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.
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.
Gwerin Gwallgo News
Meet our tutors for 2018
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.
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.
Sam Humphreys is a professional guitarist and has been working with a wide range of bands and artists such as Calan, Eädyth, Gabrielle Murphy, Kaikrea, Adran D, Kizzy Crawford and Bryn Terfel. He has over 10 years experience performing, recording and touring internationally.
Alongside being a musician, he also has recording/producer credits on a wide range of styles such as Electronic Music, Heavy Metal, Traditional/Modern Folk, RnB and Pop as well as composing for Film and TV.
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.
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’.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lleuwen Steffan grew up to the sound of words and music, the daughter of singer-composer Steve Eaves, singing on some of his recordings as a young girl. She also gained valuable experience at Ysgol Glanaethwy, the school at Bangor renowned for its choirs, but Lleuwen was always keen to broaden her musical horizons and develop her own unique voice. She’s grown to be one of Wales’ most interesting and progresive creative artists.
Her first albums “Duw a wyr“ and “Penmon“ were critically acclaimed. She went on to live, work and record her third album “Tan” in Brittany, winning song prize Liet International for one of her Breton language songs, Ar Gouloù Bev, before returning in 2016 to Wales.