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.
If your New Year’s resolution was to go to more gigs and see more live music we’re here to help!
Don’t let the winter is get you down – get up and get your groove on – the first Saturday in February – 6.02.16 at 8ish till latish – Come to Cafe Siabod, just outside Capel Curig for some warming and delicious comestibles, some hot beats and finger-lickin’ tunage.
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!
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.
Ceri Dalton & Jochen Eisentraut
John Wilce, Kate Watkiss & Jochen Eisentraut
Jochen Eisentraut, John Wilce Kate Watkiss & Ceri Dalton
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 →