Fisherman’s Friends' tragedy: Concert cancelled
St David’s Hall in Cardiff has cancelled the Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s
Friends concert on Sunday, March 10, following the deaths of group
member Trevor Grills and tour manager Paul McMullen. Trevor died in
hospital after a metal door fell on him and killed Paul in a freak
accident at the G Live concert venue in Guildford, Surrey.
A St David’s Hall statement said: “It is with great sadness that we
heard of the tragic deaths of singer Trevor Grills and tour manager
Paul McMullen of Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends. The staff and
management of St David's Hall send their condolences to the group at
this sad time. The concert due to be held at St David’s Hall on
Sunday 10 March will not take place, and we will be writing to all
ticket holders to inform them of the situation and will be offering a
Trevor, who was 54, is believed to have been unloading gear for the
concert with Paul when the tragedy occurred. Paul, 44, suffered
serious leg injuries and was treated by paramedics but died at the
scene. Trevor was taken to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, South
London, with serious head injuries but died in hospital overnight.
In a statement, the Port Isaac singers said: “The Fisherman’s Friends
announce with great sadness that their friend and fellow band member
Trevor Grills passed away last night as a result of severe head
injuries inflicted during an accident on Saturday February 9.
“Trevor was a much-loved and valued friend to all of us and was an
integral part of the Port Isaac community. He will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family at this very difficult time.”
Darcus Beese, president of Island Records, the group’s label, added:
“We are all deeply saddened at losing Trevor. The Fisherman’s Friends
are exactly that - life-long partners in all they do, and our thoughts
and prayers go out to them and Trevor’s family and friends.”
Fire in the Mountain programme unveiled
Jamie Smith’s Mabon head a glittering Welsh line-up at the third
Fire In The Mountain
festival, which takes place at Cwmnewidion Isaf, Cnwch Coch, near
Aberystwyth from Friday, May 31 until June 2. Sheelanigig from Bristol
headline Friday night and premier fiddler and old time master Bruce
Molsky, from the USA, is the main guest on Saturday night. The
Turbans, who play Middle Eastern music with a Hackney twist, are the
Sunday night headliners. More info as soon as we can get it…
Two-week tour for Martyn, Luke
Penarth-born singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph takes off on a two-week
British tour on April 9, with the fast-rising 10-year-old Luke Jackson
supporting him - and joining Martyn on seven of the April shows will
be the American-born producer the CD Songs For The Coming Home, Mason
Neely, who has worked with artists including Cerys Matthews.
But Welsh audiences will not see Martyn and Luke - that is, unless
they travel. The tour comes to Gloucester on April 18 (Friars Folk and
Roots, Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellgate Street) and Bath on April 19
(Chapel Arts Centre, St James Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls.)
Bob Harris has compared Martyn to the finest of wines, while Classic
Rock has described his powerful and prolific material as “As honest as
music can get”.
A gifted guitar player with a juggernaut voice, he has an enviable
high-level connectivity with his audience. Three decades, half a
million album sales and 31 albums on, the charismatic and unstoppable
Joseph has been dubbed “The Welsh Springsteen” - and he continues to
garner fans everywhere with his uncanny melting pot of both robust and
fragile material. He won the Best Male Artist title in the BBC Welsh
Music Awards, while his wistful There’s Always Maybe from his
penultimate album Under Lemonade Skies won the global Independent
Music Awards Best Folk Song category. In demand on both sides of the
Atlantic, the inspired singer songwriter will return from another
North American tour to launch into his spring tour, kicking off with a
capital performance at London’s Green Note and taking in cities from
Aberdeen to Leicester.
Cadi Ha: Let's celebrate!
The North Wales dance festival Gŵyl
Cadi Ha will be held in Holywell (Treffynnon), Flintshire. on Saturday
April 27 - the 16th annual festival of Welsh folk dancing in the town.
Cadi Ha is organised by the Flintshire dance team, Dawnswyr Delyn, who
are celebrating their 25th anniversary with an evening meal
before the festival. Details can be obtained from Chairman/Secretary
42 Holcombe Drive, Llandrindod, Powys LD1 6DN.
It's snow joke for Bethan and baby Gweni
Congratulations to harper Bethan Nia and Richard Reast on the birth of
a daughter, Gweni Eira. Thick snow around the couple’s Pontypridd home
didn’t help; Bethan was 12 days overdue and the candidate for an
emergency caesarean. Richard said: “We were hoping for a home birth,
but got caught out by the snow. We had to get a 4x4 ambulance to come
up the hill.” Mother and baby are doing well; Eira is Welsh for Snow!
Sara and Keiron play gigs in Gwent
Musical Mom-and-son Sara Grey and Keiron Means have two interesting
tour dates in Gwent; they play Dylan Fowler’s Stwdio Felin Fach in
Abergavenny on Monday May 6 (8pm) and Richard Booth’s Bookstore in
Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, on Tuesday May 7 (8pm).
Wild Angels' free
The Wild Angels Community Choir (led by oboe and hammered
dulcimer-playing musician Sue Harris) rehearse fortnightly on
Thursdays at Dol-Llys Hall in Llanidloes at 7.30pm. They have already
organised a free taster session; contact number: Patricia, 01686
Le Vent De Nord kick off at Borough Theatre
Quebecois band Le Vent De Nord kick off their British tour on Thursday
July 25 at the Borough Theatre, Cross Street, Abergavenny, at 7.30pm
before playing at the WOMAD festival in Malmesbury, Cambridge Folk
Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and Warwick Folk Festival. Borough
Theatre box office phone number is 01873 850805.