Youth Folk Course for young people in years 7 – 13 Gwersyll yr Urdd Glanllyn, near Bala, Gwynedd 14-17 February 2015 With tutors Gwenan Gibbard, Patrick Rimes and Bethan Rhiannon Please note: Enrolment deadline is Friday 16th January 2015
Meet the tutors
clog dance class, and beginners instrumental/song class Bethan Rhiannon first began clog dancing when she was 7 years old and has won titles at the National Eisteddfod. She has performed with the band Calan as an accordion player and singer both in the UK, Europe and the USA. Over the past 10 years Bethan has developed a style of stepping which is unique, mixing standard Welsh repertoire with syncopated beats and modern rhythms. She is also a composer of lyrics and tunes and a singer with a voice one critic described as ‘pure gold’. She has also been a finalist at the Bryn Terfel scholarship competition.
Advanced instrumental band class, open to any instrument Patrick Rimes is a fiddle player, piper and composer/arranger based in Cardiff. Born and raised in Bethesda, North West Wales, his style is firmly rooted in the distinctive fiddle tradition of that area, but he enjoys drawing on a wide variety of other influences too, from orchestral music to jazz and bebop. Following periods of study at the University of Leeds and Janáčkovo Akademie Múzických Umění (Czech Republic) Patrick is currently a viola student at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff. He performs regularly with Calan, and with artists such as Cerys Matthews: recent engagements have included Estampas Festival in Mexico City, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and the BBC Proms.
Harp, folk song and cerdd dant classes Harp class – a chance for harpists to learn all kinds of Welsh folk tunes. Gwenan will cover solo playing and also the role of the harp in a folk group and how to play together with other instruments. Folk songs – a chance to learn some songs and think about how to perform them, unaccompanied or accompanied by the harp or by other instruments. Cerdd Dant session – A bit of Cerdd Dant – folky, informal and fun! Gwenan Gibbard has represented Wales at festivals at home and abroad, performing 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, and is one of the few people who performs this music self-accompanied on the harp. She’s released three solo albums on the Sain label; her most recent, ‘Cerdd Dannau’, is a unique and exciting album which explores a new perspective on the tradition of cerdd dant.
The course and its structure
Throughout the five-day course there will be workshops during the day, followed by informal sessions, concerts, get-togethers, twmpathau and more! There will also be performance opportunities for Gwerin Gwallgo/Folk Frenzy participants towards the end of the course. Instrumental workshops: Players need to have their own instrument, and be able to play at least to a basic standard. Instrumentalists are asked to indicate on the enrolment form their approximate level of experience, from the following options: Beginner: has basic command of instrument; can play easy scales and a few simple tunes; Intermediate: a player of increasing assurance with a reasonable familiarity with different tune types; Advanced: a confident player with a significant amount of performance experience. Ability to read music is not a requirement, nor is previous experience of folk music, but participants must be aware that most of the workshops will be taught by ear. Song and Dance workshops are open to everyone from beginners to experienced participants.
On your enrolment form you will be asked to choose your first and second option classes. We will try our best to put you in your first class option, however this will depend on numbers. There will also be opportunities to take part in workshops with the other tutors in the afternoons. If you would like to discuss which class would be best for you, please contact Angharad Jenkins on email@example.com .
The cost of the course is £75 per head, fully inclusive. You can either pay online by following this link to the BookItBee online booking page http://bookitbee.com/2217/gwerin-gwallgo-folk-frenzy/ or you can pay by cheque, made payable to trac. Please put your name and address on the back of the cheque and return it to us by Friday 9th January 2015. We will email you an enrolment form where you can give us more information about yourself and your choices.
Accommodation is included in the cost of the residential course at the Glanllyn Urdd Residential Centre. http://www.urdd.cymru/cy/ein-gwersylloedd/glan-llyn/ Rooms sleep two, four or six people in bunk beds. Let us know if you would like to share a room with friends, and we will try our best to make this possible.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the cost of the residential course. The first meal will be lunch time on Saturday 14th February, and the last meal will be lunch time on Tuesday 17th February. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements on the enrolment form.
There will be a free minibus from Cardiff to Glanllyn, pick-up points to be confirmed.