Today (11 May), Maes B and Clwb Ifor Bach announced a brand new collaboration aimed at women who are interested in music.
‘Merched Yn Neud
Gwallt ei Gilydd Miwsig’, with the original title taked from a Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci song, is a worskhop, bringing women aged 16-25 together to discuss ideas and develop new skills, in the hope of inspiting and bringing new talent into the Welsh music scene.
Maes B organiser, Guto Brychan, said, “There’s been a concern about the lack of women in the scene for a while, and we felt we had a part to play to encourage change.
“This is the first event of its kind, and the aim is to try and increase the current pool of female artists and bands available to play on Wales’ music stages, to inspire young women to follow in the footsteps of great bands such as Serol Serol and Adwaith and have the courage to form their own bands.”
But this isn’t unique to Wales. Some of the UK’s biggest music festivals have joined forces to try and improve the gender balance in their line-ups, with the topic discussed in detail at the most recent AIF (Association of Independent Festivals) conference.
The workshops will be led by Heledd Watkins, Anya Bowcott and Elin Meredydd. HMS Morris frontwoman, Heledd, will run a workshop on how to write and record your own music, and Anya B, a DJ from north Wales, now living in Glasgow, leading a workshop on how to DJ.
If art is more your cup of tea, then artist and performer Elin Meredydd will be running a workshop on the artistic side of the industry, offering advice on how to design gig posters and album covers.
Elan Evans, from Clwb Ifor Bach has been involved in organising the workshop and says, “As a DJ and gig promoter, it’s a pleasure to work with Maes B organising a workshop bringing like minded women together to learn more about creating music, DJing, organising gigs and designing posters. If you’re interested in music, come along to share ideas and be inspired.”
Elan is a well known DJ in the Welsh music scene, and this isn’t the first time she’s been involved in events celebrating women in music, having been part of the Femme gigs in Carmarthen and Cardiff. “I’m so proud to be part of these amazing events in Cardiff and Caernarfon. There’s a lack of female bands on the music circuit here in Wales and beyond, and this is a great opportunity to try and change the situation.”
So if you want to find out more about how to organise gigs, DJ, write and record your own music, or design gig poster, this is the workshop for you. It’s a unique opportunity to meet other young women with a passion for music, and create an useful network of contacts for the future.
The first workshop will be held at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, on Saturday 9 June, 10:00-17:00, with the second in Galeri, Caernarfon on Saturday 23 June, 10:00-17:00. Tickets are £5 which includes lunch and the workshop. Tickets available from clwb.net / galericaernarfon.com.