Calan are a multiaward-winning Welsh folk band comprising of five virtuoso musicians formed after they met at a folk music course in Sweden. They won international acclaim at the world-renowned Inter-Celtic Festival in Lorient, France, where they would eventually become the first Welsh ensemble to win the coveted International Band Trophy. In April 2019, they were voted Best Band at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards.
The band have so far released six albums (Bling, Jonah, Dinas, Solomon, Deg and A Calan Christmas inWales) plus the EP Giggly. Their sixth album is called Kistvaen which is an old Welsh word for a tomb. And that’s kind of what they do -excavate tombs, find old tunes and bring them back to life for the 21st century.
Calan are: Bethan Rhiannon (accordion, vocals, clogdancing); Patrick Rimes (fiddle, Welsh bagpipes); Angharad Jenkins (fiddle); Sam Humphreys (guitar); and Shelley Musker-Turner (harp).