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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Community

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

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Buy your Mari Lwyd kit here (includes cardboard head, book and DVD)

Mari Lwyd kit

Buy the Mari Lwyd book here: 72 pages with illustrations, songs and background. Fully bilingual

Mari Lwyd book

Tradiators

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

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

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.

TAKING PART

The folk arts in communities

ON STAGE

Creativity and artist development

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On behalf of the traditional folk arts

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