MODERN Welsh folk groups and musicians will gather in Newport next month for the Tredegar House Folk Festival.
A packed lineup over the three-day event – which runs from Friday May 6th to Sunday May 8th – is headlined by multi-award winning band Calan, as well as The Trials Of Cato, who won the award for Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
They will be joined by Wales Folk Award winner Alaw and Caldicot indie folk band Rusty Shackle.
Avanc, a collective of the finest young traditional musicians from across Wales, who have come together to become Wales’ first National Youth Folk Ensemble, will also make an appearance. Led by Calan fiddler Patrick Rimes, their 11-piece line-up includes fiddles, harps, whistles, cellos, guitar and pipes as well as vocals and step dancing.
“We had to build a bigger stage to accommodate them all,” said festival director Sue Oates. “The sound is going to be amazing.”
“This is the first major Welsh festival since all the Covid rules were relaxed. There’s a huge hunger for a good time, for the joy of live music.
“Tickets are going like hot cakes and we are confident of a full sale.
“Above all, I’m delighted we’re showcasing so much Welsh music – as well as huge amounts of Welsh and international dance.”
Other big names include folk legends Show Of Hands, Billy Mitchell of Lindisfarne and Texas Americana star Rebecca Loebe, who arrives especially to kick off her UK tour.
“Best of all, we have a lot of free stuff too,” Ms Oates added.
“So many people are going through tough times financially that we need to step in and help.
“We have created a free concert on Saturday noon, and all of our dance performances, workshops and open mics are free.
“It’s time to do something we haven’t done in so long – smile, sing and have fun.”
For more information or tickets, visit tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/