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Saturday 14th September saw the Druid Inn being awarded Pub of Year for Mid and West Wales! Wow! This is some achievement for the landlord Lewis Johnston, his staff and the band of locals who make the Druid a great pub. The presentation took place in the late afternoon, and the assembled gathering enjoyed many pints of cask beer. A great time as usual at the Druid!!!
As if the “38 years in the guide” presentation wasn’t enough recognition for the Druid Inn, it has now won the CAMRA Ceredigion “Pub of the Year” again. That’s two years in succession in 2008 and 2009 and a total of four times in recent years! To celebrate this achievement there will be a presentation “ceremony” on April 6th and a mini beer festival at the pub with some very special real ales. Don’t miss it!!! It is nice to have an excuse for a little excess, although it has never stopped us before!!! Well done Lewis!
Presentation late afternoon around 3.00pm
Music for the evening from 9 pm will be provided by the Shelleys plus support. See you there!
38, not out
Clearly, Lewis isn’t the only landlord who has contributed to this considerable achievement. Praise must also go to Reg and Jim, both sadly no longer with us, and John who is still very much a part of the community and major supporter of the Druid.
Another chance to impress (or otherwise) with your talent on Saturday 10th November 2012 If you have any talent (that you can legally perform in public) come along and impress us!!!
Christmas Fair to be held on the 25th November from 10.00am – 4.00pm venue the Old Garage. Check back for details.
Hailing from various parts of Leinster and borne out of a mutual love for Irish ballads, Wicker Bones grew out of the rich folk traditions of the past. Using dissonance, unconventional keys and unorthodox meters, Wicker Bones have managed to make a mark with a unique brand of contemporary folk.
Check out their music on:
www.wickerbones.com Or Liston to a track below.
Attila the Stockbroker Returns to the Druid Inn 28th June 2012
Attila the Stockbroker formed the band Barnstormer in 1994, combining punk rock and medieval music. The band released its debut album The Siege of Shoreham in 1996 and performs regularly across Europe. ‘So far the band has released 4 albums: ‘Just One Life’, the second, came out in 2000, ‘Zero Tolerance’ in 2004 and the latest, ‘Bankers and Looters’, has just been released (Jan 2012) Barnstormer features Attila the Stockbroker on vocals, violin, crumhorn and recorders; Dan Woods on guitar; M. M. McGhee on drums; and Dave Beaken on bass – the latter three are also members of The Fish Brothers.
But Attila’s main focus remains on his solo work and his live shows combining his poems and songs. He has two CDs featuring live recordings of solo gigs currently on sale: “Live in Belfast’ (2003) and ‘Live in Norway’ (2007) His latest book of poems, My Poetic Licence was published in May 2008. In January 2010 Attila published a pamphlet, The Long Goodbye, containing two poems; a long one dedicated to and chronicling the life of his mother Muriel, who died in June 2010 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, and a shorter one written for his stepfather John Stanford, who died in December 2009. ‘The Long Goodbye’ was featured on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ on Mother’s Day 2011, and repeated on ‘Pick of the Week’. Attila celebrated 30 years of performing in September 2010 with a 27-date tour of the UK, Germany and Holland. In March 2011 he toured Australia for the first time in sixteen years, and at the time of this latest update (March 2012) he is about to do a band tour of Germany, followed by a return to Albania – solo – and then a mammoth UK tour with Australian urban folk singer Rory Ellis. Source Wikipedia
And of course he plays the Druid as a part of this tour. This really is one not to miss. He went down a storm last time he played here and he will again this time!!!!! Be there or miss a very fine night’s entertainment indeed!!!
Ouroboros >>> at The Druid Inn – Friday 11th May 9.00pm
featuring Maggie Nicols (voice, keyboard), Pete Stacey (reeds, flute) and Sid Thomas (keyboard, reeds).
Naggie Nicols has performed internationally for several decades, including the Zürich and the Frankfurt “Canaille” festivals, the Victoriaville Festival. She also gave solo performances at the Moers Music Festival, the Cologne Triennale, and a number of other creative and improvised music festivals. She has worked with a great many improvisers from all over the world, including drummer Günter “Baby” Sommer, British soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill, Dutch trombonist and violinist Annemarie Roelofs, the Australian Relative Band (with Jim Denley), tuba player Pinguin Moschner, the Loverly Band, Cats Cradle, and Sean Bergin’s Song Mob (with Han Bennink and Tristan Honsinger).
Should be a great night. We were enthralled last year!!! Hope to see you there!
Quercus Burlesque – Friday 16th March
Quercus burlesque (L.) – Querky Ferkers. Moderate sized, spreading, deciduous band. Native; wet heaths, waste ground, barnyards, sometimes submerged festivals and parties; Height 1.6 – 1.8m formerly localised to SW Wales, now scattered throughout Wales, Scotland and S. Spain.
Haven’t played the Druid in a while, so we’ll be be very please to see them. Join us. You’re sure to have a great time.
If you can make it you can check them out on myspace Quercus Burlesque
Plus- Kate Binningsley
After along absence from the Druid, Kate is back to delight us again. It’s hard to believe our good luck having Kate and Quercus on the same bill. It’s some time since Kate played here so it will be great to hear her new material.
You simply must not miss this. Not just a double bill with Wye Valley beers on the bill as well!!!
Has the Druid got any talent – Friday 30thMarch
Casting the net ever wider!!! You never know we might find some some day!!!
Attilla the Stockbroker returns in June. See Summer Dates for more.