The Meadows are a vibrant multi-instrumentalist Celtic-Crossover folk band, all drawn from one family. Bringing cutting-edge techniques and an exciting, contemporary vibe to every show, the band perform original works which weave between foot stomping reels to rich vocal harmonies, taking their audiences on a spellbinding journey.
After completing the E.P. ‘Through the Fayre’, they toured Great Britain with a self-produced original show, Celtic Journey, alongside the international singer Kristyn Murphy who joined them from Maine. During the tour, they performed live on television networks and BBC Radio Wales where listeners contacted the station to ask whether their performance really had been live.
The band have a busy 2019 planned, which started with the launch of their single ‘Maid of Culmore’ on February 14th followed by beginning their tour of folk clubs and festivals with the launch of their first full-length album on March 14th at the Riverside Folk Club in Loughor. Inspired by the songs, stories and history of the British and Irish coastline, 'Force of the Tide' is a collection of songs and tunes arranged by the band which delves into our rich seafaring heritage, with music ranging from the beautiful Welsh language maritime lullaby ‘Si Hei Lwli Mabi’ to ‘Maid in Bedlam’, a sorrowful lament of a girl kept in chains at the infamous Bedlam Asylum after her true love was sent to sea. Alongside are three uptempo tunes including the Welsh medley 'Bedd y Morwr' and 'Hen Ferchetan’.
The Meadows have twice played sets at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, the International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen, the Fishguard Folk Festival, How the Light Gets In, The Little Big Gig, Cardiff’s WMC and many other festivals and events along with regular airplay on both national and international radio and T.V. networks. A number of their works have debuted on BBC radio. They have been trained under some of Britain's finest musicians including Prof. Barry Haskey (BBC NOW retired leader), Matthew Featherstone (BBC NOW Principle Flute), Christopher Williams (BBC NOW & WNO piano), the late Eva Stewart (BBC NOW Principle Piccolo), Marie-Christine Zupancic (CBSO Principle Flute) and the world-renowned contemporary flute composer Prof. Ian Clarke (Guildhall).
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[Force of the Tide] “A lovely, lovely album, and for me one of the nicest albums I’ve heard this year so far!” John O’Regan, Eclectic Celt
“Wonderfully talented music family.” Jamie Owen, BBC Wales
"Such a beautiful recording, from such an unaffected band. And hugely, luminously talented too, of course… Don't let anyone change or spoil you. I imagine that is the last thing anyone could do… Transfixingly beautiful!” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Not since The Deighton Family have a group of siblings made such an impact in the world of folk... If you like your folk with a bit of bite check The Meadows out. We think you'll like what you hear!” Mike Kennedy, Welsh Connections
“Glorious voices.” Paul Jackson, Fatea Magazine
“You guys are very special, talented and magical.. what a pleasure to see you perform at the Festival of the Celts... Not to be missed!” Festival of the Celts
“I just played your beautiful rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme. I have always loved this song and have heard many artists perform it, but your rendition is the best I've ever heard. It is so delicate and beautiful. Thank you for brightening my day!”
“The Meadows brought the house down at Rumney Folk Club tonight! Beautiful!” Clare James
“Amazing.....thank you so much for making the journey...... Everyone loved you. Hope to see you again.” Elaine Morgan
“Looking forward to your next trip to the folk club, was a magical performance!” Gilly Langford