Mary-Anne Roberts will present a public concert of Trinidadian street music at 6.00pm Thursday 13th October in the Llantwit Major conference Paul Tillich Today: The Two Roots of Political Thinking. Come along!
In the event Six Aunties and a Grandma Mary-Anne will perform pavement songs from Caribbean market culture with her DV band. Afterwards she joins the director of the New Library, Richard Parry, in conversation about her career, stories of origin, Welsh and human identity and her recent work on the Reframing Picton installation at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales.
Public tickets are available for both events:
Six Aunties and a Grandma – 45 minutes of Trinidadian Street Music – Thursday 13th October @6.00pm – St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major – tickets £5.00. BUY TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mary-anne-roberts-six-aunties-and-a-grandma-tickets-429280428317
Welsh & human identity – Mary-Anne Roberts in conversation with Richard Parry – Thursday 13th October @ 7.00pm – St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major – free admission. BOOK TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mary-anne-roberts-welsh-and-human-identity-tickets-429295282747
Mary-Anne Roberts-O’Reilly was born and grew up in Trinidad. She has danced professionally from the age of 12 and has worked in theatre from the age of 18. She has participated in Carnival all her life beginning to study its rich history in 1982 when she joined Trinidad Tent Theatre. She has taught movement, voice, mark-making and mask-making through Trinidad Carnival archetypes. She delights in low-key, everyday rituals in domestic settings, people-centred activities and anything involving food.
Since 1999, Mary-Anne has worked with the early music duo, Bragod. Together with musician, academic and instrument maker Robert Evans she researches, develops and presents a dynamic performance-practice showcasing Medieval Welsh praise poetry and music with historical instruments. Bragod has recorded 3 ground-breaking CDs: Bragod, Kaingk and Llatai and in 2018 recorded Oran Bagraigh with 9 other musicians from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Bragod featured prominently in the 2021 Turner Prize as part of nominated Gentle/Radical’s installation.
Roly Porter and MFO’s 2020 album Kistvaen – Origins combines field recording, digital processing and Mary-Anne’s vocals, to create a sound that links ancient musical forms with contemporary sound design.
‘Bragod somehow manage to combine the study of medieval music and poetry in a way that makes it feel alive. Their work is historically faithful and rooted in research, but feels strangely modern and relevant at the same time, I love it.’
In November 2022,Mary-Anne may be viewed in 3D, in a series of films called A Signal Across Time/ Arwydd Drwy Awyr at the Welsh Millennium Centre.
As part of Laku Neg, Mary-Anne presented Spirited in 2022, for National Museum of Wales – Amgueddfa Cymru Reframing Picton commission, exhibiting in Cardiff until September 2023.