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
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
|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
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
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
www.gwerinwyrgwent.org.uk, ring 01495 271953, or just come along and give it