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“...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...”, fRoots

“... 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...”, folking.com

“Walisische Musik - das Stiefkind der keltischen Tradition? So gesehen versetzt Allan Yn Y Fan wahre Berge.”

“...Schotten und Iren seid auf der Hut, ein neuer keltischer Tiger pirscht sich an...”

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Keltische Musik aus Wales

Seit ihrer Gründung 1996 genießt Allan Yn Y Fan einen Ruf als eine der führenden traditionellen Bands in Wales, wie ihr eindrucksvoller Konzert-, Festival- und Musikkatalog sowie zahlreiche europäische Tourneen belegen. Das Quintett, das mit seiner Instrumentenvielfalt begeistert, ist bekannt für seinen kraftvollen Gesang und seine leidenschaftliche Instrumentalbegleitung. Es haucht den traditionellen walisischen Liedern und Musikstücken neues Leben ein und schreibt und komponiert auch seine eigenen Stücke, bei denen es sich von seiner Heimat und seinen Reisen anregen lässt.

International ist Allan Yn Y Fan bereits zweimal beim Festival Interceltique Lorient in der Bretagne aufgetreten, hat Konzerte in Frankreich und Luxemburg gegeben und war in der Tschechischen Republik sowie in Deutschland mehrfach auf Tournee. Die Band begeisterte mit ihren Auftritten auf zahlreichen Festivals in Großbritannien, darunter Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Trowbridge Village Pump, Bromyard, Beverley, Brampton Live, Rhythms of the World und dem weltberühmten Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Unlängst waren die Musiker auf zwei größeren Theatertourneen durch Wales und 2012 auf einer 12-tägigen Tournee durch England und Wales anlässlich der Veröffentlichung ihres vierten Albums "Pwnco" zu sehen. Darüber hinaus kann das Ensemble mehrere Radio- und Fernsehauftritte verbuchen. Allan Yn Y Fan ist bekannt für ihren guten Draht zum Publikum. Ein Konzert von Allan Yn Y Fan macht stets gute Laune. Empfehlung eines Zuhörers: "Tolle Show, tolle Musik - die Band hat das Publikum voll im Griff.

Allan Yn Y Fan - aus- und aufgezeichnet

Seit 2003 hat Allan Yn Y Fan sechs Alben und eine EP unter seinem Steam Pie Label auf den Markt gebracht. Alle wurden positiv bewertet. Das für 2016 geplante Album "NEWiD" wird eine Auswahl an digital bearbeiteten Lieblingstiteln beeinhalten.

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”
fRoots 2016

“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”
folking.com 2016

“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.”
folkwords.com 2016

“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

"Walisische Musik - das Stiefkind der keltischen Tradition? So gesehen versetzt Allan Yn Y Fan wahre Berge."
Colin Irwin, Properganda Magazine, 2012

"Die wohl gefühlvollste und erfahrenste walisische Band...Allan Yn Y Fan hat sich phänomenal schnell von einer gewöhnlichen keltischen Instrumentalgruppe zum Vorreiter in ihrer Branche gemacht."
Simon Jones, fRoots, 2011

"...Schotten und Iren seid auf der Hut, ein neuer keltischer Tiger pirscht sich an..."
Spiral Earth 2012

Neuigkeit

2017

08.05.2017  UPDATE MAY 2017

Well, even for us this is something of a record – one that we didn’t intend to smash! Looking at your own website can sometimes be a little dispiriting when you realise you haven’t posted any news in six months..

The good news is we are all still here! Life outside our band personas has had a stronger claim on us all since we finished the 6&20 tour at the end of November 2016. Sometimes it just happens like that!

The band hasn’t been idle since we retreated into winter hibernation mode. We emerged to play some fine Twmpaths in the first quarter of 2017. It was great to bring the first ever Twmpath to the splendidly restored Penarth Pier Pavilion and, with Gina Roberts on her finest form my, how they all danced and danced! Later that same month we were invited to celebrate that well known Welshman St.Patrick at the lovely Salisbury Arts Centre. A night most notable for the introduction of a very talented young fiddler Tom who certainly played a storm and also, helpfully, significantly lowered the average age of the band members! Again all who came, came to dance – even meeting the challenge set by Chris of dancing the Irish set dance Siege of Ennis! Again, a great night and we do hope to return to Salisbury ere long in concert mode!

In recent weeks we have been rehearsing and looking forward to our first concert gig of the year on Saturday 13th May at the splendid Tredegar House Folk Festival. We are very much looking forward to being part of an amazing Saturday night concert bill sharing the stage with Morfa, Cardboard Fox and Jamie Smith’s Mabon. You really should try and make this one; details here > http://www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/

Later this year we shall be performing a special concert in Catrin’s home town of Aberdyfi – details will appear on here in our gig list very soon.

We are also looking forward to performing at a number of special events for wedding and anniversary celebrants – if you fancy getting in on the act – don’t hesitate to contact us via the details on this site.

Lastly – if you have yet to get yourself a copy of our latest album “NEWiD” – grab one now and buy one for a friend too. You know it makes sense!

Hope to see you somewhere along the road in our 21st year.

2016

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

To order your copy click here!

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.

2015

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...

2014

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...

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...

2013

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 geoff@ayyf.co.uk today.

We aim to get the new selection out for October so time is of the essence! Thanks for your help..”

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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...

31.01.2013  VIDEO

New YouTube video filmed at the Wales Millennium Centre... click here...

25.01.2013  SOUTH WALES ARGUS

“..Meet the Band Article.....” more...

2010 - 2012

21.12.2012  Band Update...
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

11.11.2009  Autumn Newsletter
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. David’s 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”...