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Folkwales Online Magazine June 2013

Gwerincymru — o Gymru o’r byd



Gowerfest comes home to award-winning real ale

Welsh bands Alaw, Cerddcegin, Builth Wells-born Jack Harris, Pat Smith and Ned Clamp plus Wales-Isle of Man power trio Barrule are booked for the Gower Folk Festival, which returns home to The Greyhound pub in the picturesque setting at Oldwalls near Llanrhydian, on the weekend of June 14-16, 2013. The festival spent 14 years at The Gower Heritage Centre in the village of Parkmill, but now the Centre has said it cannot accommodate them anymore. But the festival has landed on its feet; The Greyhound is a CAMRA award-winning micro-brewery, and the powerful line-up includes Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, the Paul McKenna Band and Lori Watson’s Rule Of Three from Scotland, MoltenAmba, James Delarre and Saul Rose, Fásta from Ireland and Canada, Jon Swayne and Becky Price, Cupola-Ward, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, Ireland’s Polly Barrett and dance teacher Kerry Fletcher.



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Welsh bands for Cambridge

South Wales folk-fusion five-man Jamie Smith’s Mabon, who are intensively promoting their latest CD Windblown, and Newport-based Rusty Shackle have been announced for the opening Thursday night in Cambridge Folk Festival, which runs from July 25 to 28 at Cherry Hinton Hall.

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Tune-Chain from trac

Trac, the Welsh music development organisation, are bringing out a weekly series of videos of Welsh traditional players; the aim is to inspire budding musicians and to instil in them the importance of Welsh culture.

Click here for the latest.


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Fernhill, Spooky Men’s for Roots Unearthed 

Cardiff music series Roots Unearthed takes its summer break with two concerts from fabulous Welsh quartet Fernhill on Tuesday, July 2 and Aussie “blokes’ choir” The Spooky Men’s Chorale in the main auditorium of St David’s Hall on July 23, as part of the Welsh Proms Fringe.


St David’s Hall is closed for August, and Roots Unearthed compere Dave Haslam introduces solo guitar master Martin Simpson on September 10, Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen on October 30, must-see South Wales roots-fusion quintet Jamie Smith’s Mabon on November 26. Future guests are The Steve Tilston Trio on January 28, 2014 and Sarah Jarosz, on a February date to be confirmed. All events take place in the Level Three Lounge at 8pm.


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Songwriters hold workshop and concert

English songwriter and musician Pete Morton joins up with Llanwenarth resident Anne Lister for a special songwriting workshop and concert, which is being held in Llanwenarth Village Hall, just west of Abergavenny, on June 22. The Day Of Songwriting starts with the workshop (10.30am – 4.30pm), and ends with the concert (8pm). The day costs £30, inclusive of the concert. For details of the day click here.


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Rory in Cardiff

Outstanding songwriter and performer Rory McLeod will be amazing the Whitchurch Rugby Sports and Social Club audience when he appears on Thursday June 20 (8pm). Aidan Sheehan, the Rugby Club events manager, says: “If you have ever been lucky enough to have seen his tour-de-force performances live on-stage, then you will know how good he is. If you have never seen him perform, then honestly, you must. He is a folk and harmonica award winning, shoe-tapping, Blues harp-blowing, guitar-plucking, spoons-wielding, trombone-playing folk and acoustic roving troubadour delivering thought-provoking, meaningful lyrics.” Tickets will be on sale at the Club, in Samuels Cresent, Whitchurch, Cardiff, and at the Second Tuesday Club, in May and June at £12 each.


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MacKeeman for Mwldan

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, from Price Edward Island, are an Canadian old-time band who serve up roots music “with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar” – and they’re appearing at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, on June 13 (8pm.) http://www.gordiemackeeman.com/


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Vin heads Newport Guestlist

Vin Garbutt heads an impressive programme at Newport Folk Club, which meets every Thursday at The Fugitives athletic club in Rogerstone on June 13. Union Jill are on the list on July 11, Mick Ryan and Paul Downes (September 12) and Faustus (October 3). The Lyceum Folk Club also meets in Newport on Thursdays, and their list is Eddie Walker (June 20), Mrs Ackroyd (July 11) and Martyn Joseph (September 26).


Eddie Walker is bowing out in style. Apart from Llantrisant and Newport, he’s gigging at The Angel in High Street, Llandeilo in Pontardawe on June 21 and The Valley Folk Club in the Ivy Bush, Pontardawe, on June 22. The Valley Folk Club welcomes Graham Larkbey on July 19, then on August 16 club members join Pontardawe Summerfest (successors to the late lamented Pontardawe International Festival) in Pontardawe Arts Centre for a Showcase, to be followed by a Celtic Sound ceilidh. Back

 at the Ivy Bush, the wonderful Welsh/Estonian duo Sild, ex-Boys Of The Hill guitarist Martin Leamon and Sille Ilves, play on September 20.  


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Georgia Ruth releases Pines CD

Aberystwyth-born songwriter Georgia has released her debut album, Week Of Pines, on Gwymon Records in May. Recorded and produced by David Wrench over six days last August at Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios, this varied and intriguing collection of songs features members of acclaimed country-folk band of brothers Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog and a special contribution from Lleuwen Steffan.


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Julie, Ceri join Causley quest

Devon-based singer and accordionist Jim Causley teams up with Fernhill songstress Julie Murphy and Bethlehem Village Band/Cerddcegin harper and trombone player Ceri Owen-Jones to stage a show titled The Poetry of Charles Causley, the celebrated Cornish writer who was a distant cousin of Jim’s. The Trio will be available for Autumn festivals and will be touring October and November this year.


A new album, Cyprus Well, comes out in the summer, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Causley. It was recorded live in the poet’s house in Launceston, Cornwall, and many of the tracks, which Jim has set to music, feature Causley’s own piano. The project aims to bring wider attention to Causley’s poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley’s house as a writers’ retreat.

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Lucinda, Cara stage Welsh gigs

Cara Luft, founder member of Canada’s The Wailin’ Jennies, and three-times Grammy award-winner Lucinda Williams is coming to Wales for a trio of gigs at the end of June.


Lucinda, who will be performing from her extensive catalogue in her only Welsh tour date at Aberdare’s Coliseum Theatre on Saturday June 29, blends blues, folk, country and rock in soulful lyrics and has been honoured as America’s best songwriter by Time magazine. She is one of the most uncompromising and consistently fascinating writers and artists.  This show reunites her with her long-time collaborator and friend, guitarist Doug Pettibone. The Guardian said of her: “Williams radiates such outlaw cool that it’s surreal to think that she’s currently enjoying mainstream success… few could match her extraordinary voice.” Tickets for the 8pm show are £25 in advance and £28 on the door.


Cara brings her elegant guitar and her expressive songwriting to The Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd (8pm, Thursday, June 27), The Stage Door in The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, (8pm, Friday, June 28), Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells (June 29) and over the border in The Hive, Shrewsbury (June 16). The Muni tickets are £10 in advance and £12.50 on the door, while The Stage Door tickets are £11.50.


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Gerhard records bilingual stories

Pontypridd harper Bethan Nia, translator Louise Rossiter and reader Catrin Doyle are all featured in CDs of stories for children in English and Welsh, which storyteller Gerhard Kress has recorded. The CDs are called The Little Old Man With The Long White Beard/Yr Hen Ŵr Bach Gyda Barf Gwyn Hir. Gerhard, a fluent English-speaking German who lives in Pontypridd, tells the five stories in English while Catrin reads the Welsh translation.


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Aeroplanes fly in for Cuffern

Pembrokeshire indie-folk stars Paper Aeroplanes - who have just released their new CD, Little Letters - have been added to the Cuffern Festival, which takes place in the walled garden at Cuffern Manor, Roch, Pembrokeshire on 6-8 June. Belfast singer-songwriter Anthony John Clarke, spellbinding American duo Dana and Susan Robinson and local four-piece Quarto appear on Thursday. On Friday, An Evening of Christian Music provides a different style when young christians and non-christians from around the county will gather for Cath Woolridge’s Sound of Wales (as seen on the recent Songs of Praise from St Davids Cathedral) and Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, a four-piece band who are also on a return visit. On Saturday, there’s an evening of cool folk-rock featuring Moulettes (BBC Brit Award nominees, currently supporting The Levellers and Arthur Brown on tour), My Back Pages, a Bob Dylan tribute band from Brighton, Paper Aeroplanes – Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn, just back from a tour in Germany and embarking on their own UK tour to promote the forthcoming CD. The evenings will feature fine food and drink from local producers, including Phill and Maggie Vickery from the Preseli Brewery, Pen-Lon Brewery and Gethins Cider.


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Roy postpones Llantrisant party

Cardiff traditional singer Roy Harris has postponed his eightieth birthday party at Llantrisant Folk Club, The Windsor Hotel, Pontyclun, following an operation which took him a long time to recover. A Song And Tune Night will be held instead on Wednesday June 19 (8.30pm). The Llantrisant guest progrmme starts off with The Hut People (July 3), Broom Bezzums (July 10), Jon Heslop from Cornwall (July 24), Sara Grey and Keiron Means (August 28), Pete Coe (September 18), Jerry Epstein and Ralph Boddington (September 25), and Eddie Walker’s final Llantrisant appearance before he retires (October 2).


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Contact: Mick Tems, Editor - Folkwales Magazine, 88 Manor Chase, Y Beddau, Pontypridd, CYMRU / WALES CF38 2JE Phone: 01443 206689

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