Exposé Online banner

Crasdant — Nos Sadwrn Bach
(Sain SCD2306, 2001, CD)

by Jim Chokey, Published 2006-05-01

Nos Sadwrn Bach Cover artCrasdant is an all-instrumental folk band featuring four greats from the Welsh trad scene: harpist Robin Huw Bown, flautist/piper Andy McLauclin, fiddler/accordionist Stephen Rees, and guitarist/clog-dancer Huw Williams. (And, yes, you can hear Williams’ clog-stepping on several tracks.) Nos Sadwrn Bach (Welsh for Not Yet Saturday) is Crasdant’s second album. Its eleven tracks, unsurprisingly, are all traditional Welsh folktunes. Dances of different sorts — jigs, hornpipes, polkas — are most heavily represented. Among these is “Nos Galan,” the Welsh name for the Christmas carol known as “Deck the Halls,” arranged as a lively folkdance. The overall feel of the album, therefore, tends to be cheery and up-tempo — like most folkdances. Only a pair of slow airs break up the mood with a touch of mournful melancholy. The musicianship on the album is top-notch, the arrangements pleasantly diverse (by varying the instruments from track to track), and the tunes themselves have a melodic and rhythmic catchiness that should appeal instantly to anyone who enjoys Celtic music — or any sort of northern European folk music for that matter. At the same time, Crasdant doesn’t consistently achieve quite the same level of expressivity displayed by other Welsh folk bands out there (e.g. Carreg Lafar, Rag Foundation, and Fernhill). Maybe it’s just my Romantic tastes, but I feel that a bit more passion and expression are needed — especially on the faster tunes — to make this a ‘great’ folk album, rather than one that is merely ‘pretty good.’

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2001 releases

Related artist(s): Crasdant

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gentle Giant - Under Construction – Gentle Giant was at its best when adding polyphonic arrangements to aggressive rock music. Determining who was responsible was merely a scan of the writing credits, where "Shulman, Shulman and...  (1998) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues