiddle duo D&A have been booked for the Tredegar House
Festival in the city of Newport, which runs from May 18 to 20,
Martin is in the middle of the Purpose And Grace CD promotional tour.
New Zealand virtuoso harmonica player Brendan Power and breathtaking
button accordion and storming guitar player Tim Edey are taking a
break from each other, while Brendan goes off on a four-month tour
visiting and playing several exotic countries – but he flies back to
Britain to appear at Tredegar House Festival.
Mother and daughter Delyth and Angharad Jenkins play their debut spot
at the festival. Harper Delyth, an ex-member of original trio
Aberjaber, has recorded her third solo CD, Aros. Angharad, who is
fiddler with young five-strong band Calan, recently took her place as
project officer for trac, the all-Wales folk development organisation.
Other mouth-watering artists booked include the Ulster songwriter and
singer Anthony John Clarke and The Hut People, with Sam Pirt playing
fiery accordion. CAMRA are running the real ale bar again, but Sue
Oates, chair of the festival, has not released the names of the
international, Welsh and English dance teams booked.
THE well-loved BBC Radio Wales show Celtic Heartbeat, presented
by musician and personality Frank Hennessy, is moving from Saturday
evenings to Sunday evenings from January 8, to make way for rock and
THE New Inn Folk Club, Pontblyddyn, is moving to The Cross Keys
in Llanfynydd, between Mold and Wrexham, on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
The New Inn is closing on December 31 and will be being converted into
homes. Organiser David Petie said: “The Cross Keys is a 17th century
pub with open fires, real ale and a real olde worlde atmosphere. Paul
has promised chips on ordinary nights and chips and sandwiches on
RUFF Ceilidhs are holding their annual Christmas Ceilidh on
Saturday December 10 when the mighty Juice will be appearing, along
with RUFF Ceilidhs founder and caller caller Dave Parsons. Ruff
Ceilidhs start at 8pm, and there’s a real ale bar.
LLANTRISANT Folk Club are holding their Christmas Party No. 2
on Wednesday, December 21 when The Village Quire deliver some
thrilling West Gallery carols and hymns. The Quire, from Glasbury-on-Wye,
was formed to sing West Gallery music – what 18th and 19th
Century churchgoers would have heard. The Folk Club meets in The
Windsor Hotel, Pontyclun, at 8.30pm.
OVER the Border, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival runs from August
24 to 27, 2012 – and they have announced a host of guests, including
Richard Thompson in a solo setting, Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, a
marathon ceilidh with Blowzabella, The Sweetback Sisters from New
York, Madison Violet and Old Man Luedecke (Canada), Jonathan Byrd from
the US and Anxo Lorenzo from Spain. Bad Anna, the former Uiscedwr
line-up which comprises founders Anna Esslemont, North Wales fiddler
and singer, and percussionist/bodhran player Cormac Byrne, have been
booked for the second year.
RAYMOND Greenoaken, well-known editor of the South Yorkshire
folk magazine Stirrings, had a double bypass heart operation in
December and has now recovered.