A distant song..

 

What was the song in Ceredigion

that Elgar heard in the distance

on an evenings walk, words sung

of love, loss and life still to be lived.

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Voices on the Bridge – Welcoming in 2018!

Voices-on-the-Bridge Jan 18

What can I tell you!

Start the New Year refreshed with a packed bill! (No pun intended)

It doesn’t get better than this!

Come to the Old Bridge and listen to the pipes, songs and poems!

South Wales Uilleann Pipers were formed in 2008 as a forum for promoting the teaching, playing & performance of the Irish Uilleann bagpipes in South Wales. In addition to organising regular gatherings of local pipers throughout the year for lessons and group playing, the club also organises an annual festival (or ‘tionol’) in which we invite top Uilleann pipers from Ireland to join us in South Wales for a weekend of instruction, networking and public performance.

Pete Ak’ spoken word performer and vocalist/songwriter with the S.Wales based band TaffyWasAThief. His spoken word pieces are strong on narrative, rhyme and humour, enjoying word play and ingenious metaphors. His pieces reflect his admittedly confusing childhood, growing up in a Barnardo’s children’s home as the only black child in a small Welsh valley town in the 1960’s. His performances strongly feature emotional and energetic renditions which add colour and verve to his pieces. He has appeared at Llandeilo and Hay (fringe) ‘ Where the Light Comes In’ literary festivals and also appeared on BBC Wales’ feature programme Jonathan Davies’ Six Nations Quiz performing his poem ‘A Nation Hold its Breathe Again’ a signature piece which integrates patriotism with rugby lore and passion. He has yet to publish independently but has had numerous pieces featured in various publications both online and in print.

Heather Pudner Born in Edinburgh, brought up in Sussex I have lived in Wales for a very long time. Earliest music I can recall is Jimmy Shand and Burl Ives along with Singing Together and my mother’s impressions of Kathleen Ferrier. Heather is busy in the Valley Folk Club in the Swansea Valley and involved in folk sessions and sing arounds in South Wales.

Fiona Cullen was born and raised through her early years on a lowland hill farm in Perthshire Scotland. Her parents had an active involvement in the local folk clubs of Perth and Dundee during the folk revival, also hosting and number of big folk week-ends on their farm. As a child Fiona was lucky enough to hear many of the great voices from the Scottish, Irish, English, and American folk scene when they were invited as guest performers to local clubs and then put up on the farm, often leading to impromptu ceilidhs. Fiona began singing with her family, ‘The Anderson’s’  as a child, and also began singing unaccompanied folk songs in the Scottish tradition from an early age.

Fiona has a strong interest in natural voice and has sung in several choirs in South Wales including Pontypridd’s ‘Valley’s Voices’ which grew out of the Valleys Live initiative in the 1980’s as well as a choir with ‘Moving Being’, led by Matthew Bailey and Cardiff Steiner’s ‘Fountain Choir’. She has recently returned to performing as a solo singer.

Cara Gwen is a bilingual musician and artist from South Wales and a recent graduate from the University of Oxford. Her poetry is influenced by the landscape, politics and folklore of her home.

Rufus Mufasa is a literary activist and lyrical genre hopper who has travelled and toured profusely but always returns to Pontypridd, which she has made her home. Rufus’ work explores a cocktail of disciplines, the avant-garde “ness” of multilingualism, the threading of ancestry, filled with hope and heart. New school call her rapper, old school call her chanter, but she adores her newest title, mother, and is drunk on the lessons it brings, and how it has made her an even stronger dutiful daughter to our planet.

Rob Cullen studied at Bristol and Cardiff art colleges, lived in New York and Brighton. Rob was an expert to the criminal and family courts. He retired in 2012. His short story The Choice was published in an anthology A Fall into Grace in 2015. Rob has written short stories published in Ystrad Stories related to the paintings of Ernie Zobole. His poems have been published in the online magazines I AM NOT A SILENT POET, The Learned Pig, The Bezine. A collection of poetry “Uncertain Times” was published in 2016. He is currently being mentored by a publisher on a novel “Imaginary Beaches”. Rob has also recently collaborated with the photographer Jon Pountney on a film “Beachcombing” providing words and voice over. Rob organises Voices on the Bridge. www.celfypridd.wordpress.com

Matthew Frederick hails from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, singer, songwriter, composer and some-time television presenter MATTHEW FREDERICK blends a childhood love of the early works of Elton John and Billy Joel with more recent influences including Ben Folds, John Grant and Bon Iver to create a distinctive sound somewhere between Math-Folk and Cymrucana. Releasing debut EP VENUS & MARS in 2012, Matthew has since made a number of radio and television appearances, collaborated with Ed Sheeran co-writer and Grammy award-winning Amy Wadge, and penned original music for Sony-signed Only Boys Aloud. As a co-founder of BBC Introducing favourites CLIMBING TREES, Matthew has supported jazz supremo Jamie Cullum, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recorded at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios in between two critically-acclaimed albums; 2013 debut HEBRON and follow-up BORDERS, shortlisted for the 2016 Welsh Music Prize. Recently appearing at the likes of Green Man Festival, Festival No.6, The Hay Festival and Brecon Jazz, Matthew is also a fixture in Aled Rheon’s all-star live band The Gorgeous Charge, regularly performs with Pembrokeshire-based singer-songwriter Jodie Marie, and is currently working on an EP of classical compositions alongside a first full-length studio album, both earmarked for release in 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdOco5OkAwA

Last trains from Ponty to Caerdif

10.24 Dep

11.08 Dep

UFO’s leave anytime as per usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Ak’ spoken word performer and vocalist/songwriter with the S.Wales based band TaffyWasAThief. His spoken word pieces are strong on narrative, rhyme and humour, enjoying word play and ingenious metaphors. His pieces reflect his admittedly confusing childhood, growing up in a Barnardo’s children’s home as the only black child in a small Welsh valley town in the 1960’s. His performances strongly feature emotional and energetic renditions which add colour and verve to his pieces. He has appeared at Llandeilo and Hay (fringe) ‘ Where the Light Comes In’ literary festivals and also appeared on BBC Wales’ feature programme Jonathan Davies’ Six Nations Quiz performing his poem ‘A Nation Hold its Breathe Again’ a signature piece which integrates patriotism with rugby lore and passion. He has yet to publish independently but has had numerous pieces featured in various publications both online and in print.

Heather Pudner Born in Edinburgh, brought up in Sussex I have lived in Wales for a very long time. Earliest music I can recall is Jimmy Shand and Burl Ives along with Singing Together and my mother’s impressions of Kathleen Ferrier. Heather is busy in the Valley Folk Club in the Swansea Valley and involved in folk sessions and sing arounds in South Wales.

Fiona Cullen was born and raised through her early years on a lowland hill farm in Perthshire Scotland. Her parents had an active involvement in the local folk clubs of Perth and Dundee during the folk revival, also hosting and number of big folk week-ends on their farm. As a child Fiona was lucky enough to hear many of the great voices from the Scottish, Irish, English, and American folk scene when they were invited as guest performers to local clubs and then put up on the farm, often leading to impromptu ceilidhs. Fiona began singing with her family, ‘The Anderson’s’  as a child, and also began singing unaccompanied folk songs in the Scottish tradition from an early age.

 

Fiona has a strong interest in natural voice and has sung in several choirs in South Wales including Pontypridd’s ‘Valley’s Voices’ which grew out of the Valleys Live initiative in the 1980’s as well as a choir with ‘Moving Being’, led by Matthew Bailey and Cardiff Steiner’s ‘Fountain Choir’. She has recently returned to performing as a solo singer.

 

South Wales Uilleann Pipers were formed in 2008 as a forum for promoting the teaching, playing & performance of the Irish Uilleann bagpipes in South Wales. In addition to organising regular gatherings of local pipers throughout the year for lessons and group playing, the club also organises an annual festival (or ‘tionol’) in which we invite top Uilleann pipers from Ireland to join us in South Wales for a weekend of instruction, networking and public performance.

Cara Gwen is a bilingual musician and artist from South Wales and a recent graduate from the University of Oxford. Her poetry is influenced by the landscape, politics and folklore of her home.

Rufus Mufasa is a literary activist and lyrical genre hopper who has travelled and toured profusely but always returns to Pontypridd, which she has made her home. Rufus’ work explores a cocktail of disciplines, the avant-garde “ness” of multilingualism, the threading of ancestry, filled with hope and heart. New school call her rapper, old school call her chanter, but she adores her newest title, mother, and is drunk on the lessons it brings, and how it has made her an even stronger dutiful daughter to our planet.

Rob Cullen studied at Bristol and Cardiff art colleges, lived in New York and Brighton. Rob was an expert to the criminal and family courts. He retired in 2012. His short story The Choice was published in an anthology A Fall into Grace in 2015. Rob has written short stories published in Ystrad Stories related to the paintings of Ernie Zobole. His poems have been published in the online magazines I AM NOT A SILENT POET, The Learned Pig, The Bezine. A collection of poetry “Uncertain Times” was published in 2016. He is currently being mentored by a publisher on a novel “Imaginary Beaches”. Rob has also recently collaborated with the photographer Jon Pountney on a film “Beachcombing” providing words and voice over. Rob organises Voices on the Bridge. www.celfypridd.wordpress.com

Matthew Frederick hails from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, singer, songwriter, composer and some-time television presenter MATTHEW FREDERICK blends a childhood love of the early works of Elton John and Billy Joel with more recent influences including Ben Folds, John Grant and Bon Iver to create a distinctive sound somewhere between Math-Folk and Cymrucana. Releasing debut EP VENUS & MARS in 2012, Matthew has since made a number of radio and television appearances, collaborated with Ed Sheeran co-writer and Grammy award-winning Amy Wadge, and penned original music for Sony-signed Only Boys Aloud. As a co-founder of BBC Introducing favourites CLIMBING TREES, Matthew has supported jazz supremo Jamie Cullum, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recorded at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios in between two critically-acclaimed albums; 2013 debut HEBRON and follow-up BORDERS, shortlisted for the 2016 Welsh Music Prize. Recently appearing at the likes of Green Man Festival, Festival No.6, The Hay Festival and Brecon Jazz, Matthew is also a fixture in Aled Rheon’s all-star live band The Gorgeous Charge, regularly performs with Pembrokeshire-based singer-songwriter Jodie Marie, and is currently working on an EP of classical compositions alongside a first full-length studio album, both earmarked for release in 2018.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdOco5OkAwA

 

Last trains from Ponty to Caerdif

10.24 Dep

11.08 Dep