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Pentan group

Pentan group

We would like to say a big congratulations to the Pentan group, a Welsh female trio, for winning second prize (and 5,000 dollars) at the Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival in Samarqand, Uzbekistan. The festival is a biennial event of traditional music from Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, with judges sourced from all over the world.

The group includes voice, fiddle and harp, performed by Lynne Denman, Clara Clay and Sioned Webb respectively. They performed in the sixteenth century Registan Square in Samarqan, where they generated a great deal of interest in Welsh music, and even resulted in an invitation to perform at an international music festival in Indonesia at the end of the year.

Eva Skalla, an international music producer living in Llandysul, was invited by the British Council and the Uzbek Embassy to find a group . Delighted with the result and the trio's success she said "I am so proud of their achievements and hard work, performing to people who were hearing Welsh music for the frst time. Their sincerity and professsionalism caught the judges and the beauty of the songs charmed them. When a few days later they sang in the main square in the legendary city of Bukhara at the Independence day celebrations I could see people were intrigued and fascinated.

Congratulations to all involved, and best of luck in the future!


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