What does 'Clera' mean?
is not an acronym! It's an old Welsh word for the wandering minstrels -
musicians and poets - of times gone by. Clerwr would be the minstrel
himself (plural clerwyr); clera is the verb.
Executive Committee Officers 2018/19:
Chair and Membership Secretary: Meurig Williams
Treasurer: Steve Jeans
Secretary: Carwyn Tywyn
Members of the Executive Committee:
Robin Huw Bowen
Representatives: Bryn Davies, Keith Floyd, Gareth Swindail-Parry
You can download a copy of Clera's constitution here.
Workshops, Tune Clubs and Sessions
Clera organises and promotes Workshops, tune clubs and sessions across Wales.
Sesiwn dros Gymru
Our Sesiwn dros Gymru
project funded by the Arts Council of Wales ran a wide range of
workshops, classes and sessions across Wales from March 1st 2012 to
March 1st 2013.
More workshops and classes followed in our Alawon Cymru
initiative which ran from May 2013 to June 2014, again supported by
the Arts Council of Wales. Alawon Cymru included support for local tune
clubs to learn and play Welsh traditional tunes across Wales as well as
supporting workshops and individual totor sessions. These continue: see
the latest information and a collection of tune sets on our website www.sesiwn.com.
The Telynor Cymru 2016
project finally closed in 2017, again with the support of the Wales
Arts Council with groups across he country learning and playing Welsh
Gypsy harp tunes. Its website remains, providing a wide range of tunes
with music, guidance and instruction videos on www.telynor.cymru.
Alawon Sesiwn tune book
The Alawon Sesiwn book
of session sets of Welsh traditional tunes was published at the end of
the Alawon Cymru initiative, with 81 tunes presented in 26 sets.
Supporting this is the Alawon Cymru website where you can hear the tunes as well as reading the music score.
Cardiff National Eisteddfod, August 3-11 2018
Clera conducts classes and sessions in Tŷ Gwerin and has a stand in Y Bwthyn. Latest information is posted on www.sesiwn.com.
The following pub sessions are open to anyone:
The Globe, Albert Street, Bangor, from 8.30:
first and third Monday of the month.
Tafarn y Grapes, Maentwrog LL41 4HN:
2nd Wednesday of the month
Sesiwn Ioan Rhagfyr, Tŷ Siamas, Dolgellau LL40 1RD:
3rd Wednesday of the month
Mold Session, the Delyn Wine Bar, Mold CH7 1LA:
1st Wednesday of the month
The Cardiff Session:
1st, 3rd (and 5th) Monday of the month:the Owain Glyndŵr, City Centre, Cardiff CF10 1GL
2nd, 4th Monday of the month: the Butcher's Arms, 29 Llandaff Road, Canton, CARDIFF CF11 9NG
Session tunes on-line
There is a collection of Welsh traditional tunes that you can download on Clera's Alawon Cymru website alawoncymru.com.
Clera Workshops and sessions in various parts of Wales.