Since 1994 TASC has been organising Events & Workshops to encourage the use and enjoyment of Folk Music in Mid Wales and the Borders
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HISTORY



TASC was formed as the outreach arm of the Mid Wales May Festival which took place 1989-1998.
These are the Projects TASC has created since it was formed in 1994

Projects in 2010 MAKING YOUR WORKSHOPS WORK/AMERICAN EVENING/BEULAH CEILIDH PROJECT/NEVER MIND THE BOCS FOLK EVENING

Projects in 2009 ROGER JENKENS TRIO/GARTH FOLK THEATRE/PETE COE/MONTGOMERYSHIRE RESEARCH/TASTE SAMPLER CD/SEVERN SUITE TUNE WORKSHOP (Llandinam)with KAREN TWEED/ TWELFTH NIGHT/

Projects in 2008 JOHN DIPPER & CLAUDINE ARCAND CONCERT & WORKSHOP/ SEVERN SUITE DANCE WORKSHOPS (Llandinam & Llandovery)/SEVERN SUITE TUNE WORKSHOPS (Llandinam)/ TWELFTH NIGHT/COMMUNITY RECORDINGS/

Projects in 2007 BLOWZABELLA AUTUMN DANCE & DANCE WORKSHOP/ CLAUDINE ARCAND WORKSHOP/ SOUND FOOTING CEILIDH/ SEVERN SUITE BOOK/ STRATEGY REVIEW/ TWELFTH NIGHT/

Projects in 2006 VIVE LA DANCE/ ONE LIFE DVD/ SECOND SEED/ SEVERN SUITE/ DAY OF WELSH DANCES/ MENTORING/ KAREN TWEED RESIDENCY II/

Projects in 2005 TUNES PEOPLE PLAY/ SWAP/ VIVE LA DANCE/ RADNOR VALLEY BAND/ JOHN KIRKPATRICK WORKSHOPS/ MAY TWMPATH/ KAREN TWEED RESIDENCY I/ SUE HARRIS SONG WORKSHOPS/

Projects in 2004 ITALIAN EVENING/ RISING GENERATION/ FLOWER FESTIVAL/ DAY OF WELSH DANCES/ RHAYADER DANCE CLUB/ CARNIVAL CEILIDH/ BAND ON SUNDAY/ CHRISTMAS CAROL CEILIDH/ HANDFUL OF TUNES/ AN EVENING WITH CHRIS & ANDY (WOOD & CUTTING)/

Projects in 2003 INTERNATIONAL FOLKEVENING/ CONCERT & TWMPATH WITH CERI (MATTHEWS) & JULIE MURPHY)/ LLANDINAM VILLAGE BAND/ DANNY KILBRIDE GUITAR MASTERCLASS/ CAROLING/

Projects in 2000-2 GROUNDWORK REVIEW

Projects in 1994-2000 ONE LIFE/ PANEL PROJECT/ CARNIVAL DANCE/ FINDING YOUR VOICE/ CAJUN DAY/ WELSH FIDDLE CONVENTIONS:- 1996(Newtown) 1997 (Builth Wells)



MAKING YOUR WORKSHOPS WORK, WORKED!

Many of us have been asked to take workshops, but have we been trained? Are we going about it the best way? How do others prepare and deliver successful workshops.These were the issues raised at Llandinam on Saturday October 23rd.

The one day course was to help planning and delivering successful workshops, whether as part of Community Projects, in schools or at festivals.



The course was led by the inspirational Laurel Swift (above) of Morris Offspring fame (and much, much more). Other tutors included Blue MacAskill a visual artist who has worked with Ceri and Julie of Fernhill, and who had a long residency at the National Library in Aberystwyth working with schools, and Rick Wilson who has worked on rhythm and percussion in projects from primary school to film.

There was also information on the state of play for music in schools from Powys Music Co-Ordinator Helen Wilding-Smith.

We are pleased to say that the event was well attended and well received.There will be a second event in the Spring and these workshops are supported by Powys County Council and the Arts Council of Wales.
LIVE MUSIC PETITION
Along with many others TASC responded to the consultation on the lamentable Licensing Act: click here to download a copy of our response.

Phil Little of Live Music Forum who are spearheading opposition to the bill wrote "Your submission is fantastic. It says it all better than I ever have done." Thanks, Phil.

The General Election has brought a temporary halt to the campaign, but with all three parties accepting the need for revision in some form or other then good sense might prevail eventually.

Latest developments along with responses to the consultation will be found on the Live Music Forum site.
FOLK CLUB
TASC's newest venture is to bring you the flavour of a traditional folk club upstairs in the Girls Parlour at Llandinam Village Hall.

The artists have been chosen by Rees Wesson (see left). We kicked off with a splendid evening featuring Pete Coe.

Llandinam Village Hall
Sat 5th Dec 7.30pm

With supporting musicians and a friendly relaxed atmosphere these promise to be delightful and memorable evenings.

LLANDINAM
MEETS
LLANDOVERY
LLANWRDA
Friday 21st Nov '08
Thanks to the lively LLandovery Dance Club the Severn Suite dances had an airing at Llanwrda Hall.



Following earlier workshops in the dances with Pam Knight and on the tunes with Pete Damsell the dances were part of an evening Twmpath. Music was provided by the Much Ado band with caller Anne Hill.


A great evening was had by all, and support for this evening came from ACW's excellent Night Out scheme. See our links (right hand column) for connection to their website.

Did you miss . . .
SEVERN SUITE
WORKSHOPS &
EVENING CEILIDH

LLANDINAM
Saturday March 29th '08
As part of TASC's AGM Day, workshops were held in Llandinam Village Hall on the Severn Suite. In the main hall Pam Knight taught the dances, while in the library Kitty Greenwood led a band workshop on the tunes.


The dance workshops are suitable for anyone, you don't need to have any experience in folk dance at all, though some of the dances do offer challenges for the more experienced dancers. The music workshops had simpler parts written by Kitty for the less experienced, as well as parts for transposing instruments.

You can find more information on the Severn Suite by the link at the top of this page, and you can buy tickets and publications from TASC by visiting our shop page also on the menu bar.

We are planning to hold similar workshops in the future and we are also planning to take them further afield. Let us know if your village or club would be interested.




AGM 2008
For details on the Annual General Meeeting go to our Membership page.

You can also download a copy of the Annual Report.


Did you miss . . .
ANOTHER
FABULOUS
NIGHT!
KNIGHTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Saturday Nov 10th
The inimitable driving drone-based sound of Blowzabella once more produced a brilliant evening, typical of the verve and excitement for which TASC events are now renowned.



Once again they lived up to their mission statement: to travel; meet interesting people; and get them to dance and if you missed it, you can measure your loss by listening to the new album OCTOMENTO.

Find out more about Blowzabella www.blowzabella.com

ACTIVITIES

Get Involved
By becoming a member you can help shape future projects as well as get good deals on events and workshops.

Click here [MEMBERSHIP] for more details.

WELSH EVENING
with Cass and Nial

The Folk Club continued with a very special evening of modern Welsh folk music featuring Cass Meurig and Nial Cain on Saturday December 4th. Cass Meurig is one of Wales's foremost crwth and traditional fiddle players.

She played with Fernhill between 2000 and 2004 and other collaborations include Pigyn Clust.



And on the same evening we welcomed back Harriet Earis whose skill on the harp has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

As ever, the Llandinam Village Band got the evening off to a good star, and Rees added some memorable touches. It was a splendid evening.


FOLK CLUB RETURNS with
AMERICAN NIGHT!
The Folk Club returned with a bang with the visit of the Whiskey River Boys on Saturday November 6th.



With the Llandinam Village Band for starters and lively support acts this was a great start to our autumn programme.


BEULAH CEILIDH
Our short series of workshops in Beulah as part of the Beulah Festival culminated in a ceilidh on Friday October 8th.

A good time was had by all. Pictured above is part of the band more pictures.
TWELFTH NIGHT CANCELLED
With the continuing arctic weather and with the significant distances that many of our contributors would have had to travel we have reluctantly abandoned this event.

Click here for a copy of the programme we would have brought you. As you will see a lot of hard work had gone into the preparation. Thanks to all those who had intended to contribute.

ANOTHER SUCCESS!
GARTH FOLK EVENING
Following several months of rehearsal and planning TASC produced its first Folk Evening on tour. It started with a short drama devised by the players, which incorporated storytelling from Guto Dafis and ended with a ceilidh interspersed with additional songs. The evening is designed to give a flavour of the many aspects that make up this rich heritage of ours, and have some fun too.
Garth Village Hall
(west of Builth on A483)
Sat 21st Nov '09

We will be looking at taking the show - or something similar - to other venues in the New Year.



June 2009
LLANDINAM LIVES

The TASTE CD (see right) was launched during the Llandinam Lives week.

The Wild Angels participated in the Slow Food Supper; Rick performed as part of the Poems & Pints evening; Annette, Geoff, Pete and Dr Price's Fire Band gave us a Twmpath - with calling from Alan Maxwell; and Hi Jinx helped us to get off to a good start at the Session in the Lion to launch the event.

AGM & Workshop Day Saturday 7th March
LLANDINAM VILLAGE HALL

The AGM was held on Saturday March 7th and preceded by a workshop on the Severn Suite music with Karen Tweed.

For details of the new trustees and to download a copy of the Annual Report please go to our membership page.

Did you miss . . .
Two Fabulous Fiddlers
LLANDINAM VILLAGE HALL Saturday September 20th
Another wonderful night of music with John Dipper's English eclectic style providing the perfect foil for the rich rhythmic and melodious style of Claudine Arcand. During the afternoon we held a workshop with both of them giving us both insight and inspiration.

Claudine Arcand

One of Quebec’s leading fiddle players, Claudine's unique and dynamic style is matched with her enthusiasm and passion for traditional Quebecoise music and she is much in demand at workshops and festivals in Canada and North America. Claudine is also a member of the superb contra-dance band Tidal Wave!

John Dipper is a respected and established performer, teacher and composer, his unique playing style, and his traditionally-spirited compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for the indigenous culture of England.

John is a founder member of the English Acoustic Collective with Chris Wood and Robert Harbron. He is also part of Methera Quartet, Patterson Jordan Dipper and No Man's Band, accompanying Martyn Wyndham-Read. He also has his own John Dipper Band.
For more details go to www.johndipper.co.uk.

On Thursday 9th October John returns to the area with the Methera String Quartet performing at Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan. Slightly nearer TASC territory is a performance of Christmas Champions featuring storyteller Hugh Lupton as well as John Dipper,Chris Wood and Rob Harbron at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on December 10th.click here for more details.

Did you miss . . .
THIS TWELFTH
NIGHT WAS
BETTER THAN EVER!
LLANDINAM
Saturday Jan 5th 08
The evening surpassed all our expectations. From the first notes of music in the church, to the final galloping dances it was a triumph.
Impossible to thank everybody individually, but mention must be made of Rev. Lynda Cowan and the church of St Llonio for making us welcome, to Ginny Graham and the Montgomeryshire Youth Theatre for adding the vibrancy of traditional theatre to our usual diet of music, dance and song.

In the hall Diane and Jackie and the rest of the Llandinam Lilliputs Playgroup made it look fabulous and gave us some wonderful food and drink with which to celebrate. TASC trustees Pam and Pete organised a display of some of our Severn Suite dances, with Peter and Matt involved in playing the music. Our other trustees Linda and Kathleen were singing with the Wild Angels led by Sue Harris.

Linda returned to sing with Sirens and Matt and Pete re-appeared with the Klezmonauts. Philip did duty as MC and called a few dances to music played by the Llandinam Village Band this time led by Rees Wesson. Not only did Gwyn do the reading in church for us but ran the bar, assisted by Village Hall chairman Mike. Thanks to Rick for a spine-tingling rendition in the church, and to Andy Warren for sharing the calling,and thanks to all the other musicians and dancers who took part, to Vivien and Paul for help in preparation and backstage work and to all those people who came and made it such a very special evening.

This was another true celebration of our own rich heritage.


THERE MUST BE SOMETHING BETTER THAN THE OLYMPICS
In 2012 Llandinam Village Hall will be 100 years old. Ideas are being sought for ways to commemorate this, with a series of events throughout the year.

This could be the excuse for a really interesting project, so let's have your ideas.

Image above is of a Seed weekend in 2007.
FOLK CLUB
ENDS ON A HIGH!

Neil and Meg Browning brought to a close the last in our short pilot series of Folk Clubs.
Ably supported by the bass of Pete Walton there was a splendid array of new tunes and old songs with new twists. The Llandinam Village band was in fine form as ever, and Parti Gungrog showed the fertile brain of Rees at work again as he fashions yet another new project. Not forgetting Linda & Wendy's tingling harmonies.
Llandinam
Sat Dec 5th '09
& Sat 6th Feb '10

To hear more of Never Mind the Bocs click on the link below for more info and to hear sample tracks and a podcast.
www.neilandmeg.com


Before that we had the wonderful blended voices of Jen Spencer, Ken Langsbury & Roger Grimes in the Roger Jenkens Trio (it took me several weeks to work that one out!) breathing fresh life into old songs and with the added spice of Ken's stories.
A MATTER OF TASTE!
NOW AVAILABLE

TASC's Sampler CD - Taste - has been completed. The CD contains music from Rick Knight; Dr Price's Fire Band; HiJinx; Annette, Geoff & Pete; Wild Angels; Mock Frog and Ffonic.

The sampler is there to provide examples of music from local musicians for those who are interested in creating events in the community. Copies are available from participating artists or from TASC, free of charge.
Pictured at the top of the column is Sue Harris leading the Wild Angels recording session. Thanks to Sue for helping us with selection and arranging and to Garry Saady of HiJinx and Ffonic for help with the recording which, along with the editing, was masterminded by Pete Damsell with help from Philip Freeman.


Did you miss...?
TWELFTH NIGHT 09

Twelfth Night has become one of the highlights in the TASC year. and 2009 was no exception.



This year we featured Wild Angels choir led by Sue Harris - and Guto Dafis (above) joined us with his traditional stories, songs and tunes. The Llandinam Village Band held the evening together.

The evening began with music, story and song in St. Llonio's church before processing down the hill to the Village Hall for Wassail, cake and Ceilidh.



In celebration of St. Llonio's probable origin in Brittany we featured some Breton music and dances from Annette, Geoff and Pete(above). The event is held in association with Llandinam PTA who provided the nibbles and decorated the hall for us. The proceeds go to support the PTA and TASC's continuing work.


Traditional Arts Support in the Community (TASC)
TASC was formed in 1994 as the outreach arm of the Mid Wales May Festival (1989-1998). It aims to promote and encourage traditional and tradition-based work




Links
We have details of community-friendly performers on our performers page (see menu at top of page) and other useful contacts on the clubs & sessions page.

Here are some other links that you might find useful. They have been selected for their usefulness to those making music, promoting events,undertaking research, and creating dance, rather than as a list of events and festivals.

Llandinam
With information about the village.
Powys Arts Forum
An independent association of those involved in the arts in the county, and working closely with Powys County Council and Powys Regeneration Partnership.
Powys County Council
Funding for projects can sometimes be had from the Community Enablement Support Fund - help and advice on eligibility from Jenni Thomas. Help on arts matters can be had from the Arts Development team of Louise Ingham Arts & Culture Co-ordinator, and Lucy Bevan Arts Development Officer.
Arts Council of Wales
The statutory body for the arts in Wales, includes the latest guidelines on grants for organisations and individuals.
Night Out Scheme
Support for events in rural communities, village halls etc., from the Arts Council of Wales.
St Fagans: National History Museum
A huge amount of information on Wales's past, located at the wonderful St. Fagan's site of historical buildings just outside Cardiff.
English Folk Dance & Song Society
A very useful site from a very useful organisation. TASC is an affiliated society and gets many useful benefits. When will we get something half as good in Wales?
Folkworks
Arguably the best place in the UK for organising folk music, song and dance courses. Now operating from the Sage in Gateshead.
Folk Arts England
Bringing together many regional initatives and incorporating the Association of Festival Organisors.
trac-cymru
A development organisation for Welsh folk music.
Welsh Folk Song Society
Long established society collecting and publishing folk songs.
Welsh Folk Dance Society
With many publications to its name over the years.
Taplas
Bi-monthly Welsh and borders folk magazine with reviews and listings.

In Development
Oral History
The ideas sparked off by the Severn Suite have led us to start thinking about researching the stories to be found in Llandinam. Two TASC trustees have attended a training course in Oral History at St. Fagans:National History Museum, organised in association with the British Library.

Additional research into Montgomeryshire music is being underatken at the museum with the assistance of Guto Dafis, as well as the ever-helpful museum staff.


Workshops
TASC are always willing to work with other people and in other places.
Contact us and we'll discuss what we can offer.


Philip Freeman
Administrator
01686 688102
info@tradartsupport.org.uk