News about the arts in and around Llanelli

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...

Llanelli songwriter pens Ragsy’s entry for Cân i Gymru

RAGSY from The Voice will be performing a song written by Llanelli's Owain Glennister on this year's Cân I Gymru.

Speaking to Llanelli Online Ragsy said: "I am performing on this year's ' Cân I Gymru / Song for Wales' live on S4C on St David's Day.

"I am so excited about this as I continue to learn this beautiful Language and hopefully one day become fluent."

The pair have been collaborating on promoting Welsh music and the...

Llanelli’s artists shine at annual exhibition

What have The Tate, MoMA, The Louvre and Llanelli Library got in common? They all exhibit great art of course.

Llanelli Online took a trip to the library to see some of the work on display and we were not disappointed. We met with one of Llanelli's most well known living artist John Wynne Hopkins, the Vice Chairman of the Llanelli Art Society.

John has been painting since he was nine-years-old. His favoured subject matter is military related. Planes, tanks and soldiers all feature in...

Scarlets Choir seeks special person to lead

The Scarlets Choir is looking for someone special to lead them as musical director.

Cor y Scarlets are the official Llanelli Scarlets Choir formed 10 years ago.

The Choir practice every Tuesday at 7.30 in Parc y Scarlets in either the Heart & Soul bar or on the concourse in the south stand. The choir sing in welsh and english and are always on the lookout for new...