VRï’s UK tour includes dates at Hermon Arts, Oswestry on May 20, Mwldan, Cardigan, supporting Breabach, on June 7 and Aberystwyth Arts Centre on June 8.
The trio comprises Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice), Aneirin Jones (violin, voice) and Patrick Rimes (viola, violin), young men from deepest, darkest chapel-going Wales.
They have mined the cultural upheaval of past centuries and drawn inspiration from the incredible story of a time when Wales’ traditional music and dance was suppressed by Methodist chapels. Earlier, the Welsh language was suppressed by Henry VIII’s Act of Union.
Since forming in the summer of 2016, the trio has been in search of an elusive 'chamber-folk' aesthetic – pumping out their native foot-stomping dance tunes whilst maintaining the poise and elegance of a string ensemble. It's a cross-genre idea that's hitherto unheard of in Wales.
Released on the bendigedig label last October, Islais a genir is available to buy via www.vri.cymru, where the full tour dates and ticket links are published.
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