Calan Announce New Releases and UK Tour

Calan have come a long way since they began busking in the streets of Cardiff to help pay for university fees. Now they perform in venues and festivals all around the world from as far afield as Canada, USA, Borneo and Australia.

Winners of Best Band at last year’s inaugural Welsh Folk Awards, Calan will release both a new single ‘The Song of Evan’ (English & Welsh versions) plus their fifth album, ‘kistvaen’, on 3 April 2020.

As Calan’s Angharad Sian Jenkins says,

“’The Song of Evan’ was another drop of inspiration from that never-ending source, Merêd, (a collector, historian and performer of folk music of Wales written in the Welsh language.) The original verses, chorus and melody all come from his collection, and inspired Beth to pen some new text”

Calan are one of the new young Welsh bands riding the wave of a country discovering their heritage of traditional music, but here the reels, jigs and pagan harmonies are accompanied with a pounding beat plus a healthy dose of pop and rap.

The brand-new album ‘kistvaen’ was inspired and informed by various visits to the Wales’ National Library in Aberystwyth. With the friendly and expert supervision of the archivists, Calan combed through dusty reams of old tunes, songs and stories; then with their brains saturated with information, they went away to try and form some ideas.

Calan are conscious of trying to be informed by, but not tethered to what has gone before. They hope that the ideas that were notated so diligently by Merêd, J Lloyd Williams and so many others, are not only safe in their kistvaen in Aberystwyth, but also being given license to come out and float around a bit – and maybe even morph into something new!

A kistvaen or cistvaen is a tomb or burial chamber formed from flat stone slabs in a box-like shape. If set completely underground, it may be covered by a tumulus. The word is derived from the Welsh cist (chest) and maen (stone).

Having recently played a special St David’s Day show for the BBC at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall with the National Orchestra & National Choir Of Wales, Calan are set to play the following UK live shows for April 2020.

Calan UK Tour – April /May 2020

  • 3 April                         Caernarfon – Galeri Caernarfon

  • 4 April                         Swansea Taliesin Arts Centre

  • 5 April                         Alfriston – The Old Chapel

  • 6 April                         Southampton – The Chapel Sessions

  • 7 April                         Kingskerswell Church

  • 8 April                         South Molton George Hotel

  • 9 April                         Dorchester – Dorchester Arts

  • 10 April                       Oxford Holywell Music Room

  • 11 April                       Bristol Folk House

  • 14 April                       Maldon Town Hall

  • 15 April                       Bury St Edmunds – The Apex

  • 16 April                       London Kings Place

  • 17 April                       Bury Met

  • 18 April                       Richmond Reeth Memorial Hall

  • 20 April                       Edinburgh Traverse Theatre

  • 23 April                       Langholm – The Buccleuch Centre

  • 24 April                       Morecambe – The Platform

  • 25 April                       Wolverhampton Newhampton Arts Centre

  • 26 April                       Sheffield – The Greystones

  • 29 April                       Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre

  • 30 April                       Brecon Theatr Brycehiniog

  • 1 May                          Cardiff – The Gate

  • Tickets for all shows above are on-sale now via https://www.calan-band.com/concerts

  • UPDATED MARCH 22: SHOWS SCHEDULED AFTER THIS DATE HAVE NOW BEEN POSTPONED OR CANCELLED DUE TO THE UK GOVERNMENT ADVICE REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – PLEASE CHECK BOX OFFICES FOR DETAILS.

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