Celtic Music from Wales
Since their formation in 1996 Allan Yn Y Fan has carved out a reputation as one of Wales' foremost traditional bands, with an impressive catalogue of concert, festival and recorded work, as well as a number of European tours to their credit.
The multi-instrumental sextet, as famed now for their 'beautiful vocals' as for their “fiery instrumentals”, breathe new life into the traditional songs and music of Wales as well as writing their own tunes inspired by their homeland and travels.
Internationally Allan Yn Y Fan has performed twice at Festival Interceltique Lorient in Brittany, played concerts in France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and had several successful tours to the Czech Republic and Germany.
Festival appearances in the UK include Glasgow's Celtic Connections (twice), Trowbridge Village Pump, Bromyard, Beverley, Fylde, Middlewich Folk & Boat, Tredegar House, Fire in the Mountain, Fishguard Folk Festival as well as the world-famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
In recent years the band has undertaken two major theatre tours of Wales and a 12 date tour of England and Wales in 2012 supporting the release of their fourth album “Pwnco”. In 2014 the band was delighted to receive a PRSF/St.David’s Hall commission to compose new music with our friends DnA (Delyth & Angharad Jenkins) performed at the first Folk Day at the Welsh Proms that summer. 2013 and 2014 were notable for well-receive dates played at a wide range of venues in Germany, Switzerland and Luxemburg. Along the way they have also made a number of radio and television appearances.
Allan Yn Y Fan is renowned for the connection made between themselves and their audiences. An Allan Yn Y Fan concert is always an uplifting event. As one audience member commended: “Great show, great music - superb connection to the audience”.
Now in 2015 expanded to a sextet and with plans for a new album well advanced the new line-up for Allan Yn Y Fan is poised to build on and exceed these achievements. Take a look at the Gigs page and catch us live soon!
Allan Yn Y Fan - On Record
Since 2003 Allan Yn Y Fan has released 6 albums and one EP on the Steam Pie Label. All have received terrific critical acclaim The most recent album released on 16th September 2016 entitled “NEWiD” – newid is the Welsh word for change, whilst in English the title could be represented as new identity – apt for an album reflecting the band’s new six piece line-up and, coincidentally Allan Yn Y Fan’s sixth record.
|NEWiD (2016)||Cool, Calm, & Collected (2014)||Pwnco (2012)||Lle Arall / Another Place (2010)|
|Trosnant (2009)||Belonging (2006)||Off The Map (2003)|
“Album six, Allan Yn Y Fan wear their hearts on their sleeve, an undeniable force in Welsh music, NEWid their compelling calling card and convincing new face. Bright, brave and dazzling stuff”
“It’s a glorious celebration of music performed with a buoyancy and lightness of touch that only good musicians who are having a good time can produce”
“All in all, an album of strikingly beautiful music played by accomplished musicians and capable of touching your soul, making you dance with joy - or both.”
“NEWiD...finds this long-established and well regarded band still at the top of their game and clearly enjoying the music they make..”
Folk Radio UK 2016
“If Welsh music is perennially considered the poor relation in the Celtic tradition, Allan Yn Y Fan are moving mountains to change all that.”
Colin Irwin, Properganda Magazine, 2012
“The most sensitive and experienced of Welsh bands...The rate at which Allan Yn Y Fan has gone from being just another instrumental Celtic outfit to front-runners is nothing short of astonishing.”
Simon Jones, fRoots, 2011
“...So look out Scotland and Ireland, a new Celtic Tiger is prowling...”
Spiral Earth 2012
10.12.2016 "NEWiD" for Christmas
08.10.2016 UPDATE OCTOBER 2016
The road to hell they say is paved with good intentions….much like our intention to regularly update the news section of the website. But, it has been a really busy few months for Allan Yn Y Fan.
When we last wrote, we were looking forward to our two joint concerts with Malinky – and what great nights they were! It was a pleasure sharing the stage and the craic with the ace musicians and singers of this first rate Scottish band. We had a great audience on home ground in the beautifully restored Newbridge Memo, and the following night a terrific welcome awaited us in Wales’ quirkiest town (not just our opinion!) :- Llanwrtyd Wells.
A lot of our work “behind the scenes” involved the new album “NEWiD”. For the first time we decided to try crowd funding to help finance the promotion of the album. It was humbling to see from the launch on Crowdfunder in late July, how quickly people came forward to snap up the rewards and pledge. When the project ended we were thrilled that some 60 splendid, generous folk had pledged 98% of the £2000 total we had hoped to raise. We have thanked them individually, but we would also like to acknowledge the fact that without their commitment we would not have been able to undertake some of the work now underway. This includes engaging acknowledged PR specialist James Soars, who has really helped us achieve reviews and airplay where previously we were unknown. And, of course, it’s still happening now!
So, “NEWiD” was officially released on Friday 16th September through Proper Distribution, whilst we were on the road in Belgium and Germany… Before that we had performed at Tŷ Gwerin at Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Y Fenni, Gŵyl Nol ac M'lan in Llangrannog and also fitted in an event at the old Garden Festival Wales site in Ebbw Vale.
However, back in the van – with babi Bleddyn on board plus Darren, and Harry Lee as sound engineer, we covered 2700 miles in the 10 days we were away on tour. It was great to return to the wonderful Thieles Garten in Bremerhaven, to make our first appearance in Belgium at the 31st edition of the Schots Weekend in Bilzen (more people in kilts than we have ever spied in Scotland plus haggis available amongst the more usual festival fare…) and then to return to Syke and Westflugel. Did we mention that it was HOT! Most days the thermometer was hovering on the mid 30s…it’s not natural for pale damp Welshies! What we should mention is the absolutely tremendous reception we got at every gig from the audiences. Standing ovations really boost your artistic spirit! The last gig in Germany was at Gemeinde Halle Jux, Spiegelberg, organised by their wonderful Burgermeister Uwe Bossert. It was lovely to catch up with our very good friends Thomas & Ingrid and, even better, to get Thomas Roth up on stage for the final number as he joined us in an uproarious “Rough Crossing/Seasick Sailors.”
Saturday 17th September was the big travel day – we saw a fair chunk of Germany, a snippet of the Netherlands, most of Belgium and a little of France as we headed back to Wales for our rendezvous with the “City of the Unexpected” – Roald Dahl centenary celebrations in Cardiff. It is fair to say that all of us in the band, plus our amazing caller Gina Roberts, will never forget the experience of getting some 20,000 people dancing to our tunes! You should be able to get an idea of the crazy scenes by googling it!
There was so much going on, including a visit to the Llanelli TV studios for Heno, that we scarcely had the time to register the wonderful reviews coming in for “NEWiD” (but see here on this site) and prepare for our first tour of Wales since 2012. Part one of Taith 6 & 20 has just finished and we have a bit of a breather before part two begins in Blackwood Miner’s Institute on Thursday 10th November. You can see all of the dates here. Please tell your friends and get as many people as you can out to these marvellous venues. It would be fantastic to experience something of what we had in Germany and Belgium on home ground!
Oh, and if you have yet to get your copy of “NEWiD” – you can buy it here!
Will write soon about the further adventures of Allan Yn Y Fan – it’s been some 20th anniversary year so far!
Geoff, Chris, Alan, Catrin, Linda, Kate
28.08.2016 EUROPEAN 6 & 20 TOUR 2016
26.08.2016 6 & 20 TOUR 2016
COOL, CALM & COLLECTED :- CLEAR OUT SPECIAL OFFER!
Allan Yn Y Fan & Steam Pie Records are delighted to offer the band’s 2014 compilation album at the very special price of just £5 + P&P from now until 31st August only.
Geoff Cripps said :- “We need to clear some shelf space at Steam Pie Towers to make way for the band’s brand new album “NEWiD” which will be released on 16th September. Whilst we are excited to be moving forward with the new band, we wanted to mark the close of a chapter in the band’s history and this special offer seemed the very best way!”
“Cool, Calm & Collected” charts the band’s progress from the 2003 first album “Off The Map” all the way to the release of “Pwnco” in 2012 and includes carefully selected tracks from the band’s total recorded output.
“This compilation is a great testament to the sheer quality of music they have produced in their first decade..”
Spiral Earth , 11 April 2014
02.07.2016 GWYL NOL A M'LAN
31.05.2016 UPDATE MAY 2016
We came out of hibernation this month with a trip to God’s Own County of Yorkshire to perform at Shepley Spring Folk Festival. It was a great weekend and would like to say a big thank you to the organisers for making us so welcome. We even enjoyed the weather – which threw four seasons at us in one day, including some mega-sized hailstones and an entertaining muddy exit from the festival site!
Next we are delighted to be welcoming to Wales our very good friends and one of Scotland’s very best bands, Malinky. Thanks to the support of the Night Out/Noson Allan scheme we are thrilled to be sharing the stage for two very special performances. Thursday 9th June we shall be at the beautifully restored Newbridge Memo (more...) and the very next day we are at the Victoria Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells (Friday 10th June). Please do tell all your friends and help make our first home concerts of 2016 packed out and joyous affairs!
We might have mentioned once or twice that over the winter we have been locked away working on our first album of new material since Pwnco in 2012. We are pleased to say that it now has a title :- NEWiD (newid = change) and, given that this is our first as the new sextet, we definitely feel that we have a new identity. For the first time we shall be appealing to all our database followers and website friends to assist us in making this album not just our best to date, but our best-selling album too. We will be launching our very own crowd-funding project next month. In these challenging times it becomes ever more difficult for musicians to make ends meet and we hope that you wonderful people will be able to pledge some of your hard earned cash to put alongside our hard earned cash and that together we can ensure the success of NEWiD.. Plus, there will be some very special rewards/offers for those who pledge. Look out for details soon via these pages, our Facebook site ( www.facebook.com/Allanynyfan ) our Twitter feed (@Allanynyfan) and, if you signed up to our database, in your inbox.
Look out for details soon of our other appearances this summer and for news on our Autumn tours at home and away. Oh, and if you or somebody you know would like to book us, please email :- Geoff@ayyf.co.uk
18.03.2016 TWO SPECIAL CONCERTS WITH MALINKY
20.02.2016 OUR FIRST ALLANYNYFANETTE!
Dymuno Allan Yn Y Fan llogyfarchiadau mawr i'r Catrin & Darren am enidigaeth mab ar 20ain o Chwefror.
Allan Yn Y Fan wish to congratulate Catrin & Darren on the birth of their son on the 20th February.
24.11.2015 AT HOME – BEING PRODUCTIVE (IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!)
“..Well our current series of gigs ended up in some style – the banqueting hall of Cardiff Castle – the product of the fevered imagination of William Burgess coupled with the spending power of Europe’s wealthiest young man – the third Marquess of Bute. This was all the result of the band being booked to perform and provide the Welsh content for Australian company Capstone Financial Planning and their biennial “off-shore” conference. It was a great evening and we look forward to being booked to provide the entertainment at their next conference on their home-ground, Melbourne, Australia!
Before that we had enjoyed a terrific run of gigs in Germany and Luxembourg. We started by performing for the wonderful Niko Markin and Folk Initiative Oldenburg in a very modern church in that city. The warmth of the welcome that night set the seal for the rest of the week. We then spent a very happy few days hosted by our German agent Frank & Gerda and Frank2 & Ilona.....” more...
17.09.2015 THE ROAD BECKONS!
“..It is somewhat embarrassing when you look at your own website and see that the last news update was posted way back in April...
However, since that was posted the band has really enjoyed the festivals it has been fortunate to perform at this year. First up was our return to the wonderful Tredegar House Folk Festival in Newport. We were proud to play our part in the Saturday night concert, sharing the stage with Vicky Swan & Johnny Dyer (great to work with them again) and the super-charged Geordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys from Canada. There was a great reaction to our set, which was particularly rewarding for our new members Catrin & Alan.
Next up in May we were delighted to be invited to play at a new event for us – Merthyr Tydfil Global Village. This was a friendly event and we were also delighted to share a concert on the Saturday night in Redhouse with Czech musician and singer Jana Vebrova. Jana made a great impression on the audience and us as a band. A name to look out for!.....” more...
30.04.2015 SPRING UPDATE APRIL 2015
“..Well it has been a long time since we last updated you all on our progress as the new band. Since we last wrote winter has definitely turned into spring and the new sextet is definitely well into the “forming” stage of development!
The band has made a couple of low-key appearances on the Glanfa Stage of the Wales Millennium Centre plus has performed at two wedding twmpath dawns at two of our favourite venues – Brynich Barn near Brecon and Lyde Court near Hereford.
Mainly our time together has been spent on working up new material, re-visiting some old favourite songs and tunes, plus recording some demos which show the new line-up in action. We now have a three track demo CD which we are sending off to radio stations, concert and festival bookers and key supporters of the band.....” more...
29.11.2014 ALLAN YN Y FAN ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP
“..Geoff, Chris, Linda and Kate are delighted to announce that Allan Yn Y Fan welcomes two new members to the band. Joining us as our lead singer is Catrin O’Neill together with fiddler Alan Cooper......” more...
26.10.2014 AUTUMN UPDATE OCTOBER 2014
“..We can scarcely believe that time has passed so rapidly since we last posted on our site. Huge apologies! 2014 has been quite a year for Allan Yn Y Fan one way or another. An eon ago we had a thoroughly fantastic tour of Germany, Switzerland and Luxemburg. You can read all about that courtesy of the article Geoff was commissioned to write by Karen Price, Arts Editor of the Western Mail (click here...). Huge thanks to all our hosts/promoters in those countries but especially to Frank Reglin of Syke.....” more...
19.07.2014 ALLAN YN Y FAN – WELSH FOLKIES ABROAD! For Karen Price Arts Editor Western Mail
“..The audience are on their feet cheering and clapping, the local press photographer is snapping away as we launch into our encores for the wonderful audience at Thieles Garten in Bremerhaven. The venue tonight is a small concert hall, with ancillary bar and food preparation area, set amongst the most extraordinary sculpture garden – the setting providing the inspiration for the Thieles family to create this cultural oasis just outside the town centre nearly 100 years ago......”more...
18.07.2014 Taking Welsh traditional music to the European masses by Wales Online
“..Allan yn y Fan has been touring Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland but is now preparing for the Welsh Proms. Guitarist and singer Geoff Cripps shares their experiences.The audience are on their feet cheering and clapping, the local press photographer is snapping away as we launch into our encores for the wonderful audience at Thieles Garten in Bremerhaven, Germany. The venue is a small concert hall, with ancillary bar and food preparation area, set among the most extraordinary sculpture garden – the setting providing the inspiration for the Thieles family to create this cultural oasis just outside the town centre nearly 100 years ago......”more...
15.07.2014 Festival of Folk - Welsh Proms
“..The sole opportunity to catch Allan Yn Y Fan on home ground this summer is this coming Sunday in the National Concert Hall of Wales – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. We are delighted to be part of a day-long celebration of Welsh folk & traditional music and song, coupled with opportunities to participate, alongside the cream of the crop (musically speaking) > Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Olion Byw, Haddofolk, and DnA. Our role in this prom is made even more special by the fact that, as the result of a successful bid by the hall, the Performing Rights Society Foundation have commissioned Chris Jones and Kate Strudwick of Allan Yn Y Fan, plus Delyth & Angharad Jenkins of DnA to compose new music especially for this event. So come along on Sunday to the premiere performance of six new pieces performed by AYYF working alongside DnA. Stay for the rest of the day and take advantage now of this absolute bargain of a ticket deal here! See you Sunday!” more...
18.04.2014 Allan Yn Y Fan: 10 Years On by Colin Irwin
“..Ten years? Ten years?!? Surely some mistake...But no, dates don't lie and apparently it's a full decade since Allan Yn Y Fan, the pride of Welsh folk music, unleashed their landmark debut album 'Off The Map' on an unsuspecting world. The unsuspecting world was intrigued......” more...
14.04.2014 RELEASE DATE FOR COMPILATION ALBUM "COOL, CALM & COLLECTED" SPCD 1017S
“..Leading Welsh band Allan Yn Y Fan is delighted to announce the release on 28th April 2014 of a brand new collection entitled "Cool, Calm and Collected" which captures the development of the band across the first decade of its existence......” more...
28.03.2014 SPRING HAS SPRUNG UPDATE MARCH 2014
“..Since we last posted at Christmas we have in fact had a two month break - sort of! Well there were no gigs until the 7th and 8th March when we were delighted to return in full Twmpath Dawns mode. On the Friday we were pleased to be raising money for the Urdd Eisteddfod with a Twmpath at Hirwaun Rugby Club whilst the following night we helped celebrate a 50th Birthday close to home. Both nights were incredibly enjoyable affairs.....” more...
18.12.2013 NADOLIG 2013 / CHRISTMAS 2013
“..We look back on this year with great fondness as it has provided us with so many great performance memories. Starting the year off in Glasgow for Celtic Connections is a terrific way to start any year, and we are proud to be one of just a couple of Welsh acts invited to play this most prestigious of festivals twice!.....” more...
20.10.2013 ACW APPLICATION, NEW MATERIAL, AUTUMN CONCERTS + WOMEX!!
“..Well since we last wrote it really has been heads down for the band - it's not only the playing of music life in a band , you know! With the imminent arrival of the #WOMEX caravan in Cardiff we applied and were successful in getting a grant from Arts Council of Wales to allow us to up our promotional game.....” more...
15.08.2013 HELP NEEDED
“..Well good friends it has been a decade since we first released Off The Map on an astonished world! Belonging followed in 2006 - our second offering and last with Emma Trend fiddling furiously. Meriel Field joined in 2008 bringing her voice and fiddle and we then put out Trosnant in 2009, Lle Arall in 2010 and last year Pwnco. In total some 55 tracks - many composed by ourselves. Now we have decided that we wish to make a selection from all of this recorded output and with the benefit of re-mastering make the chosen ones sound all fresh and new! We would love you to get involved. What is your favourite track? Please let us know and the reason why would be good to know too! Email email@example.com today.
We aim to get the new selection out for October so time is of the essence! Thanks for your help..”
Click here to see our album listing
21.07.2013 BAND UPDATE
“..in the splendid surroundings of Abbey Mill Tintern we managed to stay cool (!) and play our last 45 minute concert set of the summer - we all really enjoyed Folk on the Lawn and it was great to see some old friends there.....” more...
21.04.2013 BAND UPDATE
“..So much for the New Year resolution of being better at updating the website this year then!.....” more...
25.02.2013 ST. DAVIDS DAY/DYDD GWYL DEWI SANT
Due to cancellation by organiser for our Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant concert, we are now available. If you want to book AYYF please contact us as soon as possible...
New YouTube video filmed at the Wales Millennium Centre... click here...
25.01.2013 SOUTH WALES ARGUS
“..Meet the Band Article.....” more...
2010 - 2012
08.10.2012 Band Update...
14.07.2012 Band Update...
30.04.2012 Band Update...
23.01.2012 First Concert Of 2012 To Benefit Tredegar House Folk Festival!!
12.01.2012 NEW YEAR, NEW ALBUM, NEW TOUR!!
17.12.2011 Christmas Newsletter 2011
26.11.2011 JOINT CONCERT WITH FRIBO THURSDAY 1st DECEMBER
02.11.2011 Tales From The Road With The Legendary Max Boyce
13.08.2011 Summer Newsletter 2011
19.02.2011 On The Road Again
13.12.2010 Christmas Newletter 2010
13.08.2010 Tours Are Us!
18.04.2010 Read All About Us!
18.02.2010 New Relase LLE ARALL / ANOTHER PLACE from Allan Yn Y Fan & Delyth Jenkins
16.02.2010 AYYF & Harpist Delyth Jenkins Performing and Composing as they Tour Home Ground
07.02.2010 Heath "RUFF" Ceilidh
2003 - 2009
07.10.2009 The Pure Drop - Dance for Life!
22.08.2009 Airplay Campaign
21.08.2009 Summer Newsletter
29.05.2009 New Album - TROSNANT...
25.04.2009 Who Knows Where The Time Goes?...
24.11.2008 A Right Old Song and Dance!...
31.05.2008 Getting the Music Out There!..
01.03.2008 Allan Yn Y Fan - “Alumni”...
01.01.2008 New Year, New Line-up...
28.10.2007 Farewell to Emma Trend...
23.09.2007 German Tour 2007...
14.07.2007 Ten Years of T-Shirts!!!...
01.03.2007 St. Davids Day, Website Developments and Festival Frolics...
08.10.2006 Album Launch, Festivals & Foreign Jaunts!...
23.04.2006 Band Update...
21.01.2006 Band Update...
30.08.2005 Band Update...
18.06.2005 Francesca decides to hang up her calling cards ...
07.02.2005 Band Update...
14.04.2004 Band Update...
05.06.2003 Allan yn y Fan launch their album “Off The Map”...