From the Margins : December 2018 News Archive
Red or Dead : New EP & Album
North Wales' finest agit-punk-folk band, Red or Dead, chose an impromptu gig at The Bluebell, Conwy to preview songs from their forthcoming second album. The as yet unnamed LP should be out next April, and before that acoustic delight there will be an electric EP unleashed at the end of January. Read more.
Roath Folk Festival 2019
The Gate in Cardiff, which has recently hosted a series of finely curated folk nights in its atmospheric performance space, is now extending the format with a day long folk festival. The new event will be headlined by The Gentle Good, with Nick Harper, Three Cane Whale, Ivan Moult, VRï, James Bower, Colum Regan and a ceilidh led by The Backroom Band. Read more.
Mabon : Twenty
Jamie Smith's Mabon have been chosen to headline one of the prestigious evening concerts at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2019 (Thurs. 4th July) - this new, live album spells out why. Read the review.
Siobhan McCrudden : Icarus Girl
Siobhan McCrudden's childhood home was resonant with traditional music and folk tales; that exposure and early connection is indelibly imprinted into her sound - out of time, but like a baton passed on, Icarus Girl is full of the seductive sense of otherness and mystery first found in early seventies English folk. Read more.
Live : Tom Blackwell
Climbing the stairs to the intimate setting of Bangor's Blue Sky Café it was hard not to have high expectations of the performance due, as Tom Blackwell's latest album of subtle Americana, Memphis Volume 1, released in July, is an understated classic. Two near-hour long sets from the Liverpool based singer-songwriter didn't disappoint. Full review.
FOCUS Wales 2019 : Colorama, Skindred & Neck Deep to Play Festival
Wrexham's annual celebration of new music and arts has announced its second wave of live acts. These include Carwyn Ellis' Colorama, South Wales alt. metal force of nature Skindred and Wrexham's own Neck Deep. Early Bird tickets for the event are still available, and more programme announcements are expected soon. Details.
FolkEast : 2019 Headliners
England's most easterly folk festival reaches beyond its host countries northern and western borders for many of its 2019 headliners. The event, held on 16th - 18th August next year, will see Richard Thompson joined at the top of the bill by Karine Polwart, Cara Dillon, the Sharon Shannon Band, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson and bilingual Welsh globetrotters Calan. Read more.
Merry Hell : Anthems to the Wind
Merry Hell's music is rooted in the cobbly backyards of Wigan, where the band's previous incarnation The Tansads first sparked their clogs. A new acoustic album ranges over a decade of the (new) band's always spirited musical development - and confirms the undeniable, irresistible pop edge found in their folksongs. Read the review.
From the Archive
- Beth Celyn : Troi
Beth Celyn is a young singer-songwriter from Denbigh, who has recently returned to North Wales after three years in London. In that context her enchanting debut EP, Troi, sounds like a definitive statement of intent.
- Fiona & Gorwel Owen : Releasing Birds
These songs were written and recorded one each month through 2014, with slow metronomic discipline despite what life turned up in the year. The album in its entirety features a consummate mix of acoustic folk and electronic instrumentation, threaded through sinuously by Fiona's rich, warm vocals. Each song is a distinct delight.
- Goat Roper Rodeo Band Live : Blue Sky 2016
There is an irresistible sport, the luge, in the Winter Olympics where athletes slide down an iced toboggan track with unstoppable momentum on what looks like a spray painted silver service tray. Watching The Goat Roper Rodeo Band in full flight is something akin to that headlong rush. With the animated stage show, bodies and instruments jolting incurably with the music, it's probably just as dangerous in close proximity.
- Findlay Napier : Glasgow
Findlay Napier's brilliant second solo album, Glasgow, has eleven songs - five covers, three co-written with producer Boo Hewerdine, three solely self-written. Each track essentially takes the lyrical form of a vivid short story with a film-maker's eye for detail, focusing on his home town for subject matter.
- VRï : Tŷ Ein Tadau
VRï are a folk trio that formed in 2016, intent on combining "..the energy of a rowdy pub session with the style and finesse of the Viennese string quartet." With Tŷ Ein Tadau, their debut album, they have realised this singular aim emphatically.
- 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.
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