From the Margins ... North Wales Music & Comedy

  • 9BachLLECHI : 7 & 9 AUGUST
    Inspired by the theme of slate and the history of Bethesda, first written as part of the Pontio's opening season, this collaborative project features 9Bach, Lleuwen Steffan, Siân James, Caleb Rhys, Côr y Penrhyn, Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence, John Ogwen and poet Martin Daws. An enrapturing musical, visual and poetic mix - astounding and acclaimed when first performed, this second opportunity is not to be missed. Tickets are still available from the Pontio Website, but becoming limited.
  • SONG OF THE WEEK : GAI TOMS : GWALIA
    To mark today's release of Gai Toms' seventh solo album, this week's song is its title track, Gwalia - which is based around a long, haunting sample of Eleri Llwyd's O Gymru. Overall the new collection is a triumph, remarkable in the agility with which it shifts stylistically - at one moment offering the monumental, slow dub-edged rock of Gwalia itself, another the contrast of the infectious Gallic pop groove of Ewrop. Read the album review - buy Gwalia here.


  • Sesiwn FawrALYS WILLIAMS : TYRD ATA I
    Rummaging about the internet before Sesiwn Fawr next weekend (21 - 23 July) turned up this showstopper, Tyrd Ata I, an unadorned, beautiful piece sung by Caernarfon based Alys Williams. It was recorded live, and uploaded in December last year, with backing singers Aled Hughes (see below), siblings Osian and Branwen Williams, and Gwion Llewelyn - who make up Alys' band; that's more creative talent than should be allowed to gather in one room safely. The result on this occasion is quietly stunning.


  • PatrobasREVIEW : PATROBAS LIVE AT TY COCH
    Patrobas are definitely one of Wales' most exciting new bands. This review of an outdoor gig held on the edge of a beach near Morfa Nefyn completes a set of three articles - including an interview and a debut album review - read all about it.
  • Aled Hughes : Trugaredd / Nos Da MyfanwyALED HUGHES : TRUGAREDD / NOS DA MYFANWY
    Aled Hughes plays bass in Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog and for Georgia Ruth, runs a record label, Sbrigyn Ymborth, and is an outstanding producer. A first solo effort, this single has two tracks - hushed, tranquil songs (one an instrumental), as cleverly composed and arranged as you'd expect - but also genuine emotionally articulate music. Read more.
  • Song of the WeekSONG OF THE WEEK : CLIMBING TREES : FALL
    Culled from Borders, Climbing Trees' 'dynamic, magnificent, and stunning ... Cymrucana masterpiece', Fall is that album's best track; it grows at a stately pace to a slowly unwinding but glorious crescendo. Built around piano, an emotive vocal, a searing guitar line and a hard thumped drum sound, it is a moment of magic from Pontypridd. Fall is released as a single, including on Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl, from 04.08.17 at www.ilikeclimbingtrees.com/shop. Live Climbing Trees deliver on the promise of their recorded output - worth noting this week as they are one of the headliners at Sesiwn Fawr, appearing this Saturday, 22nd.


  • Sesiwn FawrSESIWN FAWR : 21 - 23 JULY [Dolgellau]
    You could say the essence of Sesiwn Fawr is that it is a superbly well run and curated event, in a beautiful location, with a genuine sense of the community and culture that hosts it; like the Llangollen Fringe it is a festival that makes the town it is held in come alive. But you can distill it even further - the nub is three days of exceptional music in a small host of intimate venues. Here is this year's programme - and ticket details. Amongst many potential highlights Lewis & Leigh play at The Royal Ship Hotel on the Sunday:

  • Band Pres Llareggub : Llangollen FringeGIG OF THE MONTH : LLANGOLLEN FRINGE : BAND PRES LLAREGGUB : 22 JULY
    If you have not seen them before, don't miss this chance. Band Pres Llareggub fuse hip hop, brass and their North Walian musical heritage to create a uniquely exhilarating live show - and this date also epitomises what the Llangollen Fringe Festival is all about; it has brought excitement, creativity and a mood of revelry to the town each summer for the last twenty years. There's a detailed preview for the gig, and the rest of the programme can be found here.
  • Beth CelynBETH CELYN : TI'N FY NHROI I MLAEN
    Like rabbits on Father Ted, no sooner do you spot one superb Beth Celyn song then you immediately see another. Released as a single today, heralding what will be a keenly anticipated EP, Ti'n Fy Nhroi I Mlaen (You Turn Me On) has its fair share of piano and drums (the latter played deftly by Carwyn Williams of Patrobas, Fleur de Lys and, on occasion, Candelas), but the heart of it is her sublimely gliding vocal - which is again majestic.


  • Beth Celyn : Song of the Week SONG OF THE WEEK : BETH CELYN : TROI
    Impressive live at Gŵyl Arall, Beth Celyn is undoubtedly a gifted singer songwriter, and Troi is a graceful, soaring & emotive song.



  • Courteous Thief : Tribal EPCOURTEOUS THIEF : TRIBAL EP
    Courteous Thief is the recording name of Llandudno singer songwriter Gary Roberts - he has released a new four track EP of acoustic folk-pop on CEG Records; expansive music that is a very positive signal for the album that is follow. Read more.

New Album & Live Reviews

  • Aled Hughes : Trugaredd / Nos Da MyfanwyALED HUGHES : TRUGAREDD
    First solo release is emotionally articulate music
    [read more]
  • Patrobas ReviewPATROBAS : LLE AWN NI NESA'?
    Spirited contemporary folk
    [read more]
  • Oblong Debut Album ReviewOBLONG : BRILLIANT ... GWD
    Melodic songs and wired, urban rock sound
    [read more]
  • Tudur Owen ReviewTUDUR OWEN LIVE REVIEW
    Anglesey comedian Tudur Owen in fine headlining form
    [read more]
  • The Immediate : Manbuoy ReviewTHE IMMEDIATE : MANBUOY
    Manbuoy is "an unexpected power pop revelation"
    [read more]
  • Bendith EP ReviewBENDITH EP
    An exquisite follow up to their 2016 debut album
    [read more]
  • LASTIGBAND EP
    New garage psychedelic pop EP from Cae Gwyn label
    [read more]
  • SERA : LIVE REVIEW
    A spellbinding solo Christmas performance in Conwy
    [read more]
  • ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD
    A superb debut folk album
    [read more]
  • Mr HuwMR HUW ALBUM
    A new album of dark but always melodic pop
    [read more]

New Articles & Interviews

  • PatrobasPATROBAS PROFILE
    An interview with Patrobas as they recorded their debut album - remarkable contemporary folk from the Llŷn Peninsula.
    Read the article here.
  • AdwaithFtM 2017 WATCHLIST
    Monico Blonde and Adwaith feature in the set of 13 pre-debut album bands we think will make exactly the right noise in 2017.
    See the full list.