Calan breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.
Calan play fiddles, whistles, guitar and bagpipes and a traditional reed instrument from Wales called a pibgorn made from a wooden pipe and the horns of a bull. Great fun, a sense of humour and step dancing from a champion dancer who dances in a style unique to Wales
They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – in Wales and beyond. Audiences in Belgium, Italy and France as well as all over the UK have given them a terrific reception they are now on their fourth tour of North America.
The band began by busking in the streets of Cardiff raising money to pay for university fees. By 2015 they were performing alongside Bryn Terfel and Sting at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday party.
Calan remain the only band from Wales to win the international folk group trophy at Lorient in Brittany, France.
Bethan Rhiannon sings in both English and Welsh and is also winner of the national clog dance competition in Wales. She learnt her dancing from her father who was also a champion dancer. She has appeared as a music commentator on radio and television and developed and delivered music and dance workshops for young people throughout Wales.
Patrick Rimes was junior Celtic Welsh fiddle champion 3 years in succession and plays a multitude of musical instruments including the Welsh bagpipes an instrument popular in Wales and weddings and in the courts and castles of the princes. He has also worked as television music arranger for the singer Bryn Terfel and conducted orchestras.
Angharad Jenkins plays fiddle and is the daughter of a famous Welsh poet Nigel Jenkins and whose mother is Delyth Jenkins is a famous harp player. Here within her family she learnt the poetry and music traditions of Wales. She is also a keen worker in encouraging young people to play traditional music by developing projects and workshops throughout the UK.
Alice French studied harp at the University of Wales before being drawn into the wealth of traditional harp music Wales has to offer. She is now developing and examining old traditional harp methods of playing used by the Romani Gypsies of Wales.
Sam Humphreys comes from Llyn Peninsular an isolated part of Wales right in the heart of farming country. His music comes from an altogether different back ground originally playing electronic pop and rock music before discovering a magic mix of folk and modern styles. He has also produced and arranged music for many young artists and worked as a television presenter.