Ffynnon

Adar Gwylltion

Ffynnon are in the vanguard of the new exciting breed of musicians emerging in Wales today from the older, non-eisteddfodic tradition. They have attracted critical acclaim from performances across the world, particularly in Britain and the USA.

Lynne Denman's gorgeous and captivating voice , Stacey Blythe's sensitive harp and accordion , Matthew Lovett's inspired jazz bass and Emma Trend's sonorous traditional fiddle playing produces a unique, diverse and beautiful musical landscape. Ffynnon perform songs deeply rooted in the rhythms, traditions and landscapes of the Celtic Countries.

Lynne Denman has sung traditional and new Welsh, English and French songs for audiences on five continents. She runs workshops and short courses in traditional singing as well as visual arts. She works regularly with the storyteller Michael Harvey and musician Stacey Blythe interpreting through song, tales from the Mabinogion and other stories. She is currently engaged in a project to reintroduce ‘back into the wild', some of the traditional Pembrokeshire repertoire from the National Museum of Wales' archive.

Stacey Blythe plays on a wide variety of instruments including accordion, cello, harpsichord, recorders, piano, harp and voice.She studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where she now lectures and runs workshops. Recent collaborations include: research on traditional ballads with Frankie Armstrong, work with Meredith Monk (premiering a new work by her at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London) compositions for a production of the Mabinogion and a tour with the storyteller Michael Harvey culminating in a premier in Rome, accompaniment for George Melly at the Cole Porter Lecture, Dillington Hall, Somerset. Appearances on 'Clwb Gwerin' S4C.

Emma Trend was born in North Wales, brought up in South Devon, and now lives in Cardiff, South Wales. She is a BA Music graduate from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and holds an MA in Contemporary Music from the Dartington College of Arts following her research into Tunisian Arabic music. Emma has an interest in world fiddle styles and music education. Emma is a Project Manager in the MAX (outreach) department of Welsh National Opera and also plays fiddle with twmpath (ceilidh) band Allan Yn Y Fan.

Matthew Lovett studied in West Wales at Lampeter University and at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He now lectures in music at the University of Wales, Newport and is a busy session musician in and around Cardiff, in addition to playing bass with Ffynnon.