Our new album recorded at Stiwdio Felin Fach in 2016 and released by Recordiadau Sain.
“This is Carreg Lafar’s fourth album, released to mark their 20th anniversary. Their previous three albums are all regarded as classics, and Carreg Lafar has long been a band against which others are measured. They conjure a big, surging, confident sound-palette…..This album, like its predecessors, is a treasure chest of Welsh traditional songs and tunes. Y Cadno song and dance set has a delightful skip-rhythm that gives the set a Breton fest-noz quality. The traditional Welsh ballads Cariad Aur and Bwthyn Fy Nain and Glan Môr Heli all have sultry, sinuous, lush melodies……with the richly-textured contralto voice of Linda Owen Jones…..along with the sweeping, majestic instrumental accompaniment. One final thought…..mention should be made of the beguiling arrangement of Titrwm Tatrwm as a male-female duet. Titrwm Tatrwm is a night-visiting song from Anglesey, ‘titrwm tatrwm’ being the ‘pitter-patter’ sound of tiny stones being thrown at the bedroom window of the young lady by the besotted young man outside. Romantic beyond!” – fRoots, Paul Matheson
“…..it’s magnetic, immediate, beguiling and so full-on that startled listeners could be soundly forgiven for taking a hasty step back from the speakers…..I could listen to Linda’s magnetic and dramatic singing time and time again; she has the brilliant knack of projecting her voice, throwing it so it lands right slap-bang in the laps of the audience – and the musicians spin mighty fine arrangements to burnish her considerable talent in its true colours…..Carreg Lafar sets light to my imagination and mind; Aur serves up some nourishing mental food for the soul. The thrilling mix of ancient Celtic instruments, spiced with inspiring arrangements, gives the band so much power, drive and absolute confidence…..” – Folk Wales, Mick Tems
“….a critically acclaimed ensemble sound. Lead vocalist is Linda Owen Jones with her captivating perfect alto. She is supported by high-octane fiddler Rhian Evan-Jones, fire-breathing flutist James Rourke and piercing piper/pibgorn player Antwn Owen Hicks, the latter being one of the pioneers resurrecting the piping tradition of Wales. The four are made complete by the subtle backing of Danny Kilbride on guitar. Their latest offering is another selection of ten sumptous tracks.” – Folkworld
“Carreg Lafar have delivered something of major importance to Welsh culture, as well as arguably one of the best contemporary folk albums of 2016, as Aur is a collection of 10 traditional Welsh folk songs lovingly arranged by the band. Faultless and passionate playing – as you’d expect from Danny Kilbride, Linda Owen Jones, Antwn Owen Hicks, James Rourke & Rhian Evan Jones – just lifts this album way over the heads of many on the current traditional folk scene. Each track is sung in Welsh – a bold move some may say – but this adds to the authenticity and atmosphere that Carreg Lafar conjure with their deep and melodic music. Appealing to the English speaking masses may have ensured bigger sales but would have somehow devalued an inspiring and beautiful album.” – Welsh Connections
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