What does 'Clera' mean?
It 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 2016:
Chair: Siwan Evans
Secretary: Elliw Iwan
Treasurer and Membership Secretary: Meurig Williams
Members of the Executive Committee:
Robin Huw Bowen
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, aagain 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 project has been running since 2015, again with the supportr of the Wales Arts Council with reoups across he country learning and playing Welsh Gypsy harp tunes.
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.
National Eisteddfod, July 30 - August 6 2016
Clera hosts classes and sessions in Tŷ Gwerin at the Eisteddfod.
The following pub sessions are open to anyone:
The Boatyard, Bangor, second Monday of each month.
The Cardiff Session - 8.30pm - 11pm
1st and 3rd Monday of the month, at the City Arms, City Centre,
Quay Street (off Westgate Street opposite the Millennium Stadium), 10 - 12 Quay Street, Cardiff CF10 1EA, Tel. 029 20225258
2nd, 4th and 5th Monday of the month at the Butcher's Arms
29 Llandaff Road, Canton, CARDIFF CF11 9NG, Tel. 029 20214506
Dolanog Tune Club (Montgomeryshire): send an e-mail
Llanwnda Pipes/Pibgorn Club (near Caernarfon): led by Idris Morris Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Melodies Workshops at The Welfare (Ystradgynlais): contact Geraint Roberts on 01639 843163, email@example.com or thewelfare.co.uk
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.