Meet the team

Operations Team

Director

Danny KilBride

Trac Cymru's Director and CEO, Danny KilBride, has overall responsibility for developing the organisation, and delivering our vision for Wales' indigenous, traditional arts. As well as our work with music education and engagement projects, Danny leads on developing international markets, developing CPD for our professional sector and business mentoring for Wales' folk industry.
He's an active Musicians' Union member, serving on the Live Committee. He regularly attends WOMEX, Folk Alliance International, Showcase Scotland and English Folk Expo, is a founder of the European Folk Network and a Trustee of Celtic Neighbours. He has been a national adviser to Wales' Arts funding body, the Arts Council of Wales, and serves on the Welsh Government Stakeholder panel.
Above all, Danny is a musician. His first professional concert was in his mother's folk band when he was 8 years old and he's been performing ever since. He's featured on over 20 CDs, performed on live TV to 5,000,000, toured the UK, Europe and the US.
To hear his music, search for Taran, Yr Hwntws, Carreg Lafar, and Rag Foundation.
Company Manager

Megan Lloyd

Megan has been running her own small business for 8 years before joining the Trac Cymru team. She is an experienced Manager and is hugely passionate about Welsh Folk and Celtic traditions. She loves attending live gigs and working with Welsh artists. Megan is a big ‘muso’ and loves to sing and join in with local musical sessions in her home in Eryri, as well as researching old folk lore and native Welsh traditions. She is an avid writer and keen reader of poetry and enjoys spending time in the outdoors.
Business Development Manager

Simon Morris

Simon has worked in arts development for over 20 years and is particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion. In recent years he has been a senior executive within 2 charities supporting performers with learning disabilities, Blue Apple Theatre and Openstorytellers. Previously he worked as a senior manager at Salisbury Centre with responsibility for developing the charity’s engagement work and participation programme, and before that he was a director of Coventry Artspace where he spent 10 years developing community projects across the city. He has also had spells working as a freelance visual artist and as a lecturer at various universities and colleges.

Simon has led the strategic development of complex income streams for the various organisations he has worked for, working within the frameworks of major grant funders and many smaller trusts, as well through commissioned contracts and donations campaigns.

Although Simon says his primary skillset is his drawing and painting skills, he is also a musician and plays various instruments to different standards, including acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele and drums.

Marketing & Communications Officer

Seren Ni Owain

Seren joined Trac Cymru in 2022, as a marketing and communications officer. Her role is to keep our social media platforms up to date with any events, announcements, general promotion and marketing, as well creating promotional and communications content.

Before joining the organisation Seren graduated from The University of South Wales in Fashion Promotion, and went on to gain experience in several roles that included social media marketing, content creation and design.

Seren has a huge love for Welsh folk and traditional music and has been involved in the folk scene for most of her life due to her parents being Welsh musicians. She loves to attend folk gigs and festivals, and has done from a young age.

Although Seren isn’t a performer or musician herself at the moment she does love to sing, and has performed Welsh folk songs in public venues in the past.

Development Worker

Jordan Price Williams

RWCMD graduate Jordan Price Williams has carved a niche for himself as a leading exponent of a new generation of traditional style cellists in Wales. A member of VRï, NoGood Boyo, Pendevig and Elfen, Jordan has performed across the world and received multiple awards and nominations. Jordan is a true multi-instrumentalist; the cello, double bass, whistle, harmonium, piano and the occasional bagpipe all playing a vital role in his career. He is also a singer, performing almost exclusively in the Welsh language.

Jordan joined the Trac Cymru team to co-ordinate the Avanc project, Wales’ national Youth Folk Ensemble.

A vital piece of the jigsaw

Our team of freelancers

Freelancers play a vital part in helping us deliver our work. Some are experienced musicians and tutors; some are concerned more with the co-ordination of projects. If this is you, and you'd like to be involved in our expanding plans for folk activity across Wales, send your CV to our Company Manager at trac@trac-cymru .

Trustees

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Prof. James Blythe

Jim is an author and lecturer in marketing at the University of Glamorgan with a longstanding interest in music.
Trustee

Dr. Stuart Robb

Stuart is Head of Collaborative Partnerships (Partnership Relations) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He has a background in music, and holds a PhD in musicology. He is a Council member and Trustee of the University of Wales and is a Director and Trustee of Y Werin Legacy Fund.
Trustee

Ywain Myfyr

My interest in the folk traditions was aroused as a teenager. Alan Stivell, Planxty and others fired a whole generation in Wales at the beginning of the 70s to search for our own traditions as a nation. This period gave birth to the 'first renaissance' and I am proud to note that I had a small part in that by establishing the Dolgellau Celtic Folk Festival in 1979 and as a member of the progressive group Cilmeri in the same period.

This later evolved into Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau in 1992, a festival which provides a worthy platform for our musical tradition and which is still going strong today. I was its secretary since the beginning. I am also a member of the group Gwerinos, a group that was originally established to try to popularize twmpath dancing but evolved in many directions always recognizing our traditions.

In 2007 after years of planning, campaigning and applications, Tŷ Siamas opened in Dolgellau as the 'Traditional Music Centre for Wales.' Since then the centre has evolved out of necessity and changed its use slightly but our mission remains true to the desire to provide a platform to popularize and hand down our traditions.

My ‘day job' was in the world of education and I spent almost forty years as a teacher, consultant and head in the primary sector.

Trustee

Gwenno Roberts

Gwenno has been involved with Trac Cymru since an early age, firstly attending and later tutoring their workshops as a violinist. Her involvement in the traditional music scene in Wales also saw her leading Y Glerorfa, Wales’ National Folk Orchestra, and she sits on the ‘Gwerin’ panel for the National Eisteddfod.

Gwenno studied Music at Cardiff University, before going on to complete an MA in Performance and Celtic Traditional Music at Bangor.

Gwenno worked for a number of years as Chief Officer of Tafwyl Festival, and is passionate about promoting and widening access to the arts in Wales.

Trustee

Elisa Morris

Elisa has been part of Trac Cymru for many years, first as a participant at Gwerin Gwallgo, then volunteering at Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod and subsequently stage managing Ty Gwerin for several years, as well as running the Gwerin Gwallgo and Gwerin Iau courses as a freelancer. She then joined the staff to develop Trac Cymru’s social media and web presence.

Her first degree dissertation was in creative geography with reference to Welsh traditional culture and identity. She went on to gain a Masters in Arts Administration at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before taking up a post with Opera North.

A harpist, clog-dancer and singer with Avanc, she is steeped in the Welsh folk tradition. Elisa is passionate about making music and the arts as accessible as possible.

Trustee

Dr. Hugh Jones

Hugh recently retired as an Associate Professor at Swansea University and has experience of external governance roles on school, eisteddfod and government committees. Like many adults who go back to music long after schooldays, he was prodded into “having a go” at traditional tunes and discovered the liberation of playing by ear. Further encouragement came from Welsh folk workshops for all ages run by Trac Cymru and Clera (Society for the Traditional Instruments of Wales).
Trustee

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Patrons

Patron

Kevin Brennan

Kevin Brennan is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Folk Arts, Labour MP for Cardiff West and Shadow Minister for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts & Heritage.
Patron

Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens is a radio presenter with shows on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Cymru, and a founder of the Swn festival.
Patron

Dafydd Iwan

Dafydd Iwan is the ultimate iconic Welsh folk/protest singer and one of the founders of Sain Records, Wales' largest record company
Patron

Frank Hennessy

Respected performer and songwriter and a long-standing friend of trac, Frank currently presents BBC Radio Wales' folk roots and acoustic music show, Celtic Heartbeat