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WOMEX 13 Opening Concert Line up

WOMEX 13 Opening Concert Line up

Cerys Mathews announces musicians to play in WOMEX 13 Opening Concert

Land of Song, a spectacular concert celebrating the music traditions of Wales and telling the Nation’s story, under the Artistic Direction of Cerys Matthews will open WOMEX 13, Cardiff on 23 October this year. Today, Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales and Cerys Matthews announced some of the names of leading musicians from Wales selected to perform at the prestigious event at Wales Millennium Centre, for a gathered audience of world music experts and music press from around the globe, and music fans from across Wales and the UK.

WOMEX is the most important international professional market of world music. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. The opening concert is a highly prized event, and each year nations compete to present the concert and showcase their music culture, understanding the benefits in terms of profile, increasing music exports and cultural tourism. WOMEX announced that Wales’ proposal, headed up by Cerys Matthews as Artistic Director, had been awarded the opening concert in March this year. Announcing details of the performance Cerys has been masterminding for the past year, she said:

"The World Music Expo, WOMEX , (World Music’s equivalent to the Cannes Film Festival) is landing in and bedding down in the stadium-crowned, river-flowing, harmony singing city of Cardiff this year.

It's a masterstroke bringing WOMEX to Wales in 2013 - as there is a palpable excitement and confidence following a great few months for sports - both Cardiff City and Swansea City now up in the Premiership, and this came after our Six Nations Gram Slam victory last year. Things are hotting up in the arts too, it’s RS Thomas' centenary this year, and our most recognised and beloved export, Dylan Thomas will see 2014 filled with operas, sculptures, canoe trips (yes you read right) and performances all dedicated to his memory, and Cardiff is a ready and eager host to the up coming musical feast of WOMEX.

The Wales Millennium Centre declares ‘ In these stones horizons sing! ' and its doors and arms will be thrown wide open to welcome visiting delegates and locals alike in a celebration of song, dance and poetry.

Together we'll explore 30,000 years of Wales’ story and culture and enjoy the company of today's leading folk musicians, Cass Meurig, Gwenan Gibbard, D n A , Georgia Ruth , Patrick Rimes , Siân James , Robin Huw Bowen, Wales-India collaboration between Gwyneth Glyn and Tauseef Achtar, ‘Ghazalaw’, Twm Morys and more. Young clog dancers, ' Dawnswyr Bro Taf' will battle out it out with the multi-national dancers of Ballet Cymru over our iconic songs. We'll count goats, celebrate the humble saucepan, ramble over rocks and warm the auditorium ready for the powerful swell of those sweet old LAND OF SONG harmonies, bolstered by the quintessentially Welsh sounds of the Treorchy Male Voice Choir along with the local school choir of Mount Stuart primary.

So join me , Cerys Matthews and all my fellow performers for a unique night of joyful celebrations in Cardiff, October 23rd 2103."

Eluned Haf is Director of Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales the host partner for WOMEX 13 and together with the Wales Millennium Centre are co-producing of the Land of Song Opening Concert. Adding to today’s announcement, she said:

"The opening concert of every WOMEX is an opportunity for one nation to present its music culture to the world. We’re honoured that WOMEX has entrusted this to Wales this year. It’s a golden opportunity to share our music treasures with the music world. It will be an incredible evening of discovery and harmony, presenting the richness of our traditions for audiences in Wales, throughout the UK and our international music guests. Cerys Matthews’ carefully selected songs, singers and musicians will create a true celebration; a journey through centuries of traditions and singing in the land of song. We’re also very proud of the strength of the line up and of what this hour packed with Wales’ passion for song and musical soul will do in terms of positioning our music culture and musicians on a world stage. It will raise Wales’ profile, stimulate interest in and demand for our music and musicians globally - with all that means in terms of export, development of Wales’ music economy and of course cultural tourism. It’s going to be one very special evening, the effects of which will echo for years to come."

Prom goers, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music listeners will get a flavor of the concert and Wales’s music when Gwenan Gibbard, Patrick Rimes, Mason Neely, Frank Moon and Andy Coughlan join Cerys on stage for a BBC Late Night Prom at the Albert Hall on 12 August. They’ll be introducing Proms audiences to some old Welsh tunes and aiming to make the Hall jig to the groove. The performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

WOMEX 13 Cardiff is hosted by Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales, a partnership between Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International and Welsh Music Foundation. Cerdd Cymru Music Wales’ event partners are Cardiff Council, Motorpoint Arena and Wales Millennium Centre and is supported by British Council. WOMEX 13 Cardiff receives funding by Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit.

Public tickets for the WOMEX 13 opening concert, ‘Land of Song’ are on sale via the Wales Millennium Centre Box Office priced £25 - £30. Tickets for WOMEX Showcase Festival for Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October are also on sale from the WMC box office priced £17 in advance, £22 on the night. These showcase nights are an opportunity to roam around 15 different, 45 minute performances across 6 stages within Wales Millennium Centre and Roald Dahn Plass. These showcases have been chosen and curated by a panel of 5 world music experts, and are deemed to be a representation of the most exciting new world music from across the globe. For tickets and further information about both The Land of Song and the WOMEX Showcase Festival, please contact the WMC ticket office by calling 029 2063 6464, or book on line via www.wmc.org.uk

For further information, please contact:

Angharad Wynne

Communications Manager, Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales for WOMEX 13


Artist biogs will be available on the www.cerddcymru.com as of 18 July.



Over five days, some 2500 delegates from 1250 companies, from across 100 countries and 300 national and international journalists come together in one city to network, do business, explore diverse music cultures, listen to 40 speakers in 20 conference sessions and music showcases by day. By night, the doors are opened to the public, and specialists and world music fans together enjoy over 50 showcases of the best world music on the planet on 6 stages in and around Wales Millennium Centre and DJ nights in Cardiff Bay.


WOMEX 13 Cardiff offers an opportunity for world music from Wales to receive international exposure on an unprecedented scale as the international world music industry comes to Wales. It is an event that will connect the sector in Wales with the wider UK and the world.

The bid to host WOMEX in Cardiff was spearheaded by the Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales.

Cardiff won the bid against stiff competition from nine top European cities.

Hosting WOMEX in Cardiff in 2013 is a catalyst for further development of the world music industry across Wales, and in particular as a way of raising the ambitions of musicians in Wales to work and export their music internationally. An on-going programme of development in in place to support musicians in Wales towards this aim, with the view of using WOMEX 13 as the launch-pad for more engagement with international agents, buyers, festival promoters etc.

WOMEX 13 will be a five-day world music market. It will be hosted in Cardiff between 23 and 27 October 2013, focussed around two venues. The Motorpoint arena will host 2500 international world music delegates for a daytime conference then, by night, focus will turn to the Wales Millennium Centre and Oval Basin (Roald Dahl Plas), where WOMEX delegates will be joined by public audiences to roam around six stages and enjoy over 50 showcases of the best world music on the planet. The performance element of WOMEX 13 begins with a gala opening concert on Wednesday 23 October. This will be followed by three evenings of world music showcases on Thursday to Saturday.


It is of 'Aelwyd members from Montgomeryshire, Meirionethshire and Denbighshire walking to the summit of Berwyn Mountain. The harp was taken to the top of the mountain and cerdd dant was sung. July 13, 1946. From the Geoff Charles Collection, National Library of Wales


Full artist biogs will be available from Thursday 18 July via the Cerdd Cymru Website www.cerddcymru.com. Any problems, please contact Becci Scotcher, Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales at info@cerddcymru.com

Cass Meurig http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/cass-meurig

Gwenan Gibbard http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/gwenan-gibbard

Siân James http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/sian-james

Dwy Delyn Deires (Robin Huw Bowen a Rhian Bebb) http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/dual-dwy-delyn-deires

DnA (Delyth Jenkins & Angharad Jenkins) http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/dna

Ghazalaw (Gwyneth Glyn & Tauseef Akhtar) http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/ghazalaw

Gwyneth Glyn http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/gwyneth-glyn

Patrick Rimes http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/patrick-rimes

Georgia Ruth http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/georgia-ruth

Twm Morys http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/twm-morys

Dawnswyr Bro Taf http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/dawnswyr-nantgarw

Treorchy Male Choir http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/treorchy-male-choir

Choir of Mount Stuart Primary School http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/choir-of-mount-stuart-primary-school

Frank Moon http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/frank-moon

Cerys Matthews http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/cerys-matthews

Andrew Coughlan – Band Cerys

Mason Neely – Band Cerys http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/mason-neely

Ballet Cymru http://www.cerddcymru.com/land-of-song/ballet-cymru


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