Jet-set Amy’s festival return

Jet-set Amy’s festival return

She’s written hit songs with Ed Sheeran and collaborated with everyone’s favourite Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell –  but Amy Wadge is making space in a jet-set schedule to perform her hand-crafted songs at the Celtic Women Festival.

After a storming set last year to a full festival tent, the Cardiff-based singer-songwriter (pictured) heads a formidable cast across the two days of the bank holiday event, held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, on Sunday August 25 and Monday August 26.

Other acts on the bill include the incredible voice of HORSE, from Scotland; the sensitivity of Grainne Hunt, from Ireland; our very own Lorraine King, Anne Lister, Lowri Evans, Stephanie Finnegan, Sarah Passmore, Jemma Krysa, Danielle Lewis and many more.

Gallery not found. Please check your settings.Organised by freelance creative director and award-winning singer-songwriter Cheryl Beer, the festival features music, poetry, dance, story-telling, comedy – and other creative outlets such as harp, art and knitting.

Cheryl says: “Not only are we showcasing the very best of our award-winning and up-and-coming celtic women musicians, we have comedienne Sarah Bridgeman, semi-finalist of this year’s Glee Club Comedy Awards. As well as performing her hilarious set, Sarah has especially written a comedy monologue, which will be launched at the festival by Radio Tircoed presenter and TV actress, Alison Lenihan. And to keep the laughs rolling, Lorraine King has arranged for her alto-ego Polly Pardon to bring to the festival her own flavour of Country and West Wales singing.”

Cheryl added: “We’re so excited that  the Garden’s poet in residence Mab Jones will be heading up a talented team of spoken word poets and story-tellers  throughout the two-day festival. In addition, we welcome renowned Indian Kalari practitioner Lucy May Constantini who will be performing her solo dance piece: Rituals of Faith & Imagination, as well as Belly Dancing from the Give Me Wings Project funded by Arts Care Gofal Celf.  There will be some quiet, creative sessions at the back of the music tent –  including Knitting Rhythms, where we’ll be casting on with Shelbyart Community Volunteers to make blankets for the Young Mums Projects in South Wales. And, for those who wish to learn an instrument, Clarsach will be kindly teaching welsh harp in the Gallery.”

In addition, Welsh Woolly Women will be exhibiting the first ever ‘yarn-bomb’ installation to come to the Garden, Sam Collins will be inviting people to sew Blodeuwedd’s cloak and Inkie Pocious will be colouring-in with the children.”

The festival will run from 1pm until 6pm on Sunday August 25 and Monday August 26 and is guaranteed to offer something for everyone.

The National Botanic Garden is open from 10am until 6pm (last entry 5pm). For more information, call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk

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