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Posted: 26-May-2009, 10:36 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?

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Dave Parry
The Chicago Tafia Welsh Society
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Posted: 27-May-2009, 05:55 PM
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We have a lot of people here of Welsh ancestry and there is an annual music celebration (I can not even spell the name) which attracts quite a few people. The lyrics are all in Welsh, which few here understand now, but the harmony is spectacular!

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Posted: 27-May-2009, 06:43 PM
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Appreciate the post! Gotta get out my wooden spoons! I once had a nice visit to Llangollen in Denbighshire - man, I love how they say that! Lovely place and folks.

Here's a picture of the River Dee through Llangollen. Or, as I like to say, dee river.


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That picture was tops.

I am trying to get in contact with someone here who can spell the name of the festival for me. It begins with a G.

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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
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