The 2014 Festival of The Celts
Aug 23 - 24
After the recent sell out Blues festival in late July, its the folk – roots turn over the bank holiday at the festival of The Celts at the picturesque Green Valley Arts Site
|Joe O'Donnell & Shkayla - Joe O’Donnell is one of the finest electric violin players performing in the Celtic tradition. He’s also widely acclaimed as a first-class mandolin-player, singer and composer.
In 1973, Joe joined East of Eden. He was featured on their hit album Another Eden and toured Europe with the band
The captivating sound of Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla brings together the spirit of Celtic tradition and the dynamic grooves of modern rock and jazz. Limerick-born Joe’s career has previously included work with former Steeleye Span members, Terry and Gay Woods, and the late, great Irish bluesman Rory Gallagher. Singing songs in English and Gaelic and playing soaring fiddle melodies and improvisations, Joe is accompanied by a team of first-class musicians who really understand and do justice to the dynamic spirit of Celtic and rock music.
|The Rumblestrutters are a jug band based in south Wales, playing an irreverent hodgepodge of Memphis skiffle, blues and rags. The band have quickly established themselves as one of the best roots acts around, with regular slots at some of the UK's premier folk venues and appearances at top festivals across Britain, including Birmingham International Jazz Festival and Gloucester Blues Festival.
Started during a spring clean when Jon Toft (mandolin and vocals) found an old ink jug in a back cupboard, the band features the virtuoso guitar playing of Jonathan Nicholas - harking back to the bygone era of Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson - and harmonica whiz Liam Ward (vocals, jug and harmonica)
|Sicknote Steve recreates the authentic sound of the original hobo bluesman. No technical trickery here -the authentic guitar paying skills and vocals of Sicknote Steve invoke the atmosphere of the Mississippi Delta as he slides and stomps his way through the Seasick songbook.
To audiences in the South West and Wales, the familiar bearded figure of hobo bluesman Sicknote Steve has become synonomous with a a great session of the blues. bringing with him the music of Grammy Award winning Seasick Steve.
|Nath Trevett - Born in Bristol in 1986, raised in Llantrisant. Nath began to learn the guitar when he was 7, and his interest in folk music started to grow when he was a teenager. He studied at the RWCMD, where he also learned to play the lute and his biggest influences include Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Davy Graham.
Nath has performed at numerous venues including folk events, charity concerts and Quaker gatherings. Also he has performed in Sweden a few times, and in Pendle Hill in America, the Acapela studio with his old band (where the CD “Ymlaen” was launched), the National Eisteddfod in the Cytun and Maes G tents, and numerous Folk Festivals – the Fishguard Folk Festival, Folk on the Lawn, Cwlwm Celtaidd and Rochester.
|plus Glyn Swanborough & More|
|Eric Faulkner - The songwriter – guitarist and fiddle playing star from The Bay City Rollers has sold over 300 million records world wide, heading the UK chats on 6 occassions and four times topping the USA billboard . He is now recognised as one of Scotland’s choice folk and roots artists singing the traditional Scots folk tales as well as the acoustic repertoire from his charting days, a great opportunity to see this multi instrumentalist at close hand.|
|Son of Jack is a suprise and welcome addition to the festival of The Celts, in Cwmtrch over the bank holiday. He has been a constant writer and member of the Chrissie Hynde ( Pretenders ), US supergroup touring America recently, he plays an acoustic set on Saturday late afternoon.
Son Of Jack is Welsh-born singer and songwriter JP Jones. Although perhaps best known for his work with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, JP can also count Cher, Gary Barlow and Lucinda Williams as fans of his songs with the former cutting his song ‘Sirens’ for her latest album. JP is pursuing a largely acoustic sound propagated from the Welsh roots that lie so close to his heart, history and inspiration. Son Of Jack is a project that speaks for itself, inspired by JP’s own family and a promise to carry on his Father’s name. JP gained critical acclaim as the frontman of Grace, the band he formed with former schoolmates and which were described as “jaw-droppingly good” by The Sunday Times, and then later found significant success in the US with Chrissie Hynde as JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys. Touring the country twice with the band, including an appearance at Lollapalooza Festival and on the legendary Jimmy Fallon Show And so, as journeys often do, JP Jones has come full circle – back to Wales and the shores of Porthcawl. Son Of Jack is an honest, open letter to everything that he has experienced over the last two years and with the expert production fingerprints of Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave and Beth Orton) and Sam Miller (The Temperance Movement) to be found all over the project, Son Of Jack is JP’s best work yet.
|Bear Bones are well known on the South Wales folk music scene playing clubs, bars and festivals. Their music and performances work well on the big stage, as well as at more intimate gigs. John Howes (guitar & vocals) was a founder member of the anglo/welsh band Swansea Jack, which toured extensively and represented Wales at festivals in Brittany and Galicia. Huw Jones (melodeons & harmonica) has been involved with dance music for many years, initially working with Cwmdonkin, playing a broad range of tunes taken from celtic music traditions.|
|Tobias Robertson is a Folk/Soul singer and songwriter from South Wales in the United Kingdom.
He is a young passionate musician with a lot to offer the music scene, as he gives his all to each and every performance, with his fresh twist on acoustic which includes an alternative approach to storytelling in song. Anyone who appreciates live music, all ages and all backgrounds will find themselves relating to this young artist, as audiences tend to relax while thinking about the messages he portrays in his songs.
Following on from acts such as City and Colour, Newton Faulkner and Jose Gonzalez, its clear to see where Tobias finds his influence. Only aged 19, Tobias grew up learning how to play music, performing live with just the use of his guitar and emotive vocals.
|Dewi Griffiths, Cetic Dancer and others also support.|
Joe O'Donnell & Shkayla
Son of Jack
Riverside & Woodland Walks