CAPTAIN CAT & THE SAILORS
Formed for a talent contest in late 2008, Captain Cat and the Sailors are a Swansea based folk outfit who perform with verve. Playing a range of styles including traditional, contemporary and shanties, their performances are rarely forgotten. Whether singing ballads, telling stories or playing their own creations they are sure to entertain.
An evening of raucous merriment.
An experienced singer guitarist with a very broad repertoire from many genres. Greg thoroughly enjoys singing, meeting people and supporting live music. He has been singing for many years at folk clubs, in cabaret, and is involved with charity work. Greg sings story based quality songs with feeling. His voice has been described as mellifluous but not to worry, it’s not contagious.
Greg draws his inspiration from the more progressive and modern folk catalogue and includes songs from the writing of Ewan MacColl, Stan Rogers, Colum Sands, Steve Tilston and many more. His work is described by Tom Lewis as “driven by the song without complicated guitar work”. That said, his guitar accompaniment is sound and complements his singing admirably.
Supported by BOB THOMAS & HUW PUDNER They say of themselves - Bob thomas and Huw Pudner write songs together and sing together. They write about life in Wales, financial scams and building sites. Bob looks like Willy Nelson and loves Johnny Cash while Huw was brought up on soul music and still wonders how he got to love this traditional folk music malarkey.
HUW WILLIAMS Brilliant originality – that’s Huw! - by Mick Tems
(review of Llantrisant gig 2015)
It was a full house for Huw Williams, and rightly so. The man is a brilliant songwriter, champion Eisteddfod clog-dancer, adventurous guitarist, bizarre storyteller, Welsh bagpiper, manager of Cool Cymru ambassadors Calan and erstwhile half of a duo with Tony Williams, who conquered the folk clubs and concerts of Britain before they decided to ‘retire’. Huw dropped out of the folk-club scene for a long time; however, he was a vital member of the Welsh supergroup Crasdant for many years, and he maintained his prominent profile by tutoring and teaching clog-dancing at trac workshops.
He took the decision to return as a solo artist, and now he is a sought-after and highly-respected musician who can hold the audiences of both folk clubs and festivals spellbound and smiling.
Huw tells his fascinating and funny story of how an unemployed Brynmawr teenager became a prominent songwriter, with famous folk artists such as Fairport Convention and Calan queuing up to learn his material. His patter is that it was just pure luck that got his songs noticed; but his highly-original and utterly mesmerising repertoire spoke much more than that. He waded in and hooked the audience with the Huw and Tony favourites ‘The Flanders March’ and ‘People Of The Heavens’; you could hear the crowd singing those old familiar songs in harmony.
But Huw’s compositions do not date, and he inspires and enchants the folk world by writing new material to this day. The punters must have heard the songs time and time again, but there are still new delights to discover and savour. Calan have recorded his latest penning, ‘Giggly’, and he polished up and delivered ‘Giggly’ and stamped it with his own special style. Geoff Cripps has worked hard and long in promoting folk in Wales, but the public does not give him the recognition he deserves; however, Huw made sure of that when he saluted Geoff for recording the first Huw and Tony album and the follow-up for his fledgling Steam Pie label. The reason he became Calan’s manager was his daughter Bethan, who plays exciting accordion, sings lead vocal and clog-dances for the band; Huw threw in a gorgeous little number showing his love for this little child, soon to blossom into a grown woman and a cracking musician. He even added a clog-dance in his inimitable style, the old North Wales ceremonial dance ‘Cadi Ha’ to his own unaccompanied singing.
The audience stayed on to Huw’s final set, which was a measure of his well-crafted and finely-honed songs, each one an absolute belter. Many songwriters could take a lesson from his brilliant chord progressions and his thoughtful and entertaining lyrics, but his magic touch just about seals it and cajoles the listening public to come back for more – and more and more.
Jonathan Nicholas is an acoustic blues musician hailing from the industrial heartlands of the South Wales valleys. With a passion for playing Delta Blues from a young age starting after hearing Robert Johnson for the first time He has immersed himself in the Delta culture. Having mastered the playing style and with guitars from the 1920s and 1930s he is able to produce a sound as authentic as you could wish for in any Juke Joint.
Merlin's Beard was founded by Alice Day in 2014 so that she and her family and friends, who had been folking around together for many years, could give something back in the way of entertainment. All of the group are from the Carmarthen area and have been/are part of the Welsh folk dance group Tipyn o Bopeth, with whom they have danced throughout Europe. In Merlin's Beard, they now focus on the clogging tradition and like to sing and play music too whenever possible, though not yet all at once. The group has previously had outings at Pontardawe Summer Fest, Lowender Peran and Cwlwm Celtaidd, and also runs twmpaths.
Glais Rugby Football Club
609, Birchgrove Rd.
Glais, nr Clydach
Swansea SA7 9EN
01792 425231 01792 425231 Enquiries
01639 633611 Bookings
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