Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice), Aneirin Jones (violin, voice) and Patrick Rimes (viola, violin, voice) are three young men from deepest chapel-going Wales, who have mined the cultural upheaval of past centuries and drawn inspiration from the incredible story of a time when Wales’ traditional music and dance was suppressed by Methodist chapels, and, earlier, its language by the Act of Union.
Three-part harmonies, stunning fiddle and the unusual addition of cello forge VRï’s totally unique sound. Since forming in 2016, the trio have been pumping out their native foot-stomping dance tunes whilst maintaining the poise and elegance of a string ensemble. Seizing the remaining strands of subsumed tradition and music, VRï blends them into a joyous celebration of Welsh identity and a contemporary rediscovery of lost traditions.
The trio's 2019 debut album Ty Ein Tadau (House Of Our Fathers) received a 5* review in Songlines magazine and numerous awards nominations. VRï’s second album Islais a genir (a sung whisper) saw them crowned Winners of Best Album at Wales Folk Awards 2023.
Running time: 90mins + interval
"A primal roar of Welshness"Songlines