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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

 

 


Black Arm Band coming to North Wales

News has just come through that Lou Bennet, and Shellie Morris of the Black Arm Band will be coming to North Wales in March. After months of sending songs back and forth to each other via email, it will be great to actually get in a rehearsal room in the Galeri Caernarfon, and work on the songs in more detail. We’re also relly looking forward to showing them around the beautiful scenery of North Wales, and having them hear the Welsh language in daily life.


Mamiath – Mother Tongue, an idea starts to form

After a couple of months of song’s being emailed back and forth from 9Bach’s heartland in North wales, to the many different parts of Black Arm Band’s Australia, the song’s being worked on together start to build a theme for a show, and a working title of Mamiaith – Mother Tongue is decided upon. This reflects the theme’s of language in the songs, and also the shared experiences of the Welsh and Aboriginal people, in fistly our respective struggle’s to keep our languages alive, and then the celebration of the preservation of our languages.

December, 20, 2011.