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30th Anniversary Festival 2019

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10th, 11th & 12th May 2019

Below are the artists and dance groups who took part in the 2018 Festival

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Dance

Details of the International teams who will be performing in the 2019 festival will be published as soon as possible.  Watch this space.

Visiting International Teams

   
   

 

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Some of the Festival Regulars and UK Dance Teams who have attended in the past.

See the Home page to see which teams have confirmed for 2018

Al Rakas (Bollywood)

Al Rakas are based in Newport and Cwmbran and have been performing together for 5 years. They enjoy experimenting with different dance styles and music including Turkish pop, Bollywood and Folk styles and have even choreographed a Sea Shanty medley for a pirate themed party. Fusing moves and music to create dances they love and using a variety of props and costume, they aim to always bring something new to each performance

If you would like to book them for a Bellydance birthday party for all ages over 6, hen night or other function, please ask one of the dancers for contact details. And if you fancy having a go yourself, there is a beginners class in Cwmbran on a Monday evening.

Caerphilly schools Uke Band

 

The Caerphilly Schools' Uke Band, run by Mike Collins and Lisa Baldwin, is a new addition to the county ensembles of Caerphilly Music Service.

 

After the success of Lewis and the Ukes (run by Mike Colllins) at the Royal Albert Hall and the Evian Festival in France, a senior county uke band was formed in September 2015 with plans to start a junior band in September 2016.

 

All pupils come from schools or sixth form colleges within the Caerphilly County Borough. The newly formed Caerphilly Schools Uke Band will be appearing in various concerts throughout the year including Caerphilly Music Service's concert at St. Davids Hall on December 5th 2016.

 

CARDIFF  MORRIS (Cardiff)

Picture by Alun Roach

 

 

The Cardiff Morris are one of the earliest 1970s revival sides. Formed in early 1970 by a small enthusiastic group made up of experienced dancers who had migrated from Morris sides in other parts of the country and local recruits with a feeling for folk dance and song, they have been dancing the Morris in South Wales for over forty years.

 

Their dances are generally derived from the Cotswold traditions, although you may see them perform their own tradition of dance from the village of Nantgarw, just north of Cardiff. This tradition is distinguished by the fact that it is an eight-person dance rather than the Cotswold style with six dancers. The local connection is reinforced by the Welsh dragon and Cardiff Coat of Arms on their Welsh-weave "baldricks", or cross-sashes, and they are often accompanied by Idris, their own dancing dragon.

 

In summer they can be seen in Cardiff and around South Wales at festivals and fetes, or touring various localities in the County of Glamorgan on Tuesday evenings.

CLOCS CANTON (Cardiff)

Clocs Canton dance North West style morris dancing, wearing clogs and using garlands & wavers.  They have been dancing in and around Cardiff since 1986.  They are distinctive in the Welsh colours of red, white and green, and unusual in kit with stripy trousers which always makes them stand out from the crowd.   New dancers and musicians are always welcome. They meet in Canton on Thursdays.

COBBLER'S AWL

Cobblers Awl are based in Cardiff and perform clog steps from both Wales and England. They have tried to keep both the Welsh and English clog-step traditions alive for the past forty years, since the group was first formed in Cwmbrân.

 

Their repertoire includes English steps with routines from Lancashire, Lakeland and the North-east of England, and over the past decade they have developed Welsh stepping, embedding traditional elements within a contemporary polyrhythmic framework. They wear wooden-soled leather clogs, all handmade by one or other of the few craftsmen still creating such traditional footwear.

 

They practice at The Community Space at Tesco (Gabalfa) on Western Avenue in Cardiff on Monday nights, and if you are interested, please contact them.

Cwmni Gwerin Pontypŵl

Cwmni Gwerin Pont-y-Pŵl is a Welsh folk dance team aiming to keep alive the culture and tradition of Welsh music and dance. They dance at displays and festivals, not only in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom but also in Europe, where they have links with other traditional dance groups.

 

They are a small friendly group and are always looking for new members, both musicians and dancers, experienced and inexperienced. They have great fun whilst maintaining the Welsh folk tradition.

 

They meet in New Panteg Rugby Club, New Road, New Inn NP4 0PZ every Tuesday at 8.15 pm. Why not come and join them, or come along one evening to see what it is all about?

Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai

Dawnswyr Pen y Fai is a team with a world-wide reputation.

Each dance in their repertoire has its place and tradition in Wales. The style is varied and exciting to watch and alternates from energetic fair dances and lively social dances to elegant court dances.

The dancers wear the traditional Welsh costume made from Welsh flannel. On formal occasions the women wear the distinctive tall black hats, unique to Wales.

Dawnswyr Gwerin Penyfai has performed at numerous festivals in the UK and Europe, and is a member of the Welsh National Folk Dance Society. The team is in great demand to entertain audiences and hold social dance evenings throughout Wales and beyond.

The dancers are accompanied by a band of skilled folk musicians.

Dawnswyr Tawerin

Dawnswyr Tawerin are from the Swansea area, as the name 'Tawerin' conveys. Founded in 1975 by former Tawerin folk dance group members from the group's time at University College Swansea.

 

The group has already competed in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and has won the top prizes and trophies at the National Eisteddfod and the Cerdd Dant Festival, as well as experiencing success in the Pan Celtic Festival. The team has represented Swansea and Wales, by travelling as far away as Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Brittany, Galicia and the Basque areas, Isle of Man, Scotland, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Canada and the United States.

 

The group is trained by Karen Grayson-Cooper, who demands the highest standards and is an experienced teacher in the performances and interpretation of our dances. Mavis Williams Roberts is the President of the team and one of the original members. She has contributed greatly to the development of the Welsh folk dance through her research and by composing new dances, based on original figures and traditional steps. Her work has won prestigious national awards. Tawerin's stunning costume is based on traditional Welsh patterns, and the use of industry-famous flannel from the local area.

 

The group will perform a variety of dances - court dances from the 18th and 19th Century, complex social dances popular in their time, and the old and vibrant colorful fair dances which are so common but unique to Wales. The musicians play the traditional dance music, as well as tunes that have been composed in the Welsh style, enhancing their performances.

Flamenco Dancers

Flamenco is an Andalusian term which refers both to a musical style, known for its intricate rapid passages, and a dance genre characterised by its audible footwork. Sit back and enjoy this Flamenco performance from a team which has appeared regularly at the Festival.

Firestone ( Appalachian)

Always rhythmic, colourful and lively, FireStone perform high energy displays at venues around the South West and further afield.  The current style is mostly appalachain stepping mixed with English ceilidh and American jive choreography, peppered with some Canadian and African steps, which gives rise to the varied and exciting shows that FireStone produces today.  

FireStone really enjoy experimenting mixing and contrasting styles of dance and music; they can perform at festivals or fetes to a live band or provide interval entertainment to anything from 70s pop to modern chart music. The overriding ethos is that if it looks good, sounds good, the dancers think its fun and the audience likes it, then they will do it.  Using original pieces choreographed by the team, the range of dance and music performed is unique within the UK.

Almost impossible to pigeon-hole, FireStone have performed Appalachian dance in America, Irish dance in Ireland, and English dance in England. Purists raise their eye-brows, but the audiences continue to clap their hands.

Equally comfortable busking on city streets or performing on stage in front of large audiences, FireStone consists of two dance teams who can perform to a live band or recorded music, depending on the venue.

GWERINWYR GWENT

 

 

Gwerinwyr Gwent was formed in 1976 by eight people from the Gwent area who were interested in reviving the tradition of Welsh folk dancing. The name of the team can be translated as "folk-people of Gwent".

 

They perform dances which vary from slow, courtly dances to the faster fair dances and also include clog dances. Since their formation, members of the team have taken part in several eisteddfods and also in festivals, both in Wales and overseas. As a result of this they have hosted many foreign teams on their visits to Wales. Our recent trips abroad took us to Denmark in 2009, and Finland at the beginning of July 2010. They were also invited to Latvia, and some of the team went there to perform at the Lubana festival in 2011.

 

They dance just for pleasure, although they take part in festivals and demonstrations both in Wales and Europe. This year they will again be performing at the Tredegar House Folk Festival and some of them will be hosting dancers from overseas. This leads to invitations to dance in their countries.  Gwerinwyr Gwent are well known for organising twmpaths and Noson Lawen evenings; the charges for these depends on the time involved and the distances travelled.

 

They are always seeking new members, and either beginners or experienced dancers are very welcome. Practice night is Thursday 8-10pm at the Graig Community Hall, Bassaleg, NP10 8LG opposite the Ruperra Arms. Just come along, or ring 01495 271953 for more details. Dancing is fun; it's exercise but you don't have to be superfit to do it - give it a try!

Hevva (Cornwall)

Hevva was formed by an enthusiastic group of like-minded dancers and musicians who wanted to pool their extensive experience to promote, teach and display the traditional dances of Cornwall, one of the Celtic nations. The group has grown considerably from its beginnings and is now one of the foremost dance groups in Cornwall, recognisable by its distinctive traditional costume.

Hevva performs extensively at home, and has also been privileged to represent Cornwall at festivals large and small further afield, from Europe to the Caribbean.  They bring with them their own band of musicians.
 

India Dance Wales

Founded in 1993 India Dance Wales are the pioneers of Indian Dance in Wales. The aim of their work is to maintain authenticity while exploring contemporary ideas. India dance Wales are based in Cardiff. They have performed several times at the festival and we would like to give them a very warm welcome back.

ISCA MORRIS

Isca Morris were formed in 1976 by three experienced dancers taking their name from the Roman Fortress of the Second Augustan Legion which once stood on the site of the town of Caerleon in the old county of Gwent in South East Wales, UK.  They wear the national colours of Wales (red, white and green) and the kit includes a red sash on which is mounted a Roman helmet badge.


Their dancing season usually extends from May 1st (when they dance at dawn in the Roman Amphitheatre at Caerleon) to about mid-September, every Wednesday evening, at a variety of real ale pubs across Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire.  They can also be seen on some weekends during the summer in various parts of this country and abroad.

Isca Morris have danced at many different types of event, ranging from Barn Dances and Folk Clubs to Fetes and larger Folk Festivals and have appeared on television and radio on several occasions.

JAWAHIR

Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers was founded by a group of like-minded women in 2003 and has been going strong ever since.

Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy. It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are anyone can “shake their shimmy” and everyone is welcome to come and join us.

We meet on a Sunday from 6-7pm for Beginners at Danceworld, Dock Street, Newport.

For any Enquiries or if you’d like to book Jawahir to come and dance at an event, please contact either Debbie Glover or Lisa Adams

Email: Jawahirbookings@hotmail.com
Phone: 07807128765 / 07580034624
Facebook: “Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers”
 

mini Gŵyl Plant

In 1981 Gwerinwyr Gwent started a festival of Welsh Folk Dance for children called Gwyl Plant Gwent. The numbers have grown since then, and now four festivals are held locally at Abergavenny, Abertillery, Cwmbran and Newport. A mini Gŵyl Plant was introduced in Tredegar House Folk Festival in 2014, encouraging the younger generation to value and enjoy the culture and folk scene of Wales.

Schools performing  this year are:
TY-SIGN PRIMARY SCHOOL, RISCA and RHIW SYR DAFYDD PRIMARY SCHOOL, OAKDALE

O'Donnell - maguire School of Irish Dancing

The dancers are a group of mixed ages from the Cardiff and Newport areas. A lot of time not only goes into the learning of the steps but also their appearance and I am sure you will appreciate their beautiful costumes as well as their dancing. They are regular visitors to the festival.

 

Whilst Irish Dancing can be very competitive, with competitions (Feisanna) ranging from their own class Feis through to local 'Wales and the West Feis' and on to National and International Championships, the O'Donnell School of Irish Dancing believes that whatever your own personal aspirations, be it the next World Champion or to just learn something new and keep fit along the way, it should be FUN.

 

For more information, visit their website.

SHOOSTRING

Shoostring are a dynamic and energetic dance group who are sure to amaze you with their synchronised and unique approach to Appalachian dancing. The side choreograph all their own dances, bringing to life the toe tapping rhythms of American Bluegrass music performed by the fantastic Shoostring Band.  Shoostring have performed at many events and folk festivals, including Newport's own Tredegar House, Wadebridge, Chippenham and Pontardawe. They have also toured County Cork in Southern Ireland.

Strictly Clog

Strictly Clog was formed in 2010 by three well established clog dance friends who wanted to take clog dancing back to basics with minimum choreography and more emphasis on the partnership with the music.

 

They have since performed at Beverley, Chippenham, Bromyard and Whitby folk festivals, as well as the annual Skipton Clog Fest and other local events.

Sweyn's Ey Morris

The Men of Sweyn's Ey take their name from the Viking name for Swansea,  and  are based in   Swansea, or to be precise in Morriston, most appropriate for a  morris side. The side was founded in 1966, and celebrated their fiftieth birthday last year. Initially dancing just the rapper sword dance, the side now dances mainly Cotswold morris, but also some Border morris as well as the rapper sword dance.

 

At Christmas, they keep alive the local mummer's plays,   collecting for charity.  They believe that they are Wales's longest running morris side, the only male dancing side remaining in Wales, and include Wales's oldest active  morris dancer.   They have a website: www.sweynsey.co.uk

Tiger Feet

Tiger Feet are the Appalachian dance side from Cardiff.  They have been dancing together for 20 years and say that they remember Tiger Bay, even if no-one else does! 

 

They dance mainly to traditional tunes but also love more modern ones and are most grateful to Bellowhead and other groups for their inspiring music."

Topaz Tribal (Belly Dancers)

Topaz Tribal is a Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® troupe from Abergavenny, South Wales. Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® is an eclectic style of bellydance, which draws its influence & inspiration from many cultures around the world, including Indian, Spanish, African etc.  The roots are firmly planted in the Middle East,  using historical & traditional bellydance moves to create combinations which pay tribute to & acknowledge the past history of bellydance. The dance, which is mostly improvised, has a modern bohemian style of it's own with a free & spirited gypsy-like feel, is powerful yet elegant, graceful & feminine. It's inclusive.  Your age, size or fitness level is not important, but YOU are. Tribal bellydance will help to improve your stamina, core stability, balance & flexibilty, plus the benefits of helping to develop confidence, self-esteem, inner strength, & an all-round 'feel good' factor. Research shows that dancing is now recognised by the health professionals as one of the best physical exercises for everyone. So come & join in & find out for yourself.

 

Topaz Tribal love to dance to spread the joy, the power & the passion of this dance, to have fun, to laugh, to share & just enjoy the moment of dancing with your sisters.

 

Topaz Tribal is led by Wendy Hughes, a Certified Level 3 Instructor with Gypsy Caravan & a member of the UK Caravan Project. To find out more about Topaz Tribal & Gypsy Caravan visit the website, send us an e-mail, or find us on facebook

Velha Bataria (Samba Band)

Velha Bataria are a 15 piece Samba Band from Gwent. We have played at events such as The Commonwealth Games and Welsh Millennium Centre and many more.

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Ceilidhs

Calennig Big Band

with caller Pat Smith

 

Specialising in Welsh dance music, Calennig are equally at home playing for experts and novices alike. The band is led by concertina and spoons player Pat Smith who is acknowledged as one of Britain’s most entertaining callers and she has taught Welsh dances and called twmpaths from Auckland to Aberdeen, from Chicago to Christchurch. She is accompanied by a pool of regular musicians Mike Kennedy (bass), Iolo Jones (fiddle), Peter Davies (whistles, recorders, oboe, bagpipes and Bombard) and Rob Morris (guitar and Accordeon), and Ned Clamp (guitar, mandola, harmonica).

Juice

with caller Dave Parsons

Juice is one of South Wales' longest running and most popular ceilidh bands. Originally known as 'Juice of Barley', it was founded back in the mid 1970s, by Jenny and Gill KilBride. They were later joined by sons: Bernard, Daniel and Gerard who, having absorbed the tradition, continued the band in their own right as 'Juice'. Many incarnations later, the band is still as vibrant and dynamic as ever.

 

The band's caller has been the legendary Dave Parsons for more years than he would care to remember!

   
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