Y Glerorfa - Yn Fyw / Live
The Folk Orchestra of Wales
In November 2006 Clera – the Society for the Traditional Instruments of Wales – celebrated its 10th anniversary. During those first ten years the society had concentrated mainly on organising workshops, teaching Welsh melodies and the traditional method of playing them. The 40 musicians who appeared on the Galeri stage in Caernarfon for the anniversary concert were the product of those workshops. The new ensemble needed a name. The Welsh word for orchestra is cerddorfa; Clera is the name of the society, so a combination of both produced Clerorfa.Originally, there were no further plans beyond this single concert, but the enthusiastic response on the night itself meant that the new group simply had to carry on. Since then it’s been a story of constant development and success, reaching a high point at the Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival in the summer of 2008, where every audience went wild, along with the press and media. In April 2009 therefore, it was a logical step to ask SAIN to record a live concert at Galeri, Caernarfon. It was no easy task to do justice to all the harps, flutes, fiddles, pipes, pibgyrn, clogs and individual singers, let alone the response of the audience – such an essential part of any live recording. Fortunately, one member of Clerorfa, Siwan Evans, happens to be a sound engineer at SAIN! Clerorfa’s aims are to breathe new life into our traditional folk melodies and to present them in a simple and no-nonsense way. But Clerorfa also encompasses other Welsh traditions – folk singing, penillion singing and clog dancing. We hope this recording conveys the fervour and enthusiasm of this remarkable group, many of them young people, and demolishes once and for all any idea that Welsh folk music lacks energy and passion.