Harpist and singer Gwenan Gibbard stands at the forefront of today’s thriving Welsh traditional music scene. With three albums of traditional folk music to her name, she has performed worldwide with her unique, contemporary arrangements of Welsh traditional music and songs, the playing firmly rooted in the heart of the tradition, yet showing a fresh and innovative approach. She also specialises in the unique art of ‘Cerdd Dant’, the ancient form of singing Welsh poetry to the accompaniment of the harp, and is one of the few people who performs this music self-accompanied on the harp. Her newly released third solo album, ‘Cerdd Dannau’, explores a new perspective on the ancient tradition of cerdd dant, and features guest appearances by Cerys Matthews and Meinir Gwilym and instrumentalists Maartin Allcock (Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention), Huw Roberts and Stephen Rees (Crasdant).
She has won many harp and singing competitions at The National Eisteddfod of Wales, The Cerdd Dant Festival and The Pan Celtic Festival, and has performed at several festivals, including The Lorient Interceltic Festival, The World Harp Congress, Dublin, and, most recently, Celtic Connections, Glasgow and The North American Festival of Wales, Cinncinati.
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