ON STAGE: creativity and artist development

Our Projects

10 Mewn Bws
The 10 Mewn Bws (10 in a Bus) project aimed to reinterpret and demystify traditional Welsh folk music by selecting ...
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10 Mewn Bws

Folk Alliance International
Four of Welsh folk music's brightest acts are off to the US in February to showcase their music at the ...
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Folk Alliance International

Aur Training Courses
trac has run a series of one-day workshops aimed at part-time and full-time professional musicians, particularly those in the folk/traditional ...
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Aur Training Courses

Dros y Ffin / Beyond the Marches
http://youtu.be/NZGODX4BboY Beyond The Marches / Dros y Ffin is a joint commission by trac and the English Folk Dance and Song ...
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Dros y Ffin / Beyond the Marches

Ffwrnes Gerdd
Furnace of Music: a series of short films featuring leading Welsh musicians Ffwrnes Gerdd News ...
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Ffwrnes Gerdd

In October 2013, Wales welcomed WOMEX, the world's biggest trade event for world/folk/roots and traditional music. This five-day event which ...
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The opportunity to represent your country at such a big event and play Welsh music in Welsh to an international audience was a privilege and our profile there as a national group of individual performers from Wales was always evident and a source of real satisfaction.

Chris Jones on Folk Alliance International

trac works with performing artists to develop our emerging folk scene at a professional level


Our work has included professional development residential courses, performance development days, mentoring and more.

  • WOMEX Artist Development Programme – 13 artists in eight acts received in-depth residential training & mentoring
  • Aur – training days in industry skills: stagecraft, live sound, social media, technical/logistics, and marketing/branding
  • Music days – songwriting with Martin Joseph, arranging folk music with Sioned Webb
  • Training for tutors – expanding musicians’ ‘portfolio career’ possibilities through the tutors’ forum day, Handing It On courses and our Community Music Tutor training course
  • Gaining exposure for Welsh folk artists – Calan Mai, NATO, Folk Proms, Ty Gwerin
  • the Directory of performers lists soloists, duos and bands and folk services


Imaginative trac projects have commissioned new work and enabled performers to extend the reach of their music.

  • 10 Mewn Bws – this groundbreaking project took ten young musicians from many genres and introduced them to the traditional arts – and the tradition bearers – of Wales
  • Beyond The Marches/Dros y Ffin – three young musicians from Wales and three from England explore our common heritage and our differences (in association with PRSf)
  • Ffylantin-tw  – Robin Huw Bowen researched lesser-known pieces from the collections of Meredydd Evans and Phyllis Kinney for a book and CD
  • TuneChain – nine videos illustrate the oral tradition as tunes pass between musicians
  • Ffwrnes Gerdd – 24 short films celebrating a range of folk songs, tunes and artists
  • Canu yn y Cof – Siân James collected unknown manuscripts and songs from north Powys
  • Coch Bach y Bala – PRSf funded Sioned Webb’s community folk ‘opera’ set in Rhuthun


We’ve always sought to make sure the folk arts of Wales are not a well-kept secret.

  • Wales in London – EFDSS invited us to showcase Welsh music at Cecil Sharp House
  • WOMEX – Cardiff hosted this major World Music event which led Olion Byw to India as guests of our partners Banglanatak
  • Folk Alliance International – we showcase Wales to new audiences in the USA and Canada in a UK-wide partnership: Calan, Olion Byw, DnA, Siân James, Chris Jones, Lowri Evans, and Gwyneth Glyn, 9Bach, Georgia Ruth have taken part so far
  • Music PEI – A Canadian partnership exchanged Kizzy Crawford and Tim Chaisson
  • Association of Festival Organisers – trac keeps UK folk colleagues up to date with developments in Wales at the annual AFO conference

trac encourages participation in our music, song and dance traditions - throughout Wales, in both languages and by people of all ages and abilities


The folk arts in communities


Creativity and artist development


On behalf of the traditional folk arts

funding bodies

trac: Music Traditions Wales
©2017 trac Registered charity number: 1085422;
Company limited by guarantee: 4106014




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