One of Welsh language’s most popular music acts will be performing at a special gig in Newtown during the lead-up to the Urdd Eisteddfod.

Caernarfon-based rock-folk band Bwncath will be bringing their string of hits to the Elephant and Castle Hotel from 8pm tonight (Friday, May 17) for a night of some of the best live music in Wales.

The award-winning Welsh folk and rock group is one of the busiest bands on the scene performing more than 100 gigs a year and have headlined at several large festivals including Tafwyl in Cardiff and the National Eisteddfod in front of more 10,000 fans.

Lead singer, Elidyr Glyn, won Cân i Gymru- a Eurovision-style song competition - in 2019, with the song Fel Hyn 'Da Ni Fod.


Before Friday night’s show, Elidyr and the band will be holding an exclusive gig for Year 5 and 6 pupils from Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd and Penygloddfa School.

Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd headteacher Darryn Green said: “It will be a special opportunity for school children to hear live Welsh music and enjoy it with their friends.

“It will be an unforgettable experience, I'm sure. It's a big thank you to Elidyr, the band, Elephant & Castle and to Mr Glenn Thomas (Penygloddfa School) for organising.”

The Newtown gig is being held to raise money for the Urdd Eisteddfod which will take place at Mathrafal Farm, near Meifod for six days of festivities from Monday, May 27.

It will be the first time since the late 1980s that Montgomeryshire will host one of Europe's largest youth festivals.

Tickets for the gig are still available to buy from No.1 High Street, Rhian at Menter Iaith Maldwyn on 07969062263 or email rhian@ or Hywel Lovgreen on 07800753012.