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Song Chain 2; Tabernacle, Machynlleth.


FOLK music is on the up in Wales with new bands and singers making the most of our rich vein of material, much of it having not been heard in many years.

Song Chain 2, created by Cardigan's Theatr Mwldan, has brings together eight of Wales' top folk musicians to "sing old words to new tunes".

At times they sang alone, sometimes with other members of the crew and finally, all together in a foot stomping finale.

Its a simple idea but one that delighted the audience at Tabernacle, Machynlleth..

The evening got off to a spirited start with the three fiddlers - Patrick Rimes, Kate Ronconi and Christine Cooper - playing the Welsh Bourees, a tune inspired by the Auvergne fiddle tradition.

It was followed by one of the highlights of the first half with harpist Stacey Blythe singing the traditional Welsh folk song Aderyn Du with an accompaniment from fellow harpist Ceri Owen-Jones on the trombone.

Ceri then reverted back to the harp to play, and sing some Cerdd Dant or penillion in the South Wales tradition. Can y Cusanau (literally The KIssing Song) comes from the collection of Iolo Morgannwg.

He told the audience that although he was raised in western Canada his roots are steeped in Ceredigion and had returned to his homeland five years ago to learn harp and Welsh. Appears to be doing both very well.

Folk singer Gareth Bonello demonstrated his guitar playing ability before Beth Williams-Jones varied proceedings with a modern clog dance.

A member of the folk group Calan Beth was helped in no small way by the clapping and stomping of feet of fellow Calan musician Patrick.

Joined by accordianist Jamie Smith Patrick rounded off the first half with their take on Llongau Caernarfon.

The second half continued in the same vein with the highlights being a trio of reels from Ceri, Patrick and Jamie and a folk song from Beth, Stacey and Christine.

They deserved the applause at the end. This was the second Song Chain tour. I'm looking forward to another.

Song Chain 2 is at Galeri Caernarfon tonight at 7.30pm. Further information and tickets call 01286 685250.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 24, 2015
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