Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Music confirmed for Wales' biggest pub

The Cardiff International Arena will be home to the biggest pub in Wales in June, when the Campaign for Real Ale holds the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival there.
Alongside the beers and ciders the music for the for the largest beer festival in Wales has just been announced.

Thursday - quite day

Friday 12th afternoon 3.30pm Baggyrinkle

"Swansea Shantymen"

Baggyrinkle sing in three-part harmony with some of the songs accompanied by the concertina and their programme complemented by the occasional instrumental piece.
The group currently consists of nine members, (eight performing and one female to keep the boys in order!) who come from all walks of life and have been brought together by their love of folk music with the emphasis on maritime material, of course.
Most of the Baggies’ repertoire is traditional, although contemporary songs also feature – some of them penned by group members Dave Robinson & Andrew McKay – and Welsh language songs are also beginning to make an appearance.

Friday 12th 9pm Dansette
Dansette are a horn - driven eight piece band who play an authentic mix of 60's Soul standards from the Stax/Atlantic/Motwn stables. If you want to think Blues Brothers and Commitments you'll be half right, but we don't stop there, we'll take you on a Soul Journey through that golden era that you just won't want to end. Dancing shoes are optional but enjoyment is guaranteed.

Saturday 13th Early afternoon -Cardiff Blues Male Voice Choir

The 60-strong Cardiff Blues mixed voice choir is one born out of the S4/C series, Codi Canu. This successful TV series aimed to bring back singing to the rugby terraces through the medium of Welsh. Each of the 4 rugby regions had a choir and a list of songs to learn throughout the 2006-07 season. Each region competed against each other by singing pitchside at the Wales vs England 6Nations match in Cardiff in April 07. The Blues Choir were lucky enough to sing Rhyfelgyrch Gwyr Harlech(Men of Harlech) and although we came runners-up to the Dragons choir, we loved the whole experience.

Saturday 13th 1400 hrs -Isca Morris Men

The Isca Morrismen were formed in 1976 by three experienced dancers taking their name from the Roman Fortress of the Second Augustan Legion which once stood on the site of the town of Caerleon in the old county of Gwent in South East Wales, UK.

Saturday 13th Late afternoon- The Booze Brothers

“The Booze Brothers - Playing well known party hits and drinking songs on tuned beer bottles and glasses".

Saturday 13th 8.30pm The Jug Band

"The Jug Band was once referred to as the Drinking man's Pink Floyd"

The Jug Band is a band that is going forward in no particular direction and backwards in both. They are the only band to give you stereo washboards. So, if you like your bands a bit rough around the edges (to say the least), not even the tiniest bit politically correct with a hint of Mungo Jerry thrown in. A bit rude and a bloody good laugh then come and see us.

All through the Festival Balloon Platoon will be entertaining the customers and staff.

Festival Facts

  • 6000 thirsty drinkers are expected at the 3 day event
  • 24,000 pints of real ale, cider and perry will be consumed during the Great Welsh
  • Over 10 pints a minute will be served during the festival
  • Almost 4000 pints of cider and perry will be available
  • Over 250 different real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers will be available at the Great Welsh
  • 2000 pints of German beer will be specially imported for the Great Welsh
  • Over 120 CAMRA members will be volunteering to work at the festival
  • The bar is 70 metres long!
  • The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival 2009 is the 9th annual festival, the 2nd at the CIA, the previous 7 having been held at Cardiff City Hall
  • CAMRA outgrew Cardiff City Hall and with help from the Welsh Assembly Government relocated to the CIA last year
  • Pub games, stalls and food will be available at the Festival

Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, Cardiff International Arena, CIA, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ

Open: Thursday 11th June 11-11, Friday 12th & Saturday 13th June 11-11

Entrance £5 (£4 for Under 26s and CAMRA members), includes souvenir glass and festival programme. For more information log onto: www.gwbcf.org.uk, tel:07807 609712

Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival Facebook site here

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