The Language and Music of Wales | The Trials of Cato
In the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages, this concert series from the Welsh and Scottish Governments in Berlin brings the indigenous languages and cultures of Wales and Scotland to Germany. Through storytelling and music, leading folk musicians from these nations will explore the depth and resilience of the indigenous languages of Wales and Scotland as living languages that continue to thrive in our modern world.
Indigenous languages offer a unique way of naming, seeing, and relating to the world, which is often intricately tied to a particular region and land. The indigenous language of Wales is the Celtic language Welsh – or Cymraeg, as it is known by its speakers. It is protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and has official status as a national language of Wales. Welsh is renowned for its melodic tones and rich history of poetry, singing and storytelling.
The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories. Singing in both Welsh and English, The Trials’ second album, Gog Magog, released in winter of 2022, is awash with a spray of styles, ranging from neo-traditional interpretations of Welsh language poetry to current-day plague songs, as well as unexpected instrumental explorations of the outer edges of folktronica and trad-jazz.