St Caron’s Day Festival of Folk and Strange music-Ticket Update

Dear All we have sold out of Saturday Day & Weekend Passes!! Many thanks to everyone who bought early. Don’t worry -tickets remain for some outstanding sonic treats on Friday Night and Saturday Night-but remember these are limited-and we can only take cash on the door if we have not met capacity so-buy now to avoid disappointment.

Y Banc kindly offered us the space for free so please avail yourselves of their eats and drinks across the day. Also, for those of you looking for a bite to eat before our evening concert kicks off, bookable in advance, via Fb- they have antipasti sharing boards and alcohol too.  The Saturday night  concert will start at 8pm so there is time to eat & drink….Y Banc is going to be a very comfortable place to do this! and is a few doors down….
 
We have tickets left for both Friday Night and Saturday Night—please book! Tickets are limited (20 tickets remain for Saturday night):
Please support our great and curious bands—-come off the beaten track to listen to these psychedelic, avant folk and laptop minstrels play live…

Don’t forget Saturday Morning at 10.15 at Riverbank Cafe we will meet to be led by ace Welsh piper Ceri Rhys Matthews to dress the well. This is free and Culture Colony will capture this for our ongoing film project…..but we need you to join us, walk down to the well and use your imaginations to offer somehting up for St Caron!! Or maybe even Carausias….
And again, FREE on Sunday Morning walk to a Bronze Age Cairn & in the afternoon ponder modular synths at an informal show and tell including The HUMBOX…..

Guardian Folk Album Winners to play at Gwyl Ffynnon Sant Caron this Saturday 5th March

 

Some good news!

Alula Down are playing this Saturday in Tregaron at Y Banc. These Guardian Folk Album winners have drawn attention for their inspired folk and ambient moves.

Playing traditional and self written songs using sound collage and semi-improvisation. They “conjure their vision with fields of minimalist sonic repetition and tell whispered tales of the people who wander by.” Stewart Gardiner, Concrete Islands

The duo of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole are praised by Jude Rogers in the Guardian who writes:

” Echoing rain blends with shuddering drones and lyrics…. Post-rock and ambient fans will relish the shape-shifting textures… Gathercole’s voice is featherlight and meaningful, recalling Vashti Bunyan and late 60s private-press folk”

This is high quality stuff. Be sure to get yourself a ticket for the Saturday concert:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwyl-ffynnon-sant-caron-st-carons-well-festival-tickets-243477316207

Here’s  snip of their treatment of Master Kilby to whet your appetite!

Playing alongside Rhodri Davies, Ceri Rhys Matthews & De Louet savour the gestalt effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Modular Madness Synth Meet- Sunday 6th March 1pm, Tregaron Memorial Hall

 

I’ve had a  few queries about this one…I haven’t got a synth can I still come to this? I have no idea what a modular is, can I still come?  For sure, please do! The idea is to be a kind of olde world nerd fest church jumble sale coffee morning type-vibe, if anyone remembers those?

This does remain something of a a flaky proposition still…The idea is that those fans of modular, hardware , music software, home made electronics sound devices, laptop musicians or etc will congregate, set up on a table (book first with me), maybe with their own powered monitors, or use the small PA….and everyone  can mingle, listen, (jam?) ask questions like “Why can you never have enough VCAs?”, ” What is a VCA anyway?” or “What is a Wogglebug?”, maybe have a go at patching, and just , to purloin a phrase, share and enjoy…It’s definitely about finding out, maybe swapping modules, maybe even getting the ‘bug’.

So come and spectate, browse, chat, try etc and if you want to set up a table please let me know so I can check we have enough to accommodate you!

Introducing the HUMBOX!

During proceedings there will be at least one impromptu performance. I am really pleased to introduce you to Mike McInerney and his Humbox….

“The Humbox is a primarily analog synthesiser which doesn’t do much except hum. However there’s some nice subtle control over frequency spectrum and pitch, and lots of VCAs. Mike McInerney is also a shakuhachi player. He likes natural textures and subtle noises and still thinks of himself as a composer, though most of what he’s been doing lately has been in-the-moment or collaborative. Drone Study 1 is a kind of return to type. The patch is fully notated, and there is a pre-ordained plot for how the drone’s sound evolves.”

Sounds intriguing, huh? Mike’s promised to show us some of ‘its’ tricks.  Great Stuff!

Fire And Ice-Listen to the Extraordinary Harpist Rhodri Davies!

Fantastic! The consistently extraordinary Rhodri Davies-long time supporter of LVOF and all round inspirer-is playing  in our inaugural St Caron’s Well Festival of Folk and Strange Music

Rhodri Davies

 

—yes, we are genre agnostic and these labels are unhelpful, especially with some one whose work spans so many zones….Rhodri is playing along with a host of great acts on Saturday in Tregaron’s new Bistro, Y Banc- so yes, cakes, food, fine coffees and probably other repasts can be had whilst you sit up close and watch dexterous hands  create skeins of strong and strange music.  Details to follow on the other stand outs coming to a sleepy mid Wales town near you….

But, not wanting to sound too desperate, part of this project-part funded by Ty Cerdd, was to show that there could be an audience of music curious folk in the region for this vibrant new music-and one located not in the central ‘usual suspects’ territories, those well served urban/larger town arts centre bases (mentioning no names…)….and I want to show those funders that there is an audience.  If there is not then…come and be part of a one off speciality!

You can get tickets for Saturday  in advance, and we really need you to come! Do yourself a favour: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwyl-ffynnon-sant-caron-st-carons-well-festival-tickets-243477316207

 

Rhodri Davies is immersed in the worlds of improvisation, musical experimentation, composition and contemporary classical performance. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations and has released six solo albums.

His regular groups include: HEN OGLEDD, Cranc, Common Objects and a duo with John Butcher. He has worked with the following artists: David Sylvian, Jenny Hval, Derek Bailey, Sofia Jernberg, Lina Lapelyte, Pat Thomas, Simon H Fell and Will Gaines.

For the last ten years Davies has been closely associated with the pioneering composer Eliane Radigue performing seventeen of her pieces. She composed OCCAM I for Davies in 2011, the first in an ongoing series of solo and ensemble pieces for individual instrumentalists in which a performer’s personal performance technique and particular relationship to their instrument function as the compositional material of the piece.

New pieces for solo harp have also been composed for him by: Christian Wolff, Carole Finer, Philip Corner, Phill Niblock, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award, he was a Chapter Associate Artist (2016-19) and in 2017 he received a Creative Wales Award. He is a co-organiser of the NAWR concert series in Swansea. www.rhodridavies.com

 

 

Moon Goose- Coming to a sleepy rural town in mid Wales

Morning all! Super excited to tell you that Moon Goose are playing at the St Caron’s Well event here in Tregaron…..come along for some of the finest psychedaelia. A little bit Hawkwind, a little bit Magic Mushroom Band or Nukli-love ’em….

Orthodox historical records note about the band…

Comprised of a group of established Pan Welsh French musicians (including Des Davies of the Lo-Fidelity Allstars) with a passion for Rapa Nui stone heads & dragons. Traditional tradesmen and arthouse web designers by day, astounding musos by nightfall, their hypnotic and metamorphic psychedelic ‘rock’ described by the band themselves as the “sound of a dragon colliding with an asteroid”, by Stuart Maconie (BBC 6Music’s Freak Zone ) as ‘Cambrian Psychedelia’ & Bethan Elfyn (BBC R Wales) as “big & boisterous”, has indeed plenty of Devonian old red sandstone within. There is also, if you know where to find it, gneiss…

You will need a ticket for Saturday of course…

Whet your appetite….. every track a winner-I am listening to Edible Druid as I type

 

 

Carausias Arise! The festival T shirt is available

If you can be with us, or if you can only be with us in spirit and want to support us, maybe this attractive T shirt will suit?

 

 

We have tried them on, and they’re good quality Gildan Tees with a good print finish too. Image features Carausias- or at least that is who I imagine it is…

It’d be cool to see you wearing it in a few weeks too! URL below takes you to the Streetshirts site from where you can order direct.  They handle the postage and we kept the price as low as they allow us (£12), and we make a few pounds profit to go towards the festival.

The shirt is available as a promo until the week after the festival (12th March).

 

https://bit.ly/3669RQE

 

Beyond the Species Corridor

At long last, managed to secure Alan Holmes (Circle, Faust, Ectogram, Groceries and much more) & Zoe Skoulding (acclaimed poet and with Holmes part of the Parking Non Stop) to come and play here-being Tregaron…anyone who enjoys imaginative, playful and sometimes over the edge music should come to this.

As part of the opening night of the St Caron’s Festival, sharing the bill with itdreamedtome, I think discerning Mid-Walians  are in for a real treat.

Do consider  coming a long if you’re in the area! Or visiting!

 

As part of the opening night we’re really excited to promote Alan Holmes and Zoe Zoë Skoulding who will be playing at the Oriel Rhian, on 4th March.
Alan Holmes and Zoë Skoulding combine found and self-generated sounds with words and vocal textures, exploring the real, imagined, human and non-human dimensions of place. Their new joint project builds on Alan’s solo creations as The Groceries, Zoë’s international practice as a poet https://www.zoeskoulding.co.uk and their previous psychogeographical explorations as Parking Non-Stop http://www.skald.omnia.co.uk
Recent work includes this https://www.plasbodfa.com/sound…/zoe-skoulding-alan-holmes haunting of an empty house, and a collaboration with a pair of gulls who nested in their garden during lockdown.
Tickets for Friday alone or all of the weekend concerts are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/gwyl-ffynnon-sant-caron-st…

 

itdreamedtome-Launching first night of St Caron’s Well festival

Friday 4th March kicks off the first ever St Caron’s Well Festival of Folk and Strange Music. Playing on Friday night at Rhiannon’s we have itdreamedtome (Wales based David Lynch inspired cinematic ambience).
itdreamedtome is the project of UK experimental artist Johann Wlight. Utilising sparse, lo-fi equipment itdreamedtome transmutes base sound sources such as field recordings, found sounds and tape samples into shimmering, iridescent long-form passages of sonic alchemy.
Curious-see a video taster of his work:https://youtu.be/vFm7P6xmW4E

 

Burd Ellen Live in Tregaron @St Caron’s Well Festival March 5th

 

Pinch Punch it is the first of the Month-what better way to start than with great expectation!

Burd Ellen are playing for the first time in Wales and in Tregaron.  The duo uses innovative instrumentation, drone and sound wash to support detailed vocal work and create a unique sonic atmosphere.  The duo craft a liminal space between sacred and secular, connecting to the deep seasonal traditions of British isles.

Burd Ellen is a project featuring Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons,) and Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Electroscope).  For all fans of contemporary alternative and folk inflected dream music this concert is a must see and hear.

Here’s a snippet of their last single! This will be a treat to hear live and up close. Spinetingling!

Tickets are available for the whole weekend AND separate days-your choice!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwyl-ffynnon-sant-caron-st-carons-well-festival-tickets-243477316207