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  • A Christmas in Wales - Portland, Oregon

    By Ceri Shaw, 2017-12-04

    7:00 - 8:30 pm, Dec 16, 2017

    Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison St, Portland, Oregon 97124

    The Welsh Society of Oregon (WSOR) celebrates Christmas in song and story, bringing together Welsh vocal and instrumental music of the season along with a reading of the classic Welsh Christmas tale, "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Suggested donation is $10.

    The musical program features the WSOR's own choir (directed by Dr. Jamie Webster) singing carols and other seasonal music old and new in Welsh and English. Joining them will be special guests Three Pound Note, Portland's only Welsh folk music band, an ensemble of pipes, fiddle, and other traditional instruments, and the delightful vocal harmonies of Andrea Wild and Hugo Glanville. To top the evening, and continuing a longstanding Portland tradition, Jonathan Nicholas will give a reading of Dylan Thomas’ much-loved Christmas tale.

    The Welsh Society Choir draws on the rich traditions of choral singing in Wales, long known as “the land of song.” In addition to the very successful annual Christmas Concert, the choir also holds a Noson Lawen, a night of fun and singing, every June. They also occasionally sing at the Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn singing festival) at Bryn Seion Welsh Church, and at other events during the year such as the Samhain Celtic New Year Festival in Salem. Dr. Jamie Lynn Webster also directs the Portland Revels’ ViVoce Women’s Ensemble and the Chautauqua Community Chorus.

    Three Pound Note features two ex-pats from the UK, both of Welsh descent. Andrea Wild and Hugo Glanville have a broad and engaging repertoire of traditional folk music from their native homeland. The two have merged with uilleann piper and fiddler, Preston Howard and award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Zac Leger to blend vocal harmonies, bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, whistles and pipes using elements from Welsh, Breton and Cornish music traditions. They deliver the audience a rare opportunity to hear lively arrangements of Welsh folk music performed in the Welsh language.

    Jonathan Nicholas is an author, journalist and avid storyteller, and is well-known for writing a column in The Oregonian for 25 years. He was born and raised in the valleys of south Wales “just up the road” from Swansea where Dylan Thomas as born

    The Welsh Society of Oregon celebrates and perpetuates Welsh heritage, culture and music in Oregon and the Northwest. The WSOR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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    Bryn Yemm Releases 'Across The Bridge'

    By Ceri Shaw, 2017-12-04


    sensational new album - released 1 December 2017


    an album of songs to inspire & lift your spirit

    to reflect upon treasured memories of loved one

    Across the Bridge”

    the latest album release from

    international best selling artist

    Bryn Yemm

    bryn yemm.jpg“I am immensely proud of this album; an album that I never thought I would record”, explains Bryn. “Like many parents who lose a child, it takes something exceptional to begin a normal life again – my longstanding friend John David gave me the song “Safe N Sound” and rekindled my desire to sing and record again”.

    “Listen to ‘Safe N Sound’ it expresses all our wishes for a dear one who has passed”.

    “I have gathered one of the most talented teams in South Wales to perform on and produce this album. It was recorded at Nick Brine’s Leeders Vale Studios – Nick is a young dynamic producer who already worked with Oasis, Thunder and Chapel Row after learning his craft at Rockfield Studios. Nick was assisted with ‘mixing and mastering’ by talented sound engineer Jon Constantine”.

    “Adding an extra dimension to the vocals are the amazing Katy Dann and the Kidz R Us choir; they truly enrich this album”.

    “I have recorded an album of songs to inspire, to lift your spirit, to reflect upon treasured memories of loved one”.

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    John MOuse shares lead single

    By Ceri Shaw, 2017-12-05

    John MOuse shares lead single "Bunkbeds and broken" from his new album "Replica Figures" via Youtube.

    The crowdfunded album which is officially released Feb 19th is a collaboration with Sweet Baboo, who produced and played on the album. It's the first time in 15 years that John has worked with Steven Black since they were in the band JT Mouse.

    The album also features Paul Sheppard, former guitarist of 90's indie band Hopper who were signed to Tony Wilson's Factory Too records, and who's debut album was produced by Bernard Butler.

    The Video is filmed entirely by John's daughter Maggie Lola Davies who also features on backing vocals on the album.


    John MOuse is promoting the single and album at

    Crofters Rights, Bristol Dec 11th

    Morgans, Rhondda Valleys Jan 1st

    The Moon, Cardiff Jan 12th

    Price Albert, Stroud Feb 10th

    Le Pub, Newport Feb 17th

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