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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As well as generating opportunities and projects to drive participation and familiarisation with Wales’ music traditions across communities and abilities, trac also works to develop skill and talent, and to introduce the very best exponents of the tradition on international platforms.

“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 appearing at Folk Alliance International)

trac works with performing artists to develop our emerging folk scene at a professional level. Our work includes 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’re passionate about presenting Wales’ folk traditions and our talented performers on international stages. Here are just a few of our projects beyond Wales’ borders:

  • EFEx and AFO – trac keeps UK folk colleagues up to date with developments in Wales at the new annual English Folk Expo showcase festival and at the annual Association of Festival Organisers conference.
  • WOMEX – Cardiff hosted this major World Music event which led Olion Byw to India as guests of our partners Banglanatak. trac attends WOMEX regularly to maintain and develop links with international contacts.
  • Folk Alliance International – we showcase Wales to new audiences in the USA and Canada in a UK-wide partnership: Calan, Olion Byw, DnA, Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good), Siân James, Lleuwen Steffan, Chris Jones, Lowri Evans, Gwyneth Glyn, 9Bach, and Georgia Ruth have all taken part.
  • Wales in London – EFDSS invited us to showcase Welsh music at Cecil Sharp House
  • Music PEI – A Canadian partnership exchanged Wales’ Kizzy Crawford and PEI’s Tim Chaisson

We enjoy working with musicians, singers, dancers and audiences alike regardless of age, language and ability. If you’re interested in our folk arts, we have something to share with you.


The folk arts in communities


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funding bodies

trac: Music Traditions Wales
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