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Sun 10th Mar at 1:00pm
Wales In London
@ Cecil Sharp House, London
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Wales In London: Calan + Jamie Smith's Mabon + Les Barker + Bragod + Rag Foundation + Jack Harris + Huw Williams + Grassie Busville Band + Parti Cut Lloi + Plus DnA + Cerdd Cegin + Blanche Rowen + Mike Gulston
A wealth of Welsh music and traditional folk arts cast a Celtic spell over Cecil Sharp House for a family-friendly day of non-stop entertainment.
Enjoy the very best of traditional and contemporary Welsh folk dance and song with an afternoon of workshops followed by an evening concert. Have a go at Welsh clogging, dance at the family ceilidh, and learn about the Mari Lwyd and the Welsh version of wassailing. Children can even make their very own Mari. There will also be a chance to join in with the music in the bar during the evening - bring instruments or just your voice!
In partnership with trac (Traddodiadau Cerdd Cymru), the Welsh folk development agency, See www.trac-cymru.org/Table/Wales-in-London/ for further information.
Calan, dubbed "the new ambassadors of Welsh cool" have come a long way since busking the streets of Cardiff. They are now festival favourites, blasting their way through old reels, jugs and hornpipes and then seamlessly morphing into mellow and haunting songs. With their unique instrumental blend, not to mention the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan's line-up is Patrick Rimes (fiddle, bagpipes, whistle,); fiddler Angharad Sian Jenkins; Bethan Rhiannon - main vocal, accordion and step dancing, Alaw Jones on harp and Sam Humphries on guitar.
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Award-winning all-male Welsh band Jamie Smith’s Mabon are one of the most exciting live acts on the UK acoustic roots scene, performing high energy music inspired by the traditional music of Celtic countries. The young five piece line-up are led by accordion maestro Jamie Smith who is a prolific tunes and songs writer. They have played everywhere from WOMAD to Celtic Connections and in more than 15 countries worldwide and bring out the new studio album 'Windblown' in Autumn 2012.
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Les Barker is an English poet best known for his comedic poetry and parodies of popular songs, however he has also produced some very serious thought-provoking written work. Originally from Manchester he trained in accountancy before his talent for the written word was discovered. As well as touring Britain he has also performed in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada. He has published 75 books to date and has released 20 albums.
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A duo made up of Welsh instrumentalist Robert Evans and Trinidadian singer Mary-Anne Roberts. They perform unique interpretations of Welsh music and poetry using original instruments and sources.
‘They are, it seems, as transfixed by the sound as I was when I first heard this extraordinary music’ - Verity Sharpe, BBC Music Magazine.
Bragod tour dates
'The most dynamic band to emerge from Wales for many years, Rag Foundation take these traditional songs, dress them up in fashionable new clothes and present them with sex appeal, flair and imagination.' They have been tipped as having the potential to do for Welsh Folk what the Manics, Catatonia and Stereophonics have done for Welsh Pop.
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Welsh singer-songwriter Jack Harris creates songs steeped in mystery and myth, bringing the narrative tradition of folk and blues music into the here and now.
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Venue: Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road
NW1 7AY 51.538101, -0.149349
→ Camden Road 10 min walk
→ Camden Town 5 min walk