Across the Borders

ACROSS THE BORDERS: A two day celebration of americana and alt. folk in South Wales, 5th and 6th September 2009

Richmond Fontaine, Vetiver, Willard Grant Conspiracy and Magnolia Electric Co. are just some of the big names coming to South Wales next week for Across The Borders, a two day event celebrating the best in contemporary americana and alt. folk.

Held between the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd and the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl, and supported by Capitol Region Tourism, the event looks like an absolute blinder. As well as those already mentioned the line-up also includes Aidan Moffat, formerly of John Peel-approved indie institution Arab Strap, indie folk luminary Adem, who recently provided the soundtrack for Armando Iannucci’s hit political satire In The Loop, Will Oldham collaborator Alasdair Roberts, tremendous singer songwriter Peter Bruntnell and Canada’s latest sensation Ohbijou, who share a record label with both Vetiver and last year’s big sensation Fleet Foxes.

The amount of superlatives throughout the music press for all of these acts is pretty incredible, with Richmond Fontaine recently receiving a full page 5 star review in Uncut, not to mention The Sun referring to their frontman Willy Vlautin as a songwriter equal to Springsteen or Tom Waits. Another of our key picks are Indiana’s Magnolia Electric Co., who “recall Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the height of their 70’s powers” (NME). The band make their first ever appearance in Wales.

Full profiles of all the acts involved can be found on the promoter’s website www.gatheredinsong.com, along with ticket, transport and accommodation information. Tickets can be bought for individual shows, with a limited number of 2 for 1 tickets available in Porthcawl (quote ATB241 when phoning the Grand Pavilion’s box office), or there is a very affordable weekend ticket which includes a free bus service between venues.

Listen out for a selection of tracks by featured artists being played on Bethan Elfyn’s Radio 1 show from midnight Wednesday (into Thursday) and on Adam Walton’s Radio Wales show this coming Sunday evening.

For full details please visit www.gatheredinsong.com