Theatr Mwldan | Creu Cymru Co-Production
A World of Music In Wales
4 days… 8 bands… 16 shows… 16 venues… Creu Cymru and Mwldan in association with Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales present a major music tour of Wales featuring artists hand picked from global showcases appearing at Womex 2103 in Cardiff, with support from world class Welsh artists.
Tickets can be booked through the individual venues
Sun 27 October Harlech, Theatr Harlech
Mon 28 October Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
Tues 29 October Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre
Weds 30 October Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre
Cumbia All Stars (Peru)
+ DnA (Wales)
Travel back to the psychedelic roots of the Peruvian Cumbia! Like a Peruvian Buena Vista Social Club, the 8-piece Cumbia All Stars come from the legendary bands of Peruvian Cumbia and, after 40 years, they meet again to finally play together the music they participated in creating. Psychedelia was a phenomenon that only could have occurred during the sixties in Peru, a product of the effervescent environment of rediscovered freedoms when psychedelia took root in the removed cities of Amazonia, and among children of immigrants who gave birth to a musical genre that is now an integral part of the Peruvian identity. Delirious melodies, bold guitar, latin grooves and jerky beats – these guys swing!
DnA by name, DnA by nature: music is in the very DNA of this hugely talented mother-and-daughter duo Delyth & Angharad Jenkins from Wales, both of whom enjoy international reputations not only as soloists but as members of such bands as Calan, Adran D, Aberjaber and Cromlech. Whether they’re vamping up a traditional oldie or minting something entirely new, there’s a timeless beauty to these intimate and irresistible conversations between harp and fiddle.
Sun 27 October Narberth, Span Arts & Torch Theatre @ Queens Hall
Mon 28 October Porthcawl, The Grand Pavilion
Tues 29 October Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor
Weds 30 October Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
+ Ballet Nimba (Wales/Guinea)
The sublime sounds of India and Wales combine in this unique and exquisite collaboration that brings together Indian Ghazal and the Welsh folk tradition. The 6-piece Ghazalaw is led by Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Cardiff singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn, who weave the love poetry of their two ancient traditions together to the accompaniment of Welsh harp (played by rising star Georgia Ruth), Indian violin, tabla, guitar and harmonium.
100% African – Made in Wales, the compelling Ballet Nimba, founded by Idrissa Camra (performing here as a 7-piece ensemble) are self styled ambassadors of West African musical culture. Their excitingly dynamic show combines furious percussive beats, soaring vocals, mesmerising flute and rootsy acoustics with acrobatic dance from the African Ballet tradition thrown in for good measure. Outstanding entertainment!
Sun 27 October Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Mon 28 October Caernarfon, Galeri
Tues 29 October Blackwood, Blackwood Miners’ Institute
Weds 30 October Pontardawe, Pontardawe Arts Centre
Les Tambours de Brazza (Republic of the Congo)
+ 9Bach (Wales)
Amazing things happen when the 10-member Les Tambours de Brazza takes the stage. This spectacular, choreographed percussion band from Central Africa blends tradition and modernity, playing large Ngoma drums alongside drum set, bass, guitars and voice, and passing on a universal message of peace, freedom and brotherhood. A thunderous show that’s a joy to watch as these men smile, dance and tear into their skins with verve.
Fast rising and brilliant young 5-piece Welsh indie-folk band 9Bach, led by Lisa Jen’s exquisite vocals, take traditional songs and recast them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas populated by drum, bass, and guitar grooves mixed with melodic, angelic harp and harmonium. 9Bach deliver an atmospheric, fresh and beautiful dose of new folk from the old country.
Sun 27 October Ystradgynlais, The Welfare
Mon 28 October Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
Tues 29 October Holyhead, Ucheldre Centre
Weds 30 October Abergavenny, Borough Theatre
Ebo Taylor (Ghana)
+ Alaw (Wales)
Born in 1935 to a family of fisherman, Ebo Taylor is one legendary guitarist. A fearless composer, arranger, and solo artist who cut some of the best Highlife, Jazz and Funk tunes to come out of Africa during the 1970s, Ebo Taylor has embraced a fusion of traditional and Western forms of popular music and here leads his own 8-piece band to Wales. Ebo’s collaboration and friendship with the legendary Fela Kuti lasted over 30 years, and he’s still at the very top of his remarkable groove - whose ultimate destination is your hips!
ALAW unites the talents of three tremendous Welsh musicians – Jamie Smith (accordion), Oli Wilson-Dickson (fiddle) and Dylan Fowler (guitar) - whose subtle interplay is a joy to watch. Drawing on a wealth of experience they take their audiences on a musical journey in which tunes brought back from Bulgaria or India sit alongside their passion for the old tunes of Wales. From sublime slow airs to dazzling dance tunes and storming songs, Alaw promise a performance of joyful and life affirming music.
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Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.
For more details please contact Tamsin Davies at Theatre Mwldan on 01239 623925/ firstname.lastname@example.org or Angharad Wynne on email@example.com