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Music and Entertainment FolkScene with Cas Smith

November and December are extremely busy on the Swansea folk scene with things tailing off a bit to make way for Christmas festivities.

Pontardawe Arts Centre offers plenty of choice in November starting with acoustic guitar maestro and acclaimed songwriter

Martin Simpson on the 3rd November.Glenn Tilbrook is the

Martin Simpson

guest on 13th and multicultural-infl uenced paranda music from Aurelio on 19th. Larkin Poe (previously Lovell Sisters), on tour from Georgia, USA takes to the stage on 23rd November. Martyn

Larkin Poe

Joseph returns on the 25th and unique Alabama 3 bring their low down and dirty eclectic show on the 30th.

from Colum Regan and Lawson Dando. Henry Marten's Ghost perform at The No Sign Bar on 6th November and 4th December. The Angel, Llandeilo has Kim Richey on the 10th November and Brooks Williams on the 8th December.

On 11th November, The Chattery, Uplands has Songs of Leonard Cohen from Keith James. Kim Richey will be there on 17th and Canadian Romi Mayes with Jay Nowicki on 2nd December.

Up The Creek kick off a busy period at The No Sign Bar on 13th and 18th November; they are in Pontardawe on 26th, at The Castle, The Pink Geranium on 9th December, The Uplands Tavern plays host on 10th December and The Brunswick on 22nd. Valley Folk Club at The Ivy Bush, Pontardawe welcomes widely acclaimed, deep rooted traditionalists Trio Threlfall on 18th November and on 16th December Martin Blake brings gutsy swamp/blues band Whiskey River (trio) to the Christmas party.

Whiskey River

The Halfpenny Folk Club at The Greyhound, Oldwalls has BBC Radio 2 Horizon award-winning Ewan McLennan on 20th November and the usual mayhem will ensue at the Christmas Party on 18th December.

Purveyors of Old Timey and Traditional Music String Button Band will be at The Brunswick on 23rd November and 6th December.

Alabama 3

Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea has "What's In A Name" (Dylan Thomas & Bob Dylan) on 4th November with talks from David Boucher and music

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PREACHERS ‘National Treasures – The Complete Singles‘

Tuesday 4th October saw the appearance of James Dean Bradfi eld and Nicky Wire from the popular Manic Street Preachers playing live at The Bay View, Oystermouth Road, Swansea. The gig, organised and promoted by The Wave radio station and sponsored

by Student Digz, gave the opportunity to a selected local audience, the chance to hear many of the band’s favourite hits during their new single promotion.

The Bay View was buzzing with atmosphere as the crowd and paparazzi waited in anticipation for the band’s arrival, and they were not disappointed…

“A fantastic acoustic experience”, Badger, The Wave.

The afternoon kicked off with the Manic’s fi rst ever number one hit single If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next. Following

this well-loved hit saw the performance of a new single off their forthcoming album, Your Love Is Not Enough; another classic track destined for the top of the charts! After singing the ever-popular You Stole The Sun From My Heart they fi nished with the hit track that spurred their recent ‘rebirth’, A Design For Life.

The event, enjoyed by all, was the Manic’s fi rst appearance in Swansea since the Brangwyn Hall three years

ago. The Bay View Swansea was a hive of activity throughout the day as their popular open mic night continued the excitement on into the evening. A great big thanks to Sam and Peter of The Bay View and The Wave for making this star experience possible.

The Manic’s new album, National Treasures – The Complete Singles, is due to be released on 31 October and will be available to download on iTunes.

Photographs courtesy of Liam Reardon, Photographsof

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