PEN BAR LAG. AR AGOR!

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LLywelyn b. 1258 (Wales’ last sovereign prince) fought over the Old Castle where we hold The Good Life Experience each year. And on this auspicious site we offer some of the rich and diverse literature, dance and music makers of Wales.

It all happens in a tent called Pen Bar Lag (the Welsh for our home, Hawarden, is Pen ar Lag. Perhaps translating as 'head of the lake') . It’s hosted by punk legend and John Peel favourite Anrhefn’s Rhys Mwyn, and Brecon’s wonkiest and most wonderful book shop and cafe, The Hours’ Nikki and Leigh.

Head there in 2019 and you might find:

GWILYN BOWEN RHYS

It's so exciting when doors are thrown wide open and talent rushes through to wider acclaim. We are delighted that Gwilyn Bowen Rhys is going to be singing at the Good Life in the tiny but perfectly formed Pen Bar Lag tent/bar so catch him before he goes stratospheric .

A few minutes in the company of his sonorous vocals and you’ll see why he is up for British Folk Singer of the Year this year for BBC Radio 2.

 

LLEUWEN

An extraordinary and trilingual artist, singing in Breton and Welsh. LLeuwen is an internationally renowned and acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter, whose current project is inspired by and rooted in the blues of old Welsh country hymns.

Expect the unexpected.

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BLODAU PAPUR

Fans of soul and blues might want to mosey on down to Pen Bar Lag to catch this young band BLODAU PAPUR (paper flowers), grab a pint and sit and wonder, and think at times of Amy Winehouse and other soul singers that just move you. Front person Alys Williams will do just that.

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ALFFA

Blues rock duo from Llanrug, North Wales. First ever band to hit 1 million streams on Spotify with a song entirely in the Welsh language. Album on its way September 2019.

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PON BRO

Into cajun music? Head to Pen Bar Lag for a MARDI Gras party at 9pm on Saturday with Pon Bro: an acoustic trio who pump out traditional cajun, two steps, waltzes and cajun blues.

You’ll be left wondering how Louisiana swamp music sits so naturally with Gwynedd roots, in Flintshire fields... hoe down anyone?

PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Tom Cronk