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Cadair Idris

Awen Ensemble

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Format: LP

Cat No: NS0058LP

PRE-ORDER: This item will be shipped with the aim to deliver on release day.

Release Date:  12 April 2024

Label:  New Soil

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  8721056314768

Genres:  Jazz  

  • Description

    Awen Ensemble are a Leeds based alternative folk jazz collective. Awen, meaning ‘poetic inspiration’ in Welsh, outlines the intention of their music to explore folkloric heritage, landscape and the human mind, inspiring audiences to reflect on and connect with these subjects.

    Playing both vocal led and instrumental work, the outfit take inspiration from modal tradition, spiritual jazz, and folk music found across the globe, creating compositions that are melodically focused and groove driven.

    Featuring spoken word, shimmering instrumentation and a Celtic mystique, Awen Ensemble bring a unique offering to the jazz table.

    Cadair Idris is one of the Southernly peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia). It sits magnificently at the head of the Tal-y-Llyn pass, and above Dolgellau to the North, with its craggy slopes rising above the tree-line towards the mystical clouds that so often shroud its summit. This mountain is rich with mythology and legend; meaning 'Chair of Idris', it takes its name from the mythical giant king 'Idris Gawr' who was once said to sit atop the mountain and marvel at the heavens.

    The lake found at the centre of the seat is said to be bottomless, and the surrounding slopes to be the hunting grounds of the Welsh king of the underworld, Gwyn ap Nudd and his Cwn Annwn.

    But one of the most intriguing legends owes its existence to the great bardic heritage of Wales. This legend comes as a warning to any wandering soul that might find themselves upon the mountain's slopes at night, for anyone that spends the night on the mountain will come down either a madman or a poet.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. DEUWN I MI
      • 2. IDRIS
      • 3. UNSETTLED
      • 4. RHYD

      Side 2

      • 1. IONAWR
      • 2. CYNEFIN
      • 3. IF I FALL
      • 4. ZORNY
      • 5. UPON LEAVING THE DREAM