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Lleswyl 2024: The Programme

When: 19:00 – 22:15 Friday 23rd February 2024
Where: YouTube channel: Lleswyl 2024


Please note: times are approximate, so be ready a bit earlier than indicated to hear your favourite bands and artists.

Format of the evening: the evening is full of variety, fast moving and diverse. Fabulous short sets by great bands, and lots of different types of music too. At times in the evening we are engaging with inspirational people living with illness and showcasing the work of the charities that support their patient community. Our wonderful team of presenters will be on the sofa, introducing our live guests (including Andrew Jenkins, well known for his role in the 2024 series of Traitors) as well as the acts, bringing the whole evening to life for you. The ‘sofa chats’ throughout the evening focus on making space to talk about emotions.
The presenters will have live BSL interpretation.

18:30 Our YouTube live stream channel (Lleswyl 2024) will show a 30 minute countdown to Lleswyl 2024
19:00 Lleswyl 2024 begins.
19:00 Samba Galez: Cardiff’s favourite community samba, percussion and dance festival group open our night’s entertainment.
19:03 Greetings from our festival studio by our presenters Siân Lloyd, Jason Harrold and Tumi Williams
19:06 Welcoming The Gentle Good – Gareth Bonello, an incredibly talented Welsh folk singer. His latest album Garlagan, received a rare 5 stars from The Guardian and was listed in the top 5 albums of 2023 in the folk charts. Gareth performs: Pan own I ar foreddyd, Y Bachgen Main and Aubade. Beautiful renditions with heartfelt messages at their core.
19:23 ‘Sofa chat’ with Barbara Chidgey, founder, and Chair of Daring to Dream – What is Daring to Dream all about, how did it all begin, what does it do and why is it important?
19:27 Band pres Llareggub ft Eadyth Crawford: an amazing brass band arising from North Wales. Their music resonates of New Orleans marching bands, with Bronx-inspired Hip Hop together with Welsh language pop music. For their first set of the night, Llareggub brass band bring us Tyfu – “Grow This”, and Meillionen – Clover.
19:33 ‘Sofa Chat’ with Andrew Jenkins – find out straight from Andrew himself just what being part of the Traitors series was really like as an experience!
19:40 Introducing Bryony Sier, a well-known folk-pop artist from South Wales. Her unique sound and vibe draws upon a wide variety of influences but is shaped especially by her love of Folk, Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Country music. For her first set, Bryony brings us two of her tracks ‘Til we grow old’ and ‘Telephone’.
19:50 Drop in by video link at the Lleswyl Watch Party, hosted by Emilie Parry-Williams at the Wales Millenium Centre
19:53 Continuing our ‘sofa chat’ with Andrew Jenkins and finding out more about him as a person and his life and experiences.
19:58 Wales Council for Deaf People assist so many people across Wales providing a number of support and communication services and we would like to spotlight their work.
20:08 N’famady Kouyaté is part of our festival line up for the first time; we extend a huge welcome. His primary instrument is the balafon and his arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African and western European jazz, pop, indie and funk influences. For his first set he and his band play Tama and Ti a Fi.
20:23 Our ‘sofa chat’ continues with Dr Julie Highfield, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University Hospital of Wales who joins Andrew Jenkins and our hosts to discuss the work of the Daring to Dream and its impact for making space to talk.
20:28 Samba Galez: Cardiff’s favourite community samba, percussion and dance festival group return to our screens!
20:33 A huge shout out for all the unpaid carers across Wales – all 310,000! And to recognise their commitment, care, and compassion we are reprising the incredible Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board’s ‘Hear Our Voices’ project that captured the views and feelings of nearly 1200 of their residents across Bridgend, RCT and Merthyr. Residents who live with or alongside illness or disability. Their views then expressed via an Arts project, creating poetry, music, and drama with a group of talented artists. The Hear Our Voices band (Maddie, Cat, and Tobias) perform ‘Strength Enough / Digon Cyf’ (Indie folk)
20:38 Back to our ‘sofa chat’ with Andrew Jenkins as he explains his personal battle with his own emotional and mental health and how that motivated him to be part of Traitors.
20:44 Sinfonia Cymru’s String Quartet (harpist, cellist, viola and violinist), perform together with Casi Wyn, the multi-talented singer, composer, and poet laureate. All three tracks are haunting, almost spiritual, and so captivating. Casi composed Llifo (Flowing) and Isel Ddwr (Shallow Water).
21:00 Ray of Light Cancer Support and their choir ‘The Warblers’: what a pleasure to highlight the work of this wonderful charity and their choir, who bring friendship and joy to each other as well as to those they entertain.
21:06 Our second drop-in by video link at the Lleswyl Watch Party, hosted by Emilie Parry-Williams in the Cabaret Studio at Wales Millenium Centre 
21:08 Continuing our ‘sofa chat’ with Andrew Jenkins and Dr Julie Highfield, as they explore differences between emotional and mental health and discuss barriers to ‘talking openly’ about them.
21:14 Bryony Sier’s second set ‘Why do I matter?’ and ‘If we believe’
21:23 Band pres Llareggub ft Eadyth Crawford return for their second set with an amazing rendition of St James’ Infirmary and Tryfu Cyrn
21:30 On behalf of Kidney Wales we introduce Carla Williams, and on behalf of Lupus UK we bring you Khiry Hopkins-Jones. In an engaging and impactful film they discuss their personal stories and how their kidney transplants have literally transformed their lives. They inspire with their shared hope and optimism.
21:44 N’famady Kouyaté’s final track is the title track to his debut EP, Aros i fi Yna, which is a Welsh, Malinké, and Susu language song of love and longing.
21:50 Tenovus Cancer Care ‘Sing With Us Choir’ – ‘Make your own kind of music’
21:54 Afro Cluster headline the evening with ‘On The Up’, their latest single in 2023, celebrating 50 years of hip hop and the profound influence the genre has had on the group.
Young Shall Grow: The second single off debut album ‘The Reach’, an Afrobeat/funk shuffle written both to, and about young people and their influence on contemporary society.
Finally ‘We Don Land’ is a mantra to following your own path in life, looking past obstacles and struggles to all the great prospects a new day can bring.
22:10 Making space to talk, reflect and say thank you
22:15 Samba Galez – our samba festival group play out Lleswyl 2024

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