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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Banda Bacana + Que Rico + More

Conwy Food Festival
Friday 26 0ct, Conwy Quay

Conwy Quay will be rocking with a great program of music this weekend as part of this weekend’s Conwy Feast.  Banda Bacana will be headlining Friday night, in the heady atmosphere of the Real Ale Marquee, supported by great new Salsa band, Que Rico. This is a night not to be missed – and it’s FREE!
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Bring on the Autumn

Banda Bacana have had a fabulous summer, festivals, parties, weddings and our favourite pub gigs!  And now we’re getting ready for the autumn season with some new world beats and eclectic lyrics.  After a bank holiday stonker at The Heights in Llanberis (thanks to the team at The Heights and everyone that came along – especially those dressed to impress!) the next gig on the calendar is Bangor Apple Fest on 15th September in the Syrcus Circus big top on ‘The Old Bowling Green’ in the centre of Bangor next to the Town Hall.  It starts at 12pm to 6pm.  Entrance to the entertainment tent: £3/£1.50 for children under 10. The Bacanas are on at 3pm in the Big Top – check out the full program on Facebook

Thank you Kaya!

Banda Bacana would like to say a big thank you to Kaya for organising their lovely festival on the Menai Straits on the beautiful Vaynol Estate.  It was amazing to see such world class musicians playing in our area.  And all the local bands, artists and promoters pulled out the stops so thanks to them too!

Check out the photos of our gig at Kaya on the bacana facebook page

Jazz Festival in Barmouth

“One Sunday in May” Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday 27th of May 2012 at Min y Mor Hotel in Barmouth Mid Wales.

The line up is as follows:

1.00-3.00pm – Violinist Billy Thompson with Huw Warren on accordion, Andy Mackenzie on guitar, Eryl Jones on vocals, mandolin & guitar, Phil Gardiner on rhythm guitar, & Greg Robley on bass

3.30-5.30pm – Mellow Baku, vocalist, with Ray Butcher on trumpet, Huw Warren on keyboard, Huw Vaughan Williams on double bass, & Zoot Warren on drums.

5.30 & 7.00pm – break – evening meal available from the hotel

7.00-9.00pm – Gwynedd & Anglesey Youth Jazz Orchestra. Trumpet player Byron Wallen will be featured with the band, as well as a in a duo with Huw Warren.

9.30-11.30pm –  Banda Bacana with some funky Afro Cuban grooves, to finish a glorious day of music.

The Hotel will be serving Sunday lunch & bar snacks throughout the day. Specialist diets can be catered for.  For accommodation and more information about the Hotel & venue contact: 01341 280555