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Review: Calan at Shrewsbury

Les in Chorlton 01 Sep 10 - 01:24 PM
Bounty Hound 01 Sep 10 - 08:37 PM
Les in Chorlton 02 Sep 10 - 04:59 AM
sian, west wales 02 Sep 10 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,Joe G 02 Sep 10 - 02:53 PM
sian, west wales 03 Sep 10 - 04:35 AM
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Subject: Review: Calan at Shrewsbury
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 01:24 PM

Enjoyed so much at Shrewsbury but I have to say we enjoyed Calan, the young Welsh group, best of all. Fresh, great tunes, great arrangements, lovely singing, clog dancing, unusual instruments - watch this group they are brilliant.

Were we alone?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Review: Calan at Shrewsbury
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 08:37 PM

Good news Les, you are not alone, Calan were indeed excellent. You may be interested to know that the accordian player is daughter of Huw Williams, (Huw & Tony Williams, Crasdant)

John


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Subject: RE: Review: Calan at Shrewsbury
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 04:59 AM

Family connections hey!

We bought the CD and played it all the way home. I cannot understand why more people above didn't mention them.

I know everybody has their favourites. We really enjoyed Adrian & the BS, Bellowhead,Dervish etc. Genticorum, JO & WWB, Michael McG, Mick Ryan & Phil Downes, Tom McC, and all sorts of others and I know it's not a contest but Calan played fresh tunes so well I trust they stay together and play all over the place

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Review: Calan at Shrewsbury
From: sian, west wales
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 10:39 AM

I think a few of us Welsh have mentioned them from time to time, but you really need to hear them yourself for 'grab-value'.

I think most of them met up on a trac project some years ago and we're all as pleased as a pup with two tails that they've come along so well. Fab kids. (But you might want to go easy on the Bethan/Huw connection. I think Beth is a bit fed up with it ... even tho Huw is the band's manager and instigator.)

Anyway, glad that others think they're as brilliant as we do!

sian


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Subject: RE: Review: Calan at Shrewsbury
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 02:53 PM

I agree - I thought they were excellent too - nearly didn't get a seat for the Bellowhead gig as we wanted to see as much of them as possible on Monday afternoon. Lots of charisma - I also love the Old Dance School who we saw first at Ryedale


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Subject: RE: Review: Calan at Shrewsbury
From: sian, west wales
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 04:35 AM

"I trust they stay together and play all over the place"

I should have mentioned ... they've very recently gigged in Italy and at this year's Lorient and Pontardawe Festivals; and they'll be featured in the Welsh Showcase at WOMEX this October. They played Cambridge last year and toured with the Quebec group, Genticorum. I know they've done a lot of Festivals in Wales and a few in England, and they also had very good reports following their Shrewsbury schools residency organized by the festival.

And then there's all the stuff they've done which I either can't remember off hand or don't know about.

Lots of time for everyone to book them for next year's festivals ... ! We're all very proud of them.

sian


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