Calan For Sale As Welsh Folk Stars Plan Live Streaming Living Room Gig

ONE of Wales’s biggest trad-folk bands will premier their new album from the one of the world’s smallest stages… The front room of a semi in Cwmbran.

With Covid-19 cutting a swathe through auditorium concerts, and the release of Calan’s hugely anticipated sixth album Kistvaen scheduled for April 3, the band needed a new plan… Fast.

Calan’s vocalist, accordionist and step dancer Bethan Rhiannon explains:

“So, on that day, we’re going to play the album end to end in a live online streamed concert from my front room.”

Guitarist Sam Humphreys adds

“It helps that we’re going to play the album unplugged. To be honest, I’m not sure a three-pin socket would take us all at full pelt!”

This is not the first time that Calan have come up against the Curse of Coronavirus. Last week they were in the middle of a nationwide American tour when concerts suddenly began to be cancelled. In a mad scramble for airline tickets, they managed to get seats on one of the last flights back to Britain and found themselves the best part of £6,000 out of pocket after paying for visas, flights, accommodation, transport and all the paraphernalia of a Stateside tour.

So, they’ve set up an online shop – with just about the only thing they have to sell…. Themselves!

Fiddle player Angharad Jenkins says

“You can commission a tune specially written by one of us. You can book any one of us for an online music lesson, and even enter our tune raffle…  Send us your own tune and if you win, we’ll include it in our repertoire.”

Fiddler Patrick Rimes’ famous custom-made Bollywood jacket from the band’s Solomon album sold in one day.

Bethan concludes:

“None of us want to make light of an awful national emergency. We absolutely recognise that people are losing loved ones and livelihoods. But, even if it’s online, we’ll do our level best to bring just a small amount of joy and music into people’s lives.”

Meanwhile, Calan’s UK tour, previously reported on Entertainment South Wales to begin in early April, is being rescheduled for November/December.

Full list of rescheduled Calan UK live dates so far;

26 July                       Cardiff Harp Congress – Cardiff Bay Wales Millennium Centre

8 August                   Tregaron Eisteddfod Ceredigion (National Eisteddfod of Wales)

30 August                 Shrewsbury Folk Festival

13 September          Bromyard Folk Festival

7 November             Brecon Theatr Brycheiniog

8 November             Bristol Folk House

14 November           Cardiff The Gate

29 November           Dorchester Arts

2 December             Sheffield – The Greystones

7 December             Southampton Chapel Sessions

11 December           Caernarfon Galeri

12 December           Glyn Ceiriog – Canolfan Ceiriog Centre

17 December           South Molton George Hotel

18 December           Bradford-on-Avon – Wiltshire Music Centre

20 December           Alfriston Old Chapel  

30 January 2021     Wolverhampton – Newhampton Arts Centre

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