“If Welsh music is perennially considered the poor relation in the Celtic tradition, Allan Yn Y Fan are moving mountains to change all that.”

“...So look out Scotland and Ireland, a new Celtic Tiger is prowling...”

New Video Release

The second track on the CD release is “Gorthrwm y Gweithiwr” – a song of mid-19th Century industrial Wales in which the iron masters of Beaufort, Ebbw Vale are warned of dire consequences should they continue their oppressive ways. Working with talented film maker Antonia Salter the band recently filmed in Blaenau Gwent locations most pertinent to the song. One of the two Round Towers built in Nantyglo by Ironmaster Crawshay Bailey as protection against his workers, whilst the Sirhowy Iron Works (contemporary to the Beaufort Iron Works) provided an apt 19th Century industrial backdrop.

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The Band

Alan Cooper (Fiddle)

Alan started out playing classical violin but later switched to playing folk style fiddle. He has played with Juice, leading Welsh twmpath band. He has performed internationally in a variety of settings and regularly tours in Brittany Alan also has his own home studio and recorded the latest Allan Yn Y Fan album NEWiD.

Steve Garrett (Guitar, mandocello)

Born in Wrexham, Steve grew up in Liverpool when the Beatles were still playing at the Cavern Club, and misspent his youth playing with bands in local clubs. After living in Canada for several years, he returned to Wales to live in Cardiff, and has been involved in musical collaborations with many different flavourings over the years, as well as writing and performing contemporary blues on guitar and mandocello as his musical alter-ego of ‘Stainless Steve’.

Chris Jones (Accordion, flute, low D whistle, vocals)

Chris, one of the band’s founder members, first learned classical flute in school and then joined Brynmawr Welsh Folk Dance team as a musician. Whilst playing for the team he taught himself to play the Piano Accordion and help set up a twmpath band Taro Tant with other team musicians. Chris composes many of the band’s original tunes.

Catrin O'Neill (Lead vocal, guitar, guitarlele, bodhran, percussion)

From Aberdyfi, Catrin was introduced to traditional Welsh songs by her Nain (Grandmother) – as reflected in her album “Cegin Nain / Nain's Kitchen”. After spending a number of years traveling, living and playing abroad she became part of a successful folk trio with Chris Knowles (harp) and Mike Lease (fiddle). More recently she has been a member of the highly successful Trac project “10 Mewn Bws/10 in a bus.” which was nominated for a National Lottery award in 2014. Catrin also performs as a solo artist.

Linda Simmonds (Mandolin, mandola, bodhran, vocals)

Linda is also one of the four founder members of the band. Over the years she has been involved in the organisation and running of folk clubs and several folk festivals, and it was through these that she developed an interest in playing traditional music.

Kate Strudwick (Flute, alto-flute, recorders, whistles, vocal)

Kate is one of the band's founder members and combines her musical career with community arts projects, assisting in the development of the Celtic Cafe and Tune Club traditional music learning opportunities in south-east Wales. Kate is also one of the band's composers, specialising in slow airs.