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Another successful Eisteddfod - with video

By Jonny Drury | Llangollen | Entertainment | Published:

Hit band the Kasier Chiefs brought the curtain down on what was another entertaining and successful Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

Van Morrison

Artists and performers from all over the world descended on the north Wales town for one week only, bringing together different cultures and spreading the message of peace.

WATCH our video of the event here:

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2018

It all began last Monday and performances took place throughout the week, involving everyone from school children to critically acclaimed artists.

Throughout the work there was various attractions, one of them being The Cavern Club, which played an array of Beatles songs and paid tribute to go famous four.

John Lennon's sister, Julia Baird was also the first person to be honoured as the president for Llanfest, which proved to be the spectacular finale of the weeks events.

The Rotary International Peace Award was a big highlight, and was won by a that uses volunteer doctors from the UK and US to advise their colleagues in war zones and low resource countries using encrypted social media.

Arian Teleheal charity was awarded the accolade, which is sponsored by Typhoo Tea, during the renowned International Celebration concert at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Thursday.

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On Friday it was the turn of Sir Van Morrison to wow the crowds at the iconic Royal International Pavilion stage on Friday, captivating the crowd with a myriad of Irish folk, jazz, blues and country music.

Morrison opened the sellout show with a beautiful rendition of ‘Astral Weeks’, then launched straight into ‘Sweet Thing.’ Both songs were released from the album of the same name 50 years ago in 1968, yet still resonate perfectly today and brought the audience to their feet.

Joined by his eight-piece band, including his Musical Director, Paul Moran, Morrison barely drew breath for the following 90 minutes. This was his first appearance at the International Eisteddfod and he enchanted the entire pavilion with his largely improvised set, featuring favourites including ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, ‘Days Like This’ and ‘Have I Told You Lately’.

It was then all about Llanfest, as Toploader and Kasier Chiefs raised the roof to end another successful year.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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