Deer Shed 26th - 29th July 2024
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

26th - 29th July 2024

Cerys Hafana

Cerys Hafana

Sitting on the grass in a North Yorkshire field brings you surprisingly close to a life that is romantically medieval – especially if you frequent the eco loos. If that is the case, listening to Welsh musician Cerys Hafana might just transport you all the way there.

She arranges, rearranges and de-arranges traditional music, often selected from the archive, as well as creating her own compositions. Her output is creative and inquisitive, mainly featuring the triple harp, but with additions of found sounds and electronic processing making for a lovely folky feel.

Her set, when I saw her live, took place in both English and Welsh. Hafana’s staggering instrumental skill, charming explanations and almost ethereally captivating presence meant that nothing was lost on the English speaking segment of the audience. It drifted over me like a balm on the Sunday morning in Cardiff.

I then shuffled over to buy her 2nd and latest album Edyf (meaning ‘Threads’ in English) and now play it in my London flat whenever I get nostalgic for the Yorkshire landscape and more rural way of life (and let’s be honest, its people!) It is perfect for a morning at Baldersby Park when you may be erring towards sitting and listening rather than singing and dancing!

O.W.J.