The third St Davids Folk Festival, Gwerin Y Pererin, will take place at the Bishop’s Palace, St Davids on July 26.
Gwyndaf Roberts, TV producer/director and lead member of the Welsh folk band Ar Log has long held an ambition to explore the historical, musical and cultural connections between south east Ireland and west Wales in film.
His documentary, ‘Ryland and Roisin’, which culminates at the St Davids Folk Festival, is the fulfilment of that ambition.
At the festival Irish actress and singer Roisin Clancy from An Rinn and her Welsh husband Ryland Teifi from Ffostrasol will bring the documentary to a conclusion by playing the headline act with a super band brought together for the occasion.
Roisin is the daughter of Bobby Clancy one of the legendary Clancy Brothers who took America by storm in the 60’s and 70’s.
She has brought together her cousins Colm and Kevin Power, guitar and singer, brother-in-law Graham Clancy, guitar, cousins Hugh Carroll, fiddle and Donncha Gough, bodhran and whistle and Evan Grace, banjo. They will be joined by Ryland and his father Garnon.
Roisin’s mother, Moira, is one of the Mooney family of An Rinn where for generations Mooney’s pub has been a hotbed of Irish music and a haunt for the likes of The Fureys, the Dubliners and Shane McGowan. The Clancy family is Irish musical royalty.