What a great night at the New Years Eve Parti Noson Galan @ Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda! Banda Bacana shared the stage with Turnstone and DJ Fflyffilyfbybl, supported by a wonderful Bethesda crowd with their dancing shoes on. Big thanks to Dilwyn and all the staff at Neuadd Ogwen for all their hard work. And a special mention to Jon Lawrence for doing the PA, we’ve had some really good feedback on the sound.
The team have been beavering away behind the scenes with the recording and mixing of Banda Bacana’s new albums. Final mixes are scheduled for early 2018, and it’s sounding great already. Look forward to some new instruments being played and some great new songs. Watch this space for updates!
Well done to everyone who made it to the boxing night regular at the Vic (…no… not that one) despite the horrendous weather and flooding. For those that missed the Jukes gig – and that includes one of the musicians stranded in Colwyn Bay – you may want cheer yourself up by coming to another wet and windy corner of Wales to see some of the Jukes musicians playing in the equally funky Banda Bacana. Continue reading
Polishing our brass, limbering up our vocal chords and yanking up the groove we’ve been lucky to play at some great local events this summer and some further afield. Thanks to Moel Siabod Cafe for inviting us back to another stomping North Wales reception, and to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the delightful Beathearder festival. Also in July we played at the Food Slam in Menai Bridge where we sampled some wonderful local grub and summer fizz!
See Gorau Môn – Best of Anglesey video featuring our Piropa!
… and on through August…
Banda Bacana will be at the Menai Seafood Festival this Saturday 22nd August, 8pm in the Boatyard next to Dylan’s – come and see us after the daytime events – Cooking demonstrations, local produce market, art and craft, music, and activities for kids – see more here: menaiseafoodfestival.com
At Copperfest on the bank holiday Saturday, Banda Bacana is playing at 7.0 with a great line up – more on the Copperfest website – music starts at 12 and goes on till 11.00. See some great bands in a fab location!
Sadly Debademba have had to cancel their tour because of illness but Neuadd Ogwen & Owen’s Gigs are carrying on with the evening as a Nepal benefit. The line-up is:
- Banda Bacana
- Bloco Swn
- Chris Jones
- DJ Flyffi Lyf Bybl
Bringing some West African sunshine to Snowdonia, Debademba are guitarist Abdoulaye Traore and singer Mohamed Diaby. Playing their unique mix of Ethiopian sounds, Afro-funk, African salsa and blues with Spainish and Arabic influence.
The gig will be held at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda Supported by DJ Flyffi Lyf Bybl & BandaBacana
We spent a productive weekend in Bryn Derwen Studio in the hands of the talented and lovely John Lawrence. We’ve got 15 rough tracks to play with. Next steps to be decided tonight in practice, but will include additional vocal harmonies, horns, percussion and hopefully some accordian.
Thanks to Cory for taking these fab photos.
Well that was fun! We rocked down the A55 to Telfords Warehouse in Chester to play to a crowd of eager people 🙂 if you’ve not been there before it’s well worth a visit, set on the canal it’s a very picturesque setting
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