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Folkwales Online Magazine December 2012

Gwerincymru — o Gymru o’r byd

Review of 2012

2012… That Was The Year, That Was!


A fabulous year looking through the camera lens at some of the stunning Welsh, Scottish, Irish, English and Overseas artists that have graced the stages of Wales… We hope you have enjoyed the performances just as much as we have! Special thanks to Roots Unearthed, St David’s Hall, the Rhondda Cynon Tâf arts team, Beyond The Border Festival at St Donat’s Castle, Tredegar House Folk Festival in Newport, Blackwood Miners’ Institute and the dedicated arts workers and organisers, wherever you are – the Welsh music scene would a very dull place without you… diolch yn fawr iawn!


Dawnswyr Nantgarw come to the triumphant end of their energetic, graceful set at Cwlwm Celtaidd, the Porthcawl Interceltic Festival in the Grand Pavilion on Porthcawl’s seafront. The festival featured many music and dance artists in the weekend following Wales’ national holiday, St David’s Day, including headliners Flook. This year, Jamie Smith’s Mabon have been booked for the festival (March 5, 2012)

Martin Carthy delivers a searing ballad while John Kirkpatrick, Martin Brinsford and the brass players get ready to rock - just one of the thrilling moments when Brass Monkey played at Roots Unearthed in the Level Three Lounge, St David’s Hall (April 4, 2012)

Andy Cutting comes to the end of a brilliant set at the Halfpenny Folk Club in The Greyhound pub, Oldwalls, Gower; all this, and a real ale micro-brewery, too! (March 26, 2012)


Magical melodeon: Issy Emeny plays the squeezebox to perfection at Llantrisant Folk Club, The Windsor Hotel in Pontyclun (July 3, 2012)

A magnificent Feast Of Fiddles: lining up from left, with Dave Mattacks on drums: Brian McNeill (ex-Battlefield), Ian Cutler (ex-Bully Wee), Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span and Gigspanner), Hugh Crabtree with melodeon, Gary Blakeley and Tom Leary thrilled Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre audience with a veritable session of virtuosity and a whole lot of fun. (April 7, 2012)

Sille Ilves whips up a storm in the stunning Taran set when the Wales Millennium Centre celebrated the Calan Mai day of Welsh music in Cardiff Bay (May 5, 2012)

Tredegar House Festival magic memories: Angharad Jenkins plays her fiddle in the Welsh duo DnA with her mother, harper Delyth Jenkins. The festival, in the beautiful grounds of Tredegar House, to the west of the City of Newport, featured dazzling moments including Tim Edey and Brendan Power, Martin Simpson, The Hut People, Anthony John Clarke and dance teams from Europe, Wales and England (May 20, 2012)

Heidi Tidow and Belinda O’Hooley (with piano-accordion) were just mesmerising at Newport Folk Club at the Fugitives Athletic Club in Rogerstone; highlight of the year! (June 13, 2012)

That rich coffee-voiced singer and accordionist Jim Causley triumphed at Llantrisant Folk Club in the Windsor Hotel, Pontyclun, with an uproarious encore. Born in Whimple, east Devon, to folk-singing parents, Jim sings all over Wales and the rest of Britain and tours with Waterson:Carthy, but still he returns for wassailing night in his home village – and Jim is still a musician with The Dartmoor Pixie Band, wich was founded by the late, great Bob Cann. (November 28, 2012)

A gratifying, heartwarming double set from the magnificent voice of Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party at Roots Unearthed in the Level Three Lounge, St David’s Hall in Cardiff’s city centre. Fans could have gladly paid up to see and hear the solo musicians in Fay’s backing band; Roger Wilson, with solo CDs under his belt; Andy Cutting on fabulous melodeon; concertina and fiddler Robert Harbron; and multi-instrumentalist Sam Sweeney, already gigging as a duo with Hannah James and enjoying success as fiddle player with Bellowhead. Our picture shows Fay and the band in all their glory, powering through the songs and ballads in the Roots Unearthed series. (October 23, 2012)

Warsaw Village Band in the Level Three Lounge, St David’s Call, Cardiff: Sylwia Świątkowska is electrifying as she sings with the Polish płock fiddle; behind her is Piotr Gliński on the baraban drum and Paweł Mazurczak, double bass (June 20, 2012)


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