Future events, 2018
Saturday 8 September: CD celebration concert, Rhydycroesau Village Hall, Oswestry. 8pm, £9. Tickets on sale from late July: 01691 791403 or Rowanthorn shop, Oswestry.
Wednesday 14 November: Support spot for Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila, Rhydycroesau Village Hall, Oswestry. 8pm. Tickets on sale beginning of October: 01691 791403, 01948 710218, or Rowanthorn shop, Oswestry. Organised by Borderline Music.
Our long-awaited first full-length CD Crossings was released in June 2018. You can order a copy from the ‘Shop’. Recorded by renowned sound engineer Andy Bell at Rhydycroesau and Wern, near Oswestry, it contains 9 of our own compositions and one short track, Fingal, by Ellika Frisell. The front cover uses a photograph taken by farmer and photographer Mark Lockett near Rhydycroesau some years ago. Copies will also be available at our gig at the Willow Gallery, Oswestry, on 29 June (see above). We’re planning a celebratory gig at Rhydycroesau on 8 September.
On a sultry evening at the end of June 2018 we played at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry. As always we were superbly looked after by Marysia Shepherd, and by Phoebe Rees, who was MC for the night. As well as material from Crossings we played several tunes and songs that didn’t make it onto the album, and a new arrangement of Wilfred Owen’s poem Futility. The Willow Gallery’s programme of concerts resumes in September: see their website.
In July 2017, on another hot day, we spent a couple of hours on a canal boat in Chirk with Mark Holdsworth and his wife Sue, recording three tracks for their ‘Narrowboat Sessions’: see thenarrowboatsessions.com. You Tube videos of us playing the piece ‘Echo’s Bones’ can be seen here,‘Number Six’ here and ‘The Erg’ here. Then in the evening we played down the road at Black Park Chapel, Halton, Chirk. You can see what other concerts are coming up at Black Park at blackpark.org.uk.
29 Jun 2018: Concert at Willow Gallery, Oswestry.
8 Jul 2017: Concert at Black Park Chapel, Halton, Chirk.
14 Mar 2017: Afternoon concert at Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury.
7 Oct 2016: Concert at Rhydycroesau Village Hall, Oswestry.
4 Oct 2016: Afternoon concert at Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury.
30 Sep 2016: Concert at The Gateway, Shrewsbury.
26 Apr 2016: Afternoon concert at Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury.
19 Mar 2016: House concert, Llansilin, Powys.
19 Dec 2015: Afternoon concert at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury.
30 Oct 2015: Concert at The Gateway, Shrewsbury.
25 Oct 2015: Live appearance on Radio Shropshire Sunday Folk.
17 Oct 2015: Concert at Willow Gallery, Oswestry. Special thanks to Marysia, Steve and Tereska at the Willow. Please support what they’re doing there. You can see their concert programme at www.willowgalleryoswestry.org/live-music.
Sep 2015: Soundtrack of Sean Harris’s salmon film (see below).
Jun-Jul 2015: Recording 4-track EP at Peter Humphreys Centre, Oswestry and Audio XL, Shrewsbury.
28 Feb 2015: Concert with support Vera van Heeringen, Rhydycroesau Village Hall.
2014: Concerts at Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury, and Cross Keys, Selattyn.
Back in September 2015 Sean Harris roped us both in, along with harpist Christine Mills, to contribute to the soundtrack of an animated film based on the migration cycle of salmon. The film was made to be shown in a mobile projection rig including multiple gauze screens. Recording took place at Capel y Briw near Llansilin: music and sound effects were improvised and later assembled, along with a poem written and read by Arwyn Groe, into a soundtrack by musician and sound engineer Jim Brook. You can see the film here.
Below are some photos from the recording session:
Capel y Briw; Sean and Jim; Faith; Christine.