At a time when so many Welsh releases are pushing the envelope and seeking to stand in line with a wider world – all honorable and worthy aims – it’s refreshing to come right back to the core and listen to the excellence that Welsh trad, done well, can conjure. ‘Profiad’ mixes a whole pile of trad vocal tracks with airs, original tunes and Meic Stevens’ epic tribute to a Merthyr labour martyr – ‘Dic Penderyn’. The band are sharp, their playing by turn breathily atmospheric, or paced and driving. Vocalist Linda Owen Jones carries all before her in splendid fashion, especially effective on the close harmony, ‘Y Dryw Bach’, which steams into the title track – fiddle, flute and pipes weaving a tight mattress for further lyrical wonder and a marvellously spirited Balkan close.” – fRoots

This is the most impressive album yet from Welsh band Carreg Lafar. They have a strong line up, with impressive and passionate vocals, both female and male and a very accomplished instrumental line-up of fiddle, flute/whistles, guitar and assorted bagpipes/mandola/percussion. A good ear for a melody and some excellent arrangements make this stand out as one of the finest albums of Welsh music I have heard – Paul Burgess. – Living Tradition

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