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Folk musicians in Wales perform at the Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival

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TWO groups of musicians who have made a significant impact on the Welsh traditional folk music scene will come together for a concert at Theatr Gwaun this Saturday (September 3) at 7.30pm.

VRï are Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice), Aneirin Jones (fiddle, voice) and Patrick Rimes (viola, fiddle, voice). They are already members of other established bands on the traditional music circuit – Calan, Elfen and No Good Boyo.

Pedair draws on the talents of four of Wales’ most prominent and award-winning folk artists: Gwenan Gibbard, Gwyneth Glyn, Meinir Gwilym and Siân James. Groundbreaking international artists in their own right, all four thrive on collaboration and bring to life traditional material with new arrangements on harps, guitars, piano and accordion.

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Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival, said: “This concert is sure to capture the imagination of the audience with sweeping harmonies, creative synergy and fresh interpretations of Welsh folk music. It will be an evening to remember.”

“Vri will also participate in free outdoor performances the following day at Lower Town Quay, Fishguard at 8am and at Oriel y Parc in St Davids at 2pm. People of all ages, babies, toddlers and dogs can attend and audiences can ‘dip-in ‘ to the concert as they wish. The performance at Lower Town Quay will again take place at 8am and attendees enjoy the atmosphere which this time of day and the location brings.”

Tickets for the Theatr Gwaun concert are priced £15 with concessions of £5 for under 18s and £1 for under 12s. Outdoor concerts are free.

Tickets available for all events at www.fishguardmusicfestival.com

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St John’s Choir hosts successful concert

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TWO choirs for the price of one – that was again on offer at St John’s Church, Tenby, on Tuesday, September 13, when a very appreciative congregation was entertained by Pembroke and District Male Voice and the Serendipity Singers of Narberth.

Last June male voice choristers invited the ladies to join them at St John’s and it was so successful that a repeat performance had to happen.

Common denominator is Juliet Rossiter, the Musical Director of both choirs who was busiest of all, conducting the men and both conducting and accompanying the ladies.

After a welcome from Liz Storey, compere Matthew John introduced a new recruit to the choir ranks, second bass Dave Powell, and especially thanked guest accompanist Peter Griffiths who was standing in for choir pianist Carole Rees. He was supported by Alyson Griffiths, choir soloist.

After a minute’s silence the choir’s first item, the stirring Welsh favourite ‘Gwadhoddiad’, was dedicated to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II. This was part of a very varied programme including ‘Cwm Rhondda’ and ‘I Dreamed A Dream’.

Serendipity’s compere, Claire Dunbar, introduced a delightful programme, ranging from Irish folk song to jazz. Finger clicking in unison in one item is something the men would never be able to emulate!

An invitation to stage for the male voice’s final rendering, ‘American Trilogy’, was taken up by several from the audience, choristers from Tenby and Whitland choirs among them.

Finally, both choirs joined together for the traditional South African melody ‘Siyahamba’ to conclude a memorable evening.

Both National Anthems were sung with special feeling – for many the first opportunity to sing ‘God Save The King’.

Excellent refreshments were provided by church ladies and they were thanked by male voice chairman John Hillier.

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen Showground 

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WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground on August Bank Holiday Sunday 28

The show has now been running since 2014 and after a two-year break due to Covid-19 they are finally back!

There is a huge variety of cars on display from Modified, Performance, Supercars, Old School Classics, Vintage & American Cars. 

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands, so there is something for the whole family to enjoy. 

There will also be a funfair and children’s attractions at the show with a variety of food stalls selling burgers, pizzas, noodles, sweet stalls and ice cream vans.

There is an indoor section with highly modified cars on display and an outdoor show and shine area.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service will be doing an RTC Demo, along with a wide variety of their road safety vehicles and fire engines to look at.

Expect an action packed day with:

– Ultimate Indoor Show Hall

– Outdoor Show and Shine

– A huge variety of Car Club Stands

– Trade Village (Indoor and Outdoor)

– Main Entertainment Stage with Competitions, DJ’s, Live Music

– Car Competitions

– Funfair/Children’s Attractions

– Team SWG

– Mid & West Wales Fire Service Displays 

The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

 It is a show not to be missed! Jamie has ridden in the Nitro Circus and featured in a recent Top Gear episode for the Eddie Kidd Top Gear Special!

Tickets are just £6 Per Person if you pre book, or £8 Per Person at the gate with under 12’s being free!

You can pre book tickets online at http://www.cruise-swansea.co.uk

This is a show not to be missed and has a great atmosphere and plenty to do throughout the day.

For more information, visit their Facebook page – Cruise Culture, or their Instagram @Cruise_Culture.

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Showtime again as Camrose Vintage Working Day is back for 2022

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CAMROSE Vintage Working Day returns this month for their 35th anniversary. After a three-year break, they are excited to bring back the show and raise money for local charities and organisations. 

On Saturday, August 27, Camrose Vintage Working Day returns to Folly Cross Fields to create a wonderful day for the whole family. 

The day will begin at 11am. Entry to the show will cost £6 for adults and £3 for children and OAPs. 

Over the years, they have offered displays of Vintage Tractors, Stationary Engines, Vintage and Classic Cars and Motorcycles, along with demonstrations of Corn Cutting, Threshing, Hay Baling and Ploughing, both with Horses and Tractors, take place throughout the day.

Other attractions include a Craft and Model display tent, Wood craft, a well-attended Car Boot Sale, Children’s Entertainment, working Farrier, local Trade Stands and a very popular Tea Tent serving quality refreshments, all help to make the day memorable and enjoyable.

In the main ring, they have hosted such displays as Sheepdog Handling, Sheep Shearing, Falconry, Dressed Horses, Folk Dancing and many others.

This year, due to land crop rotation, they will not be able to have a ploughing section, but they will have a small silage/grass demonstration of how grass is collected/cut from the field before it heads off to the farm yard for animals to eat and enjoy as a winter food source.

The Chairman, Andrew James, and the entire Committee hope the ploughing can return to the Vintage Working Day again next year for 2023.

Threshing will be at the show this year, however, this year the Camrose Vintage Working Day Committee actually owns the thresher.  With the kind help of the previous owner as well as other volunteers, there will be a demonstration to see and remember what and how the thresher worked many years ago, rekindling old memories and educating the newer generation.

New for 2022 is a children’s area, allowing parents to sit with their children in a safe zone. There will be activities and interesting things going on throughout the day for children to take part in, including a children’s tug-o-war where the children show off their strengths against a steam engine or an old tractor.

On top of all of the amazing displays and attractions, the famous Camrose Vintage Day food tent is back with delicious refreshments and will be producing and serving fresh, amazing food throughout the day.

The Vintage Parade is popular to watch – consisting of old classes of vintage vehicles and agricultural machinery driving round the ring and having a chat about their vehicle for all to hear in the field.

The show started as a small group of people wanting to raise money for charity and to show the public at the same time, what the farming community had to do to make crops for the winter months to feed all the animals. 

This lovely idea grew and grew to what the old and new committee have made it today, all of the money made on the day gets shared out to local charities Over the past 35 years, Camrose Vintage Working Day has raised approximately £180,000 for local charities, and they plan to continue helping to fundraise for many years to come.

They have had lots of generous sponsorship to help with ongoing costs to hold the show. Many local businesses, including their main sponsor, Prichard Holdings Ltd, have generously donated this year to allow the Show to continue.

Importantly, the Show would not be possible without the numerous volunteers who lend a hand throughout planning, preparation, and the actual event.

For a wonderful day out for all of the family, be sure to attend the Camrose Vintage Working Day later this month. 

Anyone wanting exhibitor forms and/or trade stand enquiries, please should email cvwd@camrosecommunity.co.uk

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