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4 Music


Catch Dan at folk club


Interview


THE UK’s number one Pink Floyd tribute show is coming to the Riv- erfront Theatre tomorrow for one night only! Think Floyd are re- nowned for their stunning celebra- tion of one of the world’s greatest musical icons. Established in 1994, the in-


FOLK STAR: Dan Walsh


TOUTED as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, song- writer and guitarist, DanWalsh has released two critically ac- claimed solo albums. He has toured the world in- cluding visits to Canada, Nor- way, Germany, India and New Zealand and played solo at ven- ues and festivals across the UK. Having made his name with


the duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award- winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this eclectic musician contin- ues to stun audiences. His latest album Incidents and Accidents is the highly anticipated follow- up to the critically acclaimed Same But Different album re- lease. Catch him at Llantrisant Folk Club on March 18.


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credibly talented musicians who make up Think Floyd have man- aged to faithfully recreate all the atmosphere, visual magnitude and musical excellence of Pink Floyd live on stage. The brand new Think Floyd


production for 2015 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Wish You Were Here, arguably one of the band’s finest albums. The show will feature a performance of the entire masterpiece, com- plete with an impressive laser light show, along with music from the whole range of classic Pink Floyd including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, The Division Bell and more. Over 20,000 bookers saw the band’s 2014 tour of the UK and the show received critical ac- claim from press and fans alike. Vocalist and bass player Lewis


Hall recently took time out to discuss the new show which plays Newport Riverfront this weekend.


Q: How did Think Floyd start as a tribute band? A: The original members


worked as a covers band around London in the early 1990s. At a regular Saturday night gig in a pub in south east London, someone requested the Floyd track Comfortably Numb – the band didn’t know it, but said they’d learn it for the following week. They had more and more requests for Pink Floyd music so decided to dedicate a whole evening to the band and quite jokingly called it “Think Floyd”. The Think Floyd show became a regular event, attracting hun-


dreds of people to the small venue, one of whom was a local theatre promoter who turned the pub band into a fully profession- al touring production.


Q: When did you join the band? A: It was in September 2001,


just after my 21st birthday, I’d seen the band at my local thea- tre and heard they were looking for a new bass player – I jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back since!


Q: Do you ever get tired of playing Pink Floyd’s music?


TRIBUTE: Lewis Hall A: Not at all! There’s so much


great material to choose from so we are able to update the set regularly and keep the show fresh for us and for the many people who come to see us sev- eral times a year.


Q: What can the audience at the Riverfront Theatre on Saturday 7 March expect? A: It’s been several years since


our last visit so we’re thrilled to be back as part of our Wish You Were Here 40th anniver- sary tour. We’ll be playing the whole album from start to finish


as well as tracks from almost every Floyd album, including the most recent Floyd album, The Endless River.


Q: What is your favourite track to play? A: It changes from time to time,


but at the moment it is Dogs from the album Animals. It’s a 15 minute+ epic with such a great vibe and I love to sing it.


Q: Do you try and look like the original members of Pink Floyd? A: No! We’re very lucky that we


don’t have to put on wigs and flowery shirts – Pink Floyd were not known for their image or hav- ing a ‘frontman’ – it was all about the music and the light show. So thanks to our team of sound and lighting engineers we’re able to concentrate on getting the music as close to the original recordings as possible, and cre- ate an exciting visual show using lights and lasers.


Tickets: £20 (booking fees may


apply) available from the River- front box office: 01633 656757 or from thinkfloyd.net


Folk festival fundraiser NEW: Rag’N’Bone Man’s EP


RAG’N’BONE Man has re- vealed details of his brand new EP Disfigured, set for release on March 9 via Best Laid Plans. With its musical mix of soul


and hip hop as an inspired base for Rag’N’Bone Man’s haunt- ing, blues drenched vocals, the Disigured EP is sure to cement this remarkable artist as one of the most gifted and idiosyn- cratic to emerge from theUKin many a year. Rag’N’Bone Man will be play-


ing Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff on March 26. As well as Cardiff he will


also play The Great Escape in Brighton this year over the weekend of May 14 to 16. You can listen to the previous


EP Wolves at ragnboneman. bandcamp.com


LE PUB SHOW: Jamie Smith’s Mabon Image by Paul Michael Hughes


THE jaw-dropping made- in-Wales sound of Jamie Smith’s Mabon will raise wel- come and much-needed funds for the 26th Tredegar Folk Festival, a weekend of cel- ebration, international dance and music which runs from Friday to Sunday, May 8-10. Fantastic South Wales ac- cordionist/composer Jamie and the band will play a ben- efit gig at Le Pub in Caxton Place in the centre of New- port on Friday, March 6 (start time: 8pm.) Three Welsh mu- sicians are in the line-up: fid- dler Oli Wilson-Dickson, who plays for The Devil’s Violin Company, the Ian McMillan Orchestra, Zsapora and the exciting Welsh trio Alaw; electric and upright bassist Matt Downer; and bodrhan player and drummer Iolo Whelan. Bouzouki player


Adam Rhodes hails from the Isle Of Man and is based in Edinburgh. The band’s fifth CD, ‘Wind-


blown’, was hailed as an in- spiring success – and they have played at festivals all over the world, including WOMAD, WOMEX, the pres- tigious Celtic Connections in Glasgow and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in Ox- fordshire. Tickets for the Newport gig are £8 with con- cessions at £6. Hundreds of musicians


and dancers from all over the world will be converging on the beautiful 90-acre grounds of Tredegar House to cele- brate the 26th year of the Tre- degar House Folk Festival on the weekend of May 8-10. The festival is near Junction 28 on the M4, and the postcode is NP10 8YW.


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from Canada, Sri Lanka, Latvia and neighbouring England will be receiv- ing the warmest of Welsh welcomes.The committee chair, Sue Oates, said: “For many festival-goers, Tre- degar House weekend rep- resents the beginning of summer - it’s a very special occasion.” The Festival’s website is


http://www.tredegarhousef- estival.org.uk/ - the displays are free, but tickets cost only £20 (until March 31) and £30 (from April 1.) You can book online at Newport’s River- front Theatre (www.newport. gov.uk/theriverfront,


tel-


ephone 01633 656757) or you can send a cheque (made out to Tredegar House Festival) to Sue Oates, 135 Beaufort Road, St Julians, Newport


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