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Latest news from CeltiConnect and things to come

August 3, 2011

Over the last few months CeltiConnect has been involved with the following projects:

• Welsh North American Business Chamber is working on re-doing their website, and we have been involved with the process.
• Wales to Boston Musician’s Exchange Program brought Sarah Louise Owen, Stuart Beattie and Colin Roberts from North Wales to the Boston area to perform a number of gigs back in May.
• CeltiConnect is currently working with Global Infrastructure Advisors to create a web presence.

Look for the Wales to Boston Musician’s Exchange to bring Welsh learning American musicians to Wales in March 2012.

Help us keep the Welsh in Wales!

April 15, 2011

In one of the most Welsh speaking areas of Wales, the kitchen staff of a hotel has been banned from speaking Welsh in the kitchen, and of all places this is happening in LlanfairPG on the isle of Anglesey. Yes! in that most famous of Welsh place names – the world’s longest name for a town: llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Here is the story as told by the Daily Post
BBC Wales Newyddion

Join us and others in voicing your opinion about this situation! You can visit the website of the Gwesty Carreg Mon Hotel, from their website you can go to the contacts page and leave them a message voicing your displeasure. If you want to call the hotel and make a kind request for them to change their policy, and offer come for a meal if they do change it it might be helpful. The phone number at the Hotel is 01248 714224, and the owner manager’s name is Ruth Hogan.

Ottawa Welsh website looking 21st century now

March 7, 2011

The Ottawa Welsh are now at a new address on the web.

Looking good and now you can sign up for any updates which they post on their site, and follow RSS feeds on the arts in Wales. It has been sometime since their site has been updated, and this gives them a nice 21st century look.

Please visit the site and let them know if you like their new look.

Ottawa Welsh get a makeover

February 17, 2011

The Website for Cymdeithas Cymry Ottawa is getting a makeover. Shorter, easier name; updated look; and a blog, as well as a news feed from Wales and the ability to sign up to the page. It is being redone in a WordPress format, and getting a little personalized artwork in the header.  Here is the old site and here is the new site.

Boston-Wales Musician’s Exchange Program?

October 20, 2010

Sunday, November 7th at 6pm in Salem, MA at The Vault (217 Essex Street) we will be doing a show with Sarah Louise Owen (from Caernarfon, Wales – currently living in Caerdydd), and kicking off plans for exchanging music between Wales and Boston.

The plan is to create a Wales to Boston (and vice versa) exchange program for musicians.  It would work something like this:  A musician from one side of the pond would plan to go to the other.  On the other side of the pond other musicians would help make contacts with venues, or arrange for playing gigs together.  Also people who are willing to put up a musician for a stay in their home would provide a place to stay.

Our goal is make Boston an easy starting point in the U.S. for Welsh musicians to find gigs, and similarly make Wales an easy starting point for Boston musicians to break into the UK.  With a similar population base (around 3 million), strong Celtic leanings in Boston, zealous music fans in both locales, and great places to play in both places it should be an easily workable plan.

Interested in joining the support team for making this happen?  Are you a musician in the Boston area or in Wales looking jump across the Atlantic?  Are you a fan of music looking to broaden the scope of the music in your area, and offer places for musicians to stay?  Shoot us an email at phil.wyman (at) if that describes you.

Click the link below to see the flyer of Sarah’s upcoming show.

Sarah Louise Owen Flyer

Volunteering at Beer Advocate’s Boston American Craft Beer Fest

July 1, 2010

just before the rush

It’s true.  I volunteered again for a beer festival.  This time it was with Beer Advocate, and their American Craft Beer Festival in Boston.

Prior to the event I had a chance to meet Todd Alstrom, one of the two brothers who started Beer Advocate at a pub crawl in Cambridge, MA. I was picking hos brain about good importers in the US.

Now this beer festival, as far as beer festivals go – is outrageous!  It is big, is has some of the best in American Craft Brewers, and everyone has a lot of fun.  I was the direction dude.  People wanted to come into the wrong entrance, and I was the guy who redirected them to correct location.  So, I greeted people, told jokes, and sent crowds walking in the correct direction.  Then I took an occasional break to sample some of the 400 beers from the 8 brewers in the event.

Good event, worth attending to learn a about craft beers, and sample.  This is not an event for people who want to get drunk, because we were on the lookout for your kind, if that was you!  This event is for the people who think of good beer like a gourmet item – with a connoisseur’s palate.

this photo was not intentional, but thumbs up to Pretty Things (Brewery)

Thumbs up to Harpoon the major sponsor, and to the breweries with some of the longest lines:  Pretty Things from Boston, and Duck Rabbit from North Carolina.  Also this is a call out for Stone Brewery – they had a line up of 4 of their Stone IPA’s on cask each dry hopped with a different hop – Awesome.  Unfortunately it disappeared too quick and I only got to try 3 of the 4 cask versions.

Wales leads the world in maggots!?

May 5, 2010

That may sound gross, but it actually is quite good.  ZooBiotic, a Bridgend, Wales based company which specializes in using maggots to clean wounds, and has developed their products around this growing field of medicine has acquired a rival company from Germany, and this now makes them the European leader in the larval therapy wound healing market.

Hmmmm…kinda gross, kinda cool.

For more info go to this story.