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Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)

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Subject: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010
From: Pibydd
Date: 12 Sep 10 - 10:39 AM

Hi there. My first post, although I've Lurked for quite a while!

I'd like to mention our Second Welsh Session Weekend, to be held in the upper Tawe Valley, north of Swansea, on the last weekend of October. It's called 'Sha Nôl, Sha Mlân' and there's more info here:

www.sesiwn.org

In essence we've got Welsh Traditional Music sessions organised in local pubs, cafes and the Welfare Hall in Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera. It's a great chance to play and learn Welsh tunes, and maybe to get to know another part of the world if you haven't been around here before. Last year's was the first and we had getting on for half-a-hundred msucians between every session.

We're hoping for moe this year. And of course, you're welcome to come and listen too. We will some beginners' workshops in whistle, bodhran, mandolin and Welsh pipes, too.

If you'd like to know more, have a look at the website or ask me! Hope that some Mudcatters will find their way over.

Diolch


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010
From: Pibydd
Date: 12 Sep 10 - 12:05 PM

I should also add that the weekend's free. If anyone wants to chuck a quid or two in the pot to help out, that's great, but that's not compulsory.

We want as many people, who'd like to learn, play and listen to Welsh Traditional Music, to be able to come as possible. If you fit into those categories, come over!

Accommodation is also possible. A local cafe which has rooms has agreed to provide discounted beds(thanks, Merlins of Ystradgynlais!) and there are other options. If you'd like to know more, please contact me.

Geraint


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010
From: terrier
Date: 12 Sep 10 - 06:01 PM

Hi, is there any camping nearby, for campervans or trailer tents ?


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Sep 10 - 08:15 PM

Glad to see you've joined up. Wish I lived near there, but Colorado is a might too far!:-)


Hope you get lots of folks.

kat


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 13 Sep 10 - 04:11 AM

We've got a couple of people coming from Wisconsin. Maybe Kat could ask them for a lift?

Ahem.

I was constantly amazed by the distances out in the US and Canada. It's a different world to Wales, certainly as far as the scale of the continent. But I digress.

We're working on somewhere for campervans. I will keep you posted. There are some 'proper' campsites within a few miles, but none in Ystradgynlais itself.

Am I allowed to post links to these existing providers? Not sure of the rules.

Geraint


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 19 Sep 10 - 06:39 AM

To return to the theme of camping, I've managed to sort somewhere out for campervans and caravans. Ther'es till room in Merlins if you'd rather have a bed indoors!

We've also added a dance workshop to the list of workshops above.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: terrier
Date: 19 Sep 10 - 11:27 AM

Hi Pibydd, I've found the Re_ Cow on Google Earth but it says it's for sale. I hope it's open for the sessions, LOL.
Could you post some details or PM me info on campervan spaces. It sounds a great weekend, can't wait.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Sep 10 - 11:34 AM

Pibydd, yes links are fine and welcome.


(Wisconsin? Well, as you noted, even that's a bit far but I wish them a good time.:-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 19 Sep 10 - 11:40 AM

The Cow is for sale, as we speak. However, I was there last night (in the line of duty) and was told all will be fine for the end of October.

Should anything happen, worry not - we'll decamp to the Legion or the Corner House or the Pig... :-)

As a matter of interest, the other pub we're in on Friday night is the Wern Fawr, which has its own brewery and has won Champion Ale of Wales. Their own website seems to be down, unfortunately, but there are details here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryncelyn_Brewery


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:18 AM

An update - we've pretty much finalised the timetable for 'Sha Nôl, Sha Mlân'.

- Friday morning we'll be in cafes in Ystradgynlais
- Friday night we'll be in pubs in Ystalyfera
- Saturday morning we'll be in cafes in Ystradgynlais, with workshop starting around 11. They include whistle and bodhran for beginners; Welsh tuines for those who can already play; Welsh bagpipes and pibgorn; a slow session
- Saturday afternoon and night there'll be sessions in Ystradgynlais
Sunday middayish, a farewell session.

If you'd like more info, feel free to send me a message. There's accomodation available, and a place to leave camper vans.

:-)

Geraint


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: bubblyrat
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:48 AM

Is Cornelius going ?? I played with him in "The Stag" in Llanidloes recently,and would like to repeat the experience !!


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:57 AM

Cornelius is coming, aye, with some other Llanidloes boys.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: breezy
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 10:46 AM

Who mentioned Llani?

Whats going on there these days ?

Btw which one is the Stag ? please ta

Cant promise mind


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 10:56 AM

The Stag is the pub on the left-hand side as you're heading uphill (as it were) on the main road, ie Great Oak Street. There are sessions there on Sundays, I believe. There's another in the Mount in Thursday nights, which I very occasionally attend. Perhaps Bubblyrat knows more, I don't get up there very often.

Anyway, there's a few of the Llanidloes Session regulars who're coming down to 'Sha Nôl'.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: terrier
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 01:03 PM

Good to see the thread revived, all went very quiet for a while. Geraint, I'm sending you a PM regards accomodation if you read this.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 03:45 PM

No probs. I'm glad to say there's a few people from over Offa's Dyke who are coming over, down and indeed up. I hope that you'll take some tidy Welsh tunes back with you :-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: GUEST,Andrew
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 04:52 AM

Can you translate sia nol - sia mlan please.
I'm a non welsh speaking bluegrass player but maybe you can convert me to glaswellt glas.
Andrew


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: bubblyrat
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 07:08 AM

If Llani boys are going,then we'd be interested , providing there's room for our caravan somewhere ??
    Karen and I went to Llanidloes for Martin Herbert's wedding recently ; we stayed in a "yurt" at Chapel Farm ( the wedding reception was in the chapel) and had a great time ,played music,met some great people ; we both already knew people who live there, ie Martin,naturally---Paul Hogben----Lesley-Anne Dupre--and I met & played with Cornelius. If I won the lottery, I know where I'd like to live ,boyo !!


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 01:45 PM

Andrew, shwmae. 'Sha Nôl, Sha Mlân' means 'Backwards and Forwards' in our local Welsh dialect. It's held on the weekend the clocks change, for one thing. It's also held in a few venues between Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera. You could read more into it if you want...

You don't need to be able to speak Welsh, but the music is going to be Welsh! There aren't that many Welsh Trad Sessions, even in Wales.
We wanted to put on a session weekend which allowed musicians, who often don't get that much contact with each other, to play together and learn new tunes in a relaxed environment. We're doing some more workshops this year than last, in order to let people who don't have many of the tunes to have a bash at 'em.

The local rugby club have agreed to let us put caravans and campervans on their premises in return for a few quid. Send me a pm if you'd like more details. We've got maybe half-a-dozen vehicles coming already, but there should be room for a few more.

And yes, there are a few Llanidloes boys coming down, Cornelius amongst 'em. Very musical place, Llanidloes.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: maeve
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 02:28 PM

Pibydd's links:

http://www.sesiwn.org


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryncelyn_Brewery


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 02:43 PM

Thanks Maeve. Bryncelyn did have a working website until recently. I can't find it, though. The brewery is certainly still in existence, however.

Andrew, do you know Roland Emmanuel? Plays with 'Roots and Galoots'? He'll be around for some of the weekend, I think.

Incidentally, 'glaswellt' actually pretty much means 'blue grass' anyway. Glas in Welsh can be used for blue, green, even grey in different circumstances. I think the same is true of the Irish 'glas' too.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 07:24 PM

I felt that I had to call into the Wern Fawr for research purposes tonight. There's been a problem with the website for Bryncelyn Brewery. Thankfully this has not impaired their efforts as far as brewing is concerned - I can report that their new straw-coloured/pale-aleish bitter is well-worth sampling... You should all come over a fortnight tonight for beer and tunes

:-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: GUEST,bubblyrat
Date: 16 Oct 10 - 10:36 AM

Will there be any cider ?? Maybe from that chap in (where else ?) Llanidloes !!


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 16 Oct 10 - 01:57 PM

I haven't noticed which cider they have there, I fear. I doubt there's any from Montgomeryshire knocking about. They may have bottles from Tomos Watkin or Gwynt y Ddraig...


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: GUEST,Andrew
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 07:28 AM

Shwmae Pipydd
Roland's a friend so hope to meet up during your event and do some glaswellt songs. That is singing in Welsh. Plus some new challenges, for I dont know any of the tunes in your list, yet! We're from Abergavenny, and would like to meet musician interested in our style
www.brandywine-cloggers.co.uk

Andrew


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 12:53 PM

Hiya Andrew. I've seen you dance, then! My mandolin skills aren't good enough to be playing Appalachian stuff with any fluency, I fear. Not sure how many bluegrass players will be over with us, but it'd be good to see you and teach you some Welsh tunes

I've got a mate in North Carolina who does play Appalachian music, mind, he sends me some interesting links now and again. One day I'd like to get out there and travel along Appalachia, learning and playing. Hey ho. Some day, perhaps.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 12:05 PM

A few updates:

Sessions on Friday 29 starting around 8 pm in the Red Cow and Wern Fawr, Ystalyfera.

Workshops staring around 11.30 on Saturday morning at Ystradgynlais Welfare Hall - whistle, bodhran, Welsh tunes, Welsh Dance. There'll be a slow session then a faster one that afternoon.

Saturday night sessions starting around 8 pm at Merlins, Ystradgynlais, and in Ystradgynlais Welfare Hall Bar.

Accomodation available in Ystradgynlais.

More details on the abovementioned website :-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 06:48 AM

And it all went ok, I think. At last one Mudcatter came - hope you enjoyed. Any comments gratefully received. Pictures soon to go up on www.sesiwn.org , and there are a couple of grainy videos too!

Same again (in essence) next year on the last weekend of October.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: GUEST,Dr Price, minus cookies
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 11:06 AM

Alas, I missed Sha Nol, Sha Mlan - Olly and I went with The Great Lingering Cold, and, between coughing our collective guts up, we decided to save what was left of our strength to play for a wedding twmpath at Pentyrch.

Regarding the Wern Fawr and its excellent range of home-brewed award-winning ales: The landlord is a real ale fan and Buddy Holly enthusiast, and he names his brews Holly Hops, Buddy Marvellous etc. A vanload of us RATS (the Real Ale Tasting Society) journeyed from Llantrisant to Ystalyfera to sample the ales, for a cracking and brilliant night out.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 07:13 AM

Aye, the Wern is a damned good pub. Will isn't the landlord any more, although he's still around as is his wife - their daughter's got it now, and so normal service continues...

:-)

We may have annoyed some of the regulars with gaits Friday night tho, hmmm.


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 07:14 AM

Gaitas, not gaits, although as I recall they both mean 'goat'


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Subject: RE: Welsh Session Weekend 29-31 October 2010(Wales)
From: Pibydd
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 04:57 AM

... and the next one will take place on the weekend of 28 - 29 - 30 October 2011. It went well last year, should be better this!


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