Fast-rising Welsh folk band Calan might well be returning to their Celtic roots next week when they visit Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire to headline the Saturday night of this year’s Beardy Folk Festival, in celebration of the release of their new single Jail Caerdydd, out on September 20.
Band member Bethan Rhiannon has fond memories of playing Shropshire.
“The people are very welcoming,” she said. “We have played Shrewsbury Folk Festival on two occasions which is always fun. And according to historians being Welsh means I can apparently claim part Shropshire ancestry.”
During the 14th and 15th centuries, Shropshire was mostly concerned by constant incursions and depredations of the Welsh from across the border.
The relationship between the two areas became so perilous that laws were created to keep out the Welsh.
In 1379, Welshmen were forbidden to purchase land in the county save on certain conditions.This time the Welsh visit on far friendlier terms as Calan headline the Saturday night of this year’s Beardy Folk Festival. But watch out - events might develop just as raucously as in those ancient times.
Bethan said: “It will be our first performance since lockdown in March and there will be a lot of pent up energy due for release.”
Calan promises a cracker of a night.
Tour dates ...September 19 – Cleobury Mortimer, Beardy Folk FestivalDecember 18 – Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford upon AvonDecember 19 – Abbotsbury Church, Newton AbbotJanuary 30 2021 – Newhampton Arts Centre, WolverhamptonApril 16 – Folk House, BristolApril 17 – Taliesin Arts Centre, SwanseaApril 24 – The Gate, CardiffApril 28 – Theatr Brycheiniog, BreconApril 30 – Chapel Sessions, SouthamptonMay 7 – Backstage at Green Hotel, KinrossAugust 28 – Folk Festival (with Pendevig) ShrewsburySeptember 12 – Folk Festival, BromyardSeptember 16 – The Greystones, SheffieldSeptember 18 – Galeri Caernarfon, CaernarfonDecember 12 – Acapela Studio, Cardiff