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Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston


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Formerly from one of our favourite bands, Brocc, we are very privileged to be able to bring you some tracks from Blanche & Mike's latest album, The Dance Goes On. You can hear the first track on the album, The Four Seasons, in our Episode SP39, the Druid Special #1. You can also hear the fantastic Welcome in Another Year from their super album, The Dance Goes On in our Episode 42, A Mother's Worry, A Mother's Pride.

You can hear more from Blanche & Mike in our 2016 News Update Show, Episode SP42 with their beautiful May track, the Northill May Song & Mwynen Mai.

Biography


Mike's background is in the traditional songs of England, accompanied by his distinctively sensitive arrangements on guitar, octave mandola and laùd. His specialities are hefty great traditional ballads, tender lovesongs, and the unexpected (his version of Ghost Chickens In The Sky might make it onto his next solo album).

Blanche's musical tastes are eclectic, and she became a folk singer because you don't need an accompanist. Then she found one, but kept singing folk anyway. She draws on a store of old folk songs from Wales, devises the harmonies, and plays bowed psaltery.

Their shared love of the natural world, medieval music, and folk customs, has been coming out in their music recently. The songs of the French bal and Breton fest-noz are still part of their repertoire, though, and they're as happy to sing for a dance as a concert.

With such a wide range of material on which to draw, Blanche and Mike's concerts can be a mix of traditional and contemporary material; accompanied and acapella; English, Welsh and French; up-tempo, poignant or downright silly.

Past appearances include festivals such as Festiv'Allier and Gennetines in France, Gower Folk Festival, Cwlwm Celtaidd and Pentreffest in the UK; concerts at the Wales Millenium Centre and Kinnersley Castle; folk clubs, storytelling nights and dance events.

Albums

Blanche and Mike have appeared on 7 albums and 1 Single.

Sorta Kinda

Barking

Mike Gulston

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The Dance Goes On

The Dance Goes On

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Sorta Kinda

Sorta Kinda

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Eilio

Eilio

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Raining in Paradise

Raining in Paradise

by Metheglin

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Mike at Kinnersley Castle

Mike at Kinnersley Castle

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Trip to Skye / Dance to your Daddy

Trip to Skye/Dance to your Daddy

Single by Pach Pi (Mike Gulston, fiddler Ravi Sawney and violinist Nadia Jones)

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13 Moons

13 Moons

by Brocc

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