Tunes, songs, clogs and much more - and bring the kids! Wales’ all-age ‘folk school’ - a wonderful way to spend a long autumn weekend in a beautiful location, cram-packed with music and dance. Over three days there’s 31 hours of tuition and activities, including mixed-instrument groups,...
(Photo: Stephen Rees) Folk music may come from the people, but there’s room for top-class professionals too. The artist development programme Expanding Horizons is a project to help the music of Wales compete on a world stage. We've taken eight Wales-based acts and brought them together with...
10 Mewn Bws (10 in a Bus) is trac's exciting music project bringing together ten musicians from different backgrounds to research Welsh traditional folk music and reinterpret it in ways relevant to today.In February this year, the ten musicians spent a week travelling around Wales meeting...
The Mari Lwyd is uniquely Welsh, yet part of a tradition stretching across Europe and beyond, and back in time to the earliest cave-painted shaman figures in their animal masks. Seasonal customs with songs and the sharing of food and drink occur throughout the year but a midwinter ritual with...
trac is pleased to announce a series of one-day courses for performing musicians in the new year. Aimed at part-time and full-time professionals, the three days will cover stagecraft, the technical aspects of performance and brand/image/identity.
The days will be led by three top industry professionals. The hugely experienced multi-instrumentalist Brian McNeill will be coming down from Scotland to polish up stage skills. Tim Hand, tour manager with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, will demystify tech specs and performance logistics. Angharad Wynne will reach inside your creative soul and pull out gems to help you market your music. All of these tutors taught on trac's recent Artist Development Programme and were acclaimed by the musicians who took part. The Artist Development Programme helped eight acts from Wales do great business at WOMEX in Cardiff in October: now we want to make that expertise more widely available.
The first one-day course, stage skills with Brian McNeill, will be on 19 January. Tim Hand's day on technical know-how will be on 16 February and Angharad Wynne's day on branding and identity will be on 16 March. They'll be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. You can come on any or all of the three, as each course is self-contained. The cost will be £25 for each day and you'll need to book in advance. Online booking will be available very soon - we'll let you know as soon as it's live.
By Polly March, BBC Wales
Ten perfect strangers plucked from hundreds to reinvigorate Welsh folk music are to launch an album of their new work.
The musicians, who hail from a variety of backgrounds, were all selected to take part in the 10 in a Bus project, dreamed up by Wales' folk development agency, trac, to attempt to demystify the music of our heritage.
The project saw the musicians travelling round Wales on a fact-finding mission to reconnect with their musical roots and establish the best way of reinterpreting more traditional material and making it current for audiences today.
Single rooms at the The Big Experiment 2013 have all sold out.
We have a few doubles, twin sharing and dorm sharing left so book soon - phone or email to check availability.
The Cwpwrdd Nansi gigs are starting back after a break over the summer. Please note, we have changed location! We are now at the Look Out cafe/bar next door to the Dr.Who experience. The wonderful Siddi and Kizzy Crawford will be playing tonight, doors 7:30. £5 entry.
This Monday, 10 September, we went to Westminster for a reception held by our Patron Kevin Brennan MP. He is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Folk Arts Cardiff’s own singer songwriter Ellie James performed alongside Lau.
Danny KilBride, Director
Angharad Jenkins, Projects
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