ALAW – news

Its been a great year of performances at arts centres, rural touring venues and festivals. Summer festivals have been a particular highlight with some great promotor feedback (below). Coming up next we have rural touring dates across the UK (Autumn 16 to Spring 17). Get the latest details from www.alaw-band.com

“Many of the audience had heard Alaw before and were keen to see them again whilst for others, the band was a new delight. Everyone had a fantastic time – one of the highlights of the festival. Great energy and talented musicianship, definitely an experience not to be missed.”

Judy Whitehouse, Fishguard Folk Festival 2016

“Alaw treat Welsh traditional melodies with a sensitivity and energy that is unique. Visitors to the Wales Pavilion in Lorient were treated to performances by these three virtuoso musicians weaving a Welsh blanket of delicately coloured but robust threads, that enveloped the audience. From gentle airs to energy laden dance tunes, Alaw performed a rich and varied set, a real taste of Wales!”

Antwn Owen-Hicks, Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2016

Merry Christmas 2015

To celebrate Christmas Jacob and James have recorded another song (with a little help from me). The song is an original by Jacob.

It come with love from us all.

You can download the mp3 FROM THIS LINK (You’ll need to click it then right click and save as on the file)

It is free but if you like you can donate to our Just Giving page for MacMillan Cancer Care – an illness that has touched some dear friends recently. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE JUST GIVING PAGE

Here is the video –

A Welsh Tune a Week – week 2

This is the second week in my new series Welsh Tune a Week. This weeks tune is the beautiful and stirring Wil a’i Fam (Will and his Mother). I recorded this on Ynys Môn (Anglesey) overlooking the Menai Strait – whilst teaching on the Trac Cymru BEAM summer school.

You can find a version of the tune here and it is recorded on my album ALAW with guitarist Dylan Fowler (www.alaw-band.com). A complete set of the video can be found on the project page here

Devil’s Violin Announce Autumn Tour

DevilsViolin2-FarrowsCreative tinyThe Devil’s Violin are thrilled to announce the dates for their 2015 Autumn tour of The Forbidden Door. This epic journey will take them from Southport to Salisbury, from Dulverton to Denmark. The response following their Spring tour has been fantastic (read reviews here) – this is a must see show and with a tour list like this you should have a decent chance!

DATES ARE:

18-Sep-15 The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn www.bureaublackburn.co.uk
19-Sep-15 The Atkinson, Southport www.theatkinson.co.uk
25 to 27 Sep Roskilde Storytelling Festival, Denmark www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk
30-Sep-15 Chilthorne Domer Village Hall, Nr Yeovil www.takeart.org
01-Oct-15 Dulverton Town Hall www.takeart.org
02-Oct-15 Curry Mallet Village Hall, Nr Taunton www.takeart.org
03-Oct-15 Ancient Technology Centre, Dorset www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk
04-Oct-15 Victoria Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys www.nightout.org.uk
08-Oct-15 The Boo Theatre, Lancashire www.horseandbamboo.org
09-Oct-15 The Ropewalk, Lincolnshire www.the-ropewalk.co.uk
10-Oct-15 Shiloh Community Hall, Cwm Penmachno www.nightout.org.uk
11-Oct-15 Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdyfi www.neuadddyfi.org
13-Oct-15 Valleys Kids, Rhondda Valley www.valleyskids.org
14-Oct-15 Birmingham Literature Festival www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org
15-Oct-15 Newport Memorial Hall, Pembrokeshire newportmemorialhall.co.uk
16-Oct-15 Abertridwr Festival, South Wales www.abervalleyarts.co.uk
17-Oct-15 Lowender Peran, Cornwall www.lowenderperan.co.uk
20-Oct-15 Chester Literature Festival, Chester www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk
21-Oct-15 Square Chapel, Halifax www.squarechapel.co.uk
22 & 23 Oct Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury www.salisburyplayhouse.com
24-Oct-15 Melling Village Institute www.spotonlancashire.co.uk
25-Oct-15 Gwaenysgor Village Hall, Flintshire www.gwaenysgorandtrelawnyd.org.uk
27-Oct-15 Georgian Theatre Richmond, North Yorks www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
29-Oct-15 Seven Arts, Leeds www.sevenleeds.co.uk
30-Oct-15 Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire www.otleycourthouse.org.uk
31-Oct-15 Mellor Brook Community Centre www.spotonlancashire.co.uk

Full details at www.thedevilsviolin.co.uk

Jamie Smith’s Mabon – Wild Christmas Feast SOLD OUT!

Following on from the success of last year – Jamie Smith’s Mabon are once again collaborating with Forage Fine Foods to present an evening of wild food and free range music. The event will take place at Longtown Village Hall on the 19th December.

“It will be a night of the wildest folk provided by Jamie Smiths MABON” says Liz Knight of Forage “and a wild bar serving cocktails you’ll swoon over (and a few of the best local brews around for people who want pints..) and then there is the food. ..a night of non stop wild treats, we’ve been squirrelling away the best of this years bounty, plant and game- wild boar, wild garlic wood pigeon, sumac, rosehips, venison, primroses, wild mustard, damsons, sloes, elderberries, wood sorrel….you get the picture. All these finds are being magically whizzed into canapes you’ll want to relive over & over – oh, and there will be wild trifle..lots of wild trifle..” There will also be a charity bar including local Ales and Cidres and of course a performance by the internationally renowned Celtic band Jamie Smith’s Mabon”

Last years event sold out quickly so get your tickets soon.

Tickets £30 more details at: www.facebook.com/foragefinefoods  or email wildfeasts@gmail.com for tickets

STOLEN!

Following the success of the Forbidden Door – the Devil’s Violin are currently gestating a new show.

Details to following soon. Meanwhile you can read here about our previous show. Welcome to a cinema of the mind!  With their visceral combination of live music and dynamic storytelling, The Devil’s Violin weave an enchantment of melody and mystery.

Don’t open that door!

As soon as the rule is laid down, we know it will be broken. Once the door is opened, then what? – adventures! All of us love a good tale, and this is a wonderful one. Expect love, loss, drama, danger, horror, humour, twists and trials.

How far is too far?

The Devil’s Violin have been breathing new life into the ancient art of storytelling since 2006.  Acclaimed storyteller Daniel Morden,  joined by virtuoso musicians Sarah Moody, Dylan Fowler and Oliver Wilson-Dickson will transport you into the world of the imagination.

Suitable for ages 12+

A scintillating combination of music, sound and story The Times

This is masterful, theatrical storytelling delivered with great feeling for the dramatic pause, the dark imagery evoking all shades of emotion from horror to joy, while the songs and stories continue to resonate deeply in the bones of the listener long afterwards.

Venue Magazine

ALAW @ Celtic Connections

2014 has been a varied year for ALAW. Alongside several TV appearances and performances at the largest Celtic festival in Europe they have also done rural tours from Northumbria to Herefordshire. 2015 looks to be equally exciting, starting with a gig at the celebrated Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 15 January – 1 February 2015, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

Celtic Connections is programmed by Artistic Director (and founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) Donald Shaw, and features more than 300 events across multiple genres of music.

The festival is renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, bringing together one-off line-ups for very special one night only collaborative shows. The camaraderie between musicians continues into the wee small hours at the late-night Festival Club – home of legendary musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.

 

ALAW will perform at St Andrew’s in the Square on the 20th January. More details at www.celticconnections.com