Wrexham One Love Choir (Workshop)

The Wrexham One Love Choir was developed by Ian Lucas MP with the support of members of the Gateway Church is hosted by CAIS and is part of The Choir With No Name family. The choir exists to support people who have experience or are currently experiencing homelessness addiction mental health issues or those who are otherwise vulnerable and marginalised in the local community. The Wrexham One Love Choir was developed by Ian Lucas MP with the support of members of the Gateway Church is hosted by CAIS and is part of The Choir With No Name family.

Tuuletar (Finland)

Fierce energy beatbox rhythms and other-worldly harmonies: TUULETAR (Goddess of The Wind in Finnish mythology) creates a vocal landscape where beatboxing meets global influences and Finnish poetry tradition. Tuuletar’s second album Rajatila / Borderline (2019) presents a raw new sound that draws inspiration from trip hop art pop and ancient spells and folktales. The band’s debut album Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal (On Fire and Earth In Water and Sky 2016) has gained raging reviews and been playlisted on radio shows all around the world. In 2017 Tuuletar’s song Alku was sold for the HBO hit show Game of Thrones.

The Trials of Cato

Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, receives repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ – but this time the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks. The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album is scheduled for release later this year. Entitled Gog Magog, the album is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was birthed over lockdown. The Trials of Cato’s rapid ascent shows no signs of abating.

The Secret Beach (Manitoba, Canada)

Everyone loves a secret: a short cut through the woods, a fishing hole, a beach.

I’m at the Secret Beach now, and I’m reminded that it’s been years since Micah Erenberg merged into the rocks and sand that line this endless spine of a beach – a beach that arches out of an inland ocean. It came by revelation: if place is being, then become that place: become the Secret Beach: become a firmament for summer days: become a place where you belong, a place that reminds you of home, that is home. This is what the Songs of the Secret Beach do, too. You can hear them easier out here: they allow for others – like me – to reflect.

I walk into the lake up to my waist. I see myself through the ripples that round me. Like a record player, my finger is a stylus and I lower it into the wavy grooves below. “Miss You” plays, and it carries me to shore. No one’s around, and so I sing along, kicking the water.

This is the secret of the Secret Beach: you make your own meaning. But don’t tell anyone I told you that. That’s between you and me.

– The Famous Sandhogs

The Breath

The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer/flautist, Ríoghnach Connolly. Based in Manchester their unique take on alt-folk journeys from lush, stirring ditties to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. At its heart lies Ríoghnach’s utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice and extraordinary storytelling alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs. Yet it’s the emotional depth of the songs and the remarkable connection the duo share on stage that make the Breath’s live performance so compelling.

Tapestri

Tapestri is a new project sparked by a chance meeting between Lowri Evans and Sera Zyborska at Lorient Festival in France in 2019.
Fuelled by their passion for Roots and Americana music and their desire to form a female fronted band they are collaborating and recording new tracks that are due for release in Spring 2020.
Their songs take their musical colours from a broad palette that includes Americana, Roots, Folk and Country, all beautifully knitted together through their innate musicality and heartfelt delivery.

Sarah Birch

Sarah Birch is a singer songwriter residing in Swansea. Best known for writing and performing for festival favourites Lost Tuesday Society, Sarah has embarked on a solo project having just written and recorded her debut solo album “The Ballad of Peter and Jane”
Sarah’s record has been described as “well crafted, expertly played, the production atmospherically shimmering and the whole thing rather mesmerising” (R*E*P*E*A*T)

“Excellent songs and a beautiful voice” ( Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales)

A thoughtful, spell binding performer; audiences have been reduced to a ‘pin drop hush’. Surrounded by excellent musicians Sarah’s music really is sublime.

Pamela Wyn Shannon

American-born, now a resident of Wales, Pamela Wyn Shannon’s inventive and intricate guitar work has been described as a tiny chamber orchestra working in unison at the end of her hands. She has walked with the legends of American, British and Irish folk music, garnering respect and admiration wherever she goes. Pamela’s CD, Courting Autumn has received rave reviews and was voted the Top Ten Best Album of the year by Heaven Magazine in The Netherlands. Sing Out! Magazine compares her guitar playing to Bert Jansch’s and writes that her CD, Courting Autumn evokes the neo-renaissance explorations of bands like Pentangle. fRoots magazine states that Courting Autumn is Enchanting…a very special, seriously beautiful album, which also has the measure of a personal artistic statement: one of considerable power.

Golden Fable

Golden Fable are a north Wales trio consisting of Rebecca Joy Tim Joy and Jonathan Guy whose music has received acclaim from the likes of Gary Garvey Green Man Festival and 6Music. On the 14th June 2019 they released their fourth album Alchemy via Full of Joy Records. Alchemy is aptly named given it’s a magical process of transformation and creation. The album follows Golden Fable’s critically acclaimed records; it encompasses all that is bewitching about the previous releases – Rebecca’s haunting vocal and the layered soundscapes multi-instrumentalists Tim and Jonathan weave – Alchemy is their most ambitious work.

Hannah Willwood

Hannah is a 21-year-old singer songwriter from Snowdonia in North Wales, whose music exhibits a unique blend of indie, folk and jazz. There is a gentle but resolute quality to her writing and performance, where inspiration has been found through relationships and the rugged beauty of the mountains in which she grew up. Her organic approach to music is driven by a desire to affect the emotions with the lightest touch, however her lyrics hold an understated weight with at times a brutal honesty. Her songwriting cites influences from Julia Jacklin, Laura Marling and Alice Phoebe Lou.

Cara Hammond

Cara Hammond is an indie-pop artist originally from Wales but now based in London. Her unique soulful-pop fusion has been influenced from artists such as Amy Winehouse Liane La Havas and Dua Lipa. Cara has been writing songs since she was 11 and performing since the age of 14 in her hometown of Wrexham. Cara has gone on to support Mahalia and Charlotte Church perform for a BBC Introducing showcase and play at several festivals including Love Supreme Boomtown and twice at Focus Wales.

Catrin Finch

A childhood prodigy and fearless performer, classically trained harpist Catrin Finch has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras. However, it’s for her stunning collaborations with musicians from across the world that she has really made her mark in recent years. From her multi-award-winning partnership with long-term musical collaborator Seckou Keita (Senegal) to delivering blistering fast and fierce joropo cowboy music with Columbia’s Cimarròn, Catrin switches style with apparent ease, blowing away preconceptions of the harp, and inspiring a whole generation of harpists who follow in her wake.

Alicia Edelweiss (Austria)

Alicia Edelweiss is an Austro-Welsh musician based in Vienna. Starting off as a street musician, she has toured solo all over the Balkans, Central Europe, Portugal and the UK and collaborated with many different musicians, performers and circus artists, labelling her music “circus freak folk”. The songs of her long-awaited studio album “When I’m enlightened everything will be better” tell personal stories wrapped in the magical language of poetry dreams sagas – weaving tales of sublime inspiration, light-hearted humour, bitter-sweet irony and profound sadness that touch the highest and deepest chords of human experience: these songs stay with you.

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