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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Manx Groups Head for Popular Welsh Festival
The annual Welsh
festival Cwlwm Celtaidd has long been a firm favourite with a number of Manx
singers, dancers and musicians, who will be heading across the Irish Sea later
this month to represent the Isle of Man amongst a host of entertainers from the
With a growing
reputation as a family friendly festival, Cwlwm Celtaidd has attracted an
extensive selection of groups and individuals, ranging from the gentle sound of
the Welsh triple harp to the unmistakable resonance of the Breton Bagad.
In amongst a
dozen performers will be two groups from the Isle of Man who will be putting a
firm Manx stamp on the festival.
Local trad power
trio Barrule focuses on bold but sensitive arrangements, which have captured
the imagination not only of those in the wider Celtic circle, but introduced
the concept of Manx music to others who were unaware of what the Island has to
offer froma cultural perspective. The
tight knit group, which has a tangible Welsh link within its ranks, will be hot
footing it to Wales after a short European tour.
dance group Perree Bane has become a firm favourite at the seaside based
festival, with an emphasis on keeping alive an extensive repertoire of both
traditional and contemporary dances. A popular southern based team with more than
30 years experience,and a strong
generational membership, their name is a reflection of the male dancers white
The Manxies will
also be rubbing shoulders with the dynamic Shooglenifty, one of Scotland's most
unique musical exports. Although their sound sprang from Scottish traditional
dance music, their interpretation ultimately challenged music writers, whose
best attempts have led to the description 'hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad', or
simply 'Acid-Croft' which fuses acid-house music style of the late 1980s with
the description of a traditional Scottish rural dwelling.
Based as usual
in the versatile Grand Pavilion, which was originally opened in 1932 as a Palm
Court, it's a perfect central location on the town's seafront at Porthcawl for
many of the festival's activities; including a busy programme of concerts,
dances, workshops, street displays and a beach ceili!
New for this
year will be the awarding of Young Musician of the Festival, with participants
encouraged to play an unaccompanied Celtic tune, or medley, on an instrument of
their own choice. Aimed at musicians aged 10 - 18, the lucky winner will be
awarded a cash prize, have their name engraved on the festival trophy, secure a
prime slot in the special St David's Day Concert and a be invited to a master
class with a professional folk musician.
And for those
still burning with energy there'll be an opportunity to join in some after show
sessions at The Ancient Briton, promising a warm Welsh welcome and a great time
for real ale enthusiasts.