Hailing from Cardiff, via Carmarthen and London, and performing in both his native Welsh and English, troubadour Aled Rheon draws his influences from his love of traditional Welsh folk music combined with a childhood spent in rural Wales and infused with his experience of love and life in the city.
There’s a quiet, lonesome grandeur that sets his music apart and Aled’s haunting soulful melodic vocals, dreamy heartfelt lyrics and unique finger-picking style have sparked inevitable comparisons to the likes of Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens and Nick Drake.
Patrobas are Wil Chidley, Iestyn Tyne, Carwyn Williams and Gruffydd Davies, and all four are natives to the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. The band was formed three years ago, and following the release of their first EP, Dwyn y Dailin 2015, the group have gone from strength to strength.
Palenco are Llŷr Pari and Dafydd Owain. They are joined on stage by Gruff ab Arwel, George Amor and Osian Williams, all of whom have performed and composed in numerous other acts including Jen Jeniro, Sen Segur, Y Niwl, Candelas, Eitha Tal Ffranco and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog.
Mabli and the band have been together for over a year now and have enjoyed and embraced every opportunity they’ve had to perform all over Wales. Summer 2017 was incredibly busy between gigging; performing in the magical atmosphere of Llangrannog beach at Gŵyl Nol a Mlân and, in Mabli’s opinion, their best gig to date was the final of Battle of the Bands at the Anglesey Eisteddfod. Mabli is currently studying in London and so the band don’t get to gig as much as they used to, so it is very exciting and a complete pleasure to be able to perform at this year’s Tafwyl!
With a voice capable of creating dark, haunting tones as well as sweet, soothing melodies, “Danielle’s unique music does something very rare in the singer-songwriter world. She has a rare and organic natural warmth that shines through the music – Where most wallow, she soars.” – Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales
“Bridging two languages with one voice” – Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3