Gwenan Gibbard

Gwenan Gibbard

 Caernarfon, Wales, GBR
BandFolkWorld

Vigorous and beautiful Welsh traditional music at it's best. Firmly rooted in the tradition, but displaying a fresh an innovative approach. Energetic instrumental arrangments,haunting folk songs and the unique, ancient Welsh tradition of poetry singing to the accompaniment of the harp.

Biography

Gwenan, harpist and singer from the Llyn Peninsula in north west Wales, stands at the forefront of today’s thriving Welsh traditional music scene. She is a frequent performer at home and abroad and has appeared in festivals such as The Lorient Interceltic Festival (Britanny), The World Harp Congress (Dublin), The North American Festival of Wales (Cincinnati), Celtic Colours Festival (Nova Scotia, Canada), The Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Celtic Connections (Glasgow). She has released two albums, to much acclaim, ‘Y Gwenith Gwynnaf’, and, most recently, ‘Sidan Glas’, both of which include her own exciting, contemporary arrangements of Welsh traditional music and songs, the playing firmly rooted in the heart of the tradition, yet showing a fresh and innovative approach. Her performances include energetic instrumental arrangments, haunting folk songs and ‘Cerdd Dant’, the unique, ancient Welsh tradition of poetry singing to the accompaniment of the harp. (She is one of the very few performers in Wales who practises this unique art of self-accompanying singing). She is in demand as a teacher and holds classes and workshops at home and beyond. She has performed and recorded with numerous world renowned musicians, including Beth Nielsen Chapman, and will also feature on the forthcoming new album by Cerys Matthews. Gwenan’s recent projects include ‘Ancience’, a new commission by the PRS Foundation and Distill (Scotland), also featuring harpist Mary Macmaster, pipers Andy May and Tiarnan O Duinchann and sound artist Joe Acheson. She has also teamed up with Welsh singer-songwriter Meinir Gwilym to form a new duo, combining their singing and instrumental talent to create a fresh and exciting sound. Gwenan’s dates for 2013 include numerous concert at home here in Wales, and performances at Warengem Harp Festival (Belgium), Cairde na Cruit Festival (Ireland) and the Midsummer Festival (Ried, Fryslan). Gwenan has just been awarded a Research and Development Grant by the Arts Council of Wales to work on a project based on the Welsh musical tradition of 'Cerdd Dant', and looks forward to experiment and further develop her musical repertoire and ideas.

Discography

- 15 track Album - 'Sidan Glas' SAIN SCD 2581 (played on BBC Radio Cymru, Radio Scotland, Radio Gaeltacht, Radio 2, Radio 3, local radios in the UK, Europe and America.
- 15 track Album - 'Y Gwenith Gwynnaf' SAIN SCD2504
- All tracks from the album available for download on i Tunes, and the album available to buy through Proper music distribution in the UK.
- 'Sidan Glas' has also been licensed as a whole album to the ABC Classics label in Australia, for release in Australia and New Zeland.

Tracks from the above albums also feature on numerous compilation albums released by Sain records.
Tracks licensed to other labels include the following compilations:
'Folk Rising' (Proper Records)
'Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2006' (Keltia Musique)
'Traditional Welsh Music' (Sunset France)
'Celtic Divas' (2012) (ABC Classics)
Celtic Colours (Oddesey Records, Canada)
'Miyazaki Hayao's Music World in Harp' (2012) (Grandview Culture, Hong Kong)
Gwenan also features on harp and vocals on the 'Hymns' album by Beth Nielsen Chapman (BNC Records), and will feature on the new forthcoming album by Cerys Matthews.

Set List

Typical set list:
45 minutes
Songs/items:
Lliw Gwyn Rhosyn yr Haf
Hen Benillion
Pibddawnsiau
Trafaeliais y Byd
Llwyn Onn / Hoffedd ap Hywel
Cerdd Dant - Y Delyn / Gwenynen Gwent
Heulwen Haf / Dafydd Ifan Tomos / Ymdaith yr Yswain
Tra bo Dau
Cainc y Datgeiniad / Y Delyn Newydd