Jamie Smith;s Mabon
"Jamie Smith’s Mabon are a class act." fROOTS
‘If music could fuel engines, MABON could solve the energy crisis’‘unmatched by their peers’ Songlines
Now consistently celebrated as one of the UK's outstanding Celtic roots acts, the 5-piece band of virtuoso musicians have built their standing through performing a show that is "exhilarating, just exhilarating –a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit –no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity." (Jun-Lin Yeoh, Artistic Director, Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo)
The band have spent several years performing copiously across the UK, Europe and further afield, and this has provided the platform for their blistering live shows. Songs, harmonies, instrumentals -a broad musical palette -the combination of original compositions and talented musicianship has been rewarded by the broad range of events at which the band has been invited to perform; and a collection of awards from supporters and pundits alike has only enhanced their considerable reputation.
Brittany - Lorho-Pasco family
Members of the Lorho-Pasco family have participated in the Lowender Peran festival several times, over the years, in different formats. The youngest ones have known the festival since their very first steps!
For this fortieth festival, the instrumentalists will be Eliaz, the most Cornish of the family (saxophone), Gweltaz (diatonic accordion) and Meriadeg (clarinet) joined by the voices of Catherine, Mari and Anjela. All play and sing in fest-noz and in concert within their respective groups. And it is with great pleasure that they will lead the dance!Buy Tickets
Isle of Man - Perree Bane
Perre Bane is a traditional folk dance group from the Isle of Man.
The name ‘Perree Bane’ is Manx Gaelic and means ‘white jacket’. The traditional white collarless jacket can be seen worn by the male members of the group.
Perree Bane welcomes anyone of all ages and abilities with an interest in Manx culture and tradition. All performances and practices are to live music and therefore the musicians are an integral part of the group.
Since their formation in 1982 Perree Bane has been active in promoting and preserving Manx culture through dance and music, not only at local Manx fairs and festivals but also at festivals further afield such as here at Lowender Peran and also Wales, Brittany, Germany, Menorca and England.
Wales - Merlin's Beard
Merlin's Beard was founded in 2014 so that a group of family and friends, who had been folking around together for many years, could give something back in the way of entertainment. All of the performers are originally from the Carmarthen area and have been/are part of the Welsh folk dance group Tipyn of Bopeth, with whom they have danced throughout Europe. In Merlin's Beard, they now focus on the clogging tradition and like to sing and play music too whenever possible, though not yet all at once. The group has previously had outings at Pontardawe Summer Fest, Lowender Peran and Cwlwm Celtaidd, and also runs twmpaths.
Scotland - Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy
RACHEL HAIR & RON JAPPY More intimate than a band, Trad duo, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, embody a special chemistry.
Purveyors of Scotland's most ancient and contemporary instruments (clarsach and acoustic guitar, respectively) these two halves created a whole in September 2017: a subtle ying-yang between spine-tingling clarity and virtuosic drive.
From snappy Strathspeys to heartfelt airs, from rip-roaring reels to chirpy jigs - theirs is the perfect synthesis of the modern and the traditional.
As individual musicians, the award-nominated dyad (hailing from the north of Scotland) spread their influence far and wide across the globe. As a pairing who tailor each performance to the needs of their audience, no corner of the world will go untouched by their rootsy charm.
Ireland - Hegarty Irish Dance Academy
Maureen & Lisa Hegarty, return to us this year from Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland. Lisa and Maureen both danced at Lowender Peran for many years as children. Now, as owners and teachers of the Hegarty Irish Dance Academy, they are joining us this year with a group of dancers and musicians to delight our audiences throughout the weekend. Their dancers will perform and teach all types of Irish dancing, from step to ceili to set to sean nos, many of the dancers, while some are quite young, have travelled to many parts of the globe including France, Germany & the Isle of Mann.
They are joined by a toe tapping, roof raising trad group, who are all extremely accomplished musicians in their own right. Musicians and dancers together form the group ‘Echoes of Killarney’, they know how to excite and delight an audience, so dust off those dancing shoes for Lowender Peran 2018.Buy Tickets