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TASC was formed as the outreach arm of the Mid Wales May Festival which took place
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.
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.
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 . . .
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
BETTER THAN EVER!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.