Event Details

Robin and Bina Williamson

Time: November 15, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: Llanhennock Village Hall
City/Town: near Caerleon, NP18 1LT
Website or Map: http://www.caerleon-arts.org/
Event Type: music, live, performance, band
Organized By: Celf Caerleon Arts Festival
Latest Activity: Sep 9, 2013

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Tickets £10, available from http://www.caerleon-arts.org/

 

Or in person from -

Diverse Records, 10 Charles St, Newport NP20 1JU (01633 259661)

Caerleon Tourist Information Office, 5 High St, Caerleon NP18 1AE (01633 422656)

Rafi Goldsmith, The Fwrwm, High St, Caerleon NP18 1AG (01633 430271)

 

Robin Williamson - founder in the 60's of the influential Incredible String Band and the Merry Band of the 70's, has been a key figure at the forefront of the storytelling revival in Europe and America since the 80's. He has authored a number of books including The Craneskin Bag (re-telling and re-versifications of Celtic lore) and Celtic Bards, Celtic Druids (co-authored with R.J. Stewart). Robin is Honorary Chief Bard of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

 

East-African born British Asian Bina Williamson has been performing and recording for a number of years, touring with Robin not only as a duo, but also with the Just Like Ivy Band and reformed Incredible String Band. Bina has a voice of resonance, innocence and warmth, drawing on a variety of Indian styles as well as the Celtic heritage and British folk traditions. Bina plays bowed-psaltery, auto-harp and percussion.

 

Robin and Bina Williamson have put together something completely new. There is no one else doing anything like them. They harness the essence of previous years in a unique present of their own.  Performing and recording since the 1990's, their songs and music feature the evocative East-West harmonies of their voices with harp, bowed psaltery and diverse other instruments. Their performance in June 2005 at the Royal Festival Hall London Meltdown US-UK Connections was described in the Guardian as – “a highlight of the Festival … the whole of Robin and Bina's performance was enchanting and companionable. They kept the capacity audience involved and captivated throughout. Somehow everyone felt so invigorated by the concert that they didn't seem to mind stepping out into the dreadful weather on offer outside the hall afterwards."

 

David Kidman, Birdsedge Hall 2009 – “I have to say for me the highlight of the whole weekend was watching Robin and Bina Williamson on the Saturday afternoon. They were simply marvelous!” Magpiebridge Blogspot National Acoustic Festival 2012

 

The Village Hall is located in front of St. John the Baptist Church, Llanhennock, on the same side as and just before the popular Wheatsheaf pub

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