Dates: 10th October – 27th October
Venue: Dylan Thomas Birthplace
The Beginning festival is now in its fifth year and runs from 10th October until 27th October as we celebrate the birth of Dylan 105 years ago with a varied programme of top class entertainment from as far afield as Nashville and down the road in Swansea. Tickets sell quickly for our events so book early.
Thursday 10th October
6.30 for 7.00pm
A great evening of poetry in Dylan’s front parlour to launch The Beginning festival leading up to Dylan’s birthday on 27th October. Seventh Quarry Press publisher Peter Thabit Jones has assembled a group of leading Swansea poets including Christopher Norris, Jean Salkilld and Julie-Anne Grey plus the prolific American writer Jim Gronvold with the UK launch of his latest collection Cogs Turning published by Seventh Quarry Press.
Tickets £5 from 01792 472555
Refreshments available and house tour opportunity
Direct from Nashville – ‘Personal in the Parlour’ with folk giants Lost Hollow
Friday 18th October
6.30 for 7.00pm
Lost Hollow are described as folk meets Americana meets A/C meets Country meets…Life
Their playing credits include Taylor Swift, Big and Rich, Carole King, Kip Moore and many others on 7-10,000 recording sessions and concerts. They’ve played on Good Morning America, Oprah, The David Letterman Show and countless others. Take a look at their website www.losthollowband.com
The list goes on.
It includes the White House and now The Birthplace!
Tommy and Lorrie Harden have been described as an emotional powerhouse and now for one night only it’s a chance for enjoy an intimate evening of music and chat.
Tickets £8 from 01792 472555 but hurry there are not many left. Refreshments and house tour.
Saturday 19th October
5.00 – 7.00pm
If you’ve every wanted to compose a song here’s the chance with a couple of the world’s leading experts – Tommy and Lorrie. We will discuss techniques and between us we will put together a Dylan Birthplace themed song which is bound to be a No 1 hit!!!
Tickets from 01792 472555 This is a free event but booking in advance essential as numbers are limited. Refreshments including tea and Welsh cakes available.
Saturday 26th Oct
To celebrate the 105th anniversary of Dylan’s birth we have a great two day programme of events starting with an Uplands Tour organised by National Waterfront Museum and run by Peter Thabit Jones.
Further details click here
Meet 11.00am at the Uplands Tavern, cost £5 includes visit to the Birthplace
No sooner is that over than we start preparing for the launch of a fabulous exhibition of Under Milk Wood characters by the artist and photographer Seimon Pugh-Jones with music from some of the characters.
Seimon uniquely uses friends and neighbours as the models for his characters – or are they caricatures? You to judge? Two of those – Lorraine King – who plays with Seimon in the band Welshcakes – and West End star Steve Balsamo lead an evening of music inspired by Under Milk Wood and whatever else they fancy!
• When? Saturday 26th October 6.30 for 7.00pm
• Where? Dylan’s front parlour. Refreshments and house tour
• Tickets £5 from 01792 472555
Sunday 27th Oct
2.00 to 4.30pm
There’s nothing like a good birthday party and having one for Dylan has become something of a Birthplace tradition. Not only will there be afternoon tea as described by Dylan’s daughter Aeronwy including jelly, marmite sandwiches, birthday cake with Smarties and lots more for children and adults.
Topping that is music from the band Welshcakes (you might ask them why they chose that name!) with their own brand of folk
• When? Sunday 27th October 2.00 to 4.30pm
• Where? Dylan’s front parlour.
• Tickets £5 from 01792 472555 includes birthday tea