TTyG2015-seshoutside72here’s a packed programme for Tŷ Gwerin 2016, the home of folk traditions in the splendid Yurt at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. There’ll be sessions, concerts, dance displays, the famous Stomp Cerdd Dant and of course the trac shop where you can find traditional and folk CDs and books not available elsewhere.

 

Click on the link below for full details via the Eisteddfod’s website

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Saturday

13:00     30 July 2016     Clera: Folk session
Representatives from four of the south east Wales clubs set up under Clera’s ‘Alawon Cymru’ project come together to present a varied programme of traditional melodies at the official start of this year’s Tŷ Gwerin.

14:00     30 July 2016     Olion Byw
Traces of our traditions exist around us every day and in new guises in the music and songs of the folk duo from Cardiff. Using the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and vocals, Dan and Lucy create complex yet simple arrangements, traditional but contemporary. They infuse influences from other cultures: World Music, roots and contemporary folk, while staying authentic to their own culture.

15:00     30 July 2016     Gwent Children’s Festival
It’s time for the Welsh National Folk Dance Society’s first session this week. Join us to enjoy some of the performances from the Gwent Children’s Festival.

16:00     30 July 2016     Folk Instrumental Solo Competition
A programme of traditional Welsh folk songs or traditional melodies no longer than 5 minutes duration. Emphasis is placed on the traditional nature of the performance.

Sunday

11:00     31 July 2016     Clera: Folk session
Session led by Meurig Williams – all welcome

12:00     31 July 2016     Dylan Fowler and Gillian Stevens
Using a range of instruments including guitar, mandocello, drums, clarinet, viola da gamba, treble viol and the ancient Welsh crwth they create a magical and spell-binding atmosphere

13:00     31 July 2016     Gwenan Gibbard
Gwenan Gibbard stands at the forefront of today’s thriving Welsh traditional music scene with her unique, contemporary arrangements of Welsh traditional music and songs. She also specialises in the unique art of Cerdd Dant’, the ancient form of singing Welsh poetry to the accompaniment of the harp.

14:00     31 July 2016     Dawnswyr Caerdydd
Dawnswyr Caerdydd take centre stage at today’s Welsh National Folk Dance Society session

15:00     31 July 2016     Allan yn y Fan
The multi-instrumental sextet, as famed now for their ‘beautiful vocals’ as for their “fiery instrumentals”, breathe new life into the traditional songs and music of Wales as well as writing their own tunes inspired by their homeland and travels.

16:00     31 July 2016     Self-accompanied folk song solo
Are you a folk singer? Are you able to accompany yourself when you perform? Why not compete in this competition? Register at Tŷ Gwerin on the day to take part.

Monday

09:30     1 August 2016     Yoga
What better way to start a day on the Maes than with a yoga session in Tŷ Gwerin?

11:00     1 August 2016     Dawnswyr Talog
Dawnswyr Talog are the performers in today’s Welsh National Folk Dancing Society slot. They hail from the little village of Talog on the outskirts of Carmarthen, but are experienced in entertaining audiences throughout Wales and across Europe.

12:00     1 August 2016     Summer Carols – Rhiannon Ifans
The Welsh have been celebrating the emergence of summer for centuries, and as part of this happy celebration were songs to celebrate the season and its beauty. Rhiannon Ifans is a lecturer and author whose interests include folk traditions. On behalf of the Welsh Folk Dance Society she will preside over a session delving into the tradition of the ‘Canu Haf’ or Summer Songs sharing with us its history and songs from the genre.

13:00     1 August 2016     Monmouthshire schools clog dancing project
Come and enjoy performances by local schoolchildren. The children have learnt how to clog dance as part of the Eisteddfod’s outreach project with local schools over recent months.

14:00     1 August 2016     Gwenan Gibbard and Gwilym Bowen Rhys
Gwenan Gibbard stands at the forefront of today’s thriving Welsh traditional music scene with her unique, contemporary arrangements of Welsh traditional music and songs.
Gwilym Bowen Rhys is a 23 year old folk singer from Bethel, North Wales and is well known in the Welsh language music scene as a member of Y Bandana and Plu. He also performs as a solo artist performing traditional and new folk songs.

15:00     1 August 2016     Ffidlo!
A celebration of the Fiddle in Wales with some of the leading players in the current folk music scene including Angharad Jenkins, Patrick Rimes, Idris Morris Jones, Gwenno Roberts, Stephen Rees, Huw Roberts and more.

16:00     1 August 2016     Gwerinos
Gwerinos is a seven-piece band based in Dolgellau, where they founded an annual folk festival “Y Sesiwn Fawr”. The band performs an exciting mix of traditional tunes and songs, drawing from the traditional sources of Wales, along with original material written by the band members.

17:00     1 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Come and enjoy some Welsh folk music in the company of Clera. This session is led by Gwerinos.

Tuesday

09:30     2 August 2016     Clogdancing keep fit – Tudur Phillips
Tudur Phillips is well known as a clog dancer and TV presenter however he has recently branched out as a fitness instructor with weekly classes in Cardiff. Forget about Yoga, Pilates and Spin and join us for a taste of ‘Clocsfit’. Clogs will be provided for anyone brave enough to try.

11:00     2 August 2016     Llanover Dance Workshop
The Maes is close to Llanover, home of the famous Lady Llanover, a pioneer in the world of Welsh folk dancing.
Join us to find out more about local folk dancing in this session organised by the Welsh National Folk Dancing Society.

12:00     2 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Come and enjoy some Welsh folk music in the company of Clera

13:00     2 August 2016     The Gypsy’s Harp
Celebrating the bi-centenary of John Roberts, Telynor Cymru’s birth – Robin Huw Bowen
The Telynor Cymru 2016 project celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Roberts ‘Telynor Cymru’ (1816-1894), the famous Welsh Gypsy harpist, and one of the most important figures of our folk tradition. Through this project, Clera have been offering a programme of workshops to teach harpists all over Wales to play in the style of the Welsh Gypsy harpists, a style passed down to us directly from John Roberts himself through several generations of his family. It is apt that the project performs at the Eisteddfod this year as John Roberts had close links with Lady Llanover whose home was situated only a few miles from the Eisteddfod site. Join us for a special performance in the Tŷ Gwerin led by the master of the triple harp, Robin Huw Bowen.

14:00     2 August 2016     Ryland Teifi
Join us to enjoy a selection of songs from Ryland’s new album, ‘Man Rhydd’ and a few older favourites from the talented actor and singer who combines music from Ireland and Wales

15:00     2 August 2016    O Groth y Ddaear – Gwilym Bowen Rhys
Gwilym Bowen Rhys is a 23 year old folk singer from Bethel, North Wales and is well known in the Welsh language music scene as a member of Y Bandana and Plu. He also performs as a solo artist performing traditional and new folk songs. O Groth y Ddaear will be his first solo album.

16:00     2 August 2016     Patrobas
The band’s music is unique – their folk influences are clear to see, combined with a rock sound which makes interesting and upbeat listening.

17:00     2 August 2016     Band Nantgarw
A lively young band of talented musicians performing traditional Welsh melodies in a contemporary style, together with exciting clogdancing and singing.

Wednesday

09:30     3 August 2016     Yoga
What better way to start a day on the Maes than with a yoga session in Tŷ Gwerin?

11:00     3 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Come and enjoy some Welsh folk music in the company of Clera

13:00     3 August 2016     Llanover Entertainment Afternoon
Augusta Hall, Lady Llanover, Gwenynen Gwent, three names but one woman who did so much to promote and record Welsh culture.  Eiry Palfrey, Sioned Webb, Mair Tomos Ifans and many more will lead us through an afternoon of fun to tell the interesting story of local character, Lady Llanover.

Tŷ Gwerin will be transformed into Llanover Court for the afternoon, and you will be entertained in an session organised by the group who brought the Cymanfa Delyn Deires to the Maes in 2015.  Be prepared for a few surprises!

15:00     3 August 2016     Welsh songs of the First World War
Launch of an interesting collection of songs sung on the street, in protests and meetings during the Great War. This fascinating book provides the context for every song. Join author, Meic Birtwhistle, to find out more and singer, Siân James, will be on hand to sing some of the songs.

16:00     3 August 2016     Glyn T Jones Tribute Session
Glyn T Jones, Aberystwyth was a stalwart of the Welsh folk dancing world. He chaired the Eisteddfod’s Dance Panel for many years and was very influential. Join us to remember Glyn and his special contribution to folk dancing.

17:00     3 August 2016     Family ‘Twmpath’
Join us for a traditional family Twmpath organised by the Welsh National Folk Dance Society

19:00     3 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Come and enjoy some Welsh folk music in the company of Clera

Thursday

09:30     4 August 2016     Yoga
What better way to start a day on the Maes than with a yoga session in Tŷ Gwerin?

11:00     4 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Come and enjoy some Welsh folk music in the company of Clera

12:00     4 August 2016     Tribannau (Triplets) – Gregg Lynn
Gregg Lynn, Nia Lynn, Bernie Kilbride, Imogen O’Rourke and Stephen Rees transport us on a magical journey to the world of the ‘Tribannau’ (Triplets). This is a chance to learn more about the artform and enjoy a song or two.

13:00     4 August 2016     Children’s folk session
Join Gwilym, Marged and Elan from Plu as they perform songs from their album for children ‘Holl Anifeiliaid y Goedwig’

14:00     4 August 2016     Huw M
Huw M is Welsh composer and performer Huw Meredydd Roberts who plays a mix of original melodies and borrowed folk songs, mangled together with influences from across the globe, to create haunting, intelligent music.b
Bring your team for the Ty Gwerin ‘pub quiz’.  Plenty of fun, a chance to win prizes – and the questions won’t be too hard.

16:00     4 August 2016     Yr Hwntws
Led by Gregg Lynn the Hwntws are a folk group from south east Wales whose repertoire is largely made up of traditional songs and music from Glamorgan and Gwent. The group’s name ‘Hwntws’ denotes ‘South Walians’ and such is their respect for linguistic authenticity that they have reproduced the now almost extinct regional dialect of many of these songs — Gwentian.

17:30     4 August 2016     Cerdd Dant Stomp
Dei Tomos is in charge as a group of cerdd-dantwyr break all the rules and undermine decency and taste – all through the medium of cerdd dant!

19:00     4 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Come and enjoy some Welsh folk music in the company of Clera

Friday

09:30     5 August 2016     Yoga
What better way to start a day on the Maes than with a yoga session in Tŷ Gwerin?

11:00     5 August 2016     Clera: Folk session
Folk session organised by Clera. Today’s session is led by Iestyn Tyne from Patrobas.

12:00     5 August 2016     The Collectors’ Carols – Gwenan Gibbard
J Lloyd Williams, and  J Ffos Davies, collectors and two of the folk music world’s greatest obligers. A chance to hear some of the songs from their collections and some of their stories and background.

13:00     5 August 2016     Clogging Contest
We’re reviving this old Welsh custom from the stable-loft days, when clog dancers (both men and women) would compete against each other by demonstrating their skills and challenging all comers to beat them. Organised by the Welsh National Folk Dance Society

14:00     5 August 2016     Tecwyn Ifan
Originally from South West Wales, Tecwyn Ifan first entered the recording studio as a member of the harmony group Perlau Taf, popular during the 60s and 70s, but when a student in Bangor, he came to prominence as a singer-songwriter who expressed the aspirations of his generation, especially the Welsh language movement Adfer. His songs have stood the test of time and many such as Y Dref Wen and Bythol Wyrdd are classics of their time.

15:00     5 August 2016     Idris Morris Jones in conversation with Ar Log
Ar Log was formed in August 1976 specifically to represent Wales at the Celtic Festival in Lorient, Brittany. The band has performed all over the world sharing a stage with some of the biggest names in the folk world – Alan Stivell from Brittany, Mary Black. The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, The Furies and Clannad from Ireland, and of course Dafydd Iwan.
This year marks 40 years since their formation.

16:00     5 August 2016     Plu
Sibling trio Plu – Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys – play alternative Welsh language folk music with hints of country / Americana, with close three part harmonies the back-bone to their varied set.

17:30     5 August 2016     Calan
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and ‘cool’ sound to traditional Welsh music. With their contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions. Sparkling melodies, foot-tapping tunes and a spirited and energetic performance of Welsh step dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.

18:30     5 August 2016     Ar Log
Ar Log was formed in August 1976 specifically to represent Wales at the Celtic Festival in Lorient, Brittany. The band has performed all over the world sharing a stage with some of the biggest names in the folk world. This year marks 40 years since their formation.

Saturday

11:00     6 August 2016     Dawnswyr Penyfai
Dawnswyr Penyfai take centre stage at today’s Welsh National Folk Dance Society session

12:00     6 August 2016     Props ar y Pryd
An improvised clog dance competition for any number.  Competitors must register during the hour prior to the competition – and the subject, props and music will be chosen and disclosed during the registration period.  Competitors must use the official accompanist.  The dance should last for between 2 and 3 minutes.

13:00     6 August 2016     Alaw
‘Alaw’ is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. Drawing on a great wealth of musical experiences Alaw take their audiences on a musical journey – a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India – but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From the elegant to the virtuoso, Alaw play with an empathy that comes from many years of working together.

14:00     6 August 2016     Idris Morris Jones in conversation with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog
The three brothers from Pen Llŷn will headline the Eisteddfod this evening with their dreamy folk rock. As well as some of their classics, there’ll be an opportunity to hear a few songs off their long awaited new album but before that in Tŷ Gwerin a chance to listen to them in conversation with Idris Morris Jones.

15:00     6 August 2016     Gareth Bonello
Gareth Bonello draws on the language, poetry and melodies of his native country to create beautiful modern folk music in both English and Welsh.

16:00     6 August 2016     Jamie Smith’s Mabon
One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Interceltic / World / Roots bands in Britain today, JSM have built their reputation on their energy and dynamism, outstanding original compositions and virtuoso performances. Mabon’s distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music is acclaimed as “exhilarating, just exhilarating – music performed with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit”.  They are rightly hailed as one of Britain’s ‘must see’ live acts, their music travelling beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew. Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade-full!