Mick Tems

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The musical traditions of South Wales have been preserved through the efforts of ethnomusicologist and performer Mick Tems. A former member of '80s folk band Swansea Jack, Tems continues to work with…
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The musical traditions of South Wales have been preserved through the efforts of ethnomusicologist and performer Mick Tems. A former member of '80s folk band Swansea Jack, Tems continues to work with vocalist, English dance caller, and concertina and spoons player Patricia Carron-Smith (born April 3, 1952), performing as the duo Calennig and as a member of the Calennig Big Band. Much of Tems and Smith's focus has been devoted to composing and performing thematic material. Their album Trade Winds is based on an extended theatrical piece that includes songs, ballads, and shanties and the music of their album A Tale of Two Rivers was first conceived for the Best of Taff-Ely Arts Festival. They paid homage to late Welsh songwriter Phil Tanner (1937-1949) with the album A Gower Garland: Celebrating Phil Tanner and the Traditions of Gower in 2000.