Fiona Collins and Jem Hammond

Tales and Tunes of Wales: The Legend of Pryderi

Performed in the Performance Studio Saturday 2.00-2.50

Fiona Collins (story) and Jem Hammond (flutes and pibgorn) weave story and music together to follow the journey of Pryderi through the first Three Branches of the Mabinogion, bringing this rollercoaster tale vibrantly to life, thrilling those new to this material and finding new perspectives, connections and twists to delight those who already know it well.

A talking head, bloody battles, magical mist, mice, monsters, birds, horses (lots of them!), feasts, interesting employment opportunities and the invention of agriculture (frequently in triplicate!)…and of course, love, loss, vengeance and courage…all wound around with enchanting and evocative traditional and modern Welsh tunes.

Fiona Collins

A storyteller since 1990, Fiona Collins works with traditional stories, myths and legends from around the world, with a special interest in stories of girls and strong women. Fiona won second prize in the Roundyhouse Poetry Competition 2006, and first prize in the Spread the Word Poetry Competition. Her PhD in Storytelling explores the contribution of traditional tales to the development of young children.

She works with people of all ages and abilities, including integrated groups of disabled and non–disabled people; for Radio 4 and local radio; for Carlton and BBC TV; as well as museums, schools, hospitals, historic sites and festivals around Wales, England and abroad. Her work explores the connections between the landscape, the people and the tales of Wales, and she enjoys working outdoors helping people to connect with their environment through stories and story making. She is a Welsh learner to a good standard and works bilingually.

Jem Hammond

photograph of Jem HammondRaised in the West Country of England, Jem Hammond has lived in Wales since 1977, first in Cardiff, then near Wrexham. He took up the flute aged 17 and has been involved in traditional music since University in Cardiff. He plays “simple system” wooden flutes and “penny” whistles and specialises in the Celtic traditions. He is an experienced tutor, workshop leader and performer and has taken part in various inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary projects and productions. As a member of former Welsh band Hogiau’r Gororau (Lads of the Marches) he performed at concerts and festivals in Austria, Belgium, the Isle of Man, England and Wales. In July 2005 he was the first winner of the then newly introduced Celtic Instrumental Solo competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Since 2006 he has worked occasionally with Storyteller Fiona Collins. He is a member of Y Glerorfa, the Welsh folk “orchestra”, which has performed at major festivals in Wales and Brittany, been featured on S4C and released a CD in 2009.

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