Preview : New Year's Eve 2017 : Band Pres Llareggub / Patrobas7:30pm, December 31st I Nant Gwrtheyrn
Nant Gwrtheyrn is a Welsh Language and Heritage Centre built from the ruins of an abandoned quarry village, Porth y Nant. When functioning industrially the main route for essentials to be brought in, and stone road setts to be shipped out, was by sea - now to reach it you can drive down a tree-lined road, finding yourself in a suddenly idyllic setting on the north edge of the Llŷn Peninsula. Once desolate it is alive again, yet with its slow-time romance intact.
This New Year's Eve Nant Gwrtheyrn is the setting for what promises to be an intoxicating celebratory party. Anticipation must come from the venue, but the bands chosen for entertainment should stoke that further.
Band Pres Llareggub host the evening - they offer a unique sound, fusing the energy and edge of hip hop with an archetypal New Orleans brass sound, and then gently infusing the result with their own native North Walian psychedelic heritage. Band Pres have released two albums and a 4-track EP, but it is on stage where they truly excel; you can turn up not having heard a note from them before, and be won over in a moment, and lost in the bliss of the music very shortly after that.
Rather than a brass tradition, Patrobas have their roots in folk but have developed their own sound - making open hearted, uplifting and infectious music. Three years into their career, a superb debut released on SAIN earlier this year, Wil Chidley, Iestyn Tyne, Carwyn Williams and Gruffydd Davies are all natives of the Llŷn. Tempered by relentless live dates, as for Band Pres Llareggub, they are superb on stage.
Before the music there is a dinner, and after it the option to stay overnight in one of the restored quarryman's cottages. It would be hard to put together a better, or more fitting, New Year's celebration in North Wales.
Tickets : includes dinner for £60 per person, or dinner, bed & breakfast for £115 per person. Available in advance only by contacting Nant Gwrtheyrn either through Facebook, or by phoning 01758 750664, or by email.
BAND PRES LLAREGGUB I Bradwr
PATROBAS I Paid Rhoi Fyny (Video) & Difyrrwch Sieff-Sieffre (Live : Heno, S4C)