SOUTH WALES' FOLK RELATED GIG LIST
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Pontardawe VALLEY FOLK CLUB

 

About VALLEY FOLK CLUB

Valley Folk Club meets in Glais on various Fridays every month. We try to use the 1st Friday each month for Open Nights and the 3rd (and 5th) Friday for Guest Nights. These sometimes move to accommodate the guest or other events at the Rugby Club. Please check the diary regularly. We also offer monthly FREE ZOOM NIGHTS.  See dates below.

 

On OPEN NIGHTS a warm welcome is extended to everyone to sing, play, recite or just enjoy. We sometimes allow a short set showcasing visiting performers. (Please make contact to arrange this) Dates on the flyer to the left of page. Open nights are £2 (to cover room charge) .

 

GUEST NIGHTS Usally 2 x 40/45 minute sets with floor spots before the first set. (These should be pre-arranged as time is limited.) Occasional "50/50 NIGHTS" often feature local talent when 2 acts do one set each. Guest and special nights can vary from £5 - £8 and this will be posted on the diary listing when decided

 

Evenings usually start at 8pm. 

 

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Email address to contact the club:- PontyVFC@casbar.co.uk 

For contacts please see the Folk Clubs page.

START TIME - 8pm   Guest Nights £ see below  Open Nights £2

All club nights are held in Glais Rugby Football Club, 

609, Birchgrove Rd. Glais, nr Clydach, Swansea SA7 9EN

Our popular PEARSHAPED ZOOM SESSIONS will continue, monthly on 4th Friday each month. (There are exceptions)

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 May 27, Jun 24th, July 29th.(5th Fri) This MAY be the last one.

Open 8.15pm for 8.30pm start. MC Heather Pudner

To RESERVE TICKETS email:-  cas@casbar.co.uk

OPEN NIGHT 8pm June 3rd  £2)

June 17th

CALENNIG ARBENNIG  (£6)

For more than 40 years, Calennig have been one of south Wales’ leading dance bands. Specialising in Welsh dance music, they have played twmpaths from Aberdare to Aberdeen, from Chicago to Christchurch, for experts and novices alike.

And now they are a concert band with their new name CALENNIG ARBENNIG !

With the voices of Pat Smith (plus concertina, spoons, harmonica) and Ned Clamp (guitar, harmonica), and  the expert musicianship of Iolo Jones (fiddle) and

                                                                                                              Jem Randles (bass, whistle, bodhran), they guarantee

                                                                                                              a night of thoughtful and entertaining songs from, of,

                                                                                                              and about Wales, plus a fair smattering of Welsh

                                                                                                               tunes, from delicate airs to foot-stomping jigs. 

OPEN NIGHT 8pm July 1st  £2)

GELLIONEN FOLK SERVICE Gellionen Chapel, Mynydd Gellionen, Pontardawe

Valley Folk Club will be contibuting to this annual service. 10.45am Sunday August 21st.

September  16th

JOHN JAMES  (£8)

Legendary exponent of Ragtime Guitar John James (born 1947, Lampeter, Wales) is a Welsh virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for his original instrumental compositions for the guitar as well as interpretations of blues, folk, ragtime, jazz and classical tunes. He is also a very funny man.

 

“............there are one or two guitarists who manage to combine the directness of the emotional appeal of rock with the complexity and technique of the best classical and Jazz instrumentalists. One of these, and probably the best of them, is John James” Time Out UK

 

“James played some of the most impressive guitar solos i’ve ever heard. He has a tremendously attractive performing personality and some of the best repartee I’ve encountered.” Woodstock Times USA

October 21st

 

THE FOXGLOVE TRIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& ANDY TAMLYN JONES

November 18th RAPSQUILLION Now in its 23rd year, Rapsquillion, the award-winning but grizzled veteran of the Shropshire and mid-Wales folk music scene, has, in its various incarnations, been producing its own brand of close harmony music, mostly a capella and usually based on traditional words and music. They used to describe themselves as a ‘folk group’. The eclectic mix of their music now travels from 15th Century frottola to 21st Century ‘protest’ and on the way calls in on parody, traditional music from around the world, 1940’s jazz and the chapel hymn book, so they’re not sure what they are any more, other than a group of friends who enjoy spending time and making music together. They do have a hard-won reputation for building gradually to a climax throughout a performance; their invigorating harmonies and rhythms are at their impressive best towards the ‘witching’ hour, when, bellies bloated and all cares and sheets to the wind they tear off their inhibitions and display their crinkled credentials to the world. As purveyors of concerts, workshops, singarounds and the occasional CD, Rapsquillion continues to giggle its way through life with a highly contagious sense of fun, avoiding at all costs any semblance of knowing its place whilst tearing along the back straight of traditional music before skidding sideways into smart-Alec arrangements and beautiful harmonies.

DECEMBER 9th XMAS PARTY with CAPTAIN CAT & THE SAILORS

FUTURE GUEST BOOKINGS are being arranged. 3rd Fridays.

 

OPEN NIGHTS

(XAugustX) September 2nd, October 7th, November 4th. ???December 2nd??

 

We hope to reawaken our 5th Friday nights as soon as it becomes possible.

 

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2023

MIKE & DYLAN JAMES

March 31st 2023

Live from Brittany – father and son singers and musicians Mike and Dylan are back on the road again with a concert repertoire of ballads, tunes, songs of love and of unhappy affairs – many of them real photographs of past life in the British Isles, but sometimes with surprising echoes of the contemporary world.

Accordionist and singer Mike, one of the founders of Pontardawe Festival and for many years a pillar of the Valley Folk Club, has played all over Europe with groups such as the Anglo-Welsh band Swansea Jack, Quilty, Priodas and Twm Twp, He performs Breton music, fest-noz and song, such as a duo with the late Yves Leblanc, Jacal and Glaou.

Dylan has developed a strong reputation for his double bass playing, and he also plays percussion and sings close harmonies; He sings and plays for fest noz in many Breton bands, including An Tri Dipop and Planchée, and he explores sounds and songs around the East Brittany repertoire with fiddler Emmanuelle Bouthillier.

PONTARDAWE

The next Valley Folk Club ZOOM is Friday May 27th

You could use this link to go straight there 

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GOWER FOLK FESTIVAL

is almost sold out.

ONLY SUNDAY TICKETS LEFT !!