Carreg Lafar
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Carreg Lafar

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 1995 | INDIE

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1995
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"Aur"

“This is Carreg Lafar’s fourth album, released to mark their 20th anniversary. Their previous three albums are all regarded as classics, and Carreg Lafar has long been a band against which others are measured. They conjure a big, surging, confident sound-palette…..This album, like its predecessors, is a treasure chest of Welsh traditional songs and tunes. Y Cadno song and dance set has a delightful skip-rhythm that gives the set a Breton fest-noz quality. The traditional Welsh ballads Cariad Aur and Bwthyn Fy Nain and Glan Môr Heli all have sultry, sinuous, lush melodies……with the richly-textured contralto voice of Linda Owen Jones…..along with the sweeping, majestic instrumental accompaniment. One final thought…..mention should be made of the beguiling arrangement of Titrwm Tatrwm as a male-female duet. Titrwm Tatrwm is a night-visiting song from Anglesey, ‘titrwm tatrwm’ being the ‘pitter-patter’ sound of tiny stones being thrown at the bedroom window of the young lady by the besotted young man outside. Romantic beyond!” – fRoots, Paul Matheson - FRoots


"Aur"

“…..it’s magnetic, immediate, beguiling and so full-on that startled listeners could be soundly forgiven for taking a hasty step back from the speakers…..I could listen to Linda’s magnetic and dramatic singing time and time again; she has the brilliant knack of projecting her voice, throwing it so it lands right slap-bang in the laps of the audience – and the musicians spin mighty fine arrangements to burnish her considerable talent in its true colours…..Carreg Lafar sets light to my imagination and mind; Aur serves up some nourishing mental food for the soul. The thrilling mix of ancient Celtic instruments, spiced with inspiring arrangements, gives the band so much power, drive and absolute confidence…..” – Folk Wales, Mick Tems - Folk Wales


"Aur"

“….a critically acclaimed ensemble sound. Lead vocalist is Linda Owen Jones with her captivating perfect alto. She is supported by high-octane fiddler Rhian Evan-Jones, fire-breathing flutist James Rourke and piercing piper/pibgorn player Antwn Owen Hicks, the latter being one of the pioneers resurrecting the piping tradition of Wales. The four are made complete by the subtle backing of Danny Kilbride on guitar. Their latest offering is another selection of ten sumptous tracks.” – Folkworld - Folkworld


Discography

Aur - 2016
Profiad - 2002
HYN - 1998
Ysbryd y Werin - 1996

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Carreg Lafar performs Welsh traditional music described by Sing Out! as “a dense flurry of vocals, fiddle, pibgorn, flute and guitar.” The band has changed many people’s view of Welsh music through their use of strong traditional melodies, inventive arrangements and lively, passionate performances.

Lead vocals are sung by Linda Owen Jones, her voice described as pure, mesmerizing, and passionate. She is supported by Rhian Evan-Jones, whose fiddle style is dynamic, yet lyrical and soulful; James Rourke’s flute is soaring and breathily atmospheric whilst Antwn Owen Hicks punctuates songs with pipes and pibgorn, as well as adding warm vocals and harmonies. All is underpinned by Danny KilBride’s sensitive, rhythmic and driving guitar.

Carreg Lafar has toured in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium and North America six times, performing at some major festivals and arts centres, including Piping Live! Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Celtic Colours and Gooikoorts. Artistic Director of the Atlanta Celtic Festival commented that “Carreg Lafar gave a smooth, highly energy-charged, spellbinding performance. The audience adored them.”

The band has made four albums with Sain Records, ‘Ysbryd y Werin, ‘HYN’, ‘Profiad’ and ‘Aur’, which  was released in November 2016, to mark the band’s 20th anniversary.

“It’s refreshing to come right back to the core and listen to the excellence that Welsh trad, done well, can conjure .” fRoots




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