Barry Arts Festival 2012

27th July – 5th August 2012

Canolfan Porthceri Centre is organising and running The Barry Arts Festival in 2012. We have obtained funding from the Arts Council Wales for the event, and a varied programme of events is being provided. There are also several “Fringe” events being organised and run as part of the festival.

Check back here for the latest details.

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Tickets are available for purchase here, as well as from the following local outlets, and “On The Door” at most events  -

Gifted 4 High Street, Barry CF62 7DZ 01446 721339
Barry Eye Centre
87 Holton Road, Barry CF63 4HG 01446 745606
JPL Sound
267 Holton Road, Barry CF63 4HT 01446 722711

Friday 27th July at The Ship Hotel

As Dot (the Boss) reports -

Adran D and Taran gave the Barry Arts Festival a pulsating, mesmerising and downright foot-stomping start last night at the Ship. Make no mistake these guys were real live musicians who sang and played an astonishing array of instruments. What kind of music was it? It was impossible to label it as folk, rock, funk or jazz – let’s just say it was feel-good tunes and hypnotic beats played at times with tenderness and at others with blistering pace. I for one got more than I bargained for last night – the value of what was on offer musically was not reflected in the price of the tickets.

TARAN at The Ship

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Supported by Adran D

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We had already said -

Taran Two days before they represent Wales in the Interceltique festival in France, this Barry-based folk band played their “innovative mix of traditional Welsh music welded to driving riffs and throbbing beats”.

Invited in 2008 by the Welsh Assembly to form a band for Brittany’s Lorient Festival Interceltique, Dan and Gerard Kilbride formed a collective from roots, rock and folk musicians and dance MCs that by all accounts caused earthquakes, shook buildings and generally turned Brittany upside down and inside out. Their CD Catraeth is an eleven-musician, ingenious concept of rock-solid, proud Welsh and Breton music. Largely instrumental, Catraeth gloriously throws caution to the wind as pibgorns, fiddles, hurdy-gurdy, electric guitars, pipes, keyboards, bombardes, fifteenth century galliards, readings from Under Milk Wood, vocals (in Welsh) from Gower-based Estonian Sille Ilves, loops and programmed grooves combine to create an irresistible force. And it’s a mouthwatering chance to madly, flailingly, bouncingly dance.

Catraeth, or Catterick in north Yorkshire, was the scene of a massive bloody battle between the Britons and the Angles. The 6th century book Y Gododdin translates: “We drank clear mead by candlelight; though its taste was good, its bitterness lasted long””.

A video taster of the concert will be available soon.


Taran at the Festival Interceltic Lorient in August 2009

“Taran seriously raises the profile of Welsh traditional music.” Neil K

Supported by folk rock band Adran-D. Adran-D is a Celtic band from Wales combining original and traditional Welsh tunes with jazz, folk, funk and electronic grooves.


Adran D performing “Cold Snap” at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 30th April 2011 as part of the Calan Mai festival.

A track from Adran D’s debut album ‘The Ascent’ with video footage from their gig at Cwlwm Celtaidd in Porthcawl (March 2011).


Saturday 28th July – Del Rey

On Saturday 28th July Canolfan Porthceri Centre proudly presented two events by American Blues Guitarist Del Rey. Del’s 2012 summer tour includes venues in the US, Netherlands and the UK – including the Barry Arts Festival.

Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four. As a teenager, she met bluesman Sam Chatmon who inspired her to become a blues queen. Her guitar playing is influenced by country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie – all filtered through the sensibility of a self-taught trailer-park aesthete. Her live show is full of complex guitar grooves and sly humour.

She collaborates and tours frequently with Austin guitarist Steve James and she plays ukulele with Ukeshack. She is featured on Maria Muldaur’s CD Sweet Lovin’ Old Soul. She has contributed to projects in honour of The Mississippi Sheiks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash. Del Rey also writes about music for various publications, including Acoustic Guitar.

Saturday 28th July at Windsor Road United Reformed Church
Talk by Del Rey : Women in American Music followed the development of the music from classic blues to swing and rocking hillbillies, through the stories of the diverse and interesting women that played music from 1900 to 1950. The diverse music of these women is tied together by guitar arrangements that bring the songs to life for younger generations. The show contained much of interest both in it’s historical information, particularly regarding Memphis Minnie, who obviously had a big influence on the young Del, who displayed brilliant musicianship in playing these pieces on guitar and ukulele. There was both humour and inspiration to be enjoyed in the story of the lives and music of these women, and it was exciting to have such a talented woman instrumentalist playing the songs in the here and now.

Video to follow!

Saturday 28th July at West End Labour Club
Performance by Del Rey
. Just got back from a day of Del Ray! Del’s performance this evening in the West End Club had the audience roaring for more! They call her the Guitar Queen – and rightly so. Her expertise on guitar and ukelele is quite mind-blowing – and she laced her whole performance with humour and anecdotes. Del’s songs include subjects such as her bicycle, her dog, and the importance of knowing when to keep one’s big mouth shut! Jelly Roll Jones were brilliant, starting off the evening and getting everyone in the mood with great music, boogie and laughs! What a night!

Del Rey at The Barry Arts Festival 2012

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Del was supported by local band Jelly Roll Jones, seen below at the recent “Big Lunch” in St Mary Street – part of the Jubilee celebrations. Jelly Roll Jones are a Cardiff based band playing old time jug band/hokum blues from the 20s and 30s, with tunes from the likes of Blind Blake, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Willie McTell and Cannon’s Jug Stompers. All acoustic, featuring guitar, banjo, double bass, washboard and harmonica

Support by Jelly Roll Jones

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Sunday 29th July at Windsor Road Church.
Choral Workshop.
Leading UK choral conductor Jeff Howard led a Choral Workshop, and as Dot Connell said -

What a joy today’s choral workshop with Jeff Howard was. Here’s why:
1. Jeff was inspiring and motivating in equal measure. What a gifted guy he is.
2. About 10 more people than expected turned up to enjoy the day
3. We all learned new stuff about singing, and we all got to sing. Bliss!!

Just over 20 of us gathered to learn three new songs today, and I have to say it sounded pretty good. There was also a real buzz about the place and what was a room full of individuals soon melded into a lean mean singing machine. If there was one event that would make me do this festival again, it would be this one.

As a spectator, I can confirm that it DID sound “pretty good”. VERY pretty good!

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Jeff has performed throughout the UK and Europe including the Wigmore Hall, The Goethe Institute, Brussels and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and has worked with orchestras such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Royal Philharmonic. He made his Royal Albert Hall debut in 2002 as soloist in Shostakovitch’s 2nd piano concerto.  Jeff frequently provides arrangements for the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Songs of Praise, S4C and various solo artists. He has been accompanist, singer and arranger for Only Men Aloud!, and regularly works with artists such as Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Michael Ball and John Owen Jones.  For the past 18 years, Jeff has been a vocal coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He has a long association with the National Youth Choirs of Wales and as well as conducting the National Youth Training Choir of Wales, has provided several commissions for the choirs.


The Choral Day was sponsored by Newydd

Monday 30th July at Windsor Road URC
Becci Holmes, a local artist, had designed a mural on the theme of Barry. Becci describes the mural as “a way of using creativity to bring the community together. Inspiration was taken from different locations in Barry and has been designed with a dreamy feel”
We invited members of the community to come along and help paint the muriel, and a good number of people turned out to help.

Muriel Day Photographs

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(And to those who think I can’t spell, you are wrong. But I do accept that it is the wrong word)

The finished mural will be on display at Windsor Road Church on Friday 3rd August.

As well as the work on the mural, we were fortunate to have a variety of local artists running workshops, with Sue and Kath Williams running card making, Sarah Bishop creating textile flowers, and Sadie Hurley running ceramic painting and clay modelling. The busy atmosphere proved how good these artists were at their jobs, and we are very grateful for their efforts and assistance.

We also had local authors Catherine Jones, Michelle Briscombe, David Alexander, and John Atkinson talking about their books, and the trials and tribulations of creating and publishing them.

A busy and successful day – and big thanks to everyone who assisted!

Tuesday 31st July 8pm at Masonic Hall, Broad Street Parade.
Summer Songs: With Tim & Suzannah
Chill out to timeless classics made famous by Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, Norah Jones and Bobby Darin. Then when the sun goes down get up and dance to the perfect summer playlist!
Compered by local funny guy Mark Thompson. Buffet included.

Tim Reynolds, who hails from Northern Ireland has been singing since childhood and has performed throughout the UK, US and Canada. Well known for starring roles in Pukka Productions’ shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, A Christmas Carol and Annie.

Suzannah Jayne has been singing for many years and, like Tim, has starred in a number of Pukka Shows, most notably, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Suzannah has recently launched ‘Just Whitney’.
For more information on upcoming events search ‘Suzannah Jayne’ on Facebook.

Remaining Tickets available on the door : £12 including Buffet

Wednesday 1st August 7.30pm at Board Room, Dock Office. Poetry reading by Grahame Davies and Tony Curtis. Tony Curtis and Grahame Davies are reading from their work, which will include poems from the anthology “Tokens for the foundlings” which is inspired by the Foundlings Museum in London, “Coal” and “Lightning under the sea”.  Professor Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen and has lived in Barry for 30 years.  He has combined a life devoted to creative writing with a distinguished academic career at Glamorgan University, having published many books of poetry and criticism including “War voices” and “How poets work”.  Grahame Davies writes in English and Welsh and is a past winner of the Welsh Book of the Year Award in 2002 for his collection of poems “Cadwyni rhyddid”.  His diverse publications include “The chosen people”, a study of the Welsh and Jewish peoples and “The big book of Cardiff”.  Originally from Wrexham, Grahame is a frequent broadcaster and lecturer and now lives in Cardiff. This event will be in English and Welsh.

Poetry readings by Grahame Davies and Tony Curtis : £10

Remaining tickets available on the door.

Thursday 2nd August 11am-1pm at Barry LibraryCreative Writing Workshops with Professor Tony Curtis. If possible please email up to 3 A4 sheets of your work prior to the day to Alternatively send to 57 Buttrills Rd, CF62 8EG, marking the envelope “Workshop”.
Booking is essential as places are limited and almost half of the places have been booked so budding writers of any genre – thrillers, travel, cookery, poetry – are urged to get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.

Creative Writing Workshop with Tony Curtis : £10
Tickets available only from Dot Connell 01446 744914 / 07982 319456

Literature Events are Sponsored by
the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council

Thursday the 2nd August, 7:30pm at Masonic Hall, Broad Street. 

UPDATE : 17th July – The Amigos concert has been cancelled due to illness. Apologies to people that have already bought tickets – if you contact us or our ticket outlets, we will arrange your refunds.

We have arranged alternative entertainment for the night. Boyd Clack will appear at Barry Arts Festival on Thursday 2nd August from 7.30 -8.30pm at Barry Masonic Hall. Boyd is well-known as a musician, actor, writer and raconteur – so come along and experience this talented, funny guy for just £5! Boyd’s appearance last month at the Cowbridge Book Festival was a sell-out at £10 a head, but given the short time we have to promote the event the tickets are at a bargain price, and available only on the door.

An Open Mic night will now start after Boyd at 9pm. Turn up at Barry Masonic at 9pm for the open mic and entry is still free, and still £4 to perform. Proceeds to Barry-based dementia charity Ty Hapus on Holton Road in Barry.  So come along and listen, or get up there and wow us with your performance!


Friday 3rd August 7.30pm at Board Room, Dock Offices. Gillian Clarke the National Poet of Wales will read and reminisce about her childhood in Barry. Gillian will “come home to Barry” and, overlooking the statue of David Davies, will introduce some of her poems and reminisce about her young life in Barry where she went to Romilly School until the age of 8.  Her words have been immortalised in the paving of King Square and she has been commissioned to write a poem celebrating the Waterfront currently under regeneration.  Gillian was thrilled to take part in the Barry Arts Festival saying “I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with Barry.  The town shaped my formative years and made me the poet I am today.  It’s great to see the resurgence of a vision for Barry’s future and this includes establishing a vibrant arts festival.”Gillian Clarke was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2010 and the Wilfred Owen Award 2012. Her new poetry collection, Ice, is published in October 2012.

Literature Events are Sponsored by
the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council

Wall-hanging Project

Pat Temple-Murray of Canolfan Porthceri Centre and Gill Davies, a local quilting tutor, are co-ordinating this community wall-hanging which will be made up of about 40 textile pictures depicting Barry.  The squares of embroidery, beadwork and collage have been created by individuals and groups such as Barry Ladies Choir, Vale Plus and Tabernacle Chapel, and according to Pat Temple-Murray will be “a stunning and unique commemoration of Barry and its creativity.  When we had this idea for a wall-hanging we had no idea whether it would take off or not, but it has.  We think this is a good omen for the festival as a whole!”  When completed the wall-hanging will be displayed in Windsor Road Church during the week of the festival, and will then be exhibited in Barry library.

Sunday 5th August 8pm at Ship Hotel – Barry Festival Composition by Chris Young.
Barry musician and sound artist Chris Young premieres “Bricks and Mortar”, written for the festival. As the festival is about community and Barry town, this piece is about an old home on Gladstone Road. This home holds a lot of memories and was recently left and sold to a new family.
The piece uses ambient recordings of each room in the house
with one verse written in each room based around a memory. Other sounds have been added to illustrate these creating a cross between ambient soundscapes, poetry and rhythmic songs.

Barry Festival Composition Tickets : £3 On the Door


Chris has worked with Ffotogallery, The Porthceri Centre and is currently working on a piece for the Washington Gallery’s Pavilion Project.

Fringe Events run by Partner Organisations

Windsor Road URC will be open from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August for a variety of events and exhibitions. In addition to ones mentioned above, the following are planned, and there may be more added that aren’t in our printed programme – so please check back here for the latest news!

Sunday 29th July 2-8pm Knap Lake.
Art4u Friendship Concert

People were invited to “Come and enjoy the sounds and relaxed atmosphere of Art4U’s second gathering of talented musicians, local and not-so-local.”

As it turned out the day started with the traditional 2012 weather – hammering down with rain! Not a good omen for the friendship concert. However, it appears that Glyn Pooley, the organiser, is not a man to cancel because of a little rain, and his confidence was justified as the day turned out fine. The Knap Lake park had a good crowd watching the impressive number of performers that had signed up to the event. As well as the performances, there was the (almost obligatory) face painting, and a relaxed atmosphere (in spite of the strong breeze) made for a very pleasant experience!

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Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August at Windsor Road URCVale of Glamorgan Artists (VOGA) are putting on a week-long exhibition.


Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August at Windsor Road URCBarry Camera Club are putting on a week-long exhibition. “Barry Camera Club’s Annual Exhibition has been held every year since the club’s formation in 1901 and we are grateful to the Barry Arts Festival for hosting us this year. This year’s images reflect the wide range of photography our members undertake, and includes photographs from beginners through to internationally ranked photographers.”


Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August at Windsor Road URC – The Positive Image Photographic Society (PIPS) will display a selection of prints. Also club members will be available to answer questions about photography and the club.


Friday 3rd August at Windsor Road URC 10am – 4pm – Baruc Art Group Open Day. Come and see the work of Windsor Road Church’s resident artists!


Friday 3rd August at Windsor Road URC 2-4pm Alan Sinclair, Affordable Housing Enabler with the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council, will be available to clarify and discuss a project aimed at providing studio/ living accommodation for local artists, hopefully in the Barry area.


Monday 30th July-Friday 3rd August 11-5pm at Canonhill Art Space, Canon Street
Art4u Exhibition of “Between the Lines”, Glyn Pooley’s drawings and photographs of local people.

£Free but donations welcome.

Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August 10am – 4pm at Crossways Methodist Church - Pukka’s Summer Sizzler – a week of performing fun on the theme “boy bands”. Ages 3-10.

Contact Sarah on 07917 881220 or email


Sunday 29th July 2-8pm Knap Lake. Art4u Friendship Concert Come and enjoy the sounds and relaxed atmosphere of Art4U’s second gathering of talented musicians, local and not-so-local.

£Free, but donations welcome.

Tuesday 31st July 12-1pm, and 1-2.30pm at Windsor Road URC. Superstars director Chris Bullen leads street dance workshops. 12-1 pm for age 10-13, 1-2.30pm for age 14+

For more details phone Chris on 07531 814 820

Weekend 4th-5th of August 2-6pm Victoria Park, Barry
It’s back! And it’s going to be even better than last year’s huge success. Local musicians, singers and choirs including Barry Ladies, Vale Voices and Barry Male Voice come together on the Saturday. On the Sunday Peter Karrie will head a line-up of local talent, including PUKKA’s finest performers.


For details contact Sarah on 07917881220
or email


This Festival is Funded by Arts Council of Wales

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2 Responses to Barry Arts Festival 2012

  1. Hi,

    The program looks great!
    I was just wondering if there would be any space for a fairly new community choir to perform? We practice in St Frances Millennium Centre on Friday afternoons, mainly for fun and the feel good factor gained by singing in a group, but I think it would be lovely to have a performance opportunity in Barry. We are singing songs in 3 and sometimes 4 part harmony and can sound quite lovely!
    Is there any advice you could offer regarding this? I have arranged performances in Cardiff and elsewhere -(Tredegar House folk Festival today for one of my other groups) – it would just be lovely to have the Barry group perform in their (and My) home town.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this!


    Laura Bradshaw

  2. Paul Haley says:

    Whoo hooo!

    What a fantastic cultural set of events in a packed programme!

    Well done to Canolfan indeed. I support anyone who rolls up the sleeves and tries to Make A Difference. I’m sure the Barry Arts Festival 2012 will do just that…make a huge impact and contribution to cultural Arts…and establish Barry as a place for such events.

    My wishes are that you find your venues too small, your ticket prices too cheap, your audiences begging for more, your sponsors banging down your doors, and your enthusiasm is energised from the buzz and smell of success!!

    Make That Difference!

    Congratulations so far


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