Blog posts by year and month December 2011

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  1. Storytellers from across the globe are descending on Aberystwyth this weekend for the town's first ever such festival, which is being run by the arts centre, The Magic Illuminarium and the Crick Crack Club. The long-established art form and its power to unite communities and span generations w...

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  2. Stereophonics' Kelly Jones has recorded a special acoustic version of a Welsh football terrace classic for tonight's Sport Wales (10pm, BBC Two Wales), in tribute to the late Wales international manager Gary Speed. Can't Take My Eyes Off You, originally a top five hit for Andy Williams ...

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  3. Today is the first day of winter from a meteorological point of view and after a very mild autumn, one of the warmest on record since 1910, the next few days are looking colder and more seasonal. In fact some frost is expected tonight with temperatures falling close to freezing or just below, so you may need to scrape your car windscreen tomorrow morning. Tomorrow I'd make the most of the dry and bright weather because during the afternoon, it will cloud over with rain on the way and a strengthening south-westerly wind. Friday night will turn wet and windy with some heavy rain and fresh to strong winds and gales on higher ground. Saturday will start wet and windy but the rain will gradually clear with much drier, brighter weather spreading from the north. On Sunday there is some uncertainty at the moment. It may start dry but there is a risk of more rain in the south and showers in the north. Monday looks cold and windy with a mixture of sunshine and wintry showers with some sleet and snow likely, especially on high ground, the Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia. Derek

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  4. Excavation work is drawing to a close at an archaeological dig with a difference in the Vale of Glamorgan this week. I've been to visit the Neolithic sites at Tinkinswood and St. Lythan's near the village of St. Nicholas to hear about a new project which is involving the local community in d...

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  5. This week's show is now available via the iPlayer. Apologies for the embarrassing lateness of this information. The early part of the week was swallowed up by a lot of last minute research I had to do for a Science Café recording at Bangor University. Then, the millisecond that was over my body treated me to a particularly incapacitating case of Man Flu. It's not the first time my body has let me down, frankly. Not by a long chalk. This week's show features a live set from Dan Amor recorded in the gloriously cosy environs of the Gwesty Gwydir in Betws-Y-Coed. Dan's new album Neigwl is out this week, and this set celebrates the woozy, harmony-soaked, mellow excellence of the album. Like Crosby, Stills and Nash if they'd come from Penmachno. Or Americana re-imagined Snowdonia-stylee. Snowdonicana. As a piece of genre-defining nomenclature, It's not going to catch on, is it? We pick up Rachel Lloyd and Matt Nicholl's excellent set from last week, that was crudely marred by a skipping CD-R. It features one of the best cover versions it has ever been my pleasure to play on the radio. It's not often, after all, that I get to play an interpretation of something great from the king of R&B (if you're thinking R Kelly at this point, please get to the back of the class, open the door, leave and never come back) Ray Charles. Great stuff. Lisa Jen from 9bach comes aboard to tell us about their recent trip to Australia and their work with a collective of Aboriginal musicians called The Black Arm Band. And we get to hear a moving live recording of one of their collaborative pieces. Huw Williams treats us to some great Welsh indie pop that has hitherto been rather under celebrated within our national borders. Ben Hayes gets misty-eared for the Grumbleweeds. In tweed. It's a lovely moment, but one that may induce shrinkage or 'wet dog smell'. Elsewhere we're fairly dripping musical excellence, most of it from Wales, including début plays for: Hell Money, Giant Monster Army, Stars and Flights, Jamie Bevan A'r Gwenddillion and Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers. Please send demos/new releases/whatever you like to themysterytour@gmail.com as a high quality mp3 or download link. Many thanks/diolch o galon,. GEORGIA RUTH - 'Old Blue' Aberystwyth / Cardiff JOAN BAEZ - 'Silver Dagger' New York IFAN DAFYDD - 'Daddy ( Ifan Dafydd Remix Of Emeli Sande Single )' Llanrug LLWYBR LLAETHOG - 'Bodlondeb Ty Cnau ( Featuring David R. Edwards )' Blaenau Ffestiniog / Cardiff WIBIDI - 'Lockdown' Cardiff RALPH RIP SHIT & BUGSEED - 'Pizzurp' Unknown. HELL MONEY - 'Day 93' Bridgend 60FT DOLLS - 'Happy Shopper' Newport LOS CAMPESINOS - 'Songs About Your Girlfriend' Cardiff FAMILY OF THE YEAR - 'St. Croix' Wrexham / L.a. YR ODS - 'Dadansoddi' Gwynedd EDWARD H. DAFIS - 'Gwrandewch' Bangor CUT RIBBONS - 'White Horses' Llanelli LOVELY EGGS, THE - 'New Allergies' Lancaster PRETTY PLACES - 'Daze' Llanfair P.g. HUW WILLIAMS - 'Spoken Contribution' Swansea FRIENDS - 'Far And Away' ? DAN AMOR - 'Something To You, Something To Me ( Live From Gwesty Gwydyr, Betws - Y - Coed, 23rd Nov 2011 )' Penmachno DAN AMOR - 'Run You Like A River ( Live From Gwesty Gwydyr, Betws - Y - Coed, 23rd Nov 2011 )' Penmachno DAN AMOR - 'Anhaeddiannol ( Live From Gwesty Gwydyr, Betws - Y - Coed, 23rd Nov 2011 )' Penmachno DAN AMOR - 'Lakeside ( Live From Gwesty Gwydyr, Betws - Y - Coed, 23rd Nov 2011 )' Penmachno GIANT MONSTER ARMY - 'Evilator' Bangor HELDINKY - 'Your Place' Bangor 9BACH - 'Spoken Contribution' Bangor 9BACH - 'Bwthyn Fy Nain' Bangor JOSEPH & DAVID - 'I'm Here' Cardiff / Leeds PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Winter Never Comes' Milford Haven METABEATS - 'Toaster Jazz' Cardiff WILLO WISPA ( PRODUCED HANSEL THE UNICORN ) - 'What Kind Of Girls?' Cardiff STARS AND FLIGHTS - 'Angel Squared' Neath FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Destroywhitchurch.com' Cardiff BASTIONS - 'I Tried To Stitch The Sea To The Shore' Anglesey RACHEL LLOYD AND MATT NICHOLLS - 'Into The Air ( Live At Focus Wales 2011 )' Wrexham RACHEL LLOYD AND MATT NICHOLLS - 'Get In Trouble ( Live At Focus Wales 2011 )' Wrexham JAMIE BEVAN A'R GWENDDILLION - 'Strydoedd Merthyr' Merthyr Tydfil BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution' Ruthin GRUMBLEWEEDS, THE - 'Never Before' Leeds DANNY GRUFF & THE PEACEMAKERS - 'Passing Cars' Wrexham

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  6. A new portrait of Dafydd Wigley by Welsh artist David Griffiths will be unveiled tomorrow at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, as Lord Wigley steps down from his role as the president of the organisation. Lord Wigley portrait by David Griffiths. Image courtesy of the artist T...

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  7. After a manic few weeks, I feel that the beginning of this week brought a little respite for me. Something that almost never happens, happened. Yes, we played a programme that comprised of music I had already played! For the last in our Symphony series we performed one of Shostakovich's shortest symphonies, the ninth, and also one of Sibelius' shortest, number seven. Having played them both before, I just had to take a little time on Sunday evening to tighten up a few corners in each work (giving me lots of time to catch up with the latest episode of The Killing). It's been lovely seeing the Symphony series so well attended - there's been a good buzz about it. It's also been very nice to have a programme that concentrates on just one work (or in the finale's two-for-the-price-of-one extravaganza, two symphonies). The second half of this week will see us present a composer portrait on French composer Andre Jolivet. The soloists will be Marc Coppey (cello) and our own Jarek Augustyniak (bassoon). As I've mentioned before, it is lovely to hear our own principals take the role of soloist. Now, I'm pretty sure Jolivet was mentioned during one of my Music of the Twentieth Century lectures at uni, but I may have been daydreaming a little and can remember nothing about him (apologies to Dr Morris). Therefore, I have done a little research. It turns out Jolivet was one of the cool kids of French music in the 1930s and was in a club with Messiaen called, rather unoriginally, La Jeune France. I've always been partial to a bit of Messiaen (though consider the omission of a viola from the Quartet for the End of Time a major oversight which he must have regretted), so I'm pretty upbeat about getting to know Jolivet's music. I've been trawling Spotify, iTunes and all the usual places to find recordings of the works that we are performing. I find when you are slightly short on time it's very helpful to be able to listen to the work you're performing as well as learning the notes - it can give you a much better sense of the bigger picture rather than simply getting bogged down with little bits. My search was surprisingly unfruitful, so while I'm getting to know the viola part in my own practice, I still feel a little clueless as to how it fits in context with the rest of the orchestra. Composer portrait days give the audience and the orchestra an opportunity to delve a little deeper into the work of a composer. The concert will start with Debussy's Nocturnes (very nice piece). Debussy was a huge influence on Jolivet, so it'll be interesting to hear if his influence is evident in the Jolivet we perform. I'm still undecided as to what I think of his music, but I'm sure all will be revealed when we start rehearsing... The orchestra will be performing an evening of music by Jolivet at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, tomorrow (Friday 2 December) at 7pm. Tickets are available by calling the Orchestra's Audience Line on 0800 052 1812.

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