The event's name translates dryly as 'Another Festival', but if you are looking for something exceptional on the weekend of 6th - 9th July then this is where you should start. The bill of literature, music, art, spoken word and film across Caernarfon is a masterfully curated celebration of contemporary Welsh culture and language. The full bilingual programme is here (PDF), advance tickets are available, and the musical highlights include:
Sun. 9th July (8pm - Clwb Canol Dre) : A mellower evening built around extraordinary voice and harmony - Alys Williams & Plu[£10]
GAI TOMS : GWALIA
Blaenau Ffestiniog's Gai Toms plays guitar in Brython Shag, which makes him worthy of note even before six previous solo albums and his contribution to Anweledig are taken into account. A new CD, Gwalia, is due for release on 21st July - he has been inspired by everything from the haunting, hymnal O Gymru by Eleri Llwyd to a searing book on the history of Latin America; the result is an inventive, eclectic and brilliant collection of songs. Read the full review. [30.06.17]
NEW VIDEO : PATROBAS : PAID RHOI FYNY
To continue a theme - with the launch of their outstanding debut album Lle awn ni nesa'? here is a new Patrobas video for the song Paid rhoi fyny, and from Monday night on Heno, S4C a live performance of the instrumental Difyrrwch Sieff-Sieffre.
PATROBAS : LLE AWN NI NESA'?
Two years on from their debut EP the evolving
contemporary folk of the Llŷn peninsula's Patrobas has been condensed into a set of ten uplifting and spirited songs for their first album. It does not disappoint - read the review. [25.06.17]
NEW VIDEO : CHRIS JONES & EVE GOODMAN : SI HEI LWLI
Eve Goodman is a very talented singer songwriter from Caernarfon who has recently released a new EP, Low Sun, on CEG Records; Chris Jones is a hugely accomplished folksinger from Cwm y Glo, who released a beautifully performedalbum, Dacw'r Tannau, in 2014. They recorded this stately, lulling version of Si Hei Lwli together earlier this year.
KATEY BROOKS LIVE REVIEW
There is something exalted in the music of singer songwriter Katey Brooks - and it was magnificently evident in her 3rd Space show - full review. [19.06.17]
OBLONG DEBUT ALBUM : BRILIANT ... GWD
Llanelli's Oblong have right the elements in place to be a great band, and this debut - with its melodic songs and wired, urban rock sound - is the album of the year so far: read the review. [16.06.17]
HMS MORRIS : MORBID MIND
The latest single from the off kilter world of HMS Morris explores the subject of morbid curiosity - it's an indisputable musical success, and the accompanying video (below) intensifies the subtly unsettling and infectious psychedelic art-pop of the song. Tempted by this four minutes and two seconds, you can find more of HMS Morris' recorded work here. The band play Chester Live on June 23rd.
TUDUR OWEN : NEVER WORN OR TORN
Anglesey comedian Tudur Owen has a new Edinburgh Fringe show, 'Normal Wear & Tear'.
As a warm up his recent Venue Cymru show was a hilarious demonstration of comedic craft, there's a review here - with details of his Fringe show and how to get tickets for it too. [14.06.17]
THE GOAT ROPER COUNTRY CLUB : EVERYTHING BUT THE BLUES
A stomping, soulful triumph of an evening hosted by Rhuddlan's The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, as they and guest Ash Gray
served up irresistible acoustic country blues at Llandudno's 3rd Space. With future guests Michelle Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Lee Southall (The Coral) this looks like a monthly date not to be missed. Full review here. [13.06.17]
NEW REVIEW : THE IMMEDIATE : MANBUOY
Whilst the world will be, for a moment or more, distracted by Theresa May's
struggles to hold together her own credibility and a minority government at the same time, this week will just as importantly see the release of Manbuoy by Mold's The Immediate - the album is "an unexpected power pop revelation" - and perhaps the exact musical antidote you might need to all the senseless confusion. Read more & listen to the album here. [11.06.17]
Song of the Month
Padraig Jack is a singer-songwriter from the West Coast of Ireland - he is bilingual and has recorded in Irish and English. A debut album, produced by John Reynolds, is due soon; to herald that release Minnie is a three minute showcase of a remarkable acoustic storytelling talent. [More]