Flook’s John Joe drops out of Tredegar House Festival
Joe Kelly has had to drop out of the Flook line-up for the Tredegar
House Festival, west of Newport, on the weekend of May 9 to 11 - but
Sarah Allen, Ed Boyd and Brian Finnegan welcome spectacular bodhrán
player and ‘dep’ Brian Morrissey. The reason? John Joe has been offered
a whole raft of work with an Irish dance spectacular, which could lead
on to greater things.
Flook (pictured) join
amazing Welsh trio Alaw (with jazz guitarist Dylan Fowler, accordion
wizard Jamie Smith and fiddle virtuoso Oli Wilson-Dickson), the
ever-popular Vin Garbutt, Welsh-English threesome The Foxglove Trio and
Steve Turner at the festival, which welcomes dancers Folklore Ensemble
Gramnitsy (Belarus) and Matenik (Czech Republic) including a host of
Welsh and English dance teams.
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9bach sign deal for Gabriel’s Real World Records
have signed a deal with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records – and their
second album, Tincian, will come out this Spring. The deal comes four
years after 9bach’s drummer Ali Byworth picked up the rock star in his
London taxi cab and swiftly played him one of their early demos – and
Peter told him that he really the sound.
actress Lisa Jen Brown, said that the band played a booking at the Womex
event in Copenhagen two years ago and Real World had expressed an
interest in them. “At that point, though, we didn’t really have much to
promote, so they said they’d stay in touch. But when we were recording
our new album, we sent them off a couple of tracks and heard back almost
“They said they loved
the music and definitely wanted to work with us – However, they had to
run the final decision past Peter, and he was away on tour at the time.
But he clearly liked our songs, too, and eventually we got the ‘thumbs
up’ from him. Now we can’t wait to meet him in person to ask if he
remembers first hearing us in the back of Ali’s cab all those years
9bach's success with
Real World is an all-Welsh triumph - the band produced the album in
Wales with support from the Arts Council Wales Music Industry
Development Fund, set up to support Welsh musicians in developing
business skills. 8bach are anticipating their second album to pay for
their third, and so on - creating a sustainable future for both the band
and the Welsh music industry as a whole.
But 9Bach are not the
only ones to have benefitted from Welsh arts funding. The MIDF fund has
supported the further development of 53 artists and music companies in
Wales since it was set up as a pilot project to boost business skills
within the music industry 15 months ago. Altogether, £30,000 of MIDF
funding has enabled the band, who also contributed £12,000 to the
project privately, to not only fulfil its own economic objectives over
the past 12 months, but also those set out by other music professionals
in Wales too.
Bryn Derwen Recording
Studio in Bethesda, Wild End Studios in Llanrwst and a variety of
locally-based music professionals were employed by 9Bach to bring their
songs to fruition after the band secured the grant, which has been
core-funded by the Welsh Government as part of its strategy for
developing the creative industries in Wales. The idea is to ensure that
musical talent not only emerges from Wales, but also has the
professional services available locally to help it prosper.
Fronted by Lisa and
her guitarist husband Martin Hoyland, 9Bach consists of drummer Ali,
South Wales bass guitarist Dan Swain (based in London) and Dan’s sister,
harper Esyllt Glyn Jones, who lives in Llantrisant.
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Brady plays St David’s Hall
Paul Brady, the ex-Planxty
member who went on to be a highly-regarded singer, songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist, is playing at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on
Thursday, May 15. He is one of Ireland's successful artists, crossing
musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock,
traditional Irish and classic pop styles into his songs, drawing on his
extensive catalogue which spans 40 years. Often classified as a
musicians' musician, Paul Brady's songs have been covered by a huge
array of major artists.
He began to write
songs in the early 1980s and has since forged a reputation as one of
Ireland's finest singer songwriters, releasing many popular and
critically-acclaimed records. Soon after the 1981 release of Hard
Station, his first album of his own compositions, his songwriting
started to come to the attention of artists worldwide. His first ‘cover'
came the following year when Carlos Santana recorded ‘Night Hunting
Time'. Since then, his songs have been sung by many international
artists including Tina Turner, Cher, Carole King, Art Garfunkel, Bonnie
Raitt, Joe Cocker and Phil Collins and - closer to home - Ronan Keating,
Maura O'Connell, Liam Clancy and Mary Black. Paul continues to garner
huge respect from the younger writers and performers of today, including
Glen Hansard and Shawn Colvin, who are among the many that hold him in
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Fiona, Mike display new CD for Llantrisant
Club, The Windsor, Pontyclun, welcomes wonderful Glasgow traditional
singer and cellist Fiona Hunter, accompanied by fiddler, guitarist and
prolific composer Mike Vass, on Wednesday, March 5 – two days after
Fiona’s debut CD release. Fiona’s CD has garnered many admiring reviews
from the British media, including this one from The Living Tradition
magazine: “Fiona’s blend of fluid vocal technique and passion, her
experience in song arrangement and interpretation and her love of
Scotland’s kist o’riches come together to glorious effect. Mike Vass,
Fiona’s band member in Malinky, plays a blinder on this album and has
produced it beautifully.” The Spring programme includes Yorkshire
hurdy-gurdy player Jon Loomes (March 19), Irish songwriter Colum
Sands (March 26), The Askew Sisters (April 16), James Hickman and Dan
Cassidy (April 30), Ian Bruce and Ian Walker (May 7), Cardiff favourites
A Fanfare Of Strumpets (May 21), Olion Byw (June 4) and Scottish
fingermeisters Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson (June 25).
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Folk Clubs welcome guest artists
The Valley Folk Club
at the Ivy Bush, Pontardawe has The Foxglove Trio (April 18), David and
Issy Emeny (May 16), Y Plebs (May 30) and George Papavgeris (June 20).
Newport Folk Club (just off the M4’s junction 27 in The Fugitives
Athletic Club, High Cross Road) stages Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara as
Na-mara (April 10) and Ken Nicol and Becky Mills (June 12). Newport’s
rival club, The Lyceum Folk Club of Newport, which is also on Thursdays,
meets in the Lyceum pub in Malpas Road and has Winter Wilson (April 3)
and The Jaywalkers (June 12).
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Blackbeards tour the Marches
band Blackbeard’s Tea Party go on tour promoting their three albums
(Heavens To Betsy, Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober and the latest, Whip
Jamboree) just outside Wales at The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock,
Shropshire (April 6), the Rake And Pikel, Huntington, Chester (April
12), Chester Folk Festival (May 25) and Festival At The Edge, Much
Wenlock (July 18).
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Festival’s Folk Award chance
Calling all Welsh
musicians - the Isambard Folk Award gives any artist of any age the
chance to open for one of the Bristol Folk Festival’s headline acts on
the weekend of May 3 and 4. All entries are welcome, including solo
artists, duos, bands; traditional folk, contemporary and experimental.
The award’s inaugural year, 2012, saw
Josienne Clark and Ben Walker win amidst tough competition from a
large group of talented hopefuls. The chosen duo went on to become
nominated for numerous BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including this year’s
Best Newcomer and Best Duo. Submissions from this year’s Bristol
Festival awards are now being accepted.
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Club celebrate 20 years of dance
Dancing celebrate their 20th anniversary with a fest noz/twmpath on May
23 in Llanwrda Hall SA19 8HD, featuring husband and wife Rachel Goodwin
and Hervé Drean from Ferel, Brittany, friends and members of
Breton-Welsh band Twm Twp. The fest-noz starts at 7pm and the twmpath
starts at 8pm.
continues with a twmpath at Myddfai Hall SA20 0JD (Friday, June 20,
7.30pm) with Cadi Ha and English and American dance sets with ever-busy
caller Mic Spenceley at the Rhys Pritchard Hall in Brecon Road,
Llandovery (Friday, 18 July, 7.30pm).
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