‘Alaw’ is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. Drawing on a great wealth of musical experiences Alaw take their audiences on a musical journey – a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India – but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales.
From the elegant to the virtuoso, Alaw play with an empathy that comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oliver have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra ‘a bunch of top-drawer world musicians’ John Medd, Nott Eve Post. Oliver and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon; “A top band led by one hell of an accordion player” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
Cariad at alawon hyfryd sydd wrth wraidd y grŵp newydd yma. Gan alw ar gyfoeth o brofiadau cerddorol, aiff Alaw â’u cynulleidfa ar daith gerddorol – tôn ddychwelodd o daith ym Mwlgaria neu gywaith yn India – ond angerdd dros hen alawon Cymru yw curiad calon eu cerddoriaeth.
O’r cain hyd y penigamp, mae Alaw’n chwarae mewn cytgord sy’n tarddu o flynyddoedd lawer o gydweithio. Bu Dylan ac Oliver yn perfformio yn Szapora a The Ian McMillan Orchestra: “a bunch of top-drawer world musicians” John Medd, Nott Eve Post. Mae Oliver a Jamie yn adnabyddus ledled y byd gwerin fel rheng flaen Jamie Smith’s Mabon: “A top band led by one hell of an accordion player”; Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2.
Oliver Wilson-Dickson plays with The Devil’s Violin Company, Jamie Smith’s Mabon and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Described by R2 magazine as ‘an expressive and exceptional fiddler’ he also regularly collaborates with storyteller Daniel Morden, with whom he appeared for four consecutive years at the National Theatre and toured throughout the UK. As a session musician, Oliver has contributed many recordings from Cartoons for the BBC and a BAFTA award winning film soundtrack to CDs for Warner International. As a composer he has written music for stage productions and BBC Radio 4 drama. When he can find time he plays in the house band on the Welsh TV show Noson Lawen.
Dylan Fowler has been a professional musician now for close on 30 years and in that time he has been active in many areas of music as a performer/ composer and arranger. His musical palette draws on his experiences in contemporary European jazz, traditional music from the Celtic diaspora – particularly his Welsh heritage and his extensive experience as a collaborator with musicians from countries such as India, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Finland, Norway, Canada, Germany and Italy.As well as various group activities he has a developed a reputation as an international soloist as a guitarist and has two cds released on the prestigious German label, Acoustic Music Records which have received excellent reviews. ‘This is music with heart, soul and, above all a bullish determination to ignore recognised boundaries.’ Chris Jones – BBC online reviews.
Jamie Smith is one of the UK’s finest accordionists and writers of new acoustic music. He is a folk musician who specialises in the music of the Celts, unearthing and presenting tunes and songs rarely heard, from places such as the Isle of Man and Galicia in northern Spain. Born in South Wales, Jamie, aged 28, fronts the international Celtic band Jamie Smith’s Mabon. With Mabon Jamie has performed all over the World: grand outdoor spectaculars in France, folk festivals in the UK, delirious allcomers in Mexico, forest parks in Italy, waterfront shows in Australia and castles in Poland. The band has released four albums to date, all featuring Jamie’s original compositions, which he has recently published in a book of his music called Tunesmith.