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Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, Castan Road/Palalwyf Avenue, Pontyclun CF72 9EH 

Welcome to Llantrisant Folk Club, which has celebrated more than 33 fantastic and inspiring years of serving up home-made acoustic music to the communities of Llantrisant and Pontyclun - and here's to the next 33 years! Originally founded in The New Inn in Llantrisant 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", the Club will guide you through and support you. 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 second door.) It's a perfect place to spend a Wednesday evening!

Talbot Green, Pontyclun and the Llantrisant area has many good pubs and restaurants; 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 Thai, 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 33 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! 

 

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Paul Metsers

Paul, New Zealand's celebrated singer-songwriter and guitarist, is back - and Llantrisant Folk Club is eagerly anticipating his old familiar material, plus many new songs that are waiting to be heard.

The legendary artist Nic Jones recorded Paul's song 'Farewell To The Gold' on his Penguin Eggs album, and with all the publicity and exposure, Paul finally decided to emigrate to Britain and try his hand in the Folk Scene - and a large motivation was the fact that his partner, Pauline, was from Kendal in Cumbria. 

However, after years of gigging, winning a solid fanbase and releasing five albums, he took the decision to earn his living on a much more home-based business, and stopped touring. But Paul never stopped writing songs; his next project, Lines Of Lingering, is a CD of songs that never made it onto his albums, plus new material that have not been recorded yet.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

Dana and Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America's musical heritage.

The genius of a Dana and Susan performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. They are two of Llantrisant Folk Club's favourite and most-loved performers; it's always a joy to listen and watch them play and sing. Latest release is the CD
American Hornpipe, which won them four stars in FolkWales Online Magazine. Hear this video - welcome, Dana and Sue!

wWednesday, September 24, 2014 NEW!

Photo: Mick Tems

BarlowCree

A late booking for Cardiff-based Liam Millinship and Jonny Matthew, who have really impressed us time and time again! Great, strong songwriting which stems from traditional material, fabulous harmonies, assured musicianship and spadefuls of magnetism are the duo's trademark; BBC Radio's Genevieve Tudor says: "Their original songs are powerful and their covers are... well, original." Fatea Folk Magazine said: "The positive and heartfelt nature of the duo's lyrics is... matched by a strong melodic content, often with a strong Show Of Hands feel to boot, so on this showing BarlowCree can be judged an act to watch out for."

Why the name BarlowCree? Jonny, who comes from Bradford in Yorkshire, says children cried "Barlow!" which meant they could not be 'touched' in a game of It. Liam, who was brought up in Newport, says "Cree!" was the magic word.

Both Liam and Jonny are taking a year off to concentrate on songwriting; so the Club snaffled them before it's too late. Watch out for this video of BarlowCree performing 'Newfoundland'.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ben Sands

Ben Sands hails from the frontier town of Newry, County Down on the east coast of Ireland. He was born fourth in a family of five boys and two girls on a small farm in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains. His branch of the Sands clan has a long history of music, singing, and storytelling and his father, Mick, was a legendary character whose songs and fiddle playing were spiced by a wealth of wit and adventure. His mother, Bridie, a fine singer and accordion player, was the daughter of the noted Burren poet, Owen Connolly, and the farm became a very popular "Ceili-House", the focus for singers and musicians from miles around. Ben has flourished as a successful solo performer and recording artiste. To his acknowledged accomplishments as a singer, song-writer, instrumentalist, harmony vocalist and arranger, Ben brings a solid reputation as a "great singer of great songs" from a diversity of sources. His own compositions are most featured in his concerts as well as in the performances and recordings of a growing number of notable artists. Ben Sands' songs, music and stories paint pictures of an ongoing legacy inherited in those early, influential years on a small farm in County Down, enriched by his colourful, musical, adventuresome journeys through life - See more at http://www.bensands.com/about/#sthash.HpA5cMMx.dpuf

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

 

 

Finest Kind (members £6, non-members £8.50)

This remarkable trio hails from Ottawa, Canada, and their exquisite harmony singing and brilliant vocal arrangements are bringing a fresh sense of excitement and discovery to the performance of old songs. Their glorious sound, served up with easy-going humour, has won a devoted following across North America and Europe - Llantrisant Folk Club included! Their vocal arrangements are a creative tour de force. Tradition-based yet curiously modern, the trio's harmonies are an enchanting feast of opulent chords and ever changing textures. The trio's amazing vocal blend has been called "molecular bonding" by one reviewer: "Any closer," he says, "and they wouldn't be allowed to do it in public

Finest Kind was formed in Ottawa in 1991 by Englishman Ian Robb, Ann Downey, and Shelley Posen. Ian, originally from St Albans, is renowned as one of North America's most gifted performers of British folksong, a concertina player extraordinaire, charter member of Toronto's Friends of Fiddler's Green, and composer of folk standards such as "The Old Rose and Crown." Ann, who hails from the south-western US, plays guitar, banjo, and bass, and has performed in bands playing old-time and cowboy music, bluegrass, klezmer, jazz, and swing in North America and Europe. Shelley, a professional folklorist from Toronto, is a versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist who has spent a lifetime researching, teaching, writing about, performing and sometimes composing songs. Hear this video

This concert has made possible by an Arts Council Of Wales Night Out/Noson Allan grant

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 NEW!

Pontyclun Community Arts Festival night, and Beverly Smith & John Grimm Showcase!

This evening is open to everyone and anyone who would like to give us a try, even if just for part of the evening. Admission is entirely FREE - which is a big bonus, because Georgia musicians John Grimm and Beverly Smith are doing a showcase. John and Beverly live in the mountains of North Georgia in the beautiful little town of Dahlonega, in Lumpkin County. For the past 25 years, John has owned and operated the town's music store, Vintage Music, home to a unique assortment of instruments and a gathering place for local musicians. Since 2010 John and Beverly have been performing together at festivals, concerts, workshops and dances across the country and abroad. Their performances feature traditional country duets and a sprinkling of newer pieces. They choose their songs well, and clearly have spent a great deal of time searching through the archives of rural american folk music. Their traditional songs and tunes reveal a deep familiarity with and great love for the genre. From haunting archaic banjo and fiddle tunes to raucous hillbilly singing, they display an ease that sounds the genuine deal - watch this video of Beverly and John performing 'Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand'.

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Garth Mountain Boys

 

Showcase with The Garth Mountain Boys 

Yee-haw! The Garthies, based in Llantwit Fardre, Y Beddau and Pontypridd, play American favourites, traditional and self-penned bluegrass music with banjo, mandolin, "bull fiddle" bass, dobro, acoustic guitar and harmonica, ranging from Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley - even Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Eagles' stuff gets thrown in. The band love it when the audience dances - and they can play any size of venue, from intimate to large halls and open-air events, even including Llantrisant Folk Club!  Favourites include 'Man Of Constant Sorrow', 'High On A Mountain' and 'Copperhead Road'. Hear this video - Go, Garthies!

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights

 

Although Jim and Graeme had worked together many times over the years, they officially started singing together in 2002 at Whitby Folk Week. Jim had been running the Shanty Sessions there for over 30 years and Graeme kindly offered to help out - it's a tiring and thirsty job singing shanties for two hours every day of the Festival - and Jim was glad to accept. They've been running these sessions together ever since and also running similar events at other festivals around the country.

The two singers are mostly known in association with the late, great Johnny Collins, who passed away in July 2009 while on tour in Poland with Jim. Jim had been singing in a duo with Johnny since 1975, and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since 1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio, and they toured Canada in 2008. The last recording Johnny made was the CD
Good Times with Jim and Graeme - so named because they always had such good times together.


Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs, sea shanties, work songs, union songs, mining songs, drinking songs - anything to get the audience to join in and ‘make the rafters roar'. And you can see and hear Jim and Graeme anywhere that singers gather to belt out great choruses over a pint or two. Take an earful of this video!

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Tom Lewis

If you like songs and stories of the sea, new and old, you'll certainly enjoy Tom's singing, his fascinating stories and his recordings - eight albums to date! Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines, although now he's comfortably located on dry land - or on the calm ribbon on water of the Cheshire canals, not far from the Welsh borders. Tom and his wife Lyn retired to the mountain vastness of Canada's British Columbia, where they lived for 30 years; but now they have returned to the UK and brought a 58-foot all-steel "personal flotation device" named Moonstone. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own (and others') melodies.

Often accompanying himself with button accordion or ukulele, Tom raises the roof with with his favourite own songs such as 'Marching Inland', 'The Last Shanty (A Sailor's Not A Sailor'), 'Bunts' and 'All At Sea'. Watch this video - Llantrisant Folk Club is really looking forward to a fantastic night with him.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

 

Showcase with Adam Jenkins & Amy Jones

Here's a very special treat for you... Adam started coming to Llantrisant Folk Club regularly, and he amazed and delighted the Club members with his gritty, soulful voice and his jaw-dropping guitar and banjo styles. Adam's songwriting is mature, cool and hypnotising, and his voice fits into Amy's haunting vocals like a warm glove, as you can see from this brilliant video. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

 

John Alderslade

John, who is former organiser at the West Country's famous Village Pump Festival, calls himself a folk entertainer - his act is stories, jokes and lots of chorus songs. He has been performing for 35 years in folk clubs, festivals, theatres as well as some events outside of the folk world at such venues as a prison and a sewage pumping station.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 NEW!

Photo: Jayne Cox

Showcase with Meg & Dave Cox

Young teenager Meg, ably accompanied by dad Dave, manager of Marcus Music in Newport's Tredegar House, has been playing and performing since the tender age of four. She first started playing bodhran, then quickly moved on to playing mandolin, guitar, banjo and, of course, her wonderful fiddle.

Meg, who was coached by Dana Conlin from Magor, is now a student of master fiddler Mike Lease of Cwmbran. She plays with a host of musicians of all ages and musical genres, including Chwarae Teg (a young band of Celtic musicans brought together by Don Stewart), Rogora Khart, Dai Bach Band and Celtic sessions all over South Wales. She has played at the Royal Albert Hall, the Cardiff Senedd, the Newport Centre, Tredegar House Festival and many other pubs and clubs. This year, Meg has already supported bands such as Jamie Smith's Mabon, Allan Yn Y Fan and Rusty Shackle, and played festivals, folk clubs, bars and parties.

Caerleon Arts Festival carried this Tim Davidson review of a Paper Aeroplanes concert, supported by Meg and Dave: "Meg... was a revelation. We clapped in time to her fiddle and listened in awe to songs delivered with effortless charm and clarity of understatement. Her talent was obvious to all - such that Paper Aeroplanes invited her to appear with them at a future gig."

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Winter Wilson

Festival favourites Kip Winter and Dave Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung - stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own. Kip (born in West Germany to a Scottish family who were already living in The Netherlands) and Dave came together after the demise of their folk-rock band by taking a booking in their Nottinghamshire pub.

Their first album as professional musicians, Cutting Free, earned rave reviews from the folk media: "This is folk music that deserves to be celebrated because the songs are strong, the themes universal and the performance top draw" (Neil King, Fatea Magazine); "The CD is packed with characterful and thought-provoking songs, accompanied by refreshing undertones of rebellion and dry humour" (Ian Horne, Maverick Magazine); “A classy and beautiful addition to this folk tradition ... music of grace and beauty” (Peter Tomkins, R2 Magazine); "Written by Wilson, generally recognised as one of the finest songwriters on the English acoustic scene” (Dai Jeffries, Folking.com); “Packed with fine songwriting, vocal harmonies and musicianship... They’ve come up with the goods again!” (Alan Morley, UK Folk Music); “Sheer class” (Folk Roundabout); “Fine songs that you will remember" (Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky); “Buy the CD and go see and them live - you’ll not be disappointed!” (Tony O’Neill, Shire Folk)

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dan Walsh

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist; Dan's unique and eclectic style, taking in folk, funk, bluegrass and even some Arabic music, has stunned audiences across the UK many times but is also spreading its wings with recent successful performances in Germany, India and Canada and a very successful first tour of New Zealand. His high energy performances and witty banter have made him one of the most exciting new talents around.

As well as his solo work, Dan has joined the award-winning Urban Folk Quartet. He also regularly performs with North-east concertina legend Alistair Anderson as well as recent tours with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard. He's also been on the stage or in the studio with Seth Lakeman, the Levellers and Walsh and Pound. Both his solo albums have also received critical acclaim and extensive airplay on both sides of the Atlantic, with Froots calling his recent release
The Same But Different: "eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant".

He also retains a passion for outreach work, and through the prestigious Live Music Now scheme, he has performed throughout the UK in hospices, hospitals, special schools and care homes. He also teaches banjo both in person and over skype. Recent reviews:
'The real deal, a demon picker' (Uncut); 'Incredible, you must see him' (Janice Long, BBC Radio 2)

Wednesday, 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.

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.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Haddo

BBC Folk Award-nominated Will Pound has teamed up with his wife Nicky 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

Alison and Geordie are firm favourites in Whitby Festival Week and all over Britain with their wonderful repertoire of exquisite Scottish tradition; they have recorded two CDs, White Wings and Where Ravens Reel, which has just been released.

Alison came to wider public notice in the early 1970s and since then has been active as a collector, performer, teacher, editor and publisher. Songs and singing have been and remain at the heart of what she is about. The Living Tradition called her "a singer of substance"; the late Hamish Henderson said she "stands out as one of the principal modern interpreters of an ancestral ballad singing tradition, breathing new life into ancient memorials by uniting scrupulous traditional fidelity with versatile and resourceful creative artistry." Dick Gaughan said of her: "She is, in her field, one of the greatest singers to emerge and her importance cannot be too greatly stressed."

Geordie is a Glaswegian of Highland and Irish descent, and his lifetime involvement in song, ballad and poetry is reflected in his singing, collecting and songwriting. His early years as a radio and television technician and later as a Modern Studies teacher have fueled and complemented his central interest in folk music. He has an extensive repertoire and has sung at clubs and festivals in most corners of Britain, Ireland and the USA.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 NEW!   Cloudstreet (with Emma Nixon)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 

Brian Peters & Jeff Davis

Sharp's Appalachian Harvest is a special multimedia show researched and performed by Brian, from Derbyshire, and Jeff, from Connecticut, USA. Their presentation is devoted to the astounding collection of songs and music made by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers from 1916 to 1918. The folklorists had ventured into the heart of the mountains to seek out old British ballads that were still being sung in remote mountain settlements, and their haul of over 1,600 pieces is one of the greatest folk song collections ever made.

In their presentation, Jeff and Brian, two leading performers and researchers of traditional song and music, sing and play some of the highlights of Sharp's harvest, accompanied by readings from his diaries describing vividly the hardships and triumphs of song collecting, and a display of his terrific photographs of the singers and of mountain life. The music ranges from old ballads to American breakdowns, fiddle tunes, children's songs and gospel, performed by Jeff and Brian on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and a variety of other instruments.

 

Wednesday, 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 songs...to create a fascinating, captivating repertoire."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 NEW!

 

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.

Wednesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 NEW!

 

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!

 

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  ABOUT LLANTRISANT FOLK  CLUB... 

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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