CALAN AWARD-WINNING WELSH FOLK BAND TO RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘KISTVAEN’ ON 3 APRIL 2020 + NEW UK TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING 2020

Photo Credit Richard P Walton

BAND TO ALSO PLAY ONE-OFF ST. DAVID’S DAY SHOW

WITH BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES NEXT MONTH

“Traditional Welsh music, incorporating accordion, fiddle, pipes & harp – but the sound

has translated to a modern audience on a grand scale!” Yahoo

Calan have come a long way since they started out busking in the streets of Cardiff to help pay for university fees. Now they tour right across the planet, performing in venues and at festivals as far afield as Canada, USA, Borneo and Australia. 

Winners of Best Band at the inaugural 2019 Welsh Folk Awards, Calan will release their much-anticipated fifth album, ‘Kistvaen’, on 3 April 2020.

A kistvaen (or cistvaen) is a tomb or burial chamber formed from flat stone slabs in a box-like shape. If set completely underground, it may be covered by a tumulus. The word is derived from the Welsh cist (chest) and maen (stone).

Prior to releasing the new album, the band are set to play a very special one-off performance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) at Cardiff St David’s Hall on 1 March 2020. Calan join BBC NOW and conductor Grant Llewellyn for a unique performance marking St David’s Day (Sunday 1 March, 3:00pm), presenting the UK premiere of Cân Cnawd y Pridd – a suite of five compositions inspired by collections of traditional Welsh songs and tunes at the National Library of Wales. Dedicated to the memory of song collector Meredydd Evans, the work is a joint commission between BBC NOW and Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne.

Calan are at the forefront of a wave of new young Welsh bands, riding the wave of a country discovering their heritage of traditional music. In the past it has always been overshadowed by their Celtic cousins or set aside for the more familiar touristy male voice choirs, but here the reels, jigs and pagan harmonies are accompanied with a pounding beat and healthy dose of pop or rap. The Welsh are beginning to believe that folklore rocks. Their brand of high energy routines, verve and raw excitement is far reaching – with broad appeal.

Further to next month’s St David’s Day show with the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Calan have also announced that they will tour the UK in spring 2020 – dates are;

 

3 April                         Caernarfon – Galeri Caernarfon

4 April                         Swansea Taliesin Arts Centre

5 April                         Alfriston – The Old Chapel

6 April                         Southampton – The Chapel Sessions

7 April                         Kingskerswell Church

8 April                         South Molton George Hotel

9 April                         Dorchester – Dorchester Arts

10 April                       Oxford Holywell Music Room

11 April                       Bristol Folk House

14 April                       Maldon Town Hall

15 April                       Bury St Edmunds – The Apex

16 April                       London Kings Place

17 April                       Bury Met

18 April                       Richmond Reeth Memorial Hall

20 April                       Edinburgh Traverse Theatre

23 April                       Langholm – The Buccleuch Centre

24 April                       Morecambe – The Platform

25 April                       Wolverhampton Newhampton Arts Centre

26 April                       Sheffield – The Greystones

29 April                       Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre

30 April                       Brecon Theatr Brycehiniog

1 May                          Cardiff – The Gate

 

 

Tickets for all shows above are on-sale now

 

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