Three days on how to "Polish your Professionalism". These workshops will help you to become a better communicator, be more professional in the “business” and create bigger and better networks and relationships to further your musical career. Aimed at part-time and full-time professionals, the...
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,...
The 10 Mewn Bws (10 in a Bus) project aimed to reinterpret and demystify traditional Welsh folk music by selecting ten musicians from different musical backgrounds to research their musical roots and to reinterpret Welsh traditional music in a ways relevant to them, and to audiences of...
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...
Words like 'marketing' and 'branding' can feel scary and too 'corporate' for musicians, however, increasingly in the big world out there, getting these things right makes the difference between success and getting nowhere.
This is a marketing and branding workshop like no other you will probably ever experience. Designed by a creative arts marketer (who manages to operate in the commercial music sector as well as hang out with musicians and enjoy music making), specifically for those of you for whom a visit to the dentist for multiple extractions is preferable to engagement with marketing speak and corporate jargon.
Essentially this is about getting to the core of your work, understanding who you are as an artist and performer. Then it's about how you share that story, your story with the world, in words and music and images. This goes for individual performers as well as groups.
This day will get you thinking about your work and the direction of your career as you've likely never done before. There will be lots of laughter and some going deep, poetry, some marketing speak that is good for you to understand and probably some silly hats. What there won't be is a suited corporate business person droning on about logos, market segments etc. - promise!
Ultimately, it aims to revitalise your creative juices, get you moving ahead purposefully with your work and ensure that you communicate that meaningfully and effectively with your audience, reach those who've yet to discover you, make an impression on bookers, the music industry and the media.
Venue: CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
Cost: £25 per day (includes lunch) Advance booking is essential. Book your place here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/trac
Five of Welsh traditional music's brightest acts are off to the US in a few weeks to showcase their music at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.
High-energy folksters Calan will be joined by guest harpist Gwenan Gibbard, who'll also showcase solo. Mother-and-daughter duo DnA, who made such an impression at the WOMEX opening gala, have been invited to showcase there too, as have Olion Byw, whose second album is launched this week. One of Wales' best-loved talents, Sian James, completes the Welsh presence.
Thirty musicians came to trac's training day on Performance and Media Skills last Sunday. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive: "Great day, thought provoking, really helpful", "A fab way of spending a Sunday - Encore!"
The next skills day is on 16 February and features touring and technical advice from experienced international tour manager Tim Hand : how to prepare your events, tours, sound & lighting systems and how to work with other stage professionals for a stress-free performance. For more details, click the link here.
It is a constant complaint that there are not enough properly trained musicians who can teach our traditions. We have commissioned some research about our future and the one thing that all our stakeholders are agreed on is that we should do something about this. We will be asking our friends at Community Music Wales to adapt their community music tutor programme specifically for traditional musicians.
We'd like you to tell us what that should include ..
Photo: Jenn Williams at Ty Gwerin Eisteddfod yr Urdd 2012
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 top industry professionals. The hugely experienced multi-instrumentalist Brian McNeill will be coming down from Scotland to polish up stage skills, with Jaqueline France McNeill, media trainer. 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.
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.
Danny KilBride, Director
Angharad Jenkins, Projects
Blanche Rowen, Administrator
P.O. Box 428, Cardiff CF11 1DP