Llanelli Ukulele Band

THERE may have been rain, thunderstorms and more rain, but that didn’t stop the 2018 Gar Gwyl Festival taking place in Llanelli Town Centre today, Saturday (Jul 28).

The first heavy rain shower came to a close just as the first act of the day took to the stage. The Llanelli Community Wind Band sent musical notes wafting down Vaughan Street performing a number of well known tunes.

Up next was the Llanelli Ukulele Band. They opted to play popular Welsh songs including; as Calon Lan and Lawr Ar Lan Yr Mor.

The canopies were put to good use when a second wave of rain came thundering down. If Gene Kelly had rounded the corner at Llanelly House no one would have been surprised. It was perfect weather for ducks. The hardy souls who stuck it out saw the sun raise its head above the Parish Church once more as Carley Knight took to the stage to perform an acoustic set.

Keeping everyone moving along and entertained in between sets was compare for the day, well known  local singer Leroy.

The live music continued throughout the day with artists Daz English, Beautiful Strangers, Red Room Therapy and DJ Martyn Kinear showcasing their musical talent.

As the sun set over Vaughan Street, at least someone said it was the sun, the musical entertainment moved on to the Thomas Arms where the night before, Friday (Jul 27) Ragsy and Jemma Krysa had performed as part of the festival.

The Gar Gwyl festival was organised by Alun Rees of Cadno Music and Owain Glenister of Y Lle. The aim was to support local music and Welsh music. Those who attended this year’s event will have no complaints on that score.

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