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Wales Millennium Centre celebrates Calan Mai with free, all-day programme of folk and contemporary music     

Wales Millennium Centre celebrates Calan Mai with free, all-day programme of folk and contemporary music
To celebrate Calan Mai - the first day of summer according to the Celtic calendar - Wales Millennium Centre presents an uplifting programme of free performances from leading folk artists on 4 May. A particular highlight of the day will be the premiere of new collaborative work between Welsh and Galician artists.

Further highlights include Welsh folk icon Tecwyn Ifan and The Gentle Good, joined on stage by a string quartet. Hugely talented mother-and-daughter duo, DnA, will also be performing traditional and contemporary fiddle and harp duets with their trademark timeless beauty.

Drawing on the phenomenal success of WOMEX last year, a particular highlight of the day is the exclusive collaborative performance by Calan, one of Wales’ most prominent folk acts, and Os d’Abaixo, a 7 person band from Galicia, where this year’s WOMEX will be hosted. With a contemporary and lively approach, Calan breathe new life into old traditions through spirited and energetic performances. Os d’Abaixo’s repertoire includes vibrant, popular Galician music. The shared set will feature individual pieces from both bands along with brand new collaborative pieces.

In order to bring a true sense of summer and festival feel into the Centre, the Glanfa stage - where the day-time performances will take place - will be appropriately transformed with artificial grass and special lighting effects. The whole day’s events will also be live-streamed through Centre Connected (www.wmc.org.uk/makeityours/TheCentreConnected), meaning these fantastic performances can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home across Wales.

To round off the day, evening performances with a digital/electronic vibe will take place in ffresh Bar. Gwenno will be performing a set filled with her distinctive home-fi keyboard sounds, echoed vocals and musique concrete inspired beats, and duo Trwbador will be performing a selection of their dance floor tinged acoustic/electronic pop pieces.

Head of Programming Louise Miles-Crust said: ‘I feel very proud about how the old Welsh tradition of Calan Mai has been celebrated at the Centre over the last five years. We’ve worked hard to bring together the very best Welsh folk artists for this year’s festival, which promises to be our best yet. I’m particularly looking forward to the brand new collaboration between Calan and Os d’Abaixo, which promises to be a truly unique and uplifting performance, and a nice tip of the hat to WOMEX. I can’t wait.’

For more information visit: www.wmc.org.uk/makeityours/calanmai/

To watch Calan Mai live, visit Centre Connected: www.wmc.org.uk/makeityours/TheCentreConnected
 
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