Calan (band)

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For the band, see Calan (band). For the town in Romania, see Călan.

Calan (meaning "Calend" (being the start of a month, or year) in Welsh) are a traditional Welsh band, who formed in early 2006.

Band members[edit]

  • Angharad Sian – fiddle
  • Bethan Rhiannon – accordion, piano, vocals, step dancer
  • Sam Humphreys – guitar
  • Alice French – harp
  • Patrick Rimes – fiddle, pibgorn, whistle

Previous members[edit]


Nigel Gould of the Belfast Telegraph wrote,

"The dynamic quintet’s debut album, Bling, has everything you could want from a record — stunning use of instrumentation, gorgeously crafted songs, sprightly foot-tappers, verve and raw excitement."[1]

Gavin Martin of the Mirror wrote,

"...there’s nowt as dear as folk – especially when played with the grace, daring and sheer joy this multi- instrumental five-piece bring to a winning selection of reels, jigs and hornpipes. Shake a leg. In fact, shake several."[2]


Calan played their first performance at Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau in 2008. Since then they have played major festivals in the UK including Cambridge, Shrewsbury and Fairport's Cropredy Convention. They have toured in Italy, Belgium and France.

Calan has been described as bringing a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music, and their performances include Welsh step dancing, reels, jigs and hornpipes.

Media appearances[edit]

Noson Lawen, Nodyn, Sioe Celf, Uned 5, Live at Acapella all for S4C. BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3.


  • 2008: Bling – Sain Records
  • 2012: Jonah – Sain Records
  • 2013: Giggly EP – Sain Records
  • 2015: Dinas – Sain Records
  • 2017: Solomon – Sain Records


  1. ^ "Nigel Gould's Album Reviews – Reviews, Music & Gigs". 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ Shelley, Jim (2009-01-08). "This week's new albums: J Tillman, The Bee Gees, Calan, Judith Owen and Mudvayne". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

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