Allan yn y Fan
Since their formation in 1996 Allan Yn Y Fan has carved out a reputation as one of Wales’ foremost traditional bands, with an impressive catalogue of concert, festival and recorded work, as well as a number of European tours to their credit. The multi-instrumental sextet, as famed now for their ‘beautiful vocals’ as for their “fiery instrumentals”, breathe new life into the traditional songs and music of Wales as well as writing their own tunes inspired by their homeland and travels.
Internationally Allan Yn Y Fan has performed at Festival Interceltique Lorient in Brittany, played concerts in France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria and undertaken successful tours to the Czech Republic and Germany. Festival appearances in the UK include Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Trowbridge Village Pump, Bromyard, Beverley, Fylde, Middlewich Folk & Boat, Tredegar House, Fire in the Mountain, Fishguard Folk Festival as well as the world-famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Along the way they have also made a number of radio and television appearances.
In recent years they have undertaken major theatre tours of Wales and in 2014 the band received a PRSF/St. David’s Hall commission to compose new music with DnA (Delyth & Angharad Jenkins) performed at the first Folk Day at the Welsh Proms that summer.
While concert and festival work is now the band’s main focus, they still enjoy the occasional Twmpath playing for public events and private functions. In fact, for those not sure if they want a concert or a dance the band can offer their own version of the ‘Valleys half and half’ (curry with half rice & half chips for those who don’t know) and introduce some easy dances into their concert sets!
Allan Yn Y Fan is renowned for the connection made between themselves and their audiences. An Allan Yn Y Fan concert is always an uplifting event. As one audience member commended: “Great show, great music – superb connection to the audience”.
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