Oli Wilson-Dickson – fiddle / vocal Dylan Fowler – guitar / vocal Jamie Smith – accordion / vocal
“Welsh musicians don’t come more sensitive, accomplished and exploratory than this crew, I mean look at their collective CV, its long enough to cross your kitchen and then roll halfway down the back garden” fROOTS
Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the performance ends.
Oli and Dylan have a long history of working together, sharing projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known as the frontline of the multi award winning Jamie Smith’s MABON. Dylan’s other touring credits include Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson.
From stirring songs to driving jigs – they communicate their music with relaxed humour and a genuine affection that is truly infectious.
Dead Man’s Dance
Dead Man’s Dance (Dawns y Gŵr Marw) is the second studio album from the fiercely talented trio ALAW. Nominated in the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards – sensitivity and virtuosity combine in this bold exploration of Welsh traditional music and original song with sublime contributions from guest vocalists Georgia Ruth and Gwilym Bowen Rhys. Sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes joyful and exuberant, but always imaginative and engaging, Dead Man’s Dance is a coming of age album which places ALAW at the forefront of the scene.
Cariad at alawon hyfryd sydd wrth wraidd y grŵp newydd yma. Gan alw ar gyfoeth o brofiadau cerddorol, aiff Alaw â’u cynulleidfa ar daith gerddorol – tôn ddychwelodd o daith ym Mwlgaria neu gywaith yn India – ond angerdd dros hen alawon Cymru yw curiad calon eu cerddoriaeth.
O’r cain hyd y penigamp, mae Alaw’n chwarae mewn cytgord sy’n tarddu o flynyddoedd lawer o gydweithio. Bu Dylan ac Oliver yn perfformio yn Szapora a The Ian McMillan Orchestra: “a bunch of top-drawer world musicians” John Medd, Nott Eve Post. Mae Oliver a Jamie yn adnabyddus ledled y byd gwerin fel rheng flaen Jamie Smith’s Mabon: “A top band led by one hell of an accordion player”; Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2.