As FOCUS Wales announced its second wave of acts for 2019 it revealed one of the certain highlights of the festival, which will be when Carwyn Ellis' Colorama appear at the event on Saturday 18th May. The date follows Colorama's recent vinyl re-release of a tenth anniversary edition of Cookie Zoo, and 2017's life-affirming Some Things Just Take Time. Reaching back a decade, December's video of the month is the soft-shuffle-pop of Dere Mewn. [More : Bandcamp I Website]
- Cara Dillon I Christmas Tour
Looking for something special for Christmas that ranged beyond the site's usual geographic limits inevitably led to Cara Dillon's seasonal show, Upon a Winter's Night. Described by Mojo as possessing "quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice", this will be the third year Dillon has taken a set of ancient and modern songs on the road with intention of celebrating the mystery of Christmas.
The 17 date tour starts in her native Derry before working its way across Ireland then the UK:
30 Nov : DERRY Millennium Forum I 028 7126 4455
01 Dec : DÚN LAOGHAIRE : Pavilion Theatre I 01 231 2929
02 Dec : BELFAST : The Ulster Hall I 028 9033 4400
06 Dec : SHEFFIELD : Firth Hall
07 Dec : GATESHEAD : Sage I 0191 443 461
08 Dec : EDINBURGH : The Queens Hall I 0131 668 2019
09 Dec : MANCHESTER : Stoller Hall I 0333 130 0967
12 Dec : BROMSGROVE : Atrix I 01527 577330
13 Dec : MILTON KEYNES : The Stables I 01908 280800
14 Dec : LONDON : Union Chapel - See Tickets I 0871 220 0260
15 Dec : SOUTHAMPTON : Turner Sims I 023 8059 5151
16 Dec : FROME : Cheese & Grain I 01373 455420
18 Dec : MAIDENHEAD : Norden Farm Arts I 01628 788997
19 Dec : BRISTOL : St Georges Hall I 0845 4024 001
20 Dec : BASINGSTOKE : Haymarket Theatre I 01256 844244
21 Dec : CANTERBURY : Gulbenkian Theatre I 01227 769075
22 Dec : SNAPE : Maltings Concert Hall I 01728 687110
[More : Cara Dillon Website]
- Georgia Ruth I Wed 12 December
Hailed as 'One of the British folk discoveries of the year' by The Guardian for her debut, Week of Pines, Georgia Ruth released her second album, Fossil Scale, in 2016 and is now working on a third. Pausing the recording sessions momentarily, she will step out for a one-off December date at The Gate, Cardiff.
The Gate [Cardiff] 7.30pm / Tickets £12 (£10 Early Bird)
- Fara & Plu I Fri 21 December
Acclaimed Orkney folk band Fara visit the Pontio on the back of a new album, Times from Times Fall, to appear for a Christmas date with the beatific harmonies and inventiveness of North West Wales' Plu supporting.
Pontio [Bangor] 8.00pm / Tickets £13-14
- Blodau Gwylltion : Llifo Fel Oed
An exquisite, muted mix of folk and country influences, this debut album from duo Manon Steffan Ros and Elwyn Williams will be one of the first chiselled into 2018 end of year lists.
- Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion : Dal i 'Redig Dipyn Bach
Fourteen years after Dore, Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion have released a new album, Dal i 'Redig Dipyn Bach (Still ploughing on a little bit). From a band credited with putting fire into the 90's Welsh folk revival, the new album does their heritage full justice.
- Daoiri Farrell / Elidyr Glyn : Galeri : 15.05.18
Award winning Irish folk musician Daoirí Farrell and support, singer-songwriter Elidyr Glyn, offered remarkable performances at Caernarfon's Galeri
- 9Bach : Anian
'... challenging, experimental and a graceful triumph'.
- Bendith : Bendith
A collaborative project between Carwyn Ellis of Colorama and Snowdonia's Plu has produced a beautiful collection of songs.