In December 2014 we featured a story on a family Celtic band out of Wales called the Meadows.
by Carolyn Emerick and the Meadows
The Meadows are a family musical group hailing from Carmarthenshire, in South West Wales. Each of the four siblings, (shown above, left to right) Melody, Fantasia, Titania and Harvey are classically trained musicians. Together they play a wide range of genres from classical and Tudor, to Celtic folk and contemporary. Their talents have allowed them to play concerts in respected venues such as The Botanic Garden of Wales and the Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Music has always been an important part of the Meadows family household. Being raised in a home filled with musical noise, the brother and three sisters formed their band organically. Playing music together as a family has been one of many blessings the band members enjoy. They revel in carrying on the tradition of Celtic song and bringing music of the past to new generations of listeners.
Playing music from very young ages, The Meadows musicians are multi-instrumental, including several traditional instruments such as the bodhrán, recorder and tin whistle.
Although classically-trained, the group is heavily influenced by Celtic music and lists groups such as Clannad and Secret Garden as inspiration for their own sound. Playing many musical styles allow The Meadows to keep the crowds enthralled during performances. Their set list includes numerous traditional tunes and songs such as “Joy of Life” and “Wild Mountain Thyme,” as well as original compositions by the band members.
The beautiful Welsh countryside, pictured above, is a muse for these talented siblings. Their youngest member, Titania, penned their newest song called “May Mountains Howl.”
The Meadows appreciate the opportunity to use their musical ability to raise money for charity. They are currently participating in a fundraising concert tour for Wales Air Ambulance. This organization saves many lives each year, but is completely reliant upon public donations, and The Meadows are delighted to help their cause. Last year The Meadows participated in a similar tour to raise money for Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre.
The Meadows also lead interactive music workshops with local schools in Carmarthenshire.
The coming year will be full of exciting adventures for this talented bunch. They will continue to support Wales Air Ambulance into 2015 while they work on their upcoming album. Their album will include both original and traditional music, and the band is excited to put their own unique stamp on traditional tunes.
Listen to The Meadows’ music on their YouTube channel under the name “The Meadows Cymru.” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeiZOSVzBTYY_YyKDOLiVbQ)
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