TAKING PART: the folk arts in communities

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.

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Our Projects

young fiddlers
Gwerin Iau (“Young Folk”) features singing, clogging and instruments with three experienced and popular tutors: Angharad Jenkins and Bethan Rhiannon ...
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Gwerin Iau

Gwerin Gwallgo
Gwerin Gwallgo is a lively four-day residential event for young people between 11 and 18 years of age. It takes ...
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Gwerin Gwallgo

Community Folk Music Tutor Training
  Traditional musician? Looking for new and exciting opportunities around teaching others?  Whether a performer interested in learning new skills ...
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Community Folk Music Tutor Training

Tŷ Gwerin
Tŷ Gwerin, the home of folk traditions in the splendid Yurt at the National Eisteddfod. Join us for a packed ...
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Tŷ Gwerin

Our music is personal, social and a living link between our past and our future. The Tunechain is a series ...
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The Big Experiment
The Big Experiment all-age ‘folk school’: spend a whole weekend playing, singing or dancing! Food and accommodation are included and ...
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The Big Experiment

So many opportunities to play music and talk with other musicians. My playing really gained in confidence through the weekend

anonymous feedback, the Big Experiment


trac’s intergenerational work has involved people of all ages with an interest in traditional music, song and dance; projects such as:

  • The Big Experiment – our annual flagship weekend for singers, dancers and musicians
  • Tŷ Gwerin – the ‘house of folk’ is now an integral part of the National Eisteddfod
  • Session support:
    • tutors for established tune clubs and sessions like Dolanog Tune Club in Powys, Sesiwn Fach Caerdydd in Cardiff, and Aberystwyth Tune Club
    • new tune clubs, sessions and workshops in Machynlleth, Anglesey, Ystradgynlais, the Vale of Glamorgan, Llandovery, Betws near Bridgend and Narberth in Pembrokeshire
    • clogging workshops in Caernarfon, Mold and Denbighshire
    • song workshops in Llandeilo, Ystradgynlais and Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend
  • Mari Lwyd – the ‘vegan option’ for an ancient horse head tradition.
  • Folk arts days – we’ve run whole days like the Aberystwyth day of folk song and Cerdd Dant, the Pembrokeshire days of songs and tunes and the Swansea Day of Morris dance and tunes
  • Spotlight on Merthyr Tydfil – Pibgyrn and ‘Plant Penderyn’
  • Local repertoire – some work has focussed on local connections to songs and tunes such as the work of Ifor Ceri in Powys, the Songs of Pembrokeshire, Alawon Fy Ngwlad based in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Alawon Llanrwst
  • Plygain – regrowing this iconic Welsh song tradition
  • May Carols – teaching the songs and the traditions in Aberystwyth and Cardiff


We’ve run several events for folk champions and local ‘do-ers’ – our former Director, Siân Thomas coined the term Tradiators for them

  • Shaking Off The Dust – an international symposium on reclaiming archived music
  • Tradiators’ Forum days – networking and training for folk clubs and organisers
  • Music Publishers’ symposium
  • Researching source material – music collections at the National Library of Wales

Young People

The rising generations are the future of the folk arts. Here’s some of trac’s work with young people

  • Gwerin Gwallgo – Wales’ new folk school for young people
  • Folkworks – nine young Welsh folkies take their music to Durham
  • Ethno – Sweden’s famous folk school welcomed Wales’ young talent …
  • Degogenod … and what happened next
  • Work in schools – song, music and dance workshops in Torfaen, Gwynedd, Cwmtawe, Cardiff and Powys; sessions on the Mari Lwyd in Carmarthen, and a project on the Gypsy tradition bearers in Pembrokeshire
  • The Urdd Eisteddfod – trac at Wales’ largest competitive festival for young people
  • Jac y Do – a CD for children by children

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


Creativity and artist development


On behalf of the traditional folk arts

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trac: Music Traditions Wales
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