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'John ac Alun' release their first collection of new songs for 10 years

It's 10 years since John and Alun released their last album, and as the title suggests, this release has been hotly anticipated. The reason for this delay was partly to do with their desire to shape every aspect of the work, including the choice of songs, their interpretation and the type of production that would best suit each song.

The recording took place in Alun's own home in Tudweiliog, across a period of two years. Alun is also responsible for most of the arrangements on this record. 

 

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Côr Meibion Caernarfon Celebrate their 50th Anniversary

What better way for a male voice choir to celebrate its 50th birthday than to release a CD.What better way for a male voice choir to celebrate its 50th birthday than to release a CD.
The “Ferodo Choir” was formed in the Ferodo Company’s brake linings factory near Caernarfon, in November 1967. The factory closed many years ago but there’s no stopping the four part singers! Côr Meibion Caernarfon, as they are now called, still entertain audiences far and wide.The choir has performed at leading UK venues and has travelled widely in Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and north America. It has won a record nine times at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

 

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‘Awyr Iach’ - a breath of fresh air from singer songwriter Ynyr Llwyd

Relaxing in the great outdoors amidst the hustle and bustle of busy life is the inspiration for Vale of Clwyd professional musician, Ynyr Llwyd’s new Welsh EP, ‘Awyr Iach’ (Fresh Air). In his latest album, the third released by Aran Records, the maturity of the singer songwriter is evident. Having experimented with various styles over the years, he feels he has found his own sound whilst writing and recording these songs for the new album; acoustic rock and pop.

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A ‘comforting’ taster of things to come

‘Cysur’ (meaning comfort or reassurance) is a gorgeous, simple song, and as the title suggests, the words offer support to someone who might be feeling a bit low.

Sometimes, when we are anxious, we can put ourselves into a negative frame of mind. This is reflected in the song by the suggestion of someone walking in the rain. Ynyr’s message in the song is that “if that’s what you want to do, then I’ll be there walking alongside you. You can wear my jacket, and I’ll hold your hand.”

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Iestyn Jones, A.K.A – 'Rebownder,' is best known as the long serving columnist with Welsh language newspaper, Y Cymro. This year, Iestyn rekindles one of his first passions – music. Jones first started singing at Eisteddfods, as a youngster. The Welsh festivals of literature, music and performance have been a platform for many Welsh artists over the years, so it's no surprise that the North-Walian raised son of a Police Sergeant took his first creative steps there. And that's exactly what Iestyn is – a creative. His inventiveness is based on the life he's lived – and what a colorful one it's been so far.

 

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An enthusiastic welcome for the new band

The National Eisteddfod in Dinbych 2013 heralded a busy week for Ynyr llwyd, as the eisteddfod was visiting his home town. His appearances were numerous, from stands on the eisteddfod field to the performers stage and not forgetting his energetic performance on the main stage of the pavilon with his new band 'Y Llwyd' in support of Bryn Fôn.

Ynyr and the band were in the studio over the Summer and their first track was releases during the Eisteddfod week – ‘’Un Lleuad’’. 

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Côr Canna was established in 1994 to compete in the National Eisteddfod in Neath, and since then they've become one of the foremost ladies choirs in Wales. They are well known on the stages of the major festivals, having won competitions for ladies choirs many times, as well as achieving success in folk song and cerdd dant competitions.

The Choir are joined on this recording by the celebrated singer, actress and presenter - Shân Cothi.

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Esmor Davies, a true Welshman and passionate charity fundraiser, will drive nearly 2,000 milesfrom John O'Groats to Land's End in a JCB digger, hoping to raise money for visually impaired charities across the UK. Esmor plans to take up to 6 weeks to complete his challenge – starting on 26 July 2014.

The charities Esmor is raising funds for are planning to create stunning sensory gardens like the one he built and entered into the RHS Flower Show, Cardiff, in April of 2014. Esmor and team won Best in Show and the Gold Award with 'Esmor's Woodland Walk' which was the inspiration for this wonderful song, performed here by Côr Llewyrch.

 

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Artist: Y Traeth Male Voice Choir
Catalogue no: ARAN518
Release Date: December 5th 2010

It’s been a year of celebration for one of North Wales’s foremost Male Voice Choirs. Y Traeth Male Voice Choir was established forty years ago in the Benllech area on Anglesey. A number of events have been held to mark the occasion and in March a book was released detailing the history of the choir. However the celebrations recently reached their climax with the release of a new CD – ‘Dathlu Deugain’ (Celebrating Forty).

It was the Anglesey Eisteddfod in 1969 that provided the initial impetus to form the Choir. At first there were only fourteen members under the direction of Mrs Magdalene Jones, a local teacher and the wife of poet, Dewi Jones. Since then the choir has had nine different conductors, the most recent being Annette Bryn Parri. On the other hand, throughout this time there has only been two accompanists as the present accompanist, Grês Pritchard MBE has been at the piano since 1970.

 

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Release Date – December 10th 2010

Emyr and Siân’s friends come together to contribute to this second collection of wonderful Welsh and English favourites.

This brother and sister have lives that are filled with music as is demonstrated by the rich array of distinguished musicians they count as friends. Emyr explains the significance of Bryn Terfel’s contribution to ‘Agnus Dei’ by Robat Arwyn. “Siân is a little older than me, and she has known Bryn very well since their childhood as they competed against one another in local eisteddfodau, but it was a huge experience for me”.

o gam i gam clawr downloadFounded in 1995 to compete in the Cnapan festivals 'Cythrel Canu' competition in which the group was successful. Ogam subsequently represented Wales at the Pan Celtic festival in Trallee, Ireland where it was also successful. Subsequent highlights have included a tour of Brittany in 1997 and the Montreal International Celtic Festival 2001.

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Artist - Ynyr Llwyd

Record celebrates life in all it's glory


'Not everything's black and white' as the saying goes. There's a grey area that represents the complexity and the richness that makes our world such an interesting place. That's the message behind the title of a new CD by Ynyr Llwyd, 'Rhwng gwyn a du' (Between black and white), that is being released by Aran Records on December the 1st.
His first CD, entitled 'Cilfach', included a number of beautiful piano ballads, and received a warm reception last year.

 

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Bydd record newydd Ynyr Llwyd yn cael ei rhyddhau ar Orffennaf 29, ac am y tro cyntaf fe glywir band newydd Ynyr arni, a elwir (yn gyfleus iawn) ‘Y Llwyd’. “Ges i syniad o roi enw i’r band a fyddai dal yn reit debyg i fy enw i fel artist, felly dwi’n lwcus iawn fod gen i enw a oedd yn caniatau hynny!” meddai Ynyr.

There will be a new record released on July 29 by the songwriter Ynyr Llwyd, and for the first time it will feature Ynyr's new band, called (very conveniently) 'The Grey'. "I got the idea of giving the band a name that is quite similar to my own name as an artist, so I'm very lucky that I have a name that allowed it!" said Ynyr.

The new band can be heard live for the first time in a series of performances during the National Eisteddfod. 

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Come to sing and play with....
Ffrindiau’r Wyddor (Alphabet Friends)
with Dewi Pws, Siân James, Emyr Gibson and Elin Llwyd

Here is a great CD for young Welsh learners!! A collection of songs that introduce the letters of the Welsh alphabet in a light, simple and fun style. Each letter is associated with a certain character and the melodies and the words together with the colourful accompaniments combine to produce an exciting way for children to learn the entire alphabet. There is also an opportunity to listen to the songs without the words. This provides the opportunity for movement, dancing and other creative tasks. The children can sing the songs either individually, in groups or sing along with family, friends and teachers.

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• Two stories and twelve songs, in both English and Welsh
• Multimedia CD – CD-ROM section contains copies of the script, words and sheet music
• backing tracks without vocals
• Stories read by a children’s tv presenter Leisa Mererid

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Musical Director – Shelley Thomas Brown
Accompanist – Sandra Williams

A double CD of Male Voice Choir favourites together with original arrangements of popular songs.

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Caernarfon Male Voice Choir: ‘COFIO’

This recording celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Caernarfon Male Voice Choir. Since it’s inception it has forged its own unique place amongst the foremost vocal ensembles in Wales. However it remains as firmly rooted in it’s community as ever and during this time of celebration, the opening verse of ‘Cofio’ - a setting of the poem by Waldo Williams, seems particularly relevant.....

‘Cofio’ (Remembering) : Waldo Williams

Before the sun has left the sky, one minute,
One dear minute, before the joumeying night,
To call to mind the things that are forgotten
Now in the dust of ages lost from sight.

 

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Welsh Carols with Brass (featuring Côr Seiriol and Beaumaris Band)

Carols are not only amongst the earliest examples of Welsh song but are also popular songs, widely sung and appreciated within a living tradition. This collection draws on every aspect of this rich body of work. Early examples include 'Myn Mair' believed to have been written in the Middle Ages and 'Plygain' carols that are borne of an unique tradition within the Welsh church. Some of the great Victorian classics are here, as well as some relatively contemporary carols by our foremost composers and arrangers, including 'Doethion a Bugeiliaid' by William Mathias. Many of these arrangements with brass have been prepared especially for this recording and are performed here by two of the most distinguished musical names in Wales.

 

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Young Songwriter Ynyr Llwyd re-establishes the role of the piano


On 6th October, Aran Records will be releasing ‘Cilfach’, the debut EP from singer/songwriter Ynyr Llwyd.  The songs on the EP demonstrate his talent to compose original and contemporary material at the piano. “There are so many young bands using guitar, bass and drums,” says Ynyr, “but hardly any pianists compose in these bands. In a way, I’m trying to raise the profile of the instrument, to extend its use beyond the classical styles it’s usually associated with”.

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RELEASE DATE - OCTOBER 29th 2012

A Vintage Collection from Elis Wynne

It’s not often that an album is able to so vividly convey the best music of· the 60’s and 70’s.· Elis Wynne is a new artist to the Welsh speaking music scene but his background as a professional musician, stretching all the way back to his upbringing in Garnant, in the 1960’s· informs every second of these songs. It’s a journey that includes bitter sweet memories, humour, celebration, love and no small amount of pathos!

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RELEASE DATE - OCTOBER 5th 2012

Artist - Sarah Wynn (feat. DJ Leighton)

Chart success beckons for Sarah

Life is certainly busy at the moment for Sarah Wynn who releases her latest single – ‘Paid deud (bo fi’n rhy hwyr)’/Don’t say (that I’m too late) on the on Friday, the 5th of October . As well as recording her new release she’s been preparing a website to promote her music and publicise her performances. Sarah is from Bethel near Caernarfon and her combination of pop and dance tracks are sung in both English and Welsh, giving her live set an unique edge. Previous engagements have included sets supporting Emma Bunton, Liberty X and Bill Wyman, Blazin’ Squad, Big Brovaz and US5.

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Express your Welsh identity through music !

  • Featuring Carys Owen (harp) and Huw Williams (organ)
  • Romantic Welsh folk melodies for harp in arrangements by Nansi Richards (Telynores Maldwyn) and John Thomas (Pencerdd Gwalia) amongst others.
  • Original compositions for organ by Karl Jenkins and William Mathias
  • Processionals in different durations to suit the size of the venue
  • Also includes the International favourites ‘Here comes the bride’ by Richard Wagner and Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’

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Brother and sister, both distinguished singers in their own fields - together here for the first time.

Siân has a classical background and her vocal prowess has taken her from the stages of local ‘eisteddfodau’ to the world of professional opera. Emyr is best known for his association with a different type of opera – his role as ‘Meical’ in the popular welsh soap opera ‘Rownd a Rownd’. His stage roles include many musical productions and he also appears fronting his own rock group – ‘Emyr Gibson a’r Band’.

 

 

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Katie’s memorial CD is a sell-out
Dec 31 2007 by Our Correspondent, Daily Post

WHEN the family of a popular eisteddfod soloist decided to release a CD in her memory little did they realise that demand would exceed all expectations. Within a matter of days of the Oes o Gan (Lifetime of Song) CD being launched in early December, all 250 copies had been sold. Now, sales of the CD in memory of soprano Katie Wyn Jones, of Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon, are fast approaching 1,000. Proceeds from the sales go to T Gobaith hospice and St Twrog’s Church, Llandwrog.

 

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This is the band’s first commercial release after working on new material for the last two years, and performing regularly over the last year. Emyr Gibson describes their music as "melodic rock" which compliments his style of singing. Emyr is well known for his lead roles in musicals, having featured in professional productions staged at the National and Urdd Eisteddfod. He received a comprehensive musical training at the Glanaethwy Stage School, and through tuition from his sister, the classical singer Siân Wyn Gibson. Emyr’s also busy playing "Meical" in the Welsh Soap Opera – ‘Rownd a Rownd’. 

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Elwyn Wilson Jones

This selection of gospel songs is filled with humour, irony and humility, some well known and iconic, some less familiar but equally powerful.

Elwyn Wilson Jones is known throughout Wales as a member of ‘Hogia’r Wyddfa’.  The material is close to his heart and perfectly suits the nature of his voice. The songs are in new arrangements by his good friend Dafydd Bullock, a well known composer from Llanberis whose work has been recorded, performed and broadcast internationally.

Songs are sung in Welsh and in English, accompanied by piano, bass, drums, clarinet and tuba!

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Only recently has jazz been heard in the Welsh language. However the first jazz songs were adaptations of popular songs of the day. By adapting our own popular songs we not only embrace this thrilling form of music but also celebrate the wealth of our own culture.

 

 

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Siwan Llynor is probably best known for her role as the colourful Cheryl Gurka in the popular S4C drama series ‘Tipyn o Stad’.  However, Siwan has recently filmed her final scenes as Cheryl in order to concentrate on her music and other acting projects. This new stage in her career is marked by the release of her debut CD ‘Plu’r Gweunydd’ on the Aran label.

Siwan’s name is also well known in the musical world. Her  background includes the lead female role in ‘Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn’s’ production of ‘Er Mwyn Yfory’. She was awarded the Lady Herbert Lewis Memorial Prize for her folk signing at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod. Whilst at University she provided backing vocals for Mim Twm Llai and appeared on record for ‘Ysbryd Chouchen’. ‘Plu’r Gweunydd’ was written especially for this album by Gai Toms (Mim Twm Llai) and Dewi Prysor.

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Welcome aboard the ark with Now and Nia. Here are 16 lively songs that describe the fascinating animals that live there. Written and recorded for the S4C series of the same name, this is a great way of teaching young children about their favourite animals.

Also - backing tracks without voices and downloadable copies of the words!

 


clawr annette 1 thumbRelaxing New Age Music from Annette Bryn Parri  one of Wales’ most highly regarded and distinguished pianists. Mood Music suitable for activities such as Healing, Meditation, and Relaxation.

Since 2008 Annette Bryn Parri has provided music sessions for children with special educational needs at both Ysgol Pendalar , Caernarfon and Ysgol y Bont, Llangefni. Despite sometimes severe physical and mental disabilities,the children’s reaction to this improvised music is often very strong, provoking physical movements and an emotional response.