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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
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.
Jordan Price Williams
Cello and whistles
Jordan is a founding member of VRï, NoGood Boyo and plays double bass with Elfen and ’cello and whistles with super group Pendevig. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he is spearheading the presence of the ’cello in Welsh Traditional Music, developing a ’cello-fiddle style to fit within the tradition. Alongside his VRï band mates Jordan is helping creating the “chamber-folk” style of playing in Wales.
Dan plays guitar and mandolin with Olion Byw and Galician-Welsh band Maelog, tutors young bands, runs his own recording studio and composes for the theatre.
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’.
Branwen is from Llanuwchllyn near Bala. She is part of Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Alys Williams’ band and performers with her brother, Osian, as Siddi.
Also known as Huw Clogs. The name says it all!