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MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Brenig’s repertoire differs from the standard Welsh tradition; in fact, the trio could be mistaken for a band from the other side of The Pond. Daniel and Mandy sing in unison to simple country-influenced themes and melodies, and the violin provides an extra voice. Daniel writes about Welsh events that has influenced him – The Enid Eleanor, the last Aberystwyth-built ship; the Rebecca riots, sparked by tollgate taxes imposed by the English owners; the Six Bells colliery disaster; the farmhouse that appears to rise up out of the gigantic Llyn Brianne reservoir; Jemima Fawr and her Welsh-hatted women putting to rout the last French ‘invasion’ near Fishguard; and the story of his grandfather’s life before and after the First World War.
Welsh Online Folk magazine (Mari Lloyd) CD review
“Bryony is a very special singer-songwriter and guitar player. Writing and performing her own material, her songs are emotional, personal and they have a strong narrative. Targeting a release this autumn, there is little doubt that the 21 year old musician from Merthyr is on to something very positive.”
Susan Hansen from It’s All Indie
“Captivated throughout the set with your playing and that voice – and that doesn’t happen often! Listened to the CD this morning and equally impressed.”
“Tonight I saw someone special perform. Sublime. With just her guitar, her voice and her stories, Bryony Sier blew me away. Rarely do I buy a record immediately after hearing one song but I highly recommend ‘Captivity’. She also wore a cool hat, which is always a sketch bonus.”
Sion Tomos Owen
The Wee Bag Band
The Wee Bag Band’s raison d’être is to bring mad, bad, trad, popular and contemporary diddly, diddly IRISH / Celtic music and song to the masses at pubs, clubs, doos ‘n festivals in North Wales, UK, infinity and beyond …
“Wonderfully talented music family.”
Jamie Owen, BBC Wales
“Such a beautiful recording, from such an unaffected band. And hugely, luminously talented too, of course… Don’t let anyone change or spoil you. I imagine that is the last thing anyone could do… Transﬁxingly beautiful!”
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Not since The Deighton Family have a group of siblings made such an impact in the world of folk… If you like your folk with a bit of bite check The Meadows out. We think you’ll like what you hear!”
Mike Kennedy, Welsh Connections
Candy Mountain a singer songwriter from the hills of Mid-Wales. A blues / folk / rocking style with a big raw voice. Always busy playing local bars and festivals. He will often throw in a few quirky versions of famous tunes from likes of Dolly Parton.
Aled is an established Welsh artist who is playing in the festival on Sunday.
Originally from Llandudno Junction North Wales. Singer/songwriter Aled Hughes is now located in Llantwit Major. Probably best categorised as being in the pop-folk-soft rock genre, he writes songs in both English and Welsh. Some take quite a light hearted perspective, while others deal with heavier themes. As well as composing his own material, he does renditions of Welsh standards. He has released three albums It’s Acoustic, ’67 and his latest Earl Lane. The albums are available on worldwide download and available on many sites including iTunes and Spotify. Aled is a Welsh for Adults tutor in the Vale of Glamorgan and has also tutored in Caerleon, Newport, Cardiff and Pontypool.
Michal and Gerardo
Michał Poręba and Gerardo Albela have, between the two of them, lived in seven different cultures, speak seven different languages… and could well know seven thousand tunes.
Together, they take you on a journey from the melodies of their different folklores, through to their own compositions, flowing from the simple to the elaborate.
Lost Tuesday Society
From Swansea, mixing ingredients from folk, psychedelia, rock, prog, blues, and quirky into a beautiful pie for your ears to eat.
Appearing as a three piece band.
Playing the festival on Sunday.
MK Welsh Connections