Elan Rhys is the lead vocalist of the contemporary folk group Plu, a sibling trio from Caernarfon, North Wales, who have quickly risen to prominence in the Welsh music scene. Plu released its debut album in 2012 followed with the release of the digital single 'Arthur' in January 2014.
Elan not only takes the reins while performing but during the songwriting process. She is influenced by contemporary Americana, old country and the music of psych-folk Welsh groups of the 60s and 70s. Plu has performed in a wide variety of festivals, including Hay Literature Festival and EHZ Festibala in the South of France. They also recorded a live session for the BBC in the renowned Maida Vale studios as part of the BBC Introducing Horizons project.
In December 2014, Plu released 'Holl Anifeiliaid y Goedwig' on Sain Records. This children's album is an experimental collection of original songs and modern versions of well-known folk songs for children.
Patrick Rimes is a fiddle player, piper and composer/arranger based in Cardiff. Born and raised in Bethesda, North West Wales, Patrick was quickly drawn into the thriving scene of traditional music sessions and workshops in Bangor, alongside his instrumental studies with ‘classical’ teachers. 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 Janáčkova Akademie Múzických v Brně (Czech Republic) Patrick currently divides his time between the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff and a busy international gigging schedule.
As a member of Calan, he has taken Welsh music to prestigious festivals including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Cropredy, as well as touring regularly in Europe and the USA. 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.
Georgia Ruth Williams is a bilingual singer, songwriter and harpist from Aberystwyth in West Wales. In May 2013, she released her debut album – Week of Pines - on Gwymon Records.
Lead single ‘Week of Pines’ garnered sterling support across the airwaves. Steve Lamacq named her his “Favourite New Band” on BBC 6 Music, after she won his Rebel Playlist and invited her on the show as his guest. Jo Whiley picked the single as her “New Favourite Thing” in the same week on BBC Radio 2. To this date, the song has also been played by Gideon Coe, Huw Stephens, Dermot O’Leary, and Janice Long amongst others. Georgia also performed a live session for Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Morning Show.
Week of Pines won the 2013 Welsh Music Prize (nominated alongside records by Neon Neon, Sweet Baboo) and she was a nominee in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (for ‘Best Traditional Track’ and the ‘Horizons Award’). Georgia presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru.
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James Findlay comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He couples this with an extensive repertoire and love for song that shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material.
James has recently been involved in some high profile projectsincluding the recording of songs from 'The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs' with Lucy Ward, Bella Hardy and Brian Peters; playing 'Little Musgrave' in Jon Boden's folk-opera 'Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard', and working with the British Council's Folk Nations project in India.
James also has two highly acclaimed albums: 'Sport and Play' and 'Another Day Another Story.' Sport and Play was in MOJO's list of top ten folk albums of 2012 and Another Day Another Story was nominated for 'Best Folk Album 2013' in the Spiral Earth Awards.
Lucy Ward is an award winning acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since!
After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength. In 2013 she was nominated for the acclaimed Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award.
Her debut album ‘Adelphi Has To Fly’ met with widespread critical acclaim. Lucy was named by MOJO as ‘Britfolk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent’ and attracted 4-star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others. Her second album ‘Single Flame’ was released in 2013 to rave reviews.