Calan have come a long way since they started out busking in the streets of Cardiff to help pay for university fees.
Now they tour right across the planet, performing in venues and at festivals as far afield as Canada, USA, Borneo and Australia. Winners of Best Band at the inaugural 2019 Welsh Folk Awards, Calan will release their much-anticipated fifth album, ‘Kistvaen’, on 3 April 2020.
A kistvaen (or cistvaen) is a tomb or burial chamber formed from flat stone slabs in a box-like shape. If set completely underground, it may be covered by a tumulus. The word is derived from the Welsh cist (chest) and maen (stone).
Calan are at the forefront of a wave of new young Welsh bands, riding the wave of a country discovering their heritage of traditional music. In the past it has always been overshadowed by their Celtic cousins or set aside for the more familiar touristy male voice choirs, but here the reels, jigs and pagan harmonies are accompanied with a pounding beat and healthy dose of pop or rap. The Welsh are beginning to believe that folklore rocks. Their brand of high energy routines, verve and raw excitement is far reaching – with broad appeal.