Before this gig started I’ll admit to saying
that I had never heard of this group before, let alone knew what their material was like. By the end of their performance I was asking myself why I had never heard of them.
Coming from the heart of Wales and passionate about it too, the two Welsh dragon flags on display were testament to that, this group”s performance was refreshing.
Playing songs from their latest album, “Pwnco” and other traditional Welsh folk songs, this five piece band were warmly received by the near sell out crowd. The Tron theatre is a very intimate setting which suited this group’s style. Their humour and enthusiasm made for a good start to the evening as they were only a supporting act. It was lovely hearing folk songs in the Welsh language, something I had not heard before.
Allan Yn Y Fan are multi instrumentalists and consist of Geoff Cripps, Kate Strudwick, Linda Simmonds, Meriel Field and Chris Jones.
Following on from this was a very unique show from husband and wife duo Robin and Bina Williamson. With a selection of songs ranging from a psalm sung in Latin to Indian wedding songs this was always going to be different.
Veteran performer Robin entertained the crowd with humourous tales and jokes along with his own way of playing the harp. Bina had an “unusual” array of instruments to call upon.
This duo was not everyone’s cup of tea however the polite applause showed that this audience enjoyed their songs and music.
Review by Danny Matheson