Welcome to the United Kingdom Pavilion
for Winnipeg's Folklorama
August 7th - 13th, 2016
Siân James is an icon in her native Wales. Her voice is pure and crystalline, as she sings ancient Celtic laments and modern Welsh folktales, and accompanies herself on the harp. Siân's music straddles the realms of folk, traditional and world music, and brings a lilting Celtic quality which is both spiritual and sensual in its appeal. She is a wonderful storyteller, singing mostly in Welsh, weaving tales and legends throughout the music and translating the lyrics as she goes.
Music has always been a part of Siân's life. She began competing at age three in the local Eisteddfodau. She began studying piano at age six, violin at eight and harp at eleven. At fourteen, she began her concert career, singing traditional songs with a harp trio, as well as singing solo while accompanying herself on the harp. During her school and college years, Siân began composing songs and creating original arrangements of traditional songs. She sang with a folk-rock band called Bwchadanas, furthering her interest in musical styles.
Siân's professional life is divided between music and acting. She has released 9 CDs, and has numerous film and TV credits.