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ChicagoTafia Posted on: 23-Feb-2010, 09:36 AM

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St. David’s Day Events in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Quebec, California, Alberta, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Ontario, British Columbia, Minnesota, Connecticut, Colorado & Washington

Friday February 26, 6:30pm
St. David’s Society of Pittsburgh Pub Crawl
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
http://stdavidssociety.homestead.com

Saturday February 27, 11:30am
The Ottawa Welsh Society St David’s Luncheon Banquet
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club
1405 Aylmer Road
Gatineau, Quebec
www.ottawawelshsociety.com

Saturday, February 27th, 12:00pm
St. David’s Day Dinner
Worthington Hills Country Club
920 Clubview Blvd. South,
Columbus, Ohio
www.centralohiowelsh.org

Saturday, February 27
The Cincinnati Welsh Society - St. David’s Day Banquet
Holiday Inn Riverfront
600 West Third Street
Covington, Kentucky
www.cincinnatiwelsh.org/page3/page3.html

Saturday February 27, 6:00pm
The Welsh Society, of Philadelphia
282nd Annual Banquet For Saint David's Day
Merion Cricket Club
325 Haverford Avenue
Haverford, Pennsylvania
www.welsh-society-phila.org

Saturday, February 27, 6:00pm
The Saint Davids Welsh Society of Edmonton - St David’s Day Banquet
Faculty Club at the University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
www.edmontonwelsh.ca

Saturday February 27, 6:00pm
The Vancouver Welsh Society- St. David's Day Dinner
The Cambrian Hall
215 East 17th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
www.welshsociety.com

Saturday February 27, 6:30pm
Calgary Welsh Society - St. David’s Day Celebration
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9 Avenue Southeast
Calgary, Alberta
www.calgarywelshsociety.com/events.html

Saturday February 27, 6:30pm
Montreal Welsh Male Choir St. David's Day Ball
Delta Hotel
475 Du President Kenedy
Montreal, Quebec
http://www.welshmalechoir.montreal.qc.ca

Saturday February 27, 4:00pm
Welsh Choir of Southern California
St. John’s Episcopal
514 Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
www.welshchoir.com

Sunday February 28, 11:00am
Saint David's Day Feast
St. David's Episcopal Church
701 N. Randall Road
Aurora, Illinois
www.stdavidsofaurora.com

Sunday February 28, 12:30pm
St. David’s Society of Greater St. Louis St. David’s Day Meetup
Dressel’s Pub
419 North Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri
http://americymru.ning.com/events/st-david...ty-of-greater-1

Sunday February 28, 1:30pm
Atlanta Welsh Society St. David’s Day Party
Seasons52
90 Perimeter Center West
Dunwoody, Georgia
www.stdavidsga-cymru.org

Sunday February 28, 2:00pm
Saint David's Day Parade
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
www.welsh-society-phila.org

Sunday February 28, 2:00pm
St. David's Day Gymanfa Ganu
Lafayette United Methodist Church
955 Moraga Road
Lafayette, California
www.wasnc.org

Saturday February 28
St. David’s Society of Pittsburgh Daffodil Luncheon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
http://stdavidssociety.homestead.com/

Sunday February 28
St. David's Day Banquet with the Welsh Society of the Suncoast
www.welshsocietyofthesuncoast.org

Sunday, February 28, 6:00pm
The Welsh Society of Fredericksburg St. David's Day Potluck Dinner
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
1201 Courthouse Road
North Stafford, Virginia
www.welshfred.com

Monday March 1st, 6:00pm
The Gulf Coast St David's Welsh Society St David's Day Banquet
Heritage Oaks Country Club
4800 Chase Oak Dr
Sarasota, Florida
www.sarasotawelsh.com/Events.html

Monday March 1, 6:00pm
The Charleston Tafia Welsh Society - St. David's Day Pub Night
Madra Rua Irish Pub
1034 East Montague Avenue
North Charleston, South Carolina
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=3114...6380627&index=1

Monday March 1, 6:30pm
Saint David’s Society of Lackawanna County - Saint David's Day Dinner
Trinity Episcopal Church
58 River Street
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
www.welshnepa.org

Monday March 1 – 7:00pm
The Chicago Tafia Welsh Society – St. David’s Day Pub Night
Cawl & Cocktails @ The Emerald Loop
216 North Wabash
Chicago, Illinois
www.chicagotafia.com/events

Monday March 1, 7:30pm
St. David's Day Concert with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir
Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
www.twmvc.com

Monday March 1, 7:30 pm
The Vancouver Welsh Society - St. David's Day Open House
The Cambrian Hall
215 East 17th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
www.welshsociety.com

Friday March 5, 6:00pm
St. David's Day - Potluck, Poems & Pints
Cultural Wellness Center
1527 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
www.stdavidsofmn.org

Saturday, March 6th, 11:30am
The Cambrian Benevolent Society of Chicago - St. David's Day Banquet
Carleton Hotel Oak Park
1110 Pleasant St
Oak Park, Illinois
www.chicagowelshcambrian.org

Saturday March 6, 12:30pm
The Welsh Society of Western New England St. David's Day Gathering
Nutmeg Restaurant
297 South Main Street
East Windsor, Connecticut
www.welshwne.org/calendar.html

Saturday March 6, 2pm
St. David's Day with the Colorado Welsh Society
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
915 E Ninth Ave., Denver, Colorado
www.coloradowelshsociety.org

Saturday March 6, 5:00pm
Cambrian Society St. David's Day Banquet
Addisville Reformed Church
Richboro, Pennsylvania
www.welsh-society-phila.org

Saturday March 6, 7:30pm
Burlington Welsh Male Chorus
Wellington Square United Church
2121 Caroline Street
Burlington, Ontario
www.burlingtonwelsh.com

Sunday March 7, 2:30pm
The Puget Sound Welsh Association - St. Davids Day Celebration
St. Andrews’s Episcopal Church
111 NE 80th Street
Seattle, Washington
www.pugetsoundwelsh.org

Sunday March 7
St. David's Welsh Society of Greater Kansas City - Gymanfa Ganu
Kansas City, Missouri
www.welshkc.org

Sunday March 7th, 2:30pm
St. David's Day
Kirk of the Bonnie Brae Church
1201 S. Steele Street
Denver, Colorado
www.coloradowelshsociety.org

Saturday March 13
St. David's Day Welsh Banquet
Harriton House
500 Harriton Road
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
www.harritonhouse.org/events.htm

Saturday March 13, 12:00pm
Iowa Welsh Society St. David's Day Celebration
Monarchs Restaurant
The Royal Amsterdam Hotel
705 East 1st Street
Pella, Iowa
http://americymru.ning.com/events/iowa-wel...ety-st-davids-1
  Forum: Wales  ·  Post Preview: #293682

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 22-Feb-2010, 02:16 PM

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IRFT Celtic Radio presents the 2nd Annual Dewi Sant/St. David's Celebration!

February 28th through March 1st

Featuring music by Welsh performers such as: Rhydian Roberts, Fflur Dafydd, Sibrydion, Birds of Wales, Hwyl, Moch Pryderi, Gwenan Gibbard, The Gentle Good, Paul Child, 9 Bach, Dafydd Iwan, Lleuwen, Gwilym Morus, Siobhan Owen, Sarah Wynn and many more...

For more information visit: http://www.irftradio.comlu.com/stdavids.html
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #293638

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 12-Feb-2010, 09:46 AM

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Welsh Events in Chicago – Spring/Summer 2010

2009 was yet another great year of Welsh reading, rugby and rock n’ roll in Chicago! Between the Wales v USA rugby at Toyota Park, readings from Welsh authors Rhys Bowen & Niall Griffiths, a 5-week run of the Dylan Thomas play, “Under Milk Wood”, and concerts with The Manic Street Preachers, Tom Jones, Paul Potts, Los Campesinos!, Bullet for my Valentine, Oceans Apart, Judith Owen and multiple performances by our local Chicago Welsh artists Jon Langford (The Waco Brothers) and Elia Einhorn (The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir).

2010 is shaping up to be another year of top quality Welsh events in the windy city, with all that is going on Chicago could be the best place to be Welsh outside of Wales!!

Keep you eye on our website (www.chicagotafia.com) or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chicagotafia) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/chicagotafia) for updates and further event information.

FEBRUARY

Saturday 13 February – 08:00am
Wales v Scotland
The Globe Pub
1934 West Irving Park
Chicago, Illinois
www.theglobepub.com
FYI - This year the Globe Pub will be showing all 15 of the Six Nations games free of charge!!

Saturday February 13 – 9:00pm
Film – The Proud Valley
Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN Channel 56)
Set your DVR’s, Tivo’s etc! Lakeshore Public Television is doing a rare showing of the golden oldie Welsh film ‘The Proud Valley’ on Saturday night. Starring the legendary Paul Robeson as David Goliath, an African-American who arrives in Wales in the 1930’s. ‘The Proud Valley’ is no hokey ‘How Green Was My Valley’. A sobering gritty and at times brutal portrayal of the hardships of mining in Wales, with the horrors of mine explosions, runaway mine carts and death underground. Though Lakeshore Public Television is Northwest Indiana’s PBS station, it is available in the Chicago area.For more information visit: http://www.lakeshoreptv.com/main.taf?p=5,7

February 21, 28 – 4pm & 5:30pm - February 24, 27 – 8pm & 9:30pm
The Twins Would Like To Say
Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre
1624 N. Halsted
Chicago, Illinois
The extraordinary true story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, Caribbean immigrants trying to find their place in Wales in the 1970s. The young girls made a secret and powerful pact that went unbroken for over 20 years: speak to no adult, decide everything together, do everythin.g in unison. But in the privacy of their room, the girls’ fantasy life blossomed as they wrote hyper-kinetic novels of teenage lust and rebellion. http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/produ...dex.aspx?id=500

Friday 26 February – 02:00pm
Wales v France
The Globe Pub
1934 West Irving Park
Chicago, Illinois
www.theglobepub.com

MARCH

Monday March 1, 7:00pm
St. David’s Day – Chicago Style!
Cawl & Cocktails @ The Emerald Loop
216 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
In honor of St. David’s Day and the Tafia The Emerald Loop will have specials on Cawl, Red Dragon Cocktails and playing Welsh music for the evening. Within sight, the Wrigley Building will be lit Red, White & Green to celebrate. Our St. David’s Day pub night will feature pub quizzes and wonderful gifts and prizes generously donated by Welsh companies. At 10 pm, join us as we make our annual march up to the ABC 7 studios on State Street to show Chicagoland that March 1st isn’t just Casmir Pulaski day;) Bring your Welsh flags, or make posters! So put on your rugby tops, your daffodil’s, your leeks and join us at the Emerald Loop to celebrate St. David’s Day in style!

March 6, 13, 20, 25, 26 – 8pm & 9:30pm – March 7, 14, 21 – 4pm & 5:30pm
The Twins Would Like To Say
Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre
1624 N. Halsted
Chicago, Illinois
The extraordinary true story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, Caribbean immigrants trying to find their place in Wales in the 1970s. The young girls made a secret and powerful pact that went unbroken for over 20 years: speak to no adult, decide everything together, do everythin.g in unison. But in the privacy of their room, the girls’ fantasy life blossomed as they wrote hyper-kinetic novels of teenage lust and rebellion. www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=500

Saturday March 13 – 08:30am
Wales v Ireland
The Globe Pub
1934 West Irving Park
Chicago, Illinois
www.theglobepub.com

Tues March 16, 10:30am
Armchair Travel – Wales
Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway
Homewood, Illinois
http://www.homewoodlibrary.org/news-events...avel-video.html

Tues March 16, 12:00pmLunchtime Movie – ‘How Green Was My Valley’
Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway
Homewood, Illinois
http://www.homewoodlibrary.org/news-events...nd-a-movie.html

Saturday March 20th – 08:30am
Wales v Italy
The Globe Pub
1934 West Irving Park
Chicago, Illinois
www.theglobepub.com

APRIL

April 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 21 – 8pm & 9:30pm – April 11, 18, 25 – 4pm & 5:30pm
The Twins Would Like To Say
Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre
1624 N. Halsted
Chicago, Illinois
The extraordinary true story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, Caribbean immigrants trying to find their place in Wales in the 1970s. The young girls made a secret and powerful pact that went unbroken for over 20 years: speak to no adult, decide everything together, do everythin.g in unison. But in the privacy of their room, the girls’ fantasy life blossomed as they wrote hyper-kinetic novels of teenage lust and rebellion.http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=500

Friday April 30 – 7:00pm
Los Campesinos!
The Metro
3730 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois
Cardiff band Los Campesinos! returns to Chicago
http://loscampesinos.com

MAY

Saturday May 8 & 9, 11:00am to 9:00pm
Celtic Fest Chicago
Millennium Park
Chicago, Illinois
The 14th Annual Celtic Fest Chicago begins a new tradition in Chicago’s Millennium Park this Mother’s Day weekend, May 8 and 9 for two days of unique music and entertainment bringing old world charm to Chicago.
www.celticfestchicago.us
  Forum: Wales  ·  Post Preview: #293358

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 02-Dec-2009, 04:24 PM

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Hi,

I just found out that a classic Welsh sitcom called 'Satellite City' has just been released on DVD.

The sitcom was made by BBC Wales and first broadcast in 1996. The setting was an imaginary small town in the South Wales valleys. The plot centred on the arrival of Randy (Michael Neill), an American visitor, who was taken in by the Price family (but had to share a bed with pensioner Idris, played by Islwyn Morris}. Randy soon formed a relationship with local girl Mandy (Shelley Miranda Barrett). The other main characters were Idris's son, Gwyn (played by Boyd Clack, who also co-wrote the series), Gwyn's wife Moira (Ri Richards), and barman Dai (Rhodri Hugh). In the final series Randy moved into his own flat with Mandy. There are continual references to Idris's ferrets (presumably a family pet), but they are never seen on screen.

The 6 disc set contains:

* 10 ½ hours of Satellite City
* Includes all three series (18 Episodes)
* Never before seen photos from the show
* Also includes the one hour special, From Here to Maternity
* And the rarely seen one hour pilot episode!

Only available at www.satellitecitystore.com

“Anarchic beauty… A whole new post-modernist comic art form” – The Guardian
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #290593

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 16-Oct-2009, 03:13 PM

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Hi,

A new Welsh group has just been founded in Greenville, South Carolina.

You can find further info about The South Carolina Welsh Society at:

South Carolina Welsh Society]South Carolina Welsh Society

Hwyl

Dave
  Forum: Wales  ·  Post Preview: #288616

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 16-Oct-2009, 03:11 PM

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Hi,

A new Welsh group has just been founded in Greenville, South Carolina.

You can find further info about The South Carolina Welsh Society at:

South Carolina Welsh Society

Hwyl

Dave
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #288615

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 09-Oct-2009, 10:32 AM

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An interview with the award winner Welsh author & singer-songwriter Fflur Dafydd

The Fflur Dafydd Interview on AmeriCymru
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #288326

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 22-Sep-2009, 10:58 AM

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10 Questions with Karen Ann of 'Trelew'

Welsh singer Karen Ann grew up in the South Wales valleys and started performing in eisteddfodau (traditional music competitions) at school. She left Wales at eighteen and fell in love with Latin America after going AWOL in Mexico at 21. She’s played in jazz duos in Costa Rica and rock bands in Argentina and sung tango in English in the USA. Finally putting down roots in one of South America’s smallest countries she felt the tug of her own and returned to singing Welsh and Celtic traditional music, forming a duo with the guitarist Jorge Galemire in 2005 which evolved into Trelew in 2007.

Q1 – What part of Wales are you from?

The South Wales Valleys – a small village called Maes-y-cwmmer in the Rhymney Valley. My parents still live there. I was born in Newport, Gwent.

Q2 – When did you emigrate to Uruguay and why?

I'd been fascinated with South America, particularly Argentina, since I was a child. I can still recall a primary school geography lesson about the gauchos. I ended up marrying an Argentinian and we lived in Costa Rica, Liverpool, Buenos Aires and Washington before moving here in 2000. Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay where we live, is across the River Plate from Buenos Aires. It's a small city, quaint, right on the water and it has a great quality of life. I'm a Valleys girl and Buenos Aires is just too huge for me.

Q3 – You are the founder of a Welsh band called "Trelew' in Uruguay, how did this come about?

We chose the name Trelew because of its Welsh and South American roots. It's the name of a town in Patagonia, founded by Welsh immigrants in the 1880s. We're not exactly a “Welsh band” - though we definitely draws on Welsh traditional songs and our own lyrics have Welsh themes – like the Welsh emigration to Patagonia. We wrote the songs after reading the diaries of some of the early colonists – incredible epic stuff. Another of our songs is about my grandmother's life growing up on charity in Aberdare after her father suffered an accident down the pit. So Welsh issues are important to our music but we're based in South America and all of the musicians except me come from Latin musical traditions.

Q4 – How would you describe your music?

Traditional British folk meets Buenos Aires melancholy meets Pampas zamba (a type of South American folk rhythm). People have told me our new album could be used a film soundtrack, it evokes sweeping South American landscapes, journeys across the sea. Galemire, the guitarist is amazing. He has created these walls of acoustic guitars that are just incredible. Then there's the bandoneon which is such a haunting instrument – completely associated with tango - though South Americans who know the bandoneon will find that it sounds completely original in this album. There's definitely something about the “old country” and something definitely South American about it, and the fusion has its own life.

Q5 – Do you have any plans to tour in the America's or elsewhere overseas?

We'd really love to play the States – it's amazing how many festivals there are going on... Right now we're putting together a tour of South Brazil. And of course, we really want to play in Trelew, Patagonia – we're working on that one wink.gif

Q6 – What do you miss most about Wales?

Bacon butties and my nan.

Q7 – Do you think you will ever move back to Wales?

It's not really on the cards right now. Though I go back there all the time -all my family are there.

Q8 - What are your dreams and ambitions for the future?

We'd like to complete our “Welsh-Patagonian trilogy” which still has only two songs!

Q9 –What do you think is the best way for Wales to go about raising its profile overseas?

Publicise the countryside, the people are so friendly and the fact that it is a lot cheaper than London so worth going and spending at least a week. People who know who have been from this part of the world -IF they go at all- go for a day on the train to Cardiff. It's just not enough. My mum works in Caerphilly Tourist Information Centre next to the castle – so if anyone reads this and goes there, drop in and say hello smile.gif

Q10 - Do you have any messages for our Ninnau readers?

We'd love to get greetings from the North of the continent. You can find us on Facebook and MySpace.

Trelew's first album named Trelew was released in September. It's available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/Trelew and shortly on Amazon, Itunes and all other good internet stockists.



  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #287415

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 07-Jul-2009, 10:54 AM

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Cymanfa Ganu! Though for some reason it's called a Gymanfa Ganu in North America, I suppose it's gramatically correct but it still looks a bit odd.

There is one coming up in Pittsburgh in September, details below:

The North American Festival of Wales
3 September - 6 September, 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Don't miss this opportunity for fellowship and Welsh culture in Pittsburgh!

The fest will feature four days of interesting and informative seminars, workshops and music by Welsh singer, politician and all around folk hero ‘Dafydd Iwan’, the Welsh Tenor 'Gwyndaf Jones', Celtic folk group 'Ar Log', 'Côr Cymry Gogledd America', 'Mari Morgan', 'Eilir Owen Griffiths', 'The Bangor Slater High School Slater Marching Band' and many more.

For more information, tickets and the line up of artists please visit:
http://www.wngga.org/NAFOW/guest_bios.html

Or befriend us at - www.facebook.com/NAFOW
  Forum: Wales  ·  Post Preview: #283251

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 07-Jul-2009, 10:49 AM

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The North American Festival of Wales
3 September - 6 September, 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Don't miss this opportunity for fellowship and Welsh culture in Pittsburgh!

The fest will feature four days of interesting and informative seminars, workshops and music by Welsh singer, politician and all around folk hero ‘Dafydd Iwan’, the Welsh Tenor 'Gwyndaf Jones', Celtic folk group 'Ar Log', 'Côr Cymry Gogledd America', 'Mari Morgan', 'Eilir Owen Griffiths', 'The Bangor Slater High School Slater Marching Band' and many more.

For more information, tickets and the line up of artists please visit:
North American Festival of Wales

Or befriend us at - North American Festival of Wales on Facebook
  Forum: Festival & Games  ·  Post Preview: #283250

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 07-Jul-2009, 10:40 AM

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Looking for submissions for Welsh & Celtic Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. If you have any ideas get in touch with AmeriCymru - http://americymru.ning.com

Western Mail Article - Welsh Film Fest in Portland, Oregon
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #283249

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 07-Jul-2009, 10:36 AM

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Highlanders indeed! These are bored Welsh lads!!
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #283247

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 07-Jul-2009, 10:33 AM

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Check this out - A film fest is being added to the Left Coast Eisteddfod!

Western Mail - Bid to create Welsh Cannes Film Fest in USA
  Forum: Festival & Games  ·  Post Preview: #283246

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 07-Jul-2009, 10:23 AM

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The North American Festival of Wales
3 September - 6 September, 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Don't miss this opportunity for fellowship and Welsh culture in Pittsburgh!

The fest will feature four days of interesting and informative seminars, workshops and music by Welsh singer, politician and all around folk hero ‘Dafydd Iwan’, the Welsh Tenor 'Gwyndaf Jones', Celtic folk group 'Ar Log', 'Côr Cymry Gogledd America', 'Mari Morgan', 'Eilir Owen Griffiths', 'The Bangor Slater High School Slater Marching Band' and many more.

For more information, tickets and the line up of artists please visit:
North American Festival of Wales

Or befriend us at - North American Festival of Wales on Facebook
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #283243

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 27-May-2009, 09:21 AM

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Here Be Dragons were at the Chicago Celtic Fest a few years ago, great live Celtic folk/rock band, worth taking a look at if your in the area.

Check out the bands website at: Here Be Dragons
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #281680

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 26-May-2009, 09:36 AM

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Paul Potts***Wales v USA Update***

The Wales v USA Rugby is less than 2 weeks away! Have you got your tickets yet?

Booking tickets:

Try to get tickets in section 125, 126 or 127 if you can. The majority of the Tafia will be seated in those areas.

Tickets range from $20 for the cheap seats to $150 for VIP seats. $30 seats are decent and more than adequate. Tickets can be booked at: Ticketmaster

Getting to the game:

Getting to Toyota Park via public transportation presents some challenges, so we’ve tried to do the navigation legwork for you:

Option 1: The Orange Line & The Toyota Park Express:

* Take the CTA Orange Line Train to the Midway CTA stop.

* From the Midway CTA Bus Terminal take the 386 bus to 71 Street & Harlem.

* Toyota Park is located just north of the stop at 7000 S Harlem Avenue.

Option 2: Getting a bus from the Globe Pub:

Better yet, if you are interested in making a day of it, the Globe will be showing the Wales v Azerbaijan World Cup qualifier game at 10am on the 6th, and will be running a bus to and from the park (beer on the bus included) at 12pm for $15. Call 773 871 3757 to reserve a spot.

Welsh Events in Chicago Spring/Summer 2009

Spring is here, which means summer and some nice 90 degree days can’t be far behind, and with concerts by Tom Jones,Judith Owen, Los Campesinos!, Bullet For My Valentine, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and The Waco Brothers, a visit by top Welsh author Niall Griffiths and the Wales v USA rugby it is already warming up to be another great spring and summer of Welsh events in Chicago!

JUNE

Friday June 5 - 8:00pm
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois

They are neither Scottish nor a gospel choir - this top Chicago indie band is fronted by North Walian Elia Einhorn. This show is part of The Double Door’s 15 Year Anniversary Party along with another legendary Chicago band, The Smoking Popes. For more info visit: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Saturday June 6 – 10:00am
Wales v Azerbaijan
The Globe Pub
1934 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, Illinois

Catch the World Cup qualifier game on TV before heading up to Toyota Park for the rugby.

Saturday June 6, 1:00pm
Wales v USA Rugby
Toyota Park
7000 S Harlem Ave
Bridgeview, Illinois

This is the first time Wales has played the USA in Chicago! It’s a 20,000 seater stadium, it would be good to see at least half of it in red shirts;) Tickets start at $20 for the cheap seats, and $30 for some good seats, further information and tickets please visit: Toyota Park

Thursday June 11 - 7:00
Rhys Bowen
Evergreen Park Public Library
9400 S. Troy
Evergreen Park, Illinois

Agatha and Anthony Award winning Welsh author Rhys Bowen visits Evergreen Park Library for a presentation and book signing. Ms. Bowen’s historical mystery series featuring Molly Murphy (Murphy’s Law, For the Love of Mike), Constable Evans (Evan Help Us), and Lady Georgie (Her Royal Spyness) number 21 books in all--enough to entertain you poolside throughout the whole summer! Visit Evergreen Park Library for registration/more event information.

Wednesday June 17, 8:00pm
Judith Owen
Space
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Welsh singer Judith Owen has relentlessly followed her muse, independently releasing recordings that have captivated fans, Hollywood music supervisors, fellow artists and the most discerning critics. With the same determination she has applied to finding her voice, she has also found her audience. Equal parts musicality and wit, Owen’s music combines pop, rock, jazz, classical, R&B and theatrical influences. Variety effusively describes her as “a charmer and a seducer, a rocker, and a jazz chanteuse.” Ticket Prices are $12.00 Advance; $15.00 at the door. For further info visit: Evanston Space or Judith Owen

Saturday June 27 - 5:15 pm
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Taste Stage - Taste of Chicago
Grant Park (Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.)
Chicago, Illinois

They are neither Scottish nor a gospel choir - this top Chicago indie band is fronted by North Walian Elia Einhorn. For more info visit: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Saturday June 27 - 7:00 pm
Waco Brothers
Taste Stage - Taste of Chicago
Grant Park (Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.)
Chicago, Illinois

Ladies and gentlemen, quite possibly the best live rock band on the planet! And best of all it’s fronted by one of our own, Newport’s Jon Langford. For more info visit: Waco Brothers

JULY

Saturday, July 11 - 7:30 PM
Tom Jones
Ravinia
200 Ravinia Park Rd
Highland Park, Illinois

$65/Lawn $22 ($27 on day of concert)
Ravinia welcomes back the man that needs no introduction, Sir Tom Jones! Bring a picnic, a blanket and some chairs and head up to Chicago’s premier outdoor venue for a great night out. Tickets are available at: Ravinia

Monday July 20 - 7:30pm
Paul Potts
Rosemont Theatre
5400 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois

Paul Potts the Welsh tenor who won the first series Britain's Got Talent a few years ago is performing in the USA in July. For more info visit: Paul Potts

Sunday July 26, 2009, 7:00pm
Bullet for my Valentine
First Midwest Amphitheater
19100 Ridgeland Avenue
Tinley Park, Illinois

The Bridgend rockers are back in Chicago! For more info visit: Bullet For My Valentine

AUGUST

Los Campesinos!
Saturday August 8 – 8:00pm
Lollapalooza
Grant Park, Chicago

Los Campesinos! is an up and coming seven piece indie pop band from Cardiff. For further info visit: Los Campesinos!

Thursday August 27 - 7:00pm
Niall Griffiths
The Book Cellar
4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Niall Griffiths the author of the contemporary Welsh classics ‘Grits’, ‘Sheepshagger’ & the 2004 Wales Book of the Year ‘Stump’ is sometimes referred to as the “Welsh Irving Welsh”. Niall, a self described “low life in high places,” is bringing the tales of a Wales you'll never have heard of to Chicago in August.

AmeriCymru – The Social Network for the Welsh Overseas

AmeriCymru the Facebook style social network aimed at the Welsh in North America is growing into a pretty decent site, it currently has around 1,300 members so far mainly in the US, Canada & Wales, but increasingly expats in Argentina, Australia, The Bahamas, China, England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Uruguay are signing up.

The site features a load of exclusive content, interviews, competitions, event information and a load more. If you have a minutes take a look at: AmeriCymru to see if you think it is something worthwhile joining?

Cheers

Dave Parry
The Chicago Tafia Welsh Society
  Forum: Wales  ·  Post Preview: #281639

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 21-Apr-2009, 02:13 PM

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An Interview With Mike Brooks of Here Be Dragons
(taken from AmeriCymru - The social network for the Welsh overseas)

Here Be Dragons play wild Celtic Music from Wales.They have released three CDs, "Alcohol & Rain, Celtic Bonding and "Bright New Tomorrow".Their live shows have had crowds dancing and partying in festivals and venues across Europe and in the USA. From 2009 they will also be offering an "Unplugged" set for more acoustic venues.They've played to many thousands of people around the world. Their largest crowd was 30,000 in Bologna. Here Be Dragons will be playing the Left Coast Eisteddfod opening night in Portland, Oregon on Friday August 21st.More details HERE


Americymru: Who are Here Be Dragons?

Mike: A band who play wild Celtic music from Wales.Mike Brooks Vocals (and various stringed instruments), "Big Willy" Morrsion on drums, Kyle Jones on bass, Helen Blackburn fiddles and Delyth Jones squeezes (Accordion)


Americymru: What are the backgrounds of the people in the band and how did you end up together?

Mike: I originally formed the band when I was an expat; I was living in London. Lineups have changed over the years but Will has been there since pretty much the beginning. The rest we met as friends of friends. Kyle is from Cardiff like me. A friend from West Wales told me his sister plays accordion in a duo with a fiddler and that's how we met Del and Helen.


Americymru: You perform your own version of "Sospan Fach" . This , of course, is a traditional Welsh folk song about a small saucepan.For the benefit of our American readers can you tell us a little about this rather surreal ditty?

Mike: Sospan Fach words are silly but the song is more than the words. It's sung pasionately at rugby matches to support Wales or Llanelli (Town in West Wales). It was also sung going to te trenches in the first World War. So it's sort of more about the singing than the song, if that makes any sense.


Americymru: You've played the States before? Can you tell us a bit about that? How did you enjoy the experience?

Mike: We've come across twice for Celtic festivals in Florida and Chicago. On our first trip Will kept shouting "Where are we?" and we'd joyfully answer "In America!" it was a big deal, a big trip. The gigs went well and we were well recieved. I wrote the song "One Night Stand" on that trip - enough said! Chicago was great too. A well organised Welsh society, The "Chicago Taffia" met us there, with a limo. In fact both trips we got met at the airport and were given beer to drink on our way back from the airport. Each time I thought "I could like this country!" (Easily bought, eh?) Chicago is a huge and impressive town. The festival was big too, big crowds and a warm reception. It was great standing on stage looking at the Chiacgo skyline behind the crowd in Grant Park. That night we got to meet the locals to which always helps, if you can't do that then why travel? We're still in touch with a people in Chicago. I hope we return before too long.


Americymru: OK...now for a dumb question. A lot of your songs are about drinking.How important is that in Welsh culture and in particular in Cardiff?

Mike: Anyone who has seen St Mary's Street on a Friday or Saturday night would know. On those nights 50,000 people come into town to get drunk. Hen nights, stag nights, nights out with the lads or girls, birthdays, work nights, you name it. Drink is part of the culture the way food is in France or Italy. In Europe there is a North South divide with drink. Wales along with Irish, Scots amnd Scandinavians drink way more than those in the South. Tonight Cardiff Blues Rugby won a major cup so the fans will get drunk to celebrate. Cardiff City (Soccer) lost six nil so, to drown their sorrows, the fans get drunk.


Americymru: You have a song entitled "The Senghenydd Explosion" Care to tell us a little about the background to that?

Mike: This is true story about the worst mining disaster in Britsh history. 439 died in an explosion in a mine not that far North of Cardiff. Mining is a big part of the history of South Wales. To anyone who comes here I'd reccomend a visit to Big Pit mining museum where you actually go underground and get a glimpse of what life was like. Mining was and is a horrible job but it binds the community together as every day the miners put their lives in each others hands. Obviously this is true of miners the world over as well as of soldiers and sailors.


Americymru: "Auntie Henrietta o Sicago"...any resemblance to any real person alive or dead?

Mike: I didn't write this so I can't say if she was real. It's a fun song in Welsh about Chicago so we had to sing it when we went there. It's nice to sing about places you visit. Our accordion player at the time has an Auntie in Chicago so we dedicated it to her. I like to write songs about places we visit often blurring fact and fiction like in a drunken memory. "Celtic Bonding" is like that. I enjoy singing "The Modena Rambler" in Modena (Italy) or about Cardiff in Cardiff.Any Welsh songs about Portland?


Americymru: Where can people go to hear you play and buy your music?

Mike: We're on Silverwolf Records in the USA. If you can't get a CD in your local idependant record store, I'd say go to our Website www.herebedragons.info and we'll sell you one. I'll sign it too if you like. If you're too stingy to buy a CD then you get (different) songs for FREE buy joing the supporters club on the same site.


Americymru: What are your future recording and performance plans at the moment?

Mike: Well both are work in progress. We have gigs in the pipe line for Italy, Wales and the USA. The Left Coast Eisteddford is on 22nd August in Portland, Oregon. Hopefully we'll get a few other dates around it in the USA. At the moment we're working on three albums:- A "Best of" in English and Welsh translating songs we've done before, an album of songs connected with Welsh rugby and a new album of original material.


Americymru: Any further message for the members and readers of "Americymru".

Mike: Keep flying the flag, singing the songs and drinking the beer when you can. Also don't keep Welsh culture a secret, let non Welsh friends have a taste too.

Hwyl fawr!

Mike
Here Be Dragons
Here Be Dragon's Website
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #280168

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 18-Mar-2009, 01:51 PM

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Online poetry and short story competition for the Left Coast Eisteddfod.

The Welsh social network site AmeriCymru is running a poetry and short story writing competition as part of its online Eisteddfod.

What is an Eisteddfod? An Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance with a history dating back to at least the 12th century.

Though they have waned in popularity in the USA they are still very much a part of the popular culture in Wales, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Canada, Argentina and South Africa.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales is now the largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe. Over 6000 people competed at the 2006 National Eisteddfod with 150,000 visitors attending.

In August 2009, hoping to revive the fortunes of the Eisteddfod in the United States, AmeriCymru will host the first ever Left Coast Eisteddfod in Portland, Oregon.

The festival will feature live music, poetry readings from a number of top Welsh performers and writers and much more.

For further information about the online Eisteddfod poetry and short story competitions, the Left Coast Eisteddfod, AmeriCymru and all you need to know about Wales please visit – AmeriCymru - The Social Network for the Welsh Overseas
  Forum: Celtic Hearts  ·  Post Preview: #277575

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 18-Mar-2009, 01:26 PM

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Wales at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2009

The sights and sounds of Wales are set to take centre stage at one of the major festivals in the United States next year.

Wales will be the featured nation at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a festival which takes place annually on the National Mall in Washington, for 10 days at the end of June and the beginning of July.

The Festival celebrates the cultural traditions of communities across the United States and around the world, and an exciting programme featuring more than 100 specialist participants awaits visitors to next year’s festival.

Speaking at the launch of Wales Smithsonian Cymru 2009 [13 November] in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said:

“The main theme of Wales’ programme will be sustainability. Our programme will present a dynamic view of Wales, its cultural and economic impact on the world, with themes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary and highlighting diversity and innovation, past, present and future, and the use of traditional methods to create new solutions. Festival presentations will include music and literary performances, storytelling, animation, genealogy searches, Welsh language lessons, craft skills, building restoration, cookery demonstrations, industrial heritage and new technologies, farming methods, outdoor pursuits and traditional and modern medicine.

“To be the featured nation is a great honour for Wales. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a major event, which attracts over one million visitors from across the USA and further afield. This means that this will be a great showcase for Wales where a great many visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Wales and its contemporary cultures and traditions. Hopefully, this in turn will inspire them to visit Wales to see the country and its beautiful landscape for themselves, which will give a boost to our economy and tourism industry.

“What a better sight than to see the deep-rooted and vibrant culture of Wales being showcased for ten days at the heart of the capital of the United States.”

In his response to the First Minister, Secretary Clough, of the Smithsonian Institution said:

“We are delighted that Wales will be featured at the 43rd Folklife Festival in our nation’s capitol in 2009. Special thanks to the First Minister Rhodri Morgan and everyone in his administration for joining our partnership. As 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian and one with strong Clough family connections to Wales I am particularly excited. We have much to celebrate and much to learn from each other. Welsh Cultural life will be available at the Smithsonian for generations as a result of this experience.”

Wales’ presence at the festival will be extended through ancillary programmes that will begin in March 2009 and will be presented in collaboration with partner organisations in Washington DC. These activities and events will include a wide range of contemporary arts, a focus on sustainable living and climate change and trade and tourism initiatives.

Wales at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2009
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #277570

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 25-Feb-2009, 09:16 AM

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The 1997 film Twin Town tops my list, I must have seen it 20 plus times now. Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Human Traffic, Edge of Love and Grand Slam are damn good films too.

A golden oldie is Proud Valley, an excellent film with Paul Robeson as an African-American singer/miner in the South Wales valleys in the late 30's early 40's.

Does Batman Begins with its pan Celtic cast Christian Bale (Welsh), Liam Neeson (Irish), Cillian Murphy (Irish) count as a Celtic film??

Hwyl

Dave
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #275375

No New Posts  Trelew
ChicagoTafia Posted on: 24-Feb-2009, 11:24 AM

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Trelew

If you have a minute check out this great little Welsh band I found down in Uruguay called Trelew - Trelew on MySpace

They are unmistakably Welsh but with some nice South American influences, really interesting sound.

Cheers

Dave
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #275310

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 24-Feb-2009, 11:21 AM

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Damn good singer, I recon she will do pretty good.
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #275309

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 24-Feb-2009, 11:17 AM

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The Chicago Tafia's 7th annual St. David's Day pub night and party!

Come out to our 7th annual St. David's Day pub night and party, featuring Live Welsh musical entertainment with the notorious South Wales clubland act Jay Brook, Welsh dragon cocktails, free samples of The Glenlivet "the Single Malt that started it all", raffles for some quality Welsh Beers, CD's, t-shirts and much more…

Sunday March 1st, 6:00pm to whenever!
The Elephant & Castle Pub
185 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago


At 10pm we will be making our annual trip to the ABC 7 studios on State Street to get some Welsh flags on the news & get some pictures outside the Wrigley Building lit up in the Welsh colours.

A $5 on the door donation would be appreciated to cover the room rental costs and entertainment, though if you are feeling a bit more generous we wont hold it against you.

I know it's a Sunday night, but that's no excuse to sit in at home, get a babysitter, dog sitter, whatever you need and come out for the night!

If you could send us an email to say whether you are planning on going or not it would be much appreciated and save me from getting any more grey hairs for a while at least…

Cheers

Dave from the Tafia
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #275308

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 24-Feb-2009, 11:15 AM

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USA vs. Wales @ Chicago’s Toyota Park - June 6th, 2009

International Rugby returns to Illinois with The USA Eagles v the 2008 Grand Slam winners Wales.

Tickets range from $20 in the cheap seats to $150 in the VIP box.

For tickets visit Wales v USA - Ticketmaster

Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Cheers

Dave from the Tafia
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #275307

ChicagoTafia Posted on: 24-Feb-2009, 11:13 AM

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USA vs. Wales @ Chicago’s Toyota Park - June 6th, 2009

International Rugby returns to Illinois with The USA Eagles v the 2008 Grand Slam winners Wales.

Tickets range from $20 in the cheap seats to $150 in the VIP box.

For tickets visit Wales v USA - Ticketmaster

Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Cheers

Dave from the Tafia
  Forum: Wales  ·  Post Preview: #275306

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