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meets every Wednesday in the Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club,

Castan Road/Palalwyf Avenue, Pontyclun CF72 9EH at 8.30pm

Welcome to Llantrisant Folk Club, which has celebrated more than 34 fantastic and inspiring years of serving up home-made acoustic music to the communities of Llantrisant and Pontyclun - and here's to the next 34 years! Originally founded in The New Inn in Llantrisant by Mick Tems, Pat Smith, Stuart Brown and Siwsann George, and now based in Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, the Club has staged over 1,000 intimate concerts with singers and musicians from all over the world, which is an amazing achievement. Artists from near and far love to perform at the Club, which is famous for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, its belting, wonderful harmony choruses - and its wonderful food, cooked by Pat!

The Club is blessed with all manner of poets, singers, raconteurs and musicians, who can turn an ordinary Song And Tune Night into a wonderful  and magical experience. However, if you want to sing and perform but are terrified of your first "floor spot", then don't worry - we're a friendly bunch! We love to introduce new performers, and new audiences as well.

The Club is located in the Lounge Bar of The Athletic Club, with perfect accessibility and facilities, a welcoming atmosphere, real ale and a comfortable lounge (turn right at the club’s main entrance, and you’ll find us in the first door.) It's a perfect place to spend a Wednesday evening!

Talbot Green, Pontyclun and the Llantrisant area has many good pubs and restaurants; The Bute Brasserie promises good food, many real ales and Gwynt y Ddraig ciders; and why not enjoy a meal and the finest of ales in The Boar's Head in the hamlet of Tyle Garw?  La Trattoria, in Talbot Road, Talbot Green, serves up superb Italian fare, while The Miskin Arms in the village of Miskin has an extensive menu. You won't go hungry in Pontyclun itself; there are Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and fish-and-chip eateries within a stone's throw in the village, plus the Taurus restaurant in The Windsor Hotel.

Llantrisant Folk Club supports

Llantrisant Folk Club has been making glorious music for well over 34 years, and you are invited to The Session! The Club offers an exciting year-round programme of international artists from these islands and the whole world over. Performers are always welcome if you can sing or play your instrument, be it a guitar, fiddle, melodeon, crwth, pibgorn, concertina, whistle, bagpipe, tabwrdd, bodhran, triple harp or hurdy-gurdy - anything goes, and we always welcome audiences who just want to watch and revel in the spine-tingling atmosphere of a genuine acoustic event.

When no artist is appearing, Llantrisant Folk Club offers Song And Tune Nights, where members and non-members swap songs and tunes in an informal singaround basis. Showcase Nights offer a chance for musicians to stretch their legs in a 20-minute spot or spots.

A night out in Llantrisant Folk Club won't hurt you in the pockets, too. You don't have to become a member - but if you do, we can promise you fantastic savings. Take a look at our prices:

Artist nights 

£8 (non-members)

£5 (members)

Showcase nights  £3
Song & Tune nights  £3 
Membership fee £7 per year - a bargain!

We pride ourselves on booking an ambitious and go-ahead programme, but occasionally and inevitably this means an increase in the price. We'll inform you as soon as possible.

It is normally not necessary to pre-book - just phone or email Pat Smith (details are below) or just come as you are! 



April 1, 2015

The Foxglove Trio

The Trio are three excellent multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, they are gaining a reputation in the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances.

Swansea-born Cathy Mason plays a whole host of instruments, but (with The Foxglove Trio) concentrates on guitar, cello and singing. She is Assistant Musical Director at Lord Wandsworth College. Ffion Mair sings in Welsh and English and plays whistle and bodhran. She has won several singing awards, including third prize in the 2012 Trad to Mad competition, Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011 and she was a New Roots Finalist in 2010. Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina and also sings. In addition to playing with The Trio, he plays with several ceilidh bands and accompanies a number of Kerry Fletcher's Eurodance workshops.


April 15, 2015


BBC Folk Award-nominated Will Pound has teamed up with Nicky Pound to form Haddo. Combining rich and exotic melodeon harmonies with the dark tone of the viola, they delight in taking well-known tunes and twisting them 180 degrees. Together, Will and Nicky create an individual take on popular traditional songs and tunes, as well as self-penned compositions - never the same twice and guaranteed to raise the roof!

Will is one of the world’s top harmonica players and has taken the instrument to new places and new music, and has a style that is completely his own. Featured artist on the Christmas no.1 single for Hillsborough, 'He Ain’t Heavy', Will has performed with musicians as diverse as Martin Simpson, Guy Chambers and Concerto Caledonia. Will released his debut solo album,
A Cut Above, which earned four stars in FolkWales Online Magazine's CD reviews page. Haddo now gives Will the platform to share his expertise on the melodeon.

Nicky graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, having specialised in Baroque Viola. During that time, she had the privilege to work with the exceptional conductors, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Colin Davis. She is a sought-after session musician, counting live concerts with Sir Elton John among her credits. She is rapidly becoming known as an accomplished composer, as well as for her original fiddle style. Her most recent project sees her team up with the exceptional Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women, Old Swan Band) and Melanie Biggs (All Blacked Up) in the trio Moirai. Watch this video - superb!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Photo: Charlie West

Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre - CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that Alison and Geordie, firm favourites in Whitby Festival Week and all over Britain with their wonderful repertoire of exquisite Scottish tradition, have cancelled their tour because of illness. We hope to invite them again in the future.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015  

Cloudstreet (with Emma Nixon)

Lovely, exuberant Aussies who entertain superbly with their clever vocal harmonies, well-chosen songs, guitar, concertina and flute with award-winning Scottish fiddler Emma Nixon a recent addition to the line-up. Emma has been been creating beautiful harmonies with Nicole Murray as The Wish List, while John Thompson was tied up as The Songman in the Australian touring verson of War Horse and Cloudstreet had to take an enforced rest.  Emma, who briefly joined Cloudstreet in a guest spot at the Black Swan in York in 2010, studied at Newcastle and is part-way through her PhD on Scottish traditional music. John and Nicole have created a real buzz which continues to grow through their tours. Venues want them back straight away and audiences follow them around - they continue to attract an ever-swelling number of fans. With no tour since 2012, their 2015 tour will be especially busy.

Mick Tems reviewed their last Llantrisant Folk Club gig: "Nicole Murray and John Thompson came, sang and conquered with twinkling smiles in their eyes and lots of ambitious music in their hearts. I have loads of respect for Cloudstreet; both of these Australians have luscious, superb voices, so beautifully controlled at the drop of a hat – but when they mean business, those magnificent voices soar and swell and fly away. That’s not clapping you hear, but the collective sound of jaws dropping... You go to a Cloudstreet gig and it feels as though the clouds have lifted and the sun’s shining again – that’s the effect they have on you!"

Watch this video!


May 13, 2015

Showcase with Julie 'Sheds' Croad

Julie lives in Pontyclun and is a witty, sharp poet with a philosophical view of female life that really delights the Llantrisant Folk Club audience. She's a staunch member of the Folk Club, as well. We persuaded her to perform some of her verses, and we're very glad that she accepted! Watch this video of Julie, reading a reflective, quiet poem that she wrote in New Zealand.


May 20, 2015


Brian Peters & Jeff Davis

Brian (from Derbyshire) and Jeff (from Connecticut, USA) have been performing together on both sides of the Atlantic on and off for 16 years. Although Brian’s music is essentially English folk, while Jeff’s is often categorised as American Old-Time, the two share a love for old songs in general and the folk music of one another’s countries and work together intuitively as a duo. Brian’s multi-instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon and guitar are enhanced by Jeff’s mighty talents on fiddle, banjo, mandocello and guitar, while their voices blend beautifully in harmony. Their repertoire might include ballads from the old world or the new, sea songs, cowboy songs, and all kinds of instrumentals from mountain fiddle breakdowns to English country dance tunes, often featuring the unusual but heaven-sent combination of concertina and mandocello.

Brian and Jeff have performed together at the Old Songs Festival (New York State), Mystic Seaport (Connecticut), Champlain Valley Festival (Vermont), Lunenburg Folk Festival (Nova Scotia), Boston Folksong Society, and (over in England) London's Cecil Sharp House and Bromyard, Derby, Fylde, Warwick and Whitby Folk Festivals - we're waiting to welcome them in South Wales, too! In February 2013, they joined forces to release a much-acclaimed CD of songs from the Appalachian Mountains collected by the English folklorist Cecil Sharp, entitled
Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest. In concert, you can expect to hear songs and tasty instrumentals from both sides of the pond, with top-class musicianship on a variety of instruments. Here's a video taster.


June 3, 2015

Photo: John Fearnall/




Is a reunion tour every five years getting to be a habit? When Artisan hung up their tonsils in November 2005 they weren't adamant about saying: Never Again - but they knew they were going to wait for the right time to do a reunion tour. They were persuaded out of retirement in July, August and September 2010, and had a fabulous time. What a tour - a tour-de-force, in fact. They recorded another studio album (Random Play, 2010) which is available from the albums page of the website. And now they're back, ten years on from their 'retirement', Hilary Spencer (who holds the Llantrisant Folk Club record for many, many guest appearances) and Brian and Jacey Bedford are looking and sounding better than ever. Good friends with a love of singing and laughter - what's not to like?

"Artisan isn't a hard act to follow. All I have to do now is get up here on stage and burst into flames" - Valdy, Canada.

"The harmony work is sharp and unfussy, the words are worth listening to, the tunes are good and the group convey a real energy and enthusiasm in their singing" - Nick Beale, fRoots, UK.

Hear and watch Artisan's songs on video. The Artisan concert is sponsored by the The Arts Council of Wales' Night Out Scheme:


June 10, 2015

Showcase with Marina Florance

Marina is a London-born big-voiced singer-songwriter, whose beautiful creation 'Cry' has been covered by a number of artists. 'Cry' was voted in the top four in the ITV Good Morning competition, with actor Anthony Head (King Uther Pendragon in the Merlin series) singing it, with Penny Wells harmonising and world-famous female string quartet Bond leading the line-up. With respected Scottish fiddler Brian McNeill accompanying her, she sang 'Big Legged Woman' to more than 1,000 people at Cambridge Folk Festival in 2013. She has recorded two albums, and her EP My Own Little Piece Of Sky.

Watch this video - or this!

June 17, 2015

Martin Curtis

Singer, songwriter and bush poet, Martin is always the well-loved favourite 'hit' with his songs of New Zealand's short but lively history. He emigrated from England to Perth, Australia, and there he met another immigrant, Scotsman Eric Bogle. Martin's love of mountains led him on to New Zealand, where he settled in Cardrona in the district of Otago, South Island, with the towering Southern Alps to keep him company.

Journalist Mick Tems wrote in the South Wales Echo of Martin's many performances: "New Zealand is a beautiful land of bewildering contrasts. Drive through Christchurch and you could be in the heart of Southern England. Head southwest and you're in the Scottish glens, with Switzerland just next door and Norway a few miles beyond. One minute it's all so familiar, the next you're trying to read the stars in a totally strange sky and the moon is upside down... Martin’s songs embody this feeling of closeness and distance, of Europeans uprooted to seek a new life on the opposite side of the world. He sings of times past and present, from the days of the Gin & Raspberry mine to the battles of the Nineties. He has added hilarious bush poems and old New Zealand create a fascinating, captivating repertoire."

July 1, 2015


The Young'uns

Nobody sleeps when The Young’uns are in town. They may have established their fast-growing reputation in the folk world with sublime a cappella harmonies, but the Teesside trio – Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle – are an unlikely force of nature on stage, beguiling audiences with irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality. Describing their gigs as ‘absolute chaos’, they go on stage without set-lists, relying on infallible instinct and their unique rapport with audiences to deliver a killer show.

Their music is rooted fiercely in Teesside – especially Stockton, where they first started singing together at the local folk club - although they spread their wings on their glorious 2012 album,
When Our Grandfathers Said No, which includes a stomping French song, 'Pique la Baleine', a gorgeous unaccompanied arrangement of James Taylor’s 'You Can Close Your Eyes', some nifty instrumental work, a couple of rollicking shanties and plentiful strong original material from Sean Cooney. When Our Grandfathers Said No is a line from one of his most compelling songs, 'The Battle of Stockton', recalling an incident in 1933 when Oswald Mosely’s Blackshirts targeted deprived areas as potential fascist hotbeds and marched over the Tees – to be physically repelled by 2,000 outraged Stockton townsfolk. Their new album is entitled Never Forget.

July 15, 2015

Pete Morton

Pete is a songwriter, singer and ‘folk rapper’ with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun-loving.

With his well-known songs such as ‘Another Train’, ‘The Shepherd's Song’ and ‘When We Sing Together’, he constantly tours - mostly solo, although occasionally joined by supporting musicians. His ‘frapping’ (folk rap) technique of marrying traditional folk choruses with rap have been well-received and feature highly on his new CD
The Frappin’ and Ramblin’ Pete Morton.

Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe, he has entertained all over the globe with his unique and involving style of songwriting and passionate vocal delivery. He sings from the heart, with songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. The folk tradition plays a big part in Pete’s genre; the last time he was in South Wales was when songwriter Anne Lister held a songwriters' workshop day and evening concert in Abergavenny with Pete as tutor.

July 29, 2015

Archie Fisher

Llantrisant Folk Club is very proud and pleased to welcome this famous Scottish icon and traditional singer/songwriter here on his first visit in our 33-year history. Archie was born in Glasgow in 1939 into a large singing family. His sister, Cilla Fisher, is also a professional singer, as was his late sister Ray. In 1960 he moved to Edinburgh and appeared regularly at the The Howff folk club. In 1965 the whole family released the album Traditional and New Songs from Scotland.

Archie ran a weekly folk club at the Crown Bar in Edinburgh; it was there he met acoustic musicians Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer, who were performing together as a traditional folk duo. Mike Heron later auditioned to play rhythm guitar and the trio became The Incredible String Band. In 1983 he started hosting the long-running BBC Radio Scotland folk programme Travelling Folk, retiring in April 2010. He was the lead guitarist on Tom Paxton's 1986 album and performed with Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy on television, recordings, and concert tours. He also produced the Irish duo's first four albums. He recorded two albums with Barbara Dickson, who later achieved fame as an easy-listening singer; it was many years before she sang folk songs again, but when she did, Archie was invited back to join her. He has toured Canada and the USA as a solo performer, as well as appearing with Garnet Rogers, and more recently, John Renbourn. 'Dark-Eyed Molly' has been recorded by Fairport Convention, Eva Cassidy, Stan Rogers and Sheena Wellington. 'Lindsay' has been recorded by John Renbourn and has been a highlight at his live shows for years, while 'Mountain Rain' (from Archie's ground-breaking 1970 album
Orfeo) has been recorded by Wizz Jones (along with John Renbourn on guitar). Archie was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year Honours List.

August 12, 2015   


Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

Winners of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award and the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are two of the most talented and up-and-coming folk musicians in Britain. Combining fiery fiddle, mandola and guitar, together they draw on a range of influences to create strong, proud songs and blissful, scalding-hot tunes.  They recorded a CD entitled The Call, and Fellside Records released a live DVD at the end of December 2014 called Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar In Concert - watch the DVD trailer!

August 26, 2015


Mike Moyse

A bass player, guitar player, singer and songwriter - born in Lowestoft, he started playing guitar at an early age but quickly switched to bass and was once described as “the best bass player in East Anglia”. He went on to perform in the award-winning sixties tribute band The Yarebeats, and then retired from music for 25 years. Now he has returned to the music scene with a particular love of folk music - he is now performing on the folk club and festival circuit with fellow singer-songwriter Linda Watkins and is in great demand with other musicians. He also performs solo, entertaining with a range of music which includes some of the lesser-known songs from the sixties, through James Taylor, Mark Knopfler and his own original material. He is also in demand as an MC.

September 2, 2015


Showcase with Tori Lang, Calum Ross & Conor Gricmanis

Cornwall/South Wales acoustic duo Tori Lang and guitarist Calum Ross (Ross & Lang) have been singing together for about three years in the Cardiff and Welsh hinterland music scene; they are friends of Llantrisant Folk Club and occasional floor singers/musicians, where they provide flashes of brilliance whenever they come through the Club door - in fact, Tori is the daughter of a Cornish shanty singer. They are joined by Baroque violinist, morris dancer, instrument collector at actor Conor Gricmanis, young musician of the Royal Philharmonic Society who has just been awarded a grant for a Baroque violin bow by the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation. Conor began his interest in music amongst the rolling hills of rural Shropshire, where he spent his youth on his family farming estate. He took a keen interest in the violin since the age of four, after being involved in music as a boy soprano at Hope C.E. primary school. At the age of 11, Conor gave his first solo performance - the famous largo from Vivaldi's winter concerto at Bishop's Castle Community College. Since these early years, Conor has remained involved in musical performance. He jointly founded the local Stringendo string quartet in Bishop's Castle, which has performed in concert and at many events, and studied with the famous violinist Michael Bochmann.

Watch a video by Ross & Lang and a vimeo by Conor Gricmanis.

September 16, 2015


Harpeth Rising

Harpeth Rising named themselves after the Tennessee river because water is both dynamic and powerful, which describes the music created by Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique. Reviews: “Tender virtuoso violin solos... Andrews Sisters-like harmonies... Harpeth Rising play their cards with class and conviction” (Lee Zimmerman, No Depression) ... “They break new ground virtually every time they pick up their instruments, forging their own path as the vanguard of a new species of progressive folk” (Jason D. Hamad, The No Surf Review)

Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep, from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to Nashville, the musical hotbed they now call home. JORDANA, born in Ontario, Canada, began her violin studies at eight years old in Indiana University, and she toured the US, Canada, South and Central America, France and Japan as a 17-year-old solo violinist with the University's symphony orchestra. Her classical training mixed with many bluegrass sessions in rural Indiana have developed Jordana's playing into a unique style. She now lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. REBECCA grew up listening to Mahler, Edith Piaf and Bob Dylan in her home town of Davis, California, and taught herself banjo from Pete Seeger videos while studying viola in graduate school in Indiana University. She was Miss February in the 2012 Women Of Banjo calendar and now lives in Nashville. 'Cello teacher MARIA comes from Brooklyn but now is a Nashville resident. She performs folk, classical and contemporary music from Eastern Europe and the Americas, and has recently completed her Master's Degree at Indiana University.

Watch this video, then book up early!

September 23, 2015    

Ewan McLennan


Ewan came to Llantrisant Folk Club for his debut performance a few years ago, and it was a stunner; everybody is looking forward to his second gig here. He has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style, a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos, and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. By the time he began playing the folk and acoustic music clubs around Britain in 2010 he had already been playing music for years - guitar and piano and all kinds of styles, but with a strong interest in folk songs. He was signed to Fellside Records also in 2010 and recorded his first full album, Rags & Robes. It received critical acclaim, put him firmly on the folk circuit and in 2011 won him the prestigious Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards. His second album, The Last Bird To Sing, was released two years later and again was enthusiastically received. He continued to win awards off the back of this - two Spiral Earth Awards in 2013 and then the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting the same year. This also led on to him being asked to be part of the acclaimed BBC-4 Transatlantic Sessions in 2013, which saw him performing and recording alongside some of the world’s finest folk musicians. This Transatlantic Sessions video sees Ewan singing 'Whistling The Esperanza' in the illustrious company of Jerry Douglas (slide guitar), Donald Shaw (harmonium), Mike McGoldrick (whistle) and John McCusker (low whistle). Ewan finally released his third album, Stories Still Untold, recently.


September 30, 2015    


You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen that singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 21 years. With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends - a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just four years old and hasn’t put it down since. Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background, it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars on the folk and acoustic circuit. His performances have been described as “mature and confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate and faultless”.

Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award, nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2012 and at the British Blues Awards 2014, he has caught the eyes and ears of many venues and festivals across the country. Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013, supporting Martin Simpson, Passenger and Terry Reid. With two albums to his name -
Seems So Real (2011) and One Night Only (2013) recorded live at the Woodman Folk Club in the Midlands - Sunjay has just recorded his third release.

October 28, 2015  


Jon and Jay are a Dorsetshire duo, and they have been in high demand and have been receiving bookings at a plethora of folk clubs, music venues and festivals across the country including Towersey Festival and The Stables in Milton Keynes. As well as headlining in their own right, Ninebarrow have also provided first-rate support for Dave Swarbrick, Blair Dunlop, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Bob Fox, Reg Meuross and Ray Cooper; most recently, they were invited to support Seth Lakeman at The Electric Palace in Bridport, where Seth described them as ‘a fantastic duo!’.

In 2013, Ninebarrow released their debut EP,
Kingdom; since then, Jon and Jay have gone on to record their debut album, While the Blackthorn Burns. Recorded and produced by the duo themselves, the 12-track release has been hailed as ‘a landmark folk album of its time’ (, ‘exceptional…totally wonderful’ (Fatea Magazine) with harmonies that are used to ‘stunning effect’ ( It’s also received airplay on Mike Harding’s Folk Show where he said: 'I've had lots of requests for this next duo...Beautiful, lovely feel to this. I love it.' In May 2014, Folk Radio UK posted the opening track of the album on their website, and within four weeks it had received over 20,000 plays world-wide and jumped to number 1 on SoundCloud's Folk chart. Engaging, charismatic and humorous - Ninebarrow are winning new fans wherever they go. See them live, and you’ll quickly understand why - in fact, Jon and Jay recorded this video of a concert at Poole Lighthouse, where they sang 'Bold Sir Rilas' and 'Farewell Shanty'.


November 11, 2015



Huw Williams

From the South Wales valleys town of Brynmawr, now living in Pontypool; clog-dancing Eisteddfod champion and workshop/schools teacher; BBC-Wales comedy writer; Welsh bagpiper; harper; super guitarist; erstwhile partner of the brilliant touring duo Huw and Tony Williams; manager of super-cool Welsh band Calan (of which his daughter Bethan plays accordion and clog-dances superbly); mesmerising solo performer; top-drawer and highly original songsmith.  Now, years after he withdrew from touring gigs, Huw is out on the road again - and Llantrisant Folk Club will be queueing up to see and hear one of the most entertaining acts in the world today.        


November 25, 2015

Martyn Wyndham-Read

Martyn was born August 23, 1942 in Sussex and is a must-hear, must-see collector and singer of Australian folk songs. He has been involved with folk music for over 40 years; In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to South Australia where he worked on a sheep station, Emu Springs. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs; he became captivated by these songs, with a growing  desire to know more of them and where they came from.

He returned to England in 1967 and met up with the renowned singer and song collector Bert Lloyd, who himself had spent time in Australia. Martyn was asked by Lloyd to contribute to the album
Leviathan on the Topic label. Soon afterwards he started recording for Bill Leader. In the early 1970s he started the Maypoles To Mistletoe concerts, which portray the seasons of the year through song, music, dance and verse. This show has been performed for the last 40 years and has in itself become a tradition at Christmas-time in and around the Sussex area.

Martyn is also the instigator of the Song Links Project, consisting of two book-and-CD sets which celebrates English traditional songs and their Australian variants. Song Links 2 compares and contrasts English traditional songs with versions that have travelled over the Atlantic and been sung in North America. He is working with Shirley Collins and Pip Barnes on a production called Down The Lawson Track, featuring stories, poems and songs of the Australian poet Henry Lawson. He has recorded over 30 albums and appeared at folk festivals in Australia and around the world; Wayne Richmond shot this video which shows Martyn and Iris Bishop performing 'The Shearer's Lament' and 'Orotaba Waltz'.

January 13, 2016




The Sam Kelly Trio

"Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I've seen him perform live a few times and he's amazing" - Cara Dillon

'A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" - Sean Lakeman

Sam is a 21-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who originally hails from Norfolk. As a young child, his only link with folk music was through the Gaelic songs that his Irish grandfather taught him. But he has never lost his love for traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings. Sam's debut EP, entitled
Your Way Home, was released in March 2013, featuring Beth Porter (Eliza Carthy Band) on cello. This created a buzz of interest in the folk scene for Sam's music, being described by Bright Young Folk as a "captivating introduction to a name we'll be sure not to forget", and gaining him support slots with the likes of Cara Dillon, Jim Moray and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. So far, Sam's musical journey has taken him from being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development Scheme to becoming a New Roots Finalist in 2013. He is now touring with his band, with Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson on bodhran. The Sam Kelly Trio are receiving glowing reviews from audiences at every gig they play.

Watch The Sam Kelly Trio on video, performing The Golden Vanity.




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The Club's symbol is Dr William Price of Llantrisant,  the great 19th century free thinker, social fighter, druid and cremation pioneer. There's a larger-than-life-size statue of Dr Price in Llantrisant Bullring, gazing out to Caerlan Fields, scene of his first ground-breaking act of defiance where he cremated the body of his baby son, Iesu Grist Price. The Club's first haven was The New Inn in Swan Street, Llantrisant, but nowadays we're based in nearby Pontyclun, at The Athletic Club. 

You don‘t have to become a member - but if you do, you become entitled to a range of benefits including reduced admission fees and the chance to take part in trips and special events. A newsletter is e-mailed to all members.

The club welcomes families and has produced a string of young performers.

We're proud of our achievements during our first 30-plus years - We've staged more than 1,000 guest concerts from all over the world and brought to our part of Glamorgan a sense of culture and purpose. 

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