Thanks to QUARTO for a fine evening of lovely music, superb songs and brilliant musicianship. The Valley Folk Club audience had a great time. Huw, Folk Club Organiser, Pontardawe
is a folk band based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Quarto sing and play contemporary and traditional songs and tunes. Our repertoire includes everything from old favourites to our own material and from rousing singalongs to delicate ballads. We can play for your concert, for your wedding, your banquet or any other special occasion. We can be the focus of attention or the background music. Our instruments are fiddles, guitars, melodeon (diatonic button accordion), mandolins and whistles.
FIRST, our next show. We're at The Gwaun Valley Brewery on August 3rd, starting at 7.30, doors open 7.00. Tickets are £7 or £25 for four. Reserve tickets by contacting the brewery, or better yet go along beforehand, buy tickets, and enjoy a glass of the excellent beer. It's a small, intimate venue with room for only about 40 or so; you MIGHT get in on the night without booking, but no guarantees.
NEXT, a word about this site. It's hosted with an outfit called one.com. I used to recommend them to everybody, but not any more. It used to be free for a good version of their software, but they just changed the terms and conditions. Now, I have to accept an inferior version or pay monthly. I'm trying out the inferior version first, but if I find it's inferior in any ways that matter, I'm off. We'll see...
Lovers, Soldiers and the Tramp is now available, and we're delighted with it. Sleeve notes here. Preview video above: five minutes of deep loveliness (and some pretty pictures). It is available at our gigs for £10 as a disc or from our web shop for $10 as a download (or less for single tracks) - see the CD page for details.
Eleven lovely tracks of beautiful and varied music are impeccably performed and sung with technical virtuosity. Yet that technique is never the be all and end all. It is always subservient to passion, wit, and more than the occasional piece of contemporary social comment wrapped up and alluded to, as it often is in folk music, through tales from the past. B.B.Skone of Radio Pembrokeshire, writing in the August 2016 Pembrokeshire Life.
The whole album is a sheer delight Mick Tems, FolkWales magazine (whole review here)
The old version of our site had a 'videos' page. The new, improved, updated (i.e. worse) version forced on me by one.com can't have it, so here are links to our YouTube videos. It's time we had some more recent videos, but at every gig we're too busy playing to take any. Feel free to video us and give us the footage!
Sedgefield Fair www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw4ZcdewmUc
Seaside Song www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Reyx7uYZs
The Bergen www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lJbYSbWne4
Mary from Dungloe www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHRw58yf3WU
The Fox www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjiXUiRW5qo
The Continental Set www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR4boakcSrA
Captain Torres www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOqrgQnTtV8
contact [@] quartofolk.com
You will have to reinstate the link yourself. Sorry, I just finally got tired of all the automated spam. I still get it, of course, but at least there's less of it.
The shape of gigs in the near future: