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Mamiaith-Mother Tongue

After a fine evening playing, and then watching some great bands  at the Hanner Cant festival in Pontrhydfendigaid, Lisa & Martin finally made it back to North Wales  on the back of a tow truck, just in time to welcome the Black Arm Band to Caernarfon.

It was great to see them settling in to the historic town-  and we were glad to find them at the iconic Black Boy Pub getting a nice warm welcome and some good tucker and fine ales to help ease the jet lag. We then whisked them off to another famous landmark The Greek Taverna in Bangor for some more grub and wine.

A day off before rehearsals for all on Sunday – but we couldn’t resist taking them for a little drive around Eryri- Snowdonia, and thanks to Welsh Arts International for the funding to hire the amazing Derfel of DP Bysus Gwyrdd Rhiwlas who took us around Llanberis. Everyone was blown away at the sacred ground of Castell Dolbadarn, and as well as absorbing the history of the Welsh Castle and the stunning views we also found a spot to have a yarn and play ball.

Emma, Anna, Lou and Deline

 

Dewayne, Mick and Dan

 

Emma, Anna, Shellie and DewayaneLou and Llyn LLanberis

 

We just had to finish the day in Bethesda! We had to bring everyone home. It was just amazing to get cozy in the family home and eat some more food and have a laugh.

The Mob

 

First day of rehearsals – exciting, scary, loads of fun, emotional- Brilliant

Rehearsals done at Galeri- but we just couldn’t keep from singing! For the next few days the routine became singing by day at Galeri and singing by night at The Black Boy Pub but seeing the show take form, and songs developing was truly beautiful.

Willam Barton and Martin

Gig on Thursday was just breathtaking and dream like at Galeri- and what a joy to play for a wonderful warm and encouraging audience at Galeri.

We partied till the wee hours to celebrate then got on a bus to London on Friday. Ready to perform at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Esyllt on stage in London

Lisa sound checking the Glock

The show in London was at The Old Navel College in Greenwich- it was a beautiful summers day and it felt good to be singing these Welsh and Aboriginal Languages (like Luritja, Yanyuwa and Yorta Yorta to name a few) with the Thames behind us.

 


Black Arm Band coming to North Wales in July.

We’ve just played our 1st show of the year as a full band at the Music Wales:Cerdd Cymru, Womex special at the Hay Festival, and it was great playing together again, and also giving the new songs their first airing with the full band.

we’re looking forward to doing it again at the Hanner Cant festival on July 13th at the Pafiliwn Pontrydfendigaid, and seeing another 49 acts!

Straight after that show Lisa, Esyllt, Martin, and Mirain are looking forward to welcoming the Black Arm Band ( all 19 of them!) to our heartland in Caernarfon North Wales, as firstly we get to meet the rest of the band, and then spend four days to finish off the songs and rehearsing them, before we perform Mamiaith – Mother Tongue at Galeri Caernarfon on July 19th. We’ll then be heading off to London to perform the show again as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, at the Oceania Stage in Greenwich on July 21st 

Mamiaith - Mother Tongue


Black Arm Band visit – the songs take shape

 

Lisa & Martin have just spent a week with Lou and Shellie of the Black Arm Band in North Wales, and as well as showing them the mountains of Snowdonia, feeding them fine Welsh dishes, and finishing off the homemade stocks of Sloe Gin, some time was spent in a rehearsal studio in Galeri Caernarfon, working on songs for Mamiaith – Mother Tongue , the project that the two bands have been commissioned by the British Council to play at the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad in July.

The songs are really starting to take shape, and the two different sounds and styles of both bands are coming together well, to create something different and special. The week was finished off with a special work in progress show of the songs in stiwdio 2 of Galeri Caernarfon.

 

Hard work, working on songs

Apart from more sending recording back and forth to each other via email, the 2 bands wont see each other again until July, when they have 5 days to rehearse before performing a special warm up show in Galeri on July 19th, before heading down to London to play the Cultural Olympiad on July 21st