“Angharad Jenkins [Fiddle]
Sam Humphreys [Guitar]
Patrick Rimes [Fiddle, Pipes]
Calan-ish is formed of 3 members of pioneering Welsh folk band ‘Calan’. Formed in 2008 with the ambition of taking Welsh traditional music to a wider audience, Calan have since performed their native tunes and songs on some of the biggest stages in the UK and Europe. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of ancient music, as well as performing some original material.They combine fiddle, guitar, pipes and whistles, as well as the odd appearance from the pibgorn, as they they blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting slow airs.
Patrick Rimes is a fiddle player, piper and composer/arranger born and raised in Bethesda, North West Wales but now based in Cardiff.
After starting to learn the fiddle aged 7, Patrick was quickly drawn into the thriving scene of traditional music sessions and workshops in Bangor. He was twice named junior fiddle champion of Wales, and remains the only person to have won the coveted ‘blue ribbon’ award at Anglesey Eisteddfod for a traditional music performance.
Following periods of study at both the University of Leeds and Janáckova Akademie Múzických v Brne (Czech Republic) Patrick currently divides his time between the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff (where he studies viola with David Adams) and a busy international gigging schedule.
Patrick continues to strive to bend and ultimately break the perceived ‘boundaries’ between roots music and other genres. Aside from Calan, his work with Cerys Matthews has seen him play as a soloist at the Womex opening concert and the BBC Proms, and he was recently musical director for a Christmas TV broadcast by Bryn Terfel.
Angharad Jenkins is a fiddle player and composer from Swansea. She began learning the violin at the age of six through the Suzuki method, and continued with her classical training (with Andrew Griffiths) until the age of 16. She developed a deep interest in folk and traditional music after a youth exchange visit to Sweden in 2003. It was on this trip that Angharad met some of the young musicians with whom she would later form the successful folk band Calan.
Angharad studied music at Oxford Brookes University and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2008. Returning to Swansea, she formed a duo with her mother, the harpist Delyth Jenkins. The release of their debut album Adnabod, in May 2013 on the fflach:tradd label generated great praise and critical acclaim, and was shortlisted for Welsh Album of the Year in 2014.
Angharad’s other current musical projects include the electro-folk outfit Kaikrea, the all-girl fiddle trio Brethyn and the Swansea based rock band Broken Fires. She also enjoys using music to enhance creative experiences through her collaborations with poets and artists who have included Iwan Bala, Dave Hughes, Jon Gower and her late father, the poet Nigel Jenkins.
Alongside her career as a musician, Angharad also manages successful music projects with trac: Music Traditions Wales. The project 10 in a Bus, was nominated for a 2014 National Lottery Award in the Best Arts Category, and performed on stage at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Sam Humphreys is a Guitarist, Producer, Composer and Session Musician from Nefyn in North Wales but currently based in Cardiff.
Begun playing guitar at the age of 11 and from then went to to play in several bands of various genres such as Rock, Blues, Electronic, Heavy Metal, Folk, Ska, Funk and Pop.
In this time he has gained vast experience in gigging performing on some on the biggest stages around the UK, touring internationally, playing and recording several albums, playing in huge variety of events and functions as well leading workshops/teaching sessions. He studied Music Technology at the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff and graduated in 2012.
Also as a record producer he has released work that has been supported and broadcasted by BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 6, Radio Cymru and Radio Wales.
Sam is currently working on projects with welsh folk band Calan, electronic band Kaikrea, Jazz singer Kizzy Crawford and Pop singer Gabrielle Murphy.”