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Tune Sessions in Wales?

Susan A-R 12 Mar 10 - 06:44 PM
Paul Burke 13 Mar 10 - 06:09 AM
SteveMansfield 13 Mar 10 - 11:21 AM
Splott Man 15 Mar 10 - 05:22 AM
Mr Red 15 Mar 10 - 11:26 AM
sian, west wales 15 Mar 10 - 11:38 AM
GUEST,pibo 16 Mar 10 - 04:24 PM
GUEST,jeff 16 Mar 10 - 10:06 PM
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Subject: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 12 Mar 10 - 06:44 PM

I have a friend who is headed for Wales soon. Kenric is a fiddler, and is interested in finding sessions or places to listen to traditional singing and playing. Both of us just attended a Welsh music class recently, and he's eager to learn more. I'm not entirely sure where he's traveling, but he may be willing to put on some miles to find the music.


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 13 Mar 10 - 06:09 AM

Wales might be small, but it's still a big place. The Nelson in Bangor used to have both Irish and Welsh sessions, but that's a long way from Wrexham, Carmarthen or Newport.


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 13 Mar 10 - 11:21 AM

If your friend is heading Pembokeshire way they should have a look at the Pembrokeshire folk music site - and if they end up in the Roch session, they should ask for Paul and tell him I sent them :)


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: Splott Man
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 05:22 AM

You need to get hold of a Taplas magazine which has a comprehensive guide to sessions, clubs and events throughout Wales and the Marches.

Folkwales covers a lot of events and Casbar is a good site for south Wales events.


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 11:26 AM

cresby.com > RoW listing sites I link to the above and also Pluck and Squeeze. Use the drop-down menus also.

or search from here (select tab).


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 11:38 AM

The trac website also lists quite a few sessions. Re: any sessions listed, if there is a phone number it is a good idea to check ahead. Situations change, and sometimes with very little warning. Also, when he has his itinerary settled, let us know. There are sessions around which keep their collective head below the legal parapets.

Just out of curiousity, where did you attend the class?

sian


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: GUEST,pibo
Date: 16 Mar 10 - 04:24 PM

Hello. Speaking from experience:

- There are sessions in Caerleon pretty much every Wednesday night, at the Bell. A lot of Welsh tunes played there.
- There's a Welsh session pretty much every Monday at the Cayo Arms in Cardiff - pretty much all Welsh tunes and a few songs.
- We have a Welsh session on the second Friday of the month in Ty Tawe in Swansea - all Welsh tunes, and some songs. A lot of songs last Friday, 'twas a good night :-)There are also occasional, fairly impromptu short-notice sessions around the Swansea area now and again.
- There's a session at the Mount in Llanidloes on Thursday nights, which can have a fair bit of Welsh stuff in it.

These are ones of which I have recent experience. The links above will point you in other directions, of course!


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Subject: RE: Tune Sessions in Wales?
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 16 Mar 10 - 10:06 PM

There was one at a place called the Tap and Spile in Bangor, but I believe it moved years ago. Met a GREAT Welsh fiddler there named Steve. His session mate named Alexander (flute, accordian...that he referred to as 'The Terminator')informed me the aforementioned gentleman was one of the foremost authorities on Welsh traditional music. Another one Monday nights at the Malt Loaf in Conwy. All types of music there from singer-songwriter to trad instrumental.

Also, the Cambrian Folk Society holds one on Tuesday nights at the Cambrian Hotel in Aberystwyth. This is info from a few years back. Things may have changed, obviously.


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