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Diary May 2014

Editor's Note:  Apologies for the delay in publishing this - it should have gone out at the end of May, but computer problems prevented any web updating!  Anyhow, better late than never!

Gwerinwyr Diary May 2014 by Sue Venn


Gwerinwyr Gwent’s first booking of the year came on 1st March when Caerphilly County Borough Council organised events throughout the borough for St David’s Day. We were part of the programme at Bargoed where a decent sized crowd had gathered at Hanbury Square, and Blackwood. The weather was fine and bright and a varied programme of choirs, singers and dancers had been arranged to entertain the crowd.

GG in Hanbury Square Outside Asda in Blackwood

A week later the team made an appearance in the sunshine at Cwlwm Celtaidd (the Celtic festival) at Porthcawl.

Then on to the end of the month, and our annual engagement at the Llanover House National Gardens Scheme open garden day. Again the weather was dry and sunny and a huge number of people turned up to view the lovely gardens.

April 3rd saw a small group led by Barbara Griffiths return to the Rhydfelin adult special needs centre. Our visits are always eagerly anticipated and warmly received. Once again Barbara put together a Welsh cultural workshop which included some dance demonstrations with audience participation which they always really enjoy.

The weather wasn’t quite so kind to us on April 26/27th when we travelled to Oxford to take part in the Oxford Folk Weekend. In fact on both Sat and Sun one of our spots was rained off. But we all had a good weekend and I think the crowds enjoyed the contrast Welsh folk dancing made to the 50 or so Morris and clog dancing sides.


Gramnitsy at Tredegar House Festival

Our latest outing was on the doorstep, at the Tredegar House Folk Festival on the 10th May. It was the festival’s 25th anniversary and there was such a packed dance programme that there was only room for Gwerinwyr to have one spot in the main marquee on Saturday afternoon. Headline groups were Gramnitsy from Belarus and old friends Matenik from the Czech Republic, ably supported by dancers from Swindon (Polish), Portsmouth (Appalachian), Cornwall, Lancashire, as well as many local groups.


Matenik at the Festival

The weather was a lot better than forecast, and despite a couple of heavy showers and extremely strong winds on Saturday, the crowds turned out to make it a very successful festival. Music lovers were also well catered for with artists such as Flook, Alaw, Vin Garbutt and Quicksilver appearing over the weekend.

Coming up next on Saturdays in June/July members of the team will be involved in Gwyl Plant (the children’s festival) at Newport, Abergavenny, Cwmbran and Abertillery, so fingers crossed for fine weather as these events are so much nicer held outdoors.

Gwerinwyr Gwent is always seeking new members, and beginners or experienced dancers/musicians are very welcome. Practice night is Thursday 8 – 10pm at the Graig Community Hall, Bassaleg, opposite The Ruperra Public House.

For more details, visit our website, ring 01495 271953, or just come along and give it a try.