Friday, May 12, 2017

Wales-based five-piece folk group Calan continues to make unprecedented international impression with deliberate presentation of traditional music.

 “The sound has translated to a modern audience on a grand scale,” says Yahoo! New album “Solomon,” out today. See the “Kân” music video at Blurt.


Calan (L-R): Angharad Jenkins, Sam Humphreys, Bethan Rhiannon, Patrick Rimes, Alice French. Photo credit: Richard P Walton.



Read all about “Kân” by Calan via Elmore Magazine and see the music video at Blurt.



Calan – In The Press

“Grace, daring and sheer joy.” — The Daily Mirror (UK)

“Stunning. Gorgeously crafted songs, sprightly foot-tappers, verve and raw excitement.” — The Belfast Telegraph (UK)

“A fantasy of fiddling and harp, a downright theatrical piece of traditionally stylized folk music.” — MAGNET


“Welsh-based band Calan may have its music anchored in ancient roots — traditional Welsh music incorporating accordion, fiddle, pipes, and harp — but the sound has translated to a modern audience on a grand scale.” – Yahoo! Music

The untraditionally traditional Cymru, Wales-based group Calan is the only Gwerin (translation: Folk) band to be held in a detainment cell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport alongside a death metal band from Estonia. Calan is also the only band of any genre to follow-up that experience by performing alongside Sting at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 50th birthday celebration of famed opera singer, Sir Bryn Terfel Jones.

These facts, even without listening to a note (or a foot stomp) from Calan, makes them rock stars, albeit rock stars on a mission to prove that traditional music, based on folklore and taught and performed through the generations, actually does rock. With 2017 performances in Australia and China following several months touring the US and UK supporting the new album Solomon, out today, Calan is on its way to accomplishing that.

Despite the ancient roots of Calan’s music, this brash, young group is comprised 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.

To date, Calan has gone 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.

Solomon’s latest single is Kân,” ​​a patriotic song about the future of the Welsh language and culture. The track features the sampled voice of famed poet, Nigel Jenkins, the late father of Calan member, ​​Angharad Jenkins.​​ The chorus of this song is based on the style of traditional psalm chanting popular in west Wales at one time.

Solomon, the latest album by Calan, is out today. The band is currently mid-way through an extensive UK tour, with dates in Australia, North America, and China to be announced.

Members of Calan are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.



See the video for “Apparition” at Yahoo! and read all about the song via Atwood.


Out Now
(Sain Records)

Track Listing:

02. Ryan Jigs
03. #DeportationSelfie
05. Hayes and Quinn's
06. Madame Fromage
07. Pe Cawn I Hon (If She Were
08. Yr Eneth Ga'dd Ei Gwrthod
(The Rejected Maiden)
09. Synnwyr Solomon
(Solomon's Wisdom)
10. Dennis, Polca!
11. Yr Hwiangerddi (The
12. Big D


Calan Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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