On Saturday 8 September 2018 we played at Rhydycroesau Village Hall in a concert to celebrate the release of our CD Crossings. The concert included special guests: Jock Tyldesley joined us on banjo and fiddle on Joy of Labour and Limeburner (see photos); his son Lucas helped us out on the harmonium on The Erg; and the second half of the evening began with a fine set of tunes played expertly on the harp by Cadi Davies. Thanks also to Rosa on CD sales and Eirene on the door, to Mike at Rowanthorn shop for selling tickets, and to several others who helped set up and clear away, including Trev Clarke who also took the photos.
Our long-awaited first full-length CD Crossings was released in June 2018. You can read reviews, hear some extracts and order a copy on the Crossings CD & Shop page. 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.
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.
8 Sep 2018: Concert at Village Hall, Rhydycroesau, with special guests Cadi Davies and Jock and Lucas Tyldesley.
29 Jun 2018: Concert at Willow Gallery, Oswestry. Please support what they’re doing there. You can see their concert programme at www.willowgalleryoswestry.org/live-music.
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.
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.