Track taken from new album that drops this week.
By Blurt Staff
Traditional Welsh folk music group Calan aren’t your everyday “traditional” outfit. Despite the ancient roots of Calan’s music, this brash, young group is composed of a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their sound to new audiences, raising some eyebrows with their deliberate presentation, while also raising the international profile of traditional Welsh music. Get used to this: Accordion, Fiddle, Pipes, Harp, and the percussive sound of Clogs are the new Guitar, Bass, and Drums.
We’re very proud to unveil a video from the group, whose new single is “Kân,” a patriotic song about the future of the Welsh language and culture. It’s taken from their new album, Solomon, due out this week (May 12, Sain Records). Check it out:
Explains the group, “In the song we sample the voice of the late poet Nigel Jenkins, father of our fiddle player, Angharad Jenkins, reading an extract of his poem, ‘The Creation.’ The chorus of this song is based on the style of traditional psalm chanting popular in west Wales at one time.”
Calan caused a bit of a stir recently, having been held in a detainment cell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport alongside a death metal band from Estonia. They were subsequently seen onstage performing alongside Sting at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 50th birthday celebration of famed opera singer, Sir Bryn Terfel Jones. And they tour seemingly nonstop, having graduated from busking in the streets of Cardiff to introducing Welsh traditional music to curious music fans in the UK, Belgium, Italy, France, and on several tours of North America, playing festival shows on huge stages to tens-of-thousands, as well as at local folk club shows, unrestricted by sound systems, while standing on tables and jumping off chairs.
Keep your eyes peeled for tour dates in North America – this month they will be all over the UK. Official website: https://www.calan-band.com/
Calan (L-R): Angharad Jenkins, Sam Humphreys, Bethan Rhiannon, Patrick Rimes, Alice French. Photo credit: Richard P Walton.