Month: October 2015

Brand new band! Crwydro Globe

Brand new band!  Crwydro Globe

Developing a new group sound:

Bringing together four full time musicians for an exciting new fusion project!

Our vision is to develop the use of traditional welsh tunes, keeping the melody close to its original form but fusing with other genres. So far, our music includes Jazz, Improvisation, Klezmer, Reggae, Samba and cross rhythms influenced by the harp music of Paraguay. What a combination! Our journey may take us anywhere, hence our name Crwydro Globe.

All our members are classically trained and our professional musical journeys have taken us along varied and diverse paths. This project brings all our music experiences together creating a unique collaboration.

Founding members:

Heulwen Thomas – Violin and Vocals
Jimmy Ottley – Cello

Shelley Fairplay – Celtic and Electric Harp

To be confirmed – Percussionist

Long term aims: first set acoustic, second set electronic including looping and effects pedals.


Lady Llanover Society – A day to play the harp! 24th October 2015

Group learning has so many learning benefits!

Lady Llanover Society – A day to play the harp!

Saturday 24th October 2015

10am until 4pm St. Michael’s School, Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD

I am really looking forward to teaching as part of this busy day of workshops and performing a short set at the end of the day!

There are sessions for complete beginners, improvers and more advanced.

Bring your own harp, or harps available on prior request.

Relaxed atmosphere – Experienced tutors – Short Concert at end of day by tutors Free Tea and Coffee throughout day – Bring own packed lunch or local cafÃs available £20 full day (£15 members and those in full time education)

Absolute Beginners £5 for morning session

For further information and booking contact Gill Madley 01873 812318 or Robin Davies 01594 563172

Sponsored by Clive Morley Harps

Telynau Teifi Harp Weekend 16th-18th October 2015

Harping-on Day and Night

at the Telynau Teifi Harp Weekend!

Spaces available Week Beginning 12th October 2015

For the full program and booking forms please download by clicking >>HERE<<

Harp Workshop Students with Shelley Fairplay

This weekend the heart of the Teifi Valley will resonate with the sounds of our National instrument of Wales during the Telynau Teifi Residential Harp Retreat.The event takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Waunifor which is located between the tiny Welsh villages of Maesycrugiau and Llanfighangel-Ar-Arth.

The harp weekend is for student harpists of all ages and abilities led by tutors Shelley Fairplay and Meinir Heulyn. On Saturday 17th October an evening of entertainment is open to the general public with harp concert “The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy”.

For adult learners the weekend runs from the 16th to the 18th October. Many of the participants of the harp retreat will stay on site and play their harp into the night after the busy day of workshop, lessons and concerts during the day.

For under 18″s there is a jam-packed Saturday planned, the Telynau Teifi Harpathon Day, which culminates with an opportunity for everyone to perform to family and friends in a guest spot during the evening concert.

On the Saturday night Harpist Shelley Fairplay will perform “The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy”. 

Shelley Fairplay – Performer of ‘The Three Strands’

This concert is a modern take on the traditional role of the harpist as minstrel and entertainer. Shelley has created a program that weaves a story of three strands from diverse musical styles including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars! The program includes the harp being played traditionally and also uses amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and a wireless electric harp that Shelley wears to play.

To tie in with Shelley”s concert title the harp retreat has its very own “Three Strands” theme, the workshops are divided in to three categories; Playing with friends, The Contemporary Harpist and Classic Technique. The course content will be delivered by Shelley alongside Meinir Heylun who will join the weekend on the Saturday. Meinir is one of Wales” best known harpists at the forefront of the Welsh harp scene. She is a former principle harpist of the Welsh National Opera and was Head of Harp Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Allan Shires, founder of Telynau Teifi and acclaimed harp maker says: ‘We”re delighted to welcome Shelley and Meinir to West Wales for our harp weekend as mentors. It”s a great opportunity for makers and harpists at all levels to meet and share music and ideas together.’


Artistic Director Shelley Fairplay says; ‘I have a great drive, passion and enthusiasm for all aspects relating to the harp, I cannot wait to share this with the participants at the harp weekend in the delightful setting of Waunifor.’

To attend the Saturday night concert tickets are £10 for adults and under 16″s are invited to attend for free. Tickets can be

Modern Sound?! Electric Harp and Loop Pedal in action!

reserved by calling Telynau Teifi on 0155936322.

For harp students, there are spaces available to attend workshops as part of the Residential Harp Retreat (£95 for the three days) and the Harpathon Day (£40 for the day) a full timetable of events can be downloaded by clicking >>HERE<<, on or book by contacting Telynau Teifi on 0155936322 or