Da Brothers Grimm


Tunechain at Beam 2014

we were luckily asked to do some archive filming this year at trac’s beam in ynys mon in september, and a few people dropped in for us to film in the yurt, again low tech hd cams with camera mics only.

Patric Rimes

Ned Clamp

beam 2014 trac

Ffwrnes Gerdd

The Ffwrnes Gerdd (Musical Furnace) series will be broadcast on Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 April (9.00pm) as part of a unique co-production between S4C and the Arts Council of Wales to give Welsh traditional music the platform it deserves.

The programme, an original idea by Gerard KilBride and produced by ffilmiau’r ffwrnes, continues the tunechain series and features a wide variety of styles and performances by different performers in the beguiling atmosphere of the Ffwrn café and restaurant at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

The musicians given the opportunity to choose their favourite songs and melodies were Gwyneth Glyn, Cass Meurig, Lowri Evans, Ryland Teifi, Stephen Rees, Huw Roberts, Kizzy Crawford, Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Gwilym Bowen, Gareth Bonello, Richard James, Katell Keineg, Angharad Jenkins, Patrick Rimes, Gwenan Gibbard, Brychan Llyr and Lisa Jên, with additional web only appearances by Bob Evans, Bernard KilBride, Mike Lease, Idris Jones, Gareth Westacott.

Artist Linc youtube
Cass Meurig

Gwilym Bowen

Gwyneth Glyn & Cass Meurig

Huw Roberts

Stephen Rees & Huw Roberts

Kizzy Crawford

Lowri Evans & Lee Mason

Oliver Wilson-Dickson

Ryland Teifi

Stephen Rees

Rhaglen 2 (19/04/2014)
Artist Linc youtube

Angharad Jenkins

Angharad Jenkins & Patric Rimes

Brychan Llyr

Gareth Bobello & Richard James

Gwenan Gibbard

Katell Keineg

Lisa Jen

Patric Rimes

Richard James

The Extra Web fiddlers

Mike Lease

Idris Jones

Gareth Westacott

Bob Evans

Bernard KilBride

CylchCanu/ Songchain

Gwyneth Glyn (Ghazalaw), Robert Evans (Bragod, Pwngk), Delyth Jenkins (DnA, Aberjabber), Dylan Fowler (Taith, Alaw), Gwilym Bowen Rhys (Y Bandana, Plu), Gwenan Gibbard, Jamie Smith (Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Alaw, Barrule), Patrick Rimes (Calan), Stephen Rees (Ar Log, Crasdant, Triawd) and Beth Williams-Jones (Calan).



1 Maw / Tue Lolfa Lefel 3, Neuadd Dewi Sant, CAERDYDD
L3 Lounge, St David’s Hall, CARDIFF
www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk 029 2087 8444

2 Mer / Wed Canolfan Celfyddydau PONTARDAWE Arts Centre
www.pontardaweartscentre.com 01792 863722

3 Iau / Thu Theatr Mwldan, ABERTEIFI / CARDIGAN
www.mwldan.co.uk 01239 621200

4 Gwe / Fri Galeri, CAERNARFON
www.galericaernarfon.com 01286 685222

5 Sad / Sat Neuadd Dwyfor, PWLLHELI 01758 704088

6 Sul / Sun Canolfan Ucheldre Centre, CAERGYBI / HOLYHEAD
www.ucheldre.org 01407 763361

10 Iau / Thu Theatr Brycheiniog, ABERHONDDU / BRECON
www.brycheiniog.co.uk 01874 611622

11 Gwe / Fri The Hafren, DRENEWYDD / NEWTOWN
www.thehafren.co.uk 01686 614555

12 Sad / Sat SPAN @ Queens Hall, NARBERTH / ARBERTH
www.span-arts.org.uk 01834 869323

Tunechain /Clustfieniau


@gerardkilbride nine of nine, tunechain going west to Trefdraeth and Esla Davies

@gerardkilbride eight of nine, tunechain going south to Pencader and Ceri Rhys Matthews

@gerardkilbride seven of nine, tunechain goes north to Llandwrog and Gwenan Gibbard

@gerardkilbride six of nine, tunechain goes west to Aberystwyth and Robin Huw Bowen

@gerardkilbride, fith of nine, going north but filmed in the Wales Millenium Centre to Stephen Rees

@gerardkilbride, forth of nine, tunechain goes south east to Pont-y-pŵl to Beth Williams Jones

@gerardkilbride, third of nine, tunechain goes north to Merthyr Tudful and piper Gafin Morgan

@gerardkilbride, second of nine, tunechain goes west,

@gerardkilbride, one of nine films I made recently with my good friend Rhodri Smith

New Plactic Pibgyrn Ready to Order and Ship

March 1st 2013 Gafin Morgan has now launched the Plastic Pibgorn and is available to buy online, you can buy it now and it will be with you in a day or so.. fantastic


they are allot of fun and have been years in the making..


Great news, following the great sucess of the first Pibgyrn Festival for many years it has spured instrument maker Gafin Morgan to work on the finishing touches of his Plastic Pibgorn Project and it is now almost ready for production, I have seen and played the prototypes and they look great and sound good, very stable, you will also be able to chosse the colour of your horns..a bit over the top and the first ones are going to be pink.

They will come with a case and they are expected to sell for less than £125 at the momnet in the key of D but other keys will shortly follow..

Been many years in the making but will change they way we play, as are stable robust and good looking.. well done GM, much hard work.

His web site will be up soon which I will add a link to, watch this space?

Gwyl Pibgyrn Pontsticill 22 / 24 th June 2012

Gwyl Pibgyrn Pontsticill 22 / 24 th June 2012

Over the Midsummer weekend of 22-24 June 2012, at the beautiful village of Pontsticill in the Brecon Beacons, there will be the largest gathering of pibgorn players, makers and academics for two hundred years.

The weekend, organised by Bagad Pibau Morgannwg, will be packed with concerts, a twmpath, workshops, dance displays, makers’ stalls, free lectures and demonstrations.

The line-up includes outstanding performers from Wales, the Basque region and England, with special new collaborations just for the occasion.

Performers include Patrick Rimes and Angharad Jenkins (Calan), Stephen Rees and Andy Mclauchlin (Crasdant), Ceri Rhys Matthews (Fernhill), a rare appearance by Jonathan Shorland, the founder of the modern pibgorn making revival, performing with hurdy gurdy player Steve Tyler, and Antwn Owen Hicks, Gafin Morgan, Gerard KilBride (Bagad Pibau Morgannwg/ Taran) with special guest Chris Allen (local hurdy gurdy maker).

The Bethlehem Village Band will be leading the Twmpath on Saturday night and the José Antonio Martínez Oses Trio are travelling from the Spanish Basque region especially for the Festival, playing incredible traditional music on the alboka, a close cousin of the Pibgorn. José Antonio Martínez Oses is also the finest maker of the alboka in the world.

Throughout Saturday, there will be Dance Displays by Dawnswyr Nantgarw, music workshops, free lectures By Robert Evans and Emyr Davies (St Fagans: National History Museum), reed making and horn carving demonstrations and sessions in the local pubs.

More information and ticket details can be seen at www.pibfest.com. It’s strongly advised to book early for this incredibly rare, special event.

Midi Pibgorn

Been messing about with midi for sometime with the band


and thought I would have a go at making a midi pibgorn. Usinging an existing Yamaha vl70m wind controller module and a BC3a as the midi wind sensor plugged into a £10 viking helmet off ebay as the horns added to my technopipes, the results are very very good, if a little crazy.

The bc3a vents air out of the top horn hole and sends wind midi data to the vl70m, and the bottom hole sends standard note change midi data to the module. I have fitted a bulk head( top half of a kinder egg) between the two hole to stop moisture passing through and a small vent hole at the top of the horn so not to blow the pressure sensor of the bc3a.