Siân James & Sioned Webb
Jordan Price Williams (cello)
Patrick Rimes (violin, viola)
Aneirin Jones (violin)
Sioned Webb: triple harp
“Beth Yw’r Hâf i Mi” (What is the summer to me) – trad. tr. / arr. Sioned Webb
“Y Gwcw Fach Lwydlas” (The little grey cuckoo) – trad. tr. /arr. Siân James
“Cyw Bach” (Little Darling) – trad. tr. / arr. Jordan Price Williams
Sonant & VRï
“Gwern” – Siân James tr. / arr. Sioned Webb
Cerdd Dant – Arfon Gwilym & Sioned Webb
“Cofio” (Remember) [Waldo] ar y gainc “Mererid” [Menai Williams]
“Ffoles Llantrisant” (Llantrisant Folly) – trad. tr. / arr. VRï
Arfon Gwilym, Sonant & VRï
“Clychau” (Bells) – Siân James tr. / arr. Sioned Webb
Arfon was born and bred in the Dolgellau area, where he was immersed in folk singing and cerdd dant from an early age. His mother Heulwen was a harpist and at least three of his close family were well known folk and penillion singers, all natives of Llanuwchllyn. He became involved in plygain singing during his period in Montgomeryshire. Throughout his life he has been actively involved in a variety of societies promoting Welsh traditional music. He was the founder of the Nansi Richards Trust and later became General Secretary of Clera, the society promoting traditional instruments. His is the author of a book on the history of Welsh traditional music and the editor of several folk song collections, including a collection of plygain carols and summer carols.
Three young men from deepest, darkest, chapel-going Wales create a soundtrack to the cultural upheaval of the past two hundred years. Their intricate and infectious interpretations of Welsh traditional melodies and songs have gained them widespread critical acclaim. Their debut album ‘Ty Ein Tadau’ (House Of Our Fathers’) received Best Album and Best Traditional Welsh Language Track in the Wales Folk Awards and a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Traditional Song, as well as a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. VRï, alongside Beth Celyn, have more recently been featured on The Last Night of the Proms representing Wales in a collection of sea songs from across the British Isles and Ireland.
A response to the oppression of Wales’ traditional music by the Methodist chapels, VRï’s music takes hold of the remaining strands of tradition and the music subsumed by the chapels, and blends them into a joyous celebration of Welsh identity. As a string trio, the combination of two fiddles and a cello is both familiar and unusual to traditional music. The tradition of choral singing has left its mark on the fiddlers of Wales, leaving two fiddle players unable to not play in harmony with each other. The addition of the cello and the rhythmic arrangements employed by these three have led them to re-coin the term ‘chamber-folk’ to describe their music.
Patrick Rimes has extensive touring experience across 3 continents with the likes of Calan, Ghazalaw and Cerys Matthews Band. He plays fiddle and viola, and adds some flagrantly appropriated Quebecois foot percussion! He is in demand as composer/arranger, and won a BAFTA in 2017 for work with regular collaborator Bryn Terfel.
Jordan Price Williams is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist and singer from Cwmafan, South Wales. He is also member of NoGood Boyo (2019’s winner of the Trophée Loïc Raison at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient) and super group Pendevig. As one of the leaders of a new generation of traditional style cellists in Wales, Jordan has carved a niche for himself as the main exponent of cello playing within Welsh traditional music, reinventing the fiddle style to fit the cello.
Aneirin Jones is part of the new wave of young traditional musicians coming from Wales. Having already been working professionally since the age of 16 with the likes of NoGood Boyo and Pendevig, he has recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a degree in Traditional Fiddle - and has now moved back to his homeland to pursue a career in music.