Saturday, 29 June 2013

Who is performing at CW13: Monday's Line Up!

CW13 Running Order
Monday 26th August

 Hosted by Festival Founder & Creative Director
Cheryl Beer
Kindly supported by
The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Our second day opens at 1.00pm
with Cardiff based Spoken Word Poet Misty Lee (awaiting foto)

1.10pm Lowri Evans
  We welcome bi-lingual singer songwriter
'a major talent in any language'



1.40pm Isobel Eleanor Sinead Stevenson
Beautiful Unaccompanied Singing
1.50pm Clarsach Society Wales Ensemble

Led by Susan Berry, Clarsach Society Wales Ensemble will  kindly be set up in Oriel Gallery facilitating Drop-in HARP workshops.
At 1.50pm some of the Harp Ensemble will come over to the main tent & share their beautiful music with us, on our most traditional instrument.

2.05pm: Lucy May Constantini


CW13 is very pleased to welcome established dancer & choreographer

performing her newly created piece

Rituals of Faith & Imagination



Welcome Back Festival Patron
Amy has been busy this year after her wonderful writing collaboration with Ed Sheeran, she hasn't stopped, (& neither has he!). Amy has gone on to recently song writing with Geri Halliwell,
who sang our Amy's praises in her blog.
Founder & Creative Director of CW13,
Cheryl Beer, is particularly excited
to welcome Amy back.
Whilst  a student at Welsh College of Music & Drama, Amy performed her first solo gig as a singer songwriter  at Cheryl's first Women's Voices event at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, more years ago than either of them care to remember! lol!
'Amy has become an amazing performer: one of the best. I think her journey is an inspiration for everyone at the festival. We are primarily a platform for Welsh based women performers & Amy's award winning success, as well as her ability to personally capture the audience
  is a shining light.
She has a young family & manages to combine being a mother with being a remarkably warm, gifted singer/songwriter/musician.
Thank you Amy for continuing to support
Celtic Womenfest.
After her overwhelmingly moving set last year,
we simply can not wait to have her back!'

3.20pm: Pat Smith
Multi instrumentalist, Pat is renowned for her spoon playing in almost every folk festival you can think of! We are so chuffed she is coming to CW13 this year to show us how it's done!
Spoons provided!
 3.35pm: Anne Lister

We are so excited to welcome back Anne after a fabulous response to her wonderful songs at last year's festival.

4.00pm Storytelling with Amanda Rackstraw

Sarah Passmore & Friends

 Sarah Passmore

Jemma Krysa

Sarah has been a festival volunteer for over a year now. She and her mother Dawn, help out behind the scenes over the weekend, and Sarah helps out with admin where she can. This year, I have asked her to take the stage for an hour, bringing back for us the amazing voice that is Jemma Krysa, as her guest.


End Poem
Our festival friend Bríd Wyldearth is unable to close the festival for us this year, but she has kindly agreed for me to read one of her poems Slow Dance which recently appeared on BBC 3's Britain in a Day and is one of my favourite poems, especially when Bríd performs it! I will do my best to share it with you as we close the festival for another year.

We will be hanging our lovely hands held across festivals banner, our 'Goddess' made by Carol Lovekin for Women in Tune Festival and kindly lent to us again this year. Thanks Carol.

And don't forget that our Knitting Rhythms Table will be open again today, or sew Blodeuwedd's Flower Cloak with Sam Collins

And have a look at our knitting installation in the tree outside the gallery from
Welsh Wooly Women


Thursday, 27 June 2013


So here it is folks!!
Our Running Order ...

(correct at time of press & undoubtedly, subject to change!)

Hosted by Festival Founder
& Creative Director


Kindly delivered in partnership with
The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Event Opens at 1.00pm
on Sunday 25th August in The Marquee with
Ruth Ferris Price: Deputy Mayor
followed by an opening poem from young up and coming spoken word poet, Sian Walker
At 1.10pm: Danielle Lewis
from New Quay will be performing for us,
including tracks from her newly released EP
Paper Hearts
At 1.30pm: Maj Ikle
Newly published writer will be performing
spoken word poetry
At 1.40pm: Lorraine King
wonderful established singer/songwriter eludes sunshine songs that make you smile
At 2.00pm: Sarah Bridgeman
Swansea based Comedienne, semi finalist at
The Glee Club Newcomer Comedy Awards 
with a fast growing fan base ...
a name to watch out for!
At 2.15pm
We are so excited to welcome our extra special guest, this established and gifted Award Winning singer/songwriter from Scotland
She has a wide following in the UK and worldwide having toured with Tina Turner and secured several  record chart in  Europe.
She is noted mainly for her rich, sonorous voice, and  The Scotsmen referred to her as "one of Scotland's all-time great vocalists, also possessed of a keen song writing intelligence".
At 3.00pm: Mab Jones
We welcome back the amazing Award Winning Spoken Word Poet who was our Poet in residence last year at NBGW
At 3.30pm: Polly Patsy Tammy Pardon!
Hold onto your cowboy hats!

Polly Patsy Tammy Pardon
is a composite Country and West Wales Singer.
With delusions of being related to the Country Divas but originally from the U.S. of K
she likes to spread sparkle, glitter and cleaning products wherever she goes.
Try as hard as she might, her music inspires WRITS not HITS, as she parodies some of country music's best known classics with Ninety Five, Doreen and I Will Always Hate You, and S.O.L.I.C.I.T.O.R. her own songs such as Lift Me Up Doctor Darling Please, Overweight But Over You and Bo The Dog have had audiences choke on their false teeth for all the wrong reasons. 

At 4.00pm: Wolfsong
Unaccompanied singing from the 2 women who usually front the band Fountainhead and have formed especially for the festival.
4.15pm: Grainne Hunt
We're so blown away that this amazing singer is coming over from Dublin to share her beautiful voice and guitar with us

4.45pm: Rachel Aukland
Story telling poet and a festival regular
4.55pm: Avril Yospa
Local singer/songwriter
 creates a musical vibe to move to ...
5.10pm: Sam Collins TBC
Song share with Sam Collins
5.20pm: Alison Lenihan 
will be performing a monologue written by comedienne Sarah Bridgeman
5.30pm : TARAN tbc
CW13 welcomes back the wonderful rhythms of a percussion band led by Patti Mc Kenna
5.45pm Closing the day with
Give Me Wings
A multi arts community project who will be sharing their dance with us.
Don't forget we will also have our
Colouring in table for the children,
as well as our Knitting Rhythms table
making blankets for young mums led by volunteers from Shelbyart.
A Yarn bomb installation of flowers in the tree outside the Gallery by Welsh Woolly Women & Sewing Blodeuwedd's Cloak with Sam Collins.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Thanks a million

Thank you Suzanne Hughes Owen for very kindly offering to pick up Grainne Hunt from Pembroke for her stay here and making it possible for us to welcome an Irish guest to our festival ...

Irish Guest at CW13 Grainne Hunt

I am so pleased to tell ya that we have managed to arrange for the wonderful Grainne Hunt to come and perform for us at Celtic Womenfest!

I met her at the Gealach Gorm Festival organised by Anthony & Angela Mulcahy, near Waterford. Grainne was backing vocalist with the amazing Mark Geary and her voice is likely one of the most beautiful I think I have ever heard!

She has very kindly pulled out all the stops to come and join us on Sunday 25th August as part of our 2 day festival.

Suzanne Hughes Owen has very kindly offered to look after Grainne while she is here, putting her up in Llandysul ...

All we need now is for another kind person to offer TRANSPORT and pick up Grainne & her accompanist from Pembroke dock.

If you think you can help us with this, please email Creative Director of the Festival
Cheryl Beer:

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