Weekend in the Studio: Sunday

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.

Weekend in the Studio: Saturday

Thanks to Nick Peplow for these beautifully composed photos.
See more of Nick’s work here: nickpeplow.co.uk.

New Years eve with Banda Bacana and DJ Senor Tim!!!

  • Come and celebrate 2013 and welcome in 2014 in style!!

    Tickets £15 include a buffet and are available from Caban Cyf 01286 685500 from Wednesday 11th December – limited number so grab em quick!!

    Food available from 7pm with the band starting about 9ish.
    Dancefloor filling New Year party sounds provided by Banda Bacana and DJ support from Senor Tim (Jahbar/Legendary Jazz Lounge)

Celebration for Black History Month 2013

John, for North Wales Jamaica Society, has asked us to share information about the following event:

Celebration for Black History Month 2013 Saturday 2nd November at Penrhyn Castle in Bangor – free of charge.

Register with Black History Month for the event by

  • emailing john_wyer@hotmail.com
  • or mobile John Wyer 07427522001
  • Or register on the day at Penrhyn Castle on the day
    (let staff know you are there for the Black History Month Celebration).

There will be two presentations starting at

  • 10am and again at 2pm. sessions which will explore Jamaican history through Reggae music,
  • 10.30am and 2.30 pm sessions music and poetry by Spicy Fingers
  • 11am and 3pm sessions ‘Castles of West Africa@ with Rev Garnet Parris
  • 11.30am and 3.30 pm sessions Capoeira sessions with Wales only capoeira group Mocambo

The ideal time to see the castle would be during the lunch break form12 noon until 2pm.

Look out for the BHM signs when you reach the Castle grounds.

From Castle’s to Dizzying Heights!

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Well what a summer it’s been for the Bacana crew, and what an action packed foray of gigs we have to report back too! Since our last post advertising the amazing Gwyl Arall, we can now tick “play in a Castle” off our “to do” list, and, we not only played in a Castle but got to share the bill with some of Wales’ finest musicians, Yr Ods, Lleuwen Steffan and the one and only Geraint Jarman. We arrive for sound check around 5ish and then head over to Oren for some of Gert’s fine cuisine to provide us with sustenance for the gig. We then head back to the Castle, which is filling up with camping chairs and bottles of cava; these guys look set for a party! They were a tough crowd to get up and dance but seemed to be enjoying in none the less, Continue reading

Gig yn y Castell / Gig in the Castle – Gwyl Arall

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Telfords Warehouse

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Banda Bacana had great fun at Telford’s Warehouse – a cool venue, fluffy crowd, and great sound! We got a this lovely feedback from the venue:

I was there for the whole show and thought you guys where great. The crowd was really into it and you got everybody moving. It’s ace to have such an entertaining band in the venue and I will for sure look to get you back at some point.

Cheers, Mike DTelford’s Warehouse

Banda Bacana at Stables Bar Betws y Coed

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