Welsh traditional band Allan Yn Y Fan will be celebrating their 22nd year on the road with the release of their first single in September, followed by a major European tour in the Autumn.
The single, to be released on the Steam Pie label, consists of two tracks “Ym Mhontypridd” and “Gorthrwm y Gweithiwr”. The latter, which the band believes to be the first ever recording of the song, refers to the struggles of the workers, versus their Beaufort, Ebbw Vale ironmasters in mid 19th century Wales.
Both tour print and CD single feature the band in front of William Edward’s iconic single arch bridge crossing the River Taff in Pontypridd. Built in 1756, it was for 40 years Britain’s longest single span bridge.
The title of the tour is also inspired by the musical bridges that supporters of the band have enabled them to build over the decades, reflected by returns to Luxembourg, Spiegelberg, Ystradgynlais and Abertyleri.