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(Clwb Gwerin Llantrisant)

meets every Wednesday at 8.30pm in the

Windsor Hotel, Llantrisant Road, Pontyclun CF72 9DQ

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 The Windsor Hotel in Pontyclun, 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 and its belting, wonderful harmony choruses.

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 top room of The Windsor, by Pontyclun Station bridge. The Windsor does meals in the Taurus Restaurant, while there is food in the oriental restaurant, just over the road, and many good restaurants in the Llantrisant area (La Trattoria Italian restaurant in Talbot Green, just a mile from the Folk Club, is highly recommended - so is the restaurant at The Miskin Arms, Miskin.)

To locate the Windsor Hotel, click here

For contact information, click here

Llantrisant Folk Club supports

Llantrisant Folk Club has been making glorious music for more than 30 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 (which have increased, due to the ongoing financial crisis and depression - thank you, corporate banks and greedy, avaricious speculators!)

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, April 16, 2014 

The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew are the young duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon, they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, winning them fans wherever they go. From rhythmic foot-stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear.

They have spent the last few years playing at venues across the country, from top festivals and folk clubs to London's National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery. 2010 saw the release of their second album Through Lonesome Woods to much critical acclaim, and The Sisters are pleased to announce that Hazel recently won Best Female Singer at the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards.

"Hazel's rich gutsy voice and inventive melodeon playing combined with the skill of Emily's singing fiddle or soulful cello are a new force to be reckoned with!" (Stirrings Magazine)... "What the Askew Sisters do so well is tell the story and allow the music accompanying to help that story-telling along" (EDS Magazine).
 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy

 

Dan’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling compliments James’ emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. Hickman's lively English wit is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.


The duo was formed in 2008, starting with several local shows in James' hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire. Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well received and they were soon performing further afield. The following year, with the prospect of more comprehensive tours ahead, they recorded and released their debut album
Severn Street, which features arrangements of traditional songs and tunes and several of their own compositions.


Their successive tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight.

 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ian Bruce & Ian Walker

The two Ians are well-known Scottish singers and songwriters in their own right; they were a hardworking duo some years back, but then decided to go their own solo ways. Recently the duo re-formed under the name Bruce & Walker and have been gigging around Scotland and beyond, causing quite a buzz along the way with a mix of their old and new songs.

They have just released a DVD and CD combination set; The DVD, which was filmed before invited friends in the informal surroundings of Ian McCalman’s Kevock Digital Studio, Lasswade, includes songs from their older repertoire - for example, Ian Bruce’s 'Blodwen’s Dream' and 'Blue Denim Days' and Ian Walker’s 'Hawks And Eagles' and 'Some Hae Meat', and new songs including 'I Stand Tall', 'Miss Salfka Sings', 'November Grey', 'The Shawl', 'Mary Button', 'Honest Man', 'Old Love', 'If I Live To The Same Old Age As Mama' and more.

The future is looking particularly bright for this duo and they are currently much sought after. Some recent review quotes from Facebook: “Fabulous evening with the highly-entertaining Bruce and Walker. Great music, fun, laughter and a few tears…” “...It was a smashing evening… the house was rocking! Just BRILLIANT!!!” “...Oh, what a night! The boys plus Moe Walker were in great form. Singing and music first class but it was their ability to connect with the audience which was very special… jokes, banter and links between songs kept the audience going…”

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 A Fanfare Of Strumpets
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Showcase with Olion Byw
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NEW! Showcase with Taylor Belle – Melanie Bell and Rod Taylor
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fake Thackray (John Watterson)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Les Barker

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 NEW!

David Llewellyn

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

Dana and Susan Robinson

wWednesday, September 24, 2014 NEW!

Jerome Epstein & Sheila Adams
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Ben Sands
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Finest Kind
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Tom Lewis
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Showcase with Amy Jones and Adam Jenkins

Wednesday, January 14, 2014 NEW!

John Alderslade

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Winter Wilson

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 NEW!

Dan Walsh

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 NEW!

 

The Foxglove Trio

The Trio is a group of 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, these talented musicians are making a name for themselves on 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, June 17, 2015 NEW!

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."

 

DON’T FORGET:

All other Wednesdays are Song And Music Nights, starting at 8.30pm

 

For past guests, click here

 

For booking Information & general enquiries...

 

Pat Smith Mick Tems 

Telephone

01443 226892

Telephone 01443 206689

Mobile

07989 209824

Mobile 07531 812100
Email (click) Pat Smith Email (click) Mick Tems

 

 

  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 Windsor Hotel. 

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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