Three young men from deepest, darkest, chapel-going Wales create a soundtrack to the cultural upheaval of the past two hundred years. Their intricate and infectious interpretations of Welsh traditional melodies and songs have gained them widespread critical acclaim. Their debut album ‘Ty Ein Tadau’ (House of Our Fathers’) received Best Album and Best Traditional Welsh Language Track in the Wales Folk Awards and a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Traditional Song, as well as a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. VRï, alongside Beth Celyn, have more recently been featured on The Last Night of the Proms representing Wales in a collection of sea songs from across the British Isles and Ireland.
A response to the oppression of Wales’ traditional music by the Methodist chapels, VRï’s music takes hold of the remaining strands of tradition and the music subsumed by the chapels, and blends them into a joyous celebration of Welsh identity. As a string trio, the combination of two fiddles and a cello is both familiar and unusual to traditional music. The tradition of choral singing has left its mark on the fiddlers of Wales, leaving two fiddle players unable to not play in harmony with each other. The addition of the cello and the rhythmic arrangements employed by these three have led them to re-coin the term ‘chamber-folk’ to describe their music.