Y Dyn Gwyrdd a fi

Gŵyl y Dyn Gwyrdd

“You’re not going to Green Man?!” meddai’r ferch yn y siop offer awyr agored wrthaf ar y Dydd Iau, wedi i fi esbonio fy mod angen prynu bag mawr ar gyfer campio. “No” dywedais, cyn gwenu a dweud “Yes – I am really”. Roedd hi’n genfigenus gan bod hi wedi mynd y llynedd a joio mas draw, er bod y tywydd yn wlyb. “Everyone’s just so happy”, esboniodd.

Y diwrnod wedyn es i, fy ngwraig, a’r bag newydd disglair lan o Gaerdydd i’r safle ger Crughywel. Lleoliad penigamp ar gyfer gŵyl fel hyn: mewn pant ar lannau’r Afon Wysg a wedi’i hamgylchynu gan fynyddoedd Bannau Brycheiniog. Yn fuan ar ôl cyrraedd, daeth yn amlwg mai gŵyl canol dosbarth iawn ydy hon. Pobl yn son am olives a gazebos. Ond er bod hi’n hawdd iawn i fod yn sinicaidd, mae’r Dyn Gwyrdd yn brofiad werth ei gael os ydych yn hoffi cerddoriaeth, yn enwedig cerddoriaeth ‘amgen’ neu canu gwerin modern.

O ran y cerddoriaeth, mae’r ŵyl yn apelio at bobl sydd naill ai yn gyfarwydd a deunydd anghyffredin, newydd neu bobl fel fi sy’n hoffi darganfod pethau newydd. Nid astudiaeth gwyddonol ydy hon, ond mae sawl ffrind wedi dweud wrthaf nad oeddent yn gyfarwydd a’r bandiau cyn mynd i’r ŵyl.

Nid oes lle yma i adolygu pob band a welais, felly ysgrifennaf am yr uchafbwyntiau. Ar y Dydd Gwener fe gwyliom y band pop o Denmarc, Treefight For Sunlight, a darodd y nod iawn ar gyfer y tywydd heulog gyda’u caneuon hapus a fersiwn o Wuthering Heights a berswadiodd y dorf i godi ar eu traed. Hefyd roedd syrpreis i fi ym mherfformiad gwych Bellowhead – band oeddwn yn ei ystyried fel un braidd yn gawslyd yn y gorffennol ond mae’n debyg eu bod yn gwneud uffach o sioe fyw. Cwpl o ferched yn mynd dros ben llestri wrth ddangos i bawb eu bod yn gwneud dawns gwerin go iawn.

Dechreuom Ddydd Sadwrn gan ymlacio yn y pabell bach Chai Wallahs, yn gwrando ar Brooke Sharkey, canwraig werin Eingl-Ffrengig. Draw ar lwyfan y tafarn (Green Man Pub Stage) rhywbeth hollol gwahanol gan Laura J Martin o Lerpwl, sy’n defnyddio ‘loops’ mewn ffordd creadigol er mwyn adeiladu tirweddau sain, yn ogystal a’i fersiwn o Tease Me gan Chaka Demus and Pliers (ffefryn personol). Roedd fy ngwraig yn awyddus iawn i weld y Leisure Society felly dyna wnaethom ac eto, syrpreis neis i ddarganfod bod band nad oeddwn yn ffan mawr ohonynt mor dda yn fyw. Wrth gwrs, roedd y noson, a’r ŵyl, yn perthyn i’r Fleet Foxes. Beth allai ddweud am hynny? Anhygoel yw’r unig gair. Teimlad fy mod mewn gig pwysig a mwynhau caneuon a ysytyrir fel clasuron am ddegawdau i ddod.

Yn ogystal a’r miwsig rhagorol, roedd pob math o adloniant arall i’w fwynhau: pabell sinema, olwyn Ferris, pabell comedi a llenyddiaeth (gwelon ni Simon Day o’r Fast Show – un o uchafbwyntiau’r ŵyl i fi) ac wrth gwrs y bwyd – i gyd o safon a’u prisiau yr un mor uchel (talais i £6 am byrgyr ffa). Mae’n amlwg bod y Dyn Gwyrdd yn apelio at deuluoedd, gan bod hi’n teimlo’n ddiogel ac mae llawer o weithgareddau i blant.

Erbyn y prynhawn Sul ro’n i’n dechrau teimlo’n flinedig felly ar ôl ymlacio yn yr haul gyda’r papur a Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, gyda’r nos roedd perfformiad cryf iawn gan Gruff Rhys a’i griw (Lisa Jên a’r Niwl). Gorffennodd y penwythnos gan wylio’r Dyn Gwyrdd ei hun yn cael ei losgi, a wedyn tan gwyllt.

Crynodeb: digwyddiad perffaith i bobl a meddwl agored am gerddoriaeth, sydd am gael penwythnos yn ymlacio mewn lleoliad brydferth.

The Globe, Caerdydd yn derbyn hyrwyddwyr gigs

Ydy unrhyw un eisiau trefnu gigs neu digwyddiadau yng Nghaerdydd?

Mae’r lleoliad The Globe yn y Rhath yn cau – o yfory tan diwedd mis Awst 2011. Wedyn bydd y lle ar agor eto dan reolaeth newydd. (Mae Alan Jones, cyn-perchennog – a chyn-aelod o’r grwp Amen Corner – wedi gadael.)

Dyma neges gan Owen Bowley, trefnydd newydd:

Hello everyone!

As you may or may not have heard, The Globe as we know it is no more. IT IS NOT CLOSING PERMANENTLY. Simply put, the previous owner is no longer involved with the business and new management has taken over as of this week.

The venue itself is closing for 3 weeks from this Monday (8th) for refurbishment, after generous sponsership from Cardiff estate agents ‘South Wales Estates’. When it reopens it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. In brief, a few improvements are… a new brewery/cellar with new products (draught aspall cider/old speckled hen/peroni to name a few), meaning a FULLY STOCKED BAR, it’s already been vented in the past few weeks and now there will be AIR CONDITIONING, we’re also having an upstairs lounge area, and the list goes on…

Here’s the most important thing, which is where you lot come in…

I am now in control of taking bookings and filling the calender with shows at The Globe. I am going to turn that place around, support local music, bring door prices down, and generally make it the venue that it should have been from day one, but I need your help and support in doing so…

So here’s where I stand…

I believe local bands should get paid for their gigs but I also believe they should promote their shows passionately. Therefore, I’ve devised a system for band payments that quite simply means the more people you pull, the more you get paid. I should also state that I am not interested in putting on nights that pull less than 100 people, I understand that will happen from time to time but my sights are aimed higher. I’ve also placed bonus systems for consistently good shows, your band can make anything from £150 to £1000 depending on how hard you plan on pushing your shows.

On the flip side, if you are confident in the numbers you can pull, or you’re a promoter looking to hire the club, then I’ve also devised a hire fee system that works along the lines of the higher the bartake, the lower the hire fee. This is yet to be cleared by new management but rest assured something will be confirmed in the next few days.

I am open minded, therefore, musically I have no favouritism, whereas previously The Globe has shyed away from certain genres (hip-hop/hardcore/etc), I’m simply interested in putting on good shows and pulling good crowds.

Any gaps that I leave in the calender will be passed on to the owners to fill, and the fact is that they are businessmen looking to make money, they don’t care if it’s a tribute act, kareoke night, or cheesy disco doing that job, and so they shouldn’t. They’re interested in numbers, I’m the one in this new setup who’s passionate about pushing the Cardiff music scene and I’m responsible for keeping it consistent.

So there you have it, I guess the rest is self explanatory… If you are a musician who wants to play, a promoter who needs a venue, or simply have ideas that you’d like to run by me, please get in touch and let’s work together, also, feel free to pass this message on to anyone who you think might be interested, my phone number and e-mail are below…

Owen Bowley

Tel : 07540 566132
E-mail : bowlez malwen gmail.com

Plîs anfona unrhyw ymholiadau iddyn nhw yn uniongyrchol.

Rhys Iorwerth – Cywydd Coffa i’r Bidet (a fideos Bragdy’r Beirdd)

Roedd lot fawr o gerddi o ansawdd yn y noson cyntaf Bragdy’r Beirdd neithiwr yng Nghaerdydd! Yn hytrach na mewnosod pob fideo yma dw i’n argymell y sianel YouTube Bragdy’r Beirdd lle ti’n gallu clywed cerddi gan Catrin Dafydd, Osian Rhys Jones a geiriau difyr am hanes Caerdydd gan y gwestai gwadd Owen John Thomas.

Dyma un ohonyn nhw, Cywydd Coffa i’r Bidet gan Rhys Iorwerth:

Owen Hatherley ar Gaerdydd / yng Nghaerdydd

Mae Owen Hatherley yn awdur, blogiwr, cefnogwr Pulp a meddyliwr – am y cysylltiadau rhwng pensaernïaeth, cynllunio tref, adeiladau, gofod, gwleidyddiaeth ac ein cymdeithas a diwylliant fel dinesyddion yn yr oes ôl-Llafur Newydd.

Caerdydd gan oddsteph

Dyma rhai o feddyliau Hatherley am Gaerdydd:

Here I have to confess assuming that Arcades were something uniquely found in Paris and Piccadilly, so hence my previous idea that their presence in West Yorkshire was proof of the area’s aptness for flanerie. Cardiff, however, has absolutely loads of iron-and-glass Arcades, albeit all in the same place, which carve unexpected and relatively intrigue-filled pathways through what would otherwise have been some Victorian alleyways. The Market has some great vintage signage on the outside, and the general atmosphere would have been perfect for a ’30s Hitchcock film, at just the right level of seedy.

Not all of central Cardiff is as interesting, but there’s a good line in silliness in some of the architecture, which for the most part – excepting the invariably dreadful towers – can be quite entertaining.Neuadd Dewi Sant gan waltjabsco I’d be especially interested to know what the FAT or AOC neo-postmodernist contingent think of buidings like the Cardiff Cineworld, which without ever quite being good, have at least a bit of fun with our prevailing modernism-on-the-cheap, as does the Millennium Stadium, although it’s a shame the struts are painted white, when black or red would have taken the admirable tastelessness to a more charismatic level. There’s one fine bit of late Brutalism, St David’s Hall, in the middle of this, looking improbably chic and European Grey by comparison.

The St Mary’s Street area is one of two really very good things in Cardiff, the other being the Imperialistic Beaux-Arts pleasures of Cathays Park, lots of Portland stone classical buildings housing sundry museums, assemblies and suchlike, with green space inbetween and boulevards laid through. Interestingly, this was planned decades before Cardiff was designated ‘capital’ of Wales, and yet it is laid out with confident gusto as if it already were…

Rwyt ti’n gallu darllen y cofnod llawn am Gaerdydd ar ei flog neu yn ei lyfr A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, yn ei eiriau “awtopsi’r dadeni trefol”. Byddi di’n edrych at y ddinas gyda llygaid newydd – er enghraifft, wnes i ddim sylwi’r “wal anifeiliaid” gan Gitta Gschwendtner (ar y ffordd i Fae Caerdydd o Grangetown) cyn i mi ddarllen y cofnod yna.

Mae Hatherley yn dod i Gymru i siarad ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd ar y 6ed mis Gorffenaf eleni. Does dim llawer o fanylion i gael eto ond cadwa’r dyddiad achos dylai’r digwyddiad bod yn ddifyr a diddorol iawn.

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