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Since they formed in 1996, fernhill have become important cultural ambassadors for Wales and its music, having toured in 20 countries including performances for the King of Swaziland and the President of Mozambique. They have recorded three critically acclaimed albums; the latest, Whilia, was a top twenty album in the Folk Roots poll 2000. fernhill create a new musical landscape from the indigenous dance rhythms and folk poetry of Wales. Julie Murphy's passionate singing combined with guitar, fiddle, double bass and trumpet produces a sound both gutsy and enchanting.
'Global emissaries for an open-minded and creative reinterpretation of the neglected Welsh (and Breton) components in Celtic music'
'The band at the heart of the Welsh renaissance'
'These daring musical deconstructionists
have become the prime movers in a crop of talented bands injecting new life and an exciting contemporary dynamic into traditional Welsh music'
'Julie Murphy is a must-see-must-hear singer'
'A wonderfully soulful singer'
LIVE BAND LINE-UP
Julie Murphy vocals
Richard Llewellyn guitar
Cass Meurig fiddle
Tomos Williams trumpet
Andy Coughlan double bass
Julie has just recorded a track with Robert Plant for the new album by Afro Celt Sound System on the Realworld label.
'Julie Murphy all but steals the show to underline her emergence as one of the greatest singers in the land with her electrifying counterpoint to Robert Plant on Life Begins Again.' Colin Irwin, fROOTS (Review of Afro-Celt Sound System - Vol 3)
Webcam footage of the band's London Welsh centre gig in march 2001 is currently on the Radio 3 Late junction website.
In 2001 the band contributed a performance to the film 'Beautiful Mistake' about the Welsh music scene which includes performances by James Dean Bradfield, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals, and Gorkys Zygotic Mynci.
Julie Murphy also collaborated with ex velvet underground member John Cale; he accompanied her on a track from her solo album Black Mountains Revisited (a MOJO folk album of 99)
In April and May Fernhill will be touring Wales under the banner 'The Rough Guide to Cymru' alongside virtuoso concertina player John Morgan and poet Ifor Ap Glyn. The tour is the first in a series celebrating what has been until now one of the best kept secrets in World music- the traditional music of Wales. The tour is sponsored by Creu Cymru, Rough Guides and World music network.
ROUGH GUIDE TOUR 2002
25 Thu CARDIGAN Theatr Mwldan 01239 621200
26 Fri TREGARON Talbot Hotel 01974 298719
27 Sat FISHGUARD Theatre 01348 873421
28 Sun CARDIFF Chapter Theatre 029 2030 4400
29 Mon SLOVAKIA ( fernhill only )
30 Tues CERVENY CASTLE . SLOVAKIA
1 Wed BELTINE FESTIVAL.VALECOV. CZECH REP
2 Thu ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre 01970 623232
3 Fri NEWTOWN Gregynog 01686 650224
4 Sat BLACKWOOD miners inst 01495 227206
7 Tues PWLLHELI Neuadd Dwyfor 01758 704088
8 Wed BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog 01874 611622
9 Thu SWANSEA Taliesin AC 01792 296883
10 Fri NARBERTH Queens Hall 01834 861212
11 Sat LONDON welsh centre 0207 837 3722 / 0208 3411708 ( eve )
12 Sun BASINGSTOKE Anvil lunchtime 01256 844244 ( fernhill only )
SUMMER FESTIVALS CONFIRMED OR TBC
( fernhill only )
28 Fri YNYS MON. Gwesty Victoria, Porthaethwy TBC
29 Sat GLYNLLIFON FOLK FESTIVAL nr CAERNARFON
KAUSTINEN . FINLAND
SESIWN FAWR . WALES
WOMAD READING . ENGLAND TBC
NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD . WALES
TATIHOU . NORMANDY
INTERNATIONAL GIG HISTORY
1996 Tour Southern Africa including performance at the Market theatre, Jo'burg 1997 Tour East Africa including workshops and performances with musicians from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania 1998 Fete du Cournouaille, Quimper, Brittany 1998 British council tour of swaziland and Mozambique. performed for the King of Swaziland at the Royal palace and the President of Mozambique alongside traditional musicians from both countries. 1998 Britain and Greece festival. Athens concert hall ( with Shooglenifty ) and Volos theatre 1999 Telemark festival. Norway 2000 Fete du Lannion et Fete La Roche Bernard, Brittany 2000 / Vietnam . concerts and workshops with Vietnamese musicians in Sapa, Hanoi and Ho chi Minh City 2001 La Tentation. Brussels 2001 Teatro de Vittorio. Rome 2001 Tokyo. Club Ayoma Cay 2001 Aljustrel. Portugal / encontros musicais de comunidades mineiras 2001 Celtic night festival / Leeurwarden Holland in concert with Altan. 2001 Celtic festival Apeldoorn, Holland in concert with Sharon Shannon 2001 Live radio concert for Radio Bremen Germany.
Albums on the Beautiful Jo label
Black Mountains Revisited
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