Glyndwr Festival Sept 14th- 16th 2007
year gone and we can’t believe it’s been our third
year running the Owain Glyndwr Festival at the Ancient Briton
in Pen y Cae. This year, after taking on board your comments,
we went the whole hog and ran it for two days and nights and
though we are all shattered, we all feel that this year has
certainly been the
best so far.
thank all those people who put so much work and effort into
getting this event together. We have to say this up front
as without the volunteer hours, the donated goods, equipment
and facilities, transport, the good will gestures and musicians
giving of their time for free, we would never have achieved
what has certainly been a fantastic weekend. THANK YOU –
all of you and you know who you are. We still have things
that need improving and will continue to work to build upon
the success of the past three years.
thank you to:
Events - who did such a professional job of the stage,
PA and lighting and made a huge difference for our musicians
and audience this year!
y Ddraig, Sons of the Dragon - who created an amazing
atmosphere in their archers camp and provided many budding
archers with a chance to hone their skills.
Through History – again we couldn’t have done
this without you and your horses and the Prince himself.
and Pontardawe Acoustic Music Club– fine musicians
and great entertainment
Juggle – the best in kids entertainment and circus
The Play Supply – imaginative play
and creation for kids and the awarding body of the Cabbage
for the Best Horse Poo Sculpture (awarded by Prince Glyndwr)
Dwy Droed Chwith – traditional Welsh
clog dancing who meet every Weds at 6pm in Alltwen Community
School of Arms – training in medieval combat skills
and martial arts, thanks for superb displays. They meet in
– another great local band back again for the festival
From The Hill– who played their penultimate gig
on Saturday. Thanks for a great three years guys and good
luck for the future!
Lazarus Carpenter – for getting together
a fab Friday night of music and keeping the music going on
Penycae School -who did a wonderful performance
of the history of Owain Glyndwr
Hawking - who brought with them beautiful birds of prey.
Esyllt Harker and Gillian Stevens –
beautiful story telling with traditional music.
Sharie – who stepped in at the last
minute to share Welsh faerie tales.
The Friday night (and Sat) musicians – Ian James,
Double Zeros, Kelly’s Angles, Esinti, Lazarus and the
Lambs, Up the Creek
(Communities First), Cen and Crew (1st Swansea Valley Scouts),
Howard Marr, Crad Lowe, Coelbren School, Welfare Hall and
Church and of course Gerald and the staff of the Ancient Briton,
for your enthusiasm and constant support of this event.
event has been sponsored by the BBNPA Sustainable Development
Fund and Awards For All.
the Prince arrives on site
Ponty Acoustic Music Club
kids playing the part
y Ddraig Archers
Glyndwr Festival 2006 - Second Year's Success
fantastic festival and a big hand for the one who ordered
the weather! A little piece of summer was to be found at the
Ancient Briton in the Upper Swansea Valley on the 16th September
2006 as the second Owain Glyndwr Festival got into full swing.
the success of the first Owain Glyndwr Festival last year,
The Sleeping Giant Foundation knew it had its work cut out
to bring a bigger event with more of everything and I believe
we did it. The day was packed with a whole variety of things
to do from shield and sword making for the children, bodhran
an accordion workshops to sampling local crafts, food and
addition of a dedicated music marquee, there was music to
be heard all day and well into the night. Friday night started
the festival with a session led by the fantastic fiddle player
Dan Morris. The music was started on Saturday with three superb
performances by local primary schools from Abercraf, Caehopkin
and Penrhos which packed out the marquee. Wonderful storytelling
in both English and Welsh was done by Esyllt Harker and accompanied
by Gillian Stevens playing early Welsh instruments such as
the crwth. Owen Griffiths, our local community Police Officer
changed into period costume and told some very funny tales.
There followed performances by the Pontardawe Acoustic Music
Club, a very successful Open Mic session and the evening was
rounded off with stunning performances from Stonecraft and
the ever energetic Boys from the Hill.
the field were other entertainments such as James Matthews
from Juggling Roadshow who did wonderful juggling, stilt walking
and a circus skills workshop. Jason Gardner from Dragon Forge
was present again getting a lot of interest in the work of
We were graced with the presence of Prince Owain Glyndwr who
not only opened and closed the festival, but showed off mounted
combat skills to the delight of the audience. The Glamorgan
School of Arms added to this by demonstrating medieval hand
to hand combat skills. I think there maybe a few new knights
in the making.
all exhausted, but really overjoyed about the amazing positive
feeling from this event,' said Maureen Mountford The Sleeping
Giant Foundation's Director and Festival Organiser, 'we've
had a huge turnout and massive amounts of support from our
local community.' 'It is events like these that we need to
attract people into the area,' said Mr Christopher Gledhill,
Chief Executive of the Brecon Beacons National Park who spoke
at the festival opening dressed in a monk's outfit!
we are looking to next year and we would love to make this
into a proper two day event. This will mean that we will need
some more help on the festival organising front, so if you
want a chance to be a part of this growing event and do something
positive for the local community, then get in touch with Eleanor
on 01639 731062 - oh and there might be a few quid in it for
you as well!
Owain Glyndwr Festival will take place on the weekend of the
15th and 16th September 2007 - put it in your diaries now.
Sleeping Giant Foundation would like to say a huge THANK
YOU to all those who helped out, especially the stewards
who manned the entrances and car park, the local schools who
got their performances together at short notice, Martin Ellis
who provided advice and encouragement, Coelbren Miners' Welfare
Hall and Coelbren School for the loan of the tables and chairs,
Rhiannon Morley who did a sterling job on creating all those
foam swords, Abercrave Rugby Club for stewarding Saturday
night, Wynn Roberts at Ystradgynlais Welfare Hall who sponsored
the shield making workshop, Howard Marr and John Evans, Geraint
Roberts, Clive Osborne, Owen Griffiths, 1st Swansea Valley
Scouts for the main marquee, Tom Addey of Communities First
and John Williams from the Forestry Commission and of course
Gerald of the Ancient Briton who continues to support this
event and serves the best real ales in Wales....
From The Hill
Acoustic Music Club
The Ancient Briton 01639 730273
was sponsored by the Sustainable Development Fund (BBNPA)
and by Powys County Council.
Owain Glyndwr Festival
Success 16th & 17th Sept 2005
a weekend it has been! From the opening night with Mari Lwyd
to a scorching set Saturday night by Boys From The Hill, the
first Owain Glyndwr Festival organised by The Sleeping Giant
Foundation has been a resounding success with all.
Mari Lwyd started the event rolling on Friday
night with a set in the Ancient Briton followed by a well
attended jam session.
Saturday's weather was kind and the festival
kicked off in earnest with lots of people attending. The entertainment
was fantastic, with music from Graig Garw Valley Voices, Mari
Lwyd, Pontardawe Acoustic Music Club and Hafwen the young
harpist. James from the Juggling Roadshow kept the young and
young at heart entertained with circus skills, fire juggling
and the appearance of a 7ft 'Gandalf'.
Jason Gardner demonstrated the art of the
blacksmith and displayed the replica of Owain's sword of state
to a rapt audience. He was also wearing the most hilarious
pair of home made safety boots that needed to be seen to be
Stories were told by Linda Ware and wonderful
crafts, delicious local food and real ale kept people going
of the day was the appearance of Owain Glyndwr and his standard
bearer, both on war horses, opening the festival and being
presented his sword in the closing ceremony. Children had
the chance to form ranks for a parade with Owain as he led
them around the field and the sight of the horses in full
regalia was very impressive.
'It's been a big hit,' said Eleanor, The Sleeping
Giant Foundation's Development Officer and Festival Organiser,
' People have been saying how much fun it has been and how
informative it is. We've had numerous comments on the welcoming,
family friendly atmosphere we've had on site. We'll definately
be back next year with a bigger and better festival.' Good
to hear, especially as last seen Eleanor was riding into the
hills on Owain Glyndwr's horse, being led by the Prince himself!!
closed with a spectacular performance by Boys From The Hill
that left no-one in doubt that there are some very talented
artists in our valley.