Huw Chiswell a'r Band headline open air stage on Friday night

14 March 2016

Huw Chiswell a’r Band will headline the Eisteddfod’s open air stage on Friday evening 5 August at the Monmouthshire and District festival.

The Friday evening slot has become one of the highlights of Eisteddfod week over the past few years, and is known for its great atmosphere as the weekend begins.  This is the first time for Huw to perform with a full band for 4-5 years and he is looking forward to the event.  He says, “It’s quite rare for us to have a chance to perform with a full band, and I’m looking forward for everyone to get together on stage.

“We felt that this slot on Friday evening would be fun, and it’s an excuse for us to get everyone back together at the festival, because it’s been a while since we’ve done anything together.

“We haven’t decided what we’ll play on the night yet, but I’m sure it’ll be a mix of old favourites and a few newer songs.  It’s a chance to bring some old friends together and re-live some of the early experiences!

“We’re already looking forward to the night – this slot’s got a good reputation and I hope that Friday night at this year’s Eisteddfod will live up to everyone’s expectations.

“As the Eisteddfod is held in Abergavenny, I hope there’ll be a lot of Welsh learners on the Maes.  Some of the earlier songs are well-known to learners as they’re used on some of the courses, so I hope they’ll come and join us to enjoy an evening in the Eisteddfod after hearing the songs in their lessons.”

Originally from the Swansea Valley, Huw Chiswell was a member of pop groups, Y Crach and Y Trwynau Coch before he began performing and releasing solo material.

He is a music composer, a skilled composer of words, a talented instrumentalist and a powerful singer. In addition to all this he has that other quality – he can choose that word, that phrase of melody, that certain detail which strikes a chord in the innermost heart. His songs are contemporary and evocative, and arise from personal experience which is never in doubt. He is a poet where the music is an integral part of the poetry.

This is the first evening announcement for this year’s Eisteddfod.  More information will be released next week and tickets go on sale on 1 April.  For details and tickets go to


Huw Chiswell

The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod will be held on Castle Meadows, Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August.  For more information go online.