Carraig Aonair were a pioneering Celtic folk group from the 1970's and into the early 1980's. They produced two vinyl LP albums, Carraig Aonair in 1977, and CA2 in 1983. Their music included songs and instrumentals from Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Cornish, Manx and Breton traditions. The band line up included bass, drums, violin, flute, guitars, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, whistles and vocals.
One of the trademarks of the group was the use of a wide variety of acoustic and electric instruments as well as synthesizers. The music was very much a blend of the old and the new. On the second album the instrumental 'Bells of Aberdovey' was constructed using tape loops and overdubbed with multilayered voices and extraneous percussion effects. The Welsh tune 'Lisa Lan' had influences of the German synthesizer band Kraftwerk and was used as a theme tune to a daily news programme on BBC Radio 4. The group made numerous radio and television appearances and were chosen twice by the BBC to represent Wales in the InterCeltic festival in Lorient, Brittany, where they supported Joan Baez, Alan Stivell and Silly Wizard among others.
Carraig Aonair's music has been extensively used as theme and incidental music on radio and television and Canadian film. The first and second albums recorded on the Gwerin label took the many influences of the Celtic countries and contained electric and acoustic styles with some classical touches.
Last updated on 20th April, 2011