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Folk fans gather weekly DO YOU have an interest

in folk music and want to meet and perform with like-minded individuals? Well, look no further than Aberystwyth Folk Club, who meet every Tuesday at Blossoms Gallery between 8pm and 11pm. Players, singers and audience

members are welcome to join the eclectic mix of people who all share one passion – folk music. Despite the name, there has

always been a mixture of styles and a dash of poetry or spoken word to complement the music. The evening starts with the group

grabbing a drink at the well-stocked bar and then, with no obvious signal, they form a perfect circle. One of the group volunteers starts by playing a classic folk tune

on guitar before the rest of the group follow suit in a clockwise manner. Everyone takes it in turns to

perform one song (unless you’re a duet or group when the two song rule kicks in) and when they get back to the start, they all have a drink and then start again! This is variety at its best and

the collections of instruments and characters on display are endearing and intriguing. This really is the best version

of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ you have ever seen with one important difference – this is on our doorstep in Aberystwyth. Gwerin Aber Folk was formed in

the early 90s by the late Ian Gulley. Since his untimely death in February 2013, the mantle of running the club

has been taken over by Richard Collyer and Mary Jacob. The club has met in different

venues over the years including the Castle, the Bay, the Cwps, the Boat Club, the Rugby Club before moving to Blossoms Gallery. Ian’s approach was very much

egalitarian and this has always meant everyone has an equal chance to play be they a beginner or professional- level musician. Aberystwyth Folk Club has had

many of the big names in varying venues, but mainly at the Cwps. These have included Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, who visited several times before they became famous, as did Cara Dillon and the Wakeman brothers.

Aber Music Club begins on Tursday ABERYSTWYTH MUSIC

CLUB starts on Thursday (Feb 2) at the town’s Arts Centre at 8pm, with a performance from violinist Shiry Rashkiovsky and pianist Robin Green.

When the two come to the Centre,

they will perform Brahms (Sonata Op.120 No 1), Kreisler (Liebeslied), Schumann (Fantasiestucke), Britten (Lachrymae) and scenes from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. When Shiry Rashkovsky came to

Aberystwyth with the Globe Ensemble in January 2016, her playing was received so enthusiastically that the Club felt they should invite her back, this time with her duo partner Robin Green.

Aberystwyth Music Club works to

encourage the appreciation of music by promoting concerts and other relevant activities.

The aim of its programme is to

complement the provision of major orchestral and choral concerts in Aberystwyth by arranging recitals by smaller ensembles and soloists. The Club is active in promoting musical education in schools, by running workshops and masterclasses for pupils from local schools and arranging performance opportunities. Each year, the Club runs a series

of six concerts at the Arts Centre. These concerts are free to members of the Club; non-members may purchase tickets for individual concerts from the Arts Centre Box Office. The following three concerts have been confirmed for the 2017 season and tickets are on sale now.

The second Music Club will

follow at 3pm on Sunday, February 26, featuring pianist Shuann Chai performing sonata and other pieces.

The Chinese-American pianist

Shuann Chai has proved immensely popular with Aberystwyth Music Club. The main work in her programme will be the Everest of the Beethoven sonatas, the Hammerklavier. The Albion Quartet will then

follow on Thursday, March 23 from 8pm, performing quartets by Haydn (The Lark), Ravel and Walton. The recently formed quartet is

made up of four distinguished chamber musicians, led by the outstanding young violinist Tamsin Waley- Cohen. Their reputation for exciting, imaginative performances is growing at festivals and concert halls across the UK.

Membership of the Club is open

to all. Subscription rates are £50 (£42 concessions, £10 students), with prices of tickets for single concerts £12 (£10 concessions, £3 students).

Ceilidh Liberation Front come to Cardigan DON’T make any plans for

Saturday, February 11 unless it involves making your way to Cardigan to see Ceilidh Liberation Front (CLF) perform at the Small World Theatre. The CLF is London’s newest,

most radical and colourful live band subverting and converting the lore of Ceilidh with their energetic new regime of folk dance. This ensemble are a coming

together of the finest musicians, the most charismatic callers, the most uplifting and inspiring tunes. They breathe vigour into the tradition whilst honouring Britain’s rich traditional music history. Also performing on the night

ahead of CLF will be Ceri Rhys Mathews. Bringing his flute, shruti

box and his vast knowledge to the stage, Ceri will be performing tunes and telling their stories from West Wales’ and Swansea’s cultural and industrial past. CLF is united under the banner

of The Nest Collective, London’s brightest folk club brought together by Mercury music prize nominee Sam Lee. Featuring a small army of

virtuoso musicians collected from the four corners of the land, the CLF combines music, dance, and a generous sprinkling of theatricals to bring a unique experience to the world. This is Ceilidh music as you’ve never heard (or seen) it before; make sure you bring your dancing shoes. It’s advisable to book in

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Performing in Cardigan this February

advance to join in the party. Book tickets via Small World Theatre website

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