News about the arts in and around Llanelli

Artist Vyvyan Davies shares his passion for Llanelli Coast

VYVYAN Davies is a Welsh artist who was born in Pontyberem. A bakers son, from a young age he had a strong affection for the coastline of West Wales.

He has showcased his work in cities such as London and Cardiff, but recently has found himself returning to his roots, with a house in Machynys, Llanelli overlooking the beautiful coast.

Whilst running his own graphic design consultancy since 1980, he continued to have a strong passion to paint, but found little time to...

Theo Davies-Lewis in conversation with Dame Siân Philips

Theo Davies-Lewis interviews Dame Siân Phillips

DAME Siân Philips is someone who hasn’t forgotten her Welsh roots.

The BAFTA-winning actor, now 84-years-old, was as elegant and impressive as ever when I met her at her townhouse in the East End of London this June.

I had met her before when I was a production runner on a BBC Wales show last year, and her reputation had preceded her. When I had seen the guest list for the programme, and Dame Siân’s name was on there, it...

Local Welsh artist’s painting charity sale for RNLI

PETER Francis auctioneers in Carmarthen are excited to announce that they have had an oil painting by local Welsh artist Vyvyan Davies consigned by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The painting was generously donated to the Burry Port branch of the RNLI by the artist himself.

Fittingly the picture is a marine scene depicting Burry Port lighthouse and the proceeds will go to their new Lifeboat Station appeal.

The painting...

Front room folk

LISTEN again to the German duo The Hoodie Crows as they perform their set at  Loughor Boat Club.

The folk duo were on a tour of the UK using folk clubs, bars and front rooms in homes to promote their unique combination of folk songs inspired by some of the greats of the music industry as well as having written and produced some of their own material.

The duo played the Kilkenny Cat as well as making a front room appearance in New Road at the home of balladeer and wandering...

In conversation with Phoenix Theatre Group’s producer Noel Rees

Noel Rees is a well known theatrical producer in Llanelli. He is a central figure in the Phoenix Theatre Group.

The group has been going strong for 47 years and Noel has taught drama to many young and aspiring actors and actresses in the town during that time. The Phoenix Theatre Group is self sustaining and they put on two major productions per year.

They are getting ready for their next production, which will be a play by Reggie Oliver entitled 'Once bitten'.

Noel describes it as...

German Celtic Folk band The Hoodie Crows play Llanelli

IT isn't often one comes across a German Celtic folk band on the streets of Llanelli.

That is just what happened today, Monday (Mar 26) as we strolled along on Murray Street.

The band (The Hoodie Crows) are playing the Loughor Boat Club this evening and will move on to the Kilkenny Cat on Wednesday for an open mic night.

The Hoodie Crows are on tour across Wales. They hail from Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Their influences are Irish, Welsh and Bretton folk including artists such as The...

Llanelli ‘model town’ fashioned by local school children

Visitors to Llanelli market may have noticed the model town as fashioned by children from some of Llanelli's local schools.

The impromptu exhibition featured some of the most famous landmark buildings in the town including Llanelly House, the library, Parc Howard and the Town Hall.

The event was part of Fusion #CyfunoFusion; creating opportunities through culture, an event funded through a partnership between the Welsh Assembly, Communities First and Carmarthenshire County...

Cofio Mr Music – Gethin Hughes

Côr Meibion Llanelli will be remembering their former accompanist, Gethin Hughes, at their annual concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli (Saturday, June 30, 7pm).

Gethin was affectionately known as Llanelli’s ‘Mr Music’ prior to his death in 2011. Following his death, a special Gethin Hughes Memorial Bursary Scholarship was established. The first winner of the cash bursary was Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama...

Llanelli Online’s featured band – PASTEL

Llanelli Online is proud to present a young and emerging band, PASTEL.

The band consists of members from Manchester, Dublin and South Wales.

Their first gig was in the MEZE lounge in Newport where they opened for Jack Perrett. They have since then performed all over Wales including Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli.

On 2nd March they will be performing in the Llandeilo Hangout Cafe for an acoustic set opening for John Nicholas. They will also be opening for...

You wait for one then three come along at once

Three popular Welsh comedians are planning to add extra mirth to the inaugural Merthyr Comedy Festival in April.

The ‘Comedy and  Cwtshes’ event at Dowlais Theatre will be held on Saturday, April 14.

Tickets are on sale now via Redhouse – and are going fast.

The evening will feature classic stand-up comedy, with Phil Evans – the man with more pop than a bottle of Corona – in the vanguard of a three-part attack on the funny bones.

The evening will also feature BBC...