Dros Y Ffin

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Filmed and edited by Meinir Siencyn

Folk Radio hosted a guest blog by Elan Rhys as she traced the progress of the project, and reviewed the live show here.

Beyond The Marches

Beyond The Marches / Dros y Ffin, featuring some of the finest young contemporary folk musicians on the scene, explored and celebrated the shared history and culture of two nations, Wales and England.

In a unique artistic residential collaboration, they dug into the countries’ national archives to unearth traditional songs and tunes that have transcended the border and created new material during a short residential at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales and former home of David Lloyd George.

The six artists were Elan Rhys (Plu), Patrick Rimes (Calan, Vri) and soloist Georgia Ruth from Wales, and Lucy Ward, Archie Churchill-Moss and David Gibb from England.

The group developed a new show using material, songs and information uncovered on their journey that marked the similarities and embraced the differences of the material.

 

Beyond The Marches / Dros y Ffin was performed at three high profile concerts at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in London in May 2015.

Reflecting a heritage of cultural and musical differences which has transcended borders, woven together in their own inimitable styles, this alliance was a rare opportunity to savour a new piece of musical history.

Beyond The Marches / Dros y Ffin was a joint commission by trac and the English Folk Dance and Song Society,  supported by the PRS for Music Foundation Beyond Borders programme, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.