The Eisteddfod is pleased to announce details of this year’s line up for Tŷ Gwerin.
The laid back atmosphere of the yurt combined with folk music at its best has proven to be the perfect combination for Eisteddfod audiences since its inception in 2014.
Performing at the Tŷ Gwerin for the first time this year will be three of the biggest names of the Welsh Folk and acoustic scenes : Meic Stevens is one of the most popular and influential traditional musicians from Wales. The Pembrokeshire born artist has been one of the standard bearers for folk music in the country since the 1960s. He is often referred to as ‘the Welsh Dylan.’ Stevens’ songs have a faintly psychedelic flavour, his guitar techniques are exceptional and he has a special gift for composing music and lyrics that have survived the test of time and are amongst the classics of our time.
Dafydd Iwan has been at the forefront of the Welsh music scene since the early 60s, and came to prominence through his patriotic songs and his leading role in the Welsh language campaigns of the 60s and 70s. His songs, like those of Meic Stevens, are some of the classics of our time and although Dafydd joined Ar Log for am impromptu rendition of anthemic ‘Yma o Hyd’ at last year’s Tŷ Gwerin this will be his first billed performance here!
Mynediad am Ddim have 40 years of performing experience under their belt and their harmonious interpretations of folk songs young and old are sure to be amongst the highlights of this year’s Ty Gwerin.
One of the highlights also has to be a special intimate evening set by Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog who will perform after dark with the yurt transformed into a magical glittering setting – complete with fairy lights. The setting and performance combined are guaranteed to be a ‘not to be missed’ experience.
Tŷ Gwerin is organised by the National Eisteddfod and organiser Sioned Edwards said ‘’This year’s Tŷ Gwerin has one of the strongest line ups we’ve ever had. We have worked closely with local volunteers from the Welsh language folk scene as well as musicians from within the scene and created a programme we hope will appeal. I’m particularly looking forward to the love songs sessions that Gwenan Gibbard has curated for us. So many of our folk songs are sung from the male perspective so it will be interesting to see an all female line up performing welsh love songs from a female angle – it will be 21st century girl power folk style!
“Another session I’m looking forward to is the Battle of the Sea Shanties,. A team from Anglesey will battle it out with a team from the Llyn Peninsula performing Shanties from their localities – it will be a battle with a difference and with Dewi Pws Morris part of the Llyn Peninsula team – anything could happen!
“Of course we’ve also got all the favourite Tŷ Gwerin performances. Back by popular demand following last year’s performance will be Jamie Smith’s MABON and Calan who are on fire this year following the release of their brilliant new album ‘Solomon’ and of course the Eisteddfod just wouldn’t be the Eisteddfod without a performance by Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion. And of course the Infamous Cerdd Dant Stomp will return, curated for us once again by Arfon Gwilym. If you’ve never been to the Cerdd Dant Stomp it has to be seen to be believed! But come early or you won’t get in. It’s not for those with a narrow mind and it’s guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter. It’s certainly done a lot to change the image of cerdd dant over the past four years!
“There’s also yoga – and for those feeling a little bit more energetic – keep fit clog dancing style! I know it’s a cliché but there really is something for everyone at Tŷ Gwerin this year.”
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held at Bodedern from 4-12 August. Early bird tickets available until 30 June. For more information and to buy tickets go to www.eisteddfod.wales, or ring the ticketline on 0845 4090 800.