Gwerin Gwallgo

4 – 7 April 2018

Booking coming soon!

Gwerin Gwallgo is a high-energy four-day residential event for young people between 11 and 18 years of age. It takes place at Glanllyn, the Urdd Residential Centre in Bala. We offer places to approximately 40 young people.

Structure of the course

There are instrumental, vocal and clog dancing lessons during the day, followed by informal sessions, concerts, get-togethers, twmpathau and more in the evenings, with opportunities for the young people to take part in some of the fun outdoor activities which Glan-llyn has to offer, too.

Towards the end of the course, there is also a chance to perform.

Instrumental workshops

Players need to have their own instrument, and be able to play at least to a basic standard. Instrumentalists are asked to tell us on the enrolment form their approximate level of experience, from the following options:
Relative 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, though participants must be aware that most of the workshops will be taught by ear.

Song and Dance workshops

These are open to everyone from beginners to experienced participants.

Meet our tutors for 2018

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Patrick Rimes

Advanced instrumental and fiddle

Patrick Rimes is a fiddle player, piper, singer and composer/arranger based in Cardiff. Born and raised in Bethesda, Gwynedd, 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. He’s studied at the University of Leeds, Janáčkovo Akademie Múzických Umění (Czech Republic) and the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff. He performs regularly all over the world with Calan and is part of the new ‘chamber folk’ trio Vri.

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Gwen Mairi

Harp

Clàrsach player and pedal harpist, Gwen enjoys a busy and varied career on both instruments but it is with the clàrsach that she feels most at home. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Acdemy of Music and Drama and with mixed Scottish/Welsh heritage, she fuses music from both cultures with unexpected rhythms and world influences. She is half of the Celtic folk duo Tornish. A fluent Welsh-speaker, Gwen was chosen to be part of trac’s ground-breaking Welsh traditional music project, 10 Mewn Bws.

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Dan Lawrence 

Guitar and mandolin

Dan performs regularly with his traditional Welsh folk duo Olion Byw and the Galician-Welsh band Maelog, tutors young bands and runs his own recording studio. He was raised in Aberystwyth and studied Pop Music and Recording in Manchester, graduating in 1992.  He stayed there for ten years working in various bands (mostly jazz and folk music) and as a session musician. He now lives in Cardiff and has worked as a composer, musical director and sound designer with many of the Welsh theatre companies including National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

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Jordan Price Williams

Cello and whistles

Jordan plays with the folk bands Elfen, Vri and NoGood Boyo. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he’s spearheading the presence of cello and double bass in Welsh folk music, and also plays the pipes and sings. He’s a regular at Gwerin Gwallgo and at trac’s all-age folk weekend course, the Big Experiment.

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Bethan Rhiannon

Clog dance

Bethan Rhiannon first began clog dancing when she was 7 years old and has won titles at the National Eisteddfod. She performs with the band Calan all over the world as accordion player, singer and dancer and is now also part of the new group NoGood Boyo.  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’.

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Gwilym Bowen Rhys 

Folk song

Gwilym Bowen Rhys is a young musician from Bethel, Gwynedd. He fronted the Welsh language rock group, Y Bandana, and plays with alternative folk group Plu with his two sisters, but in recent years has been performing Welsh traditional songs by himself as well as original material. His debut solo album O Groth y Ddaear has been described as “A nigh-on perfect album” (Spiral Earth). Like Gwen, Gwilym was also part of trac’s ground-breaking project 10 Mewn Bws.

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