Andreina Jolin - January 2019

Andreina Jolin is a five-piece all-female band, based in Iruña in the Basque Country. Two of the musicians are Basque and the other three from Latin America (Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela). They play an exciting and eclectic mix of traditional music from these four places. Violin, guitar, a variety of percussion and five voices make up their sound.

In the Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth (Thursday 3rd January), they will be joined by the very talented singer-songwriter Meinir Gwilym, supported by an array of local talent – the triple harpist Cerys Havana, the traditional singer Alaw Fflur Jones and the Davalan family from Dinas Mawddwy. And we will have a surprise special guest.
In Y Llew Coch, Dinas Mawddwy (Friday 4th January), they will be joined by the talented musicians’ collective Cerrig Camu, which includes Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Iestyn Tyne, Osian Morris, Nicolas Davalan, Cerys Hafana and Alaw Fflur Jones. Gai Toms will be joining us as a special guest.
In the Dovey Valley Hotel, Cemmaes Road (Saturday afternoon, 5th January) they will be playing alone, before moving on to their final gig in Ty-Siamas, Dolgellau in the evening, where they will be supported by Blodau Gwylltion and Osian Morris.

Performances

Date Venue Location
Thursday 3/1 Wynnstay Hotel Machynlleth
Friday 4/1 Y Llew Coch Dinas Mawddwy
Saturday afternoon 5/1 Dovey Valley Hotel Cemmaes Road
Saturday evening 5/1 Ty-Siamas Dolgellau

Taith yr ynysoedd
Tour of the islands

‘Blas o Gymru’ was invited to perform on Inis Oirr and Inis Meann in the Aran Islands, with concerts also in Connemara and Galway City in September 2018.
Our performances were

Date Venue Location
Thursday 13/9 The Crane Bar Gallway City
Friday 14/9 The Poteen Still Invern, Connemara
Saturday 15/9 Inis Oírr Aran Islands
Sunday 16/9 Inis Meainn Aran Islands

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Ortzadar Taldea!

Dawns a cherddoriaeth o Wlad y Basg

Dance and music from the Basque Country

Teithio Cymru mis Gorffenaf / Touring Wales in July

Our performances were

Date Venue Location
Friday 20/7 ‘Y Sesiwn Fawr’ festival Dolgellau, Gwynedd
Saturday 21/7 ‘Y Sesiwn Fawr’ festival Dolgellau, Gwynedd
Sunday 22/7 Tafarn Y Dyfi / Dovey Valley Hotel Glantwymyn, Powys
Wednesday 25/7 Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, art gallery and centre Llanbedrog, Gwynedd
Thursday 26/7 Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum
Cabaret night
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Friday 27/7 Caffi Alys
‘Noson Lawen’ – meal, music & dancing
Machynlleth, Powys
Saturday 28/7 Neuadd y Pentref
Evening of Basque & Welsh music, food & dancing
Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd
Sunday 29/7 Y Gwernan
Basque & Welsh music, food & dancing
Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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Zubiko Banda January / Ionawr / Urtarrila 2018

Alaw Fflur Jones (Machynlleth, Cymru) singer
Arrate Illaro (Orio, Euskal Herria) performance poet
Eider Manso Garmendia (Donostia, Euskal Herria) singer
Gwilym Bowen Rhys (Bethel, Cymru) singer, guitar, fiddle, harp
Iestyn Tyne (Pen Llyn, Cymru) singer, performance poet, fiddle
Izaro Garmendia (Astitz, Euskal Herria) accordion, alboka
Nicolas Davalan (Dinas Mawddwy, Cymru) bass, pipes
Osian Morris (Dolgellau, Cymru) singer. guitar, harmonica
Urko Arozena (Leitza, Euskal Herria) pipes, percussion.

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Our performances were

Tafarn Y Fic, Llithfaen, Gwynedd - Thursday 11th January
Y Llew Gwyn, Tal-y-Bont, Ceredigion - Friday 12th January
Tafarn Y Dyfi, Glantwymyn, Powys - Saturday 13th January
Y Fari Lwyd, Mallwyd & Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd - Saturday 13th January

"Love the originality of it!"                                    "Dewch nol yn fuan!"                                    "Roedd y sioe yn arbennig - ddim angen gwell"                                    "Amazing - full marke"                                    "We want the Basques back again"                                    "Wow, what a treat.  I really, really enjoyed myself"                                    "Ardderchog!"                                    "Partreiaeth o'r nefoedd!"                                    "Wedi joio, mas draw"                                    "Gwych, gwych, gwych!"                                    "Nothing is diminished - the two cultures enhance each other"                                    "Give me a bit more time, so next time I can get all my friends here!"                                    "Perffaith - cadw 'mlaen = cymysg yn gret!"                                    

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Blas o Gymru / A Taste of Wales, October 2017

An eleven-day tour of four Basque provinces, delivering a taste of Wales to Basque audiences through the medium of the Welsh language (and a little Euskara) using traditional and modern music, songs, performance poetry and images. This tour was supported by Wales Arts International.

Click here to read the Blas o Gymru report

Wales Arts International

What we do

Using songs, stories and poetry as our building blocks we are building a bridge between people and communities in Euskal Herria - the Basque Country - and those in Wales. Our two cultures are so similar and compatible that we hardly need to lift the stones into place. The structure just goes on growing.

Who we are

We organisers are four people from Wales and four from Euskal Herria.

Cymru

Maureen Fairclough
Meic Llewellyn
Nicolas Davalan
Osian Morris

Euskal Herria

Ana Andueza
Igor Otxoa
Itziar Albes
Jurdana Martin Retegi

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We are supported by a body of creative, enthusiastic and committed volunteers across the two nations.

Contact us

phone us: +44(0)1650 511778
visit us: Tafarn Y Dyfi (Dovey Valley Hotel), Glantwymyn, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8JZ