Posts By: Oli Wilson-Dickson

ALAW at WOMEX 2017

In October of this year WOMEX will take place in Katovice, Poland. According to UNESCO WOMEX is “The most important international professional market of world music of every kind,” and attracts around 2500 delegates. ALAW are delighted to be one of a few artists showcasing at WOMEX this year. Performance details are: start date:27 Oct 2017…
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DEAD MAN’S DANCE – RELEASE DATE

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At last! Dead Man’s Dance (Dawns y Gŵr Marw) is the second studio album from ALAW. Sensitivity and virtuosity combine in this bold exploration of Welsh traditional music and original song with sublime contributions from guest vocalists Georgia Ruth and Gwilym Bowen Rhys. Sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes joyful and exuberant, but always imaginative and…
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Dead Man’s Dance

For months now ALAW has been sweating away – creating, honing, recording, mixing and mastering a brand new album DEAD MAN’S DANCE (Dawns y Gŵr Marw). Featuring many new tunes, songs and arrangements and some incredible performances from our guest vocalists Georgia Ruth and Gwilym Bowen Rhys. The t’s are crossed, the i’s are dotted…
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ALAW Spring / Summer 2016 tour

A splendid run of dates. Join us!   21st April – St. Helen’s Parish Church Hall, 7.30pm – 01159 391818 22nd April – All Hallows Halls West Bridgford, 7.30pm – 0115 9821710 23rd April – St Augustine’s Church, Flintham, 7.30pm – 01636 526162 19th May – Worcester Acoustic Music Sessions, St Swithun’s Hall, Trinity, 8pm…
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A Welsh Tune a Week!

Oli Wilson Dickson

A WELSH TUNE A WEEK! Fiddle player Oliver Wilson-Dickson (Jamie Smith’s Mabon, ALAW, The Devil’s Violin) is on a mission. Inspired by tutoring on the Welsh Music BEAM summer school run by TRAC CYMRU – he has decided record and post a new Welsh tune on his youtube channel every week. “We have so many…
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Reviews round up

Here are some quotations from our ALAW Melody album release ‘exquisite’ fRoots “engagingly tuneful and beautifully interpreted” The Scotsman ‘What makes Alaw unique is the awesome power of their acoustic instruments, played with consummate ease… Exhilarating originality from must-see masterful musos!’ Folk Wales ‘rewarding and refreshingly different… musicians communicate their expertise and understanding with real…
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BEAM workshop, gweithdy BEAM

I had a fantastic time teaching on the Big Experiment / Yr Arbrawf Mawr summer school this weekend. It was an all consuming, exhausting and extremely rewarding three days of workshops, performances, dancing and sessions long into the night. The group I was working with were talented, open-minded and enthusiastic. Below are links to recordings…
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Reviews reviews reviews

Here are the latest reviews The Living Tradition     Acoustic Magazine   The Sunday Times (Culture)   Fatea Magazine Alaw Album: Melody Label: Taith Tracks: 10 Website: http://www.alaw-band.com Those with a knowledge of the Welsh language will be familiar with the concept of “alaw”, which quite literally means “melody”, and this CD by the recently-constituted trio of Dylan…
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5 Star review in Folk Wales

ALAW Melody Taith Records ***** (5 stars) Alaw means Melody in the Welsh language, Cymraeg; and this exquisite trio have expertly squeezed all manner of exciting slip-jigs, reels, breathtaking airs and a solitary delightful traditional song in their mouth-watering and very promising debut album, which demonstrates to brilliant perfection the rich Welsh culture and long, tantalising…
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New album on Radio Wales

“These guys are something very special indeed… a really brilliant album of great great music… Three highly talented individuals but as a trio they really are a force to be reckoned with” “The magnificently melodic sound of ALAW” FRANK HENNESSY BBC Radio Wales 8.9.13 Listen again until  15.9.13 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039tn2w