Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

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Regarded as one of the foremost folk-rock bands emanating from Wales, Here Be Dragons try to be true to their Welsh culture and Celtic heritage while giving an honest reflection of what it means to be Welsh in the twenty-first century.

Biography

Regarded as one of the foremost folk-rock bands emanating from Wales, Here Be Dragons’ live shows have had crowds dancing and partying in festivals and venues all across Europe and in the United States. Over the past few years, Here Be Dragons have toured in the USA, England, Italy, France, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Ireland, Switzerland, and, of course, Wales. Their performances include appearances at the Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau and Pontardawe Festivals in Wales; Party Time in Chateaux D’Oex, Switzerland; and the Dundein (Florida) Celtic Festival and the Chicago Celtic Festival in the United States. In March, 2003 they played to a crowd of 30,000 in Bologna, Italy.

Here Be Dragons is proud to announce that they have been chosen to represent Wales at the Pan Celtic Festival in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland in April, 2010.

Here Be Dragons try to be true to their culture and heritage, not as a museum exhibit but in a way that’s a more honest reflection of what it means to be Welsh in the twenty-first century whilst still respecting their Celtic roots. Using acoustic instruments like banjos, mandolins, fiddles and accordions alongside drums and electric bass in a way that’s far from most people’s idea of a Celtic folk-rock band; the emphasis is much more on the rock style of presentation. They sing in both Welsh and English and play mainly original songs, but also include a couple of traditional ones such as “Sosban Fach” and “Calon Lan,” and interpret them with all the power they deserve.

Here Be Dragons have supported many of the top names in World/Folk music, such as The Young Dubliners, Carlos Nuñes, The Oysterband, Flook and The Modena City Ramblers.

Lyrics

Alcohol & Rain

Written By: Michael Brooks

Since I've been working here in Saudi the sun's kept beating down
My insides are dehydrating and my outside's turning brown
It's no tourist destination it isn't Greece or Spain
I wish I was home in Cardiff with the alcohol and rain

Amoung the ex-pats out here silly money's all the rage
But I'm here with the company on my regular megre wage
It pays me mortgage and the bills so I suppose I shouldn't complain
But it's hard work living without alcohol and rain

CHORUS
I don't mind the sun teetotalers are fine
But in this desert sun I'm wilting this culture isn't mine
So I'm counting down the days till I'll be stepping off the train
And start watering me roots with alcohol and rain

I arrived here just in time for Ramadan
when it's illegal to eat in public I'm a hungry thirtsy man
Smuggling sandwiches into the toilet I must be insane
I'd kill for a pie and chips washed down with alcohol and rain

In Cardiff years ago I met a woman from Kuwait
I remember being surprised that she'd thought Welsh weather great
I disagreed at the time but now I feel the same
Here I'm completely dry i need alcohol and rain

CHORUS

I've been married just six months, I've spent three of them out here
I've got sun and sand and mineral water, she's got drizzle and beer
I wish she was here with me, I miss my darling Jane
I'd rather I was with her and the alcohol and rain

They say it's good to travel educational to roam
I've been here seen it done it I want to go back home
They've tried to make me welcome here I know they're not to blame
But I'm a fish out of water out of alcohol and rain

CHORUS

Sosban Fach

Written By: Traditional Welsh Song

Mae bys Mari Ann wedi brifo
A Dafydd y gwas ddim ond iach
Mae baban yn y crud yn crio
A'r gath wedi scramo Joni bach

CYTGAN
Sosban fach yn berwi ar y tan
Sosban fawr yn berwi ar y llawr
A'r gath wedi scrammo Joni bach

Mae bys Mari Ann wedi gwella
A Dafydd y gwas yn ei fedd
Mae baban yn y crud wedi tyfu
A'r gath wedi huno yn ei hedd

CYTGAN

Dai bach y soldiwr, dai bach y soldiwr
Dai bach y soldiwr a chwt ei grys e' mas

CYTGAN

Shwd grys oedd ganddo? Shwyd grys oedd ganddo?
Shwd grys oedd ganddo? Un wen a streipen las

CYTGAN

Mae bys Mari Ann wedi brifo
A Dafydd y gwas dim ond iach
Mae baban yn y crud yn crio
A gath wedi scrammo Joni bach

CYTGAN

Discography

Here Be Dragons has released three CD’s: “Alcohol & Rain,” “Celtic Bonding,” and “Bright New Tomorrow."

The band is currently working on three new CDs, which will be released in 2010:

"Mae Yma Dreigiau" is a Welsh-language CD comprised of new translations of classic Here Be Dragons songs, as well as some brand new songs.

"Terra Nova" is a CD of all new, original material in both English and Welsh.

"Gwlad" is a CD of rugby anthems popular amongst Welsh rugby fans.

Here Be Dragons was also a featured artist on the original "Wales in Union" compilation CD. This CD, created for Welsh rugby supporters, highlighted the best of Welsh music, including Tom Jones, The Manic Street Preachers, and Dame Shirley Bassey. The CD was such a success that a second compilation will be released in February, 2010, which will once again feature Here Be Dragons.

Set List

Here Be Dragons perform a mix of orignal songs (written by Mike Brooks) and traditional Welsh songs. Their sets can accomodate anything from an intimate acoustic concert to an outdoor festival for thousands of people, and can be adjusted to fit any length program.

Typical Acousitc/Concert Set List:

First Set:

1. Modena Rambler/Penllyn
2. One Last Look
3. Tri Peint O Gwrw
4. Y Gwcw (Trad.)
5. Alcohol & Rain
6. Galway Rose
7. Senghennydd Explosion
8. Calon Lân (Trad.)
9. Naill Ar Ol Llall (Trad.)
10. Cyfri'r Geifr (Trad.)
11. Skull Attack

Intermission

Second Set:

1. Catrin's Sister
2. Lock Up Daughters
3. Celtic Bonding
4. Back to Barry Town
5. Milgi Milgi (Trad.)
6. Song For The Dying
7. Siobhan
8. One Night Stand
9. Bracchi
10. Hollol
11. I'm Not Drunk
12. Sosban Fach (Trad.)

Encore:
Bing Bong Be (Trad.)
Goodnight Cariad

Typical Festival Set

1. Catrin's Sister
2. Lock Up Daughters
3. C