In the Welsh language, ‘Cerdd’ means music and ‘Cerdded’ means to walk. To folk duo Filkin’s Drift, this suggests an intrinsic connection between the acts of roaming and creating music.

CERDD // ED, an 870-mile walking tour of the Wales Coast Path, is a radical approach to sustainable touring. With the climate emergency sharply in focus and people looking for new ways of connecting post-covid, it is clear that the music industry needs fresh and imaginative approaches to touring. Filkin’s Drift believe that they have found an answer in the ancient Welsh bardic tradition.

To release their new record, Rembard’s Retreat, Seth Bye and Chris Roberts are walking the entire Wales Coast Path, performing every night on the journey. Along the way, the duo will collect songs, stories, and tunes to incorporate into their gigs, weaving together a tapestry of shared experiences of the Welsh coast.

Coming your way this October:

  • Monday, 2 - CRWST, Cardigan
  • Tuesday, 3 - Bluestone Brewing Company, Newport Pembs
  • Wednesday 4 - West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard
  • Friday 6 -Trefin Museum
  • Sunday, 8 - Cuffern Manor, Haverfordwest
  • Wednesday, 11 - Llanstadwell Church
  • Thursday, 12 - Live to Your Living Room, Online
  • Friday, 13 - Cwtch Coffi, Pembroke Dock
  • Saturday, 14 - Tenby Museum
  • Sunday, 15 - St Martin's, Laugharne
  • Monday, 16 - St Stephen's, Llansteffan

CERDD // ED solves a global problem in a local way. It will be a pioneering voice as the music industry changes its approaches to touring; It will bring communities closer together; and it will bring Wales to the fore, as the country pioneering this change.

The project is supported by Help Musicians and Fusion Gig Bags. It is also raising money for the charity Live Music Now.

Folk duo Filkin's Drift
(Tegan Foley)

Filkin’s Drift – Seth Bye (fiddle, vocals), Chris Roberts (guitar, lead vocals) – reimagine traditional melodies through pizzicato grooves, intricate guitar tunes, and boundless improvisation. Their original compositions are sophisticated, yet rooted in tradition. From delicate Welsh folk-songs to traditional English dance tunes, the duo blend fiddle and guitar with their close vocal harmonies.

Hugely entertaining

RnR Magazine

They are utterly mesmerising. Hovering around a single microphone with tunes full of waterfall guitar and fabulous violin

Bristol 24/7

Exquisite tune playing mixes effortlessly with irresistible grooves and an engaging chemistry

Dan Walsh, BBC Folk Awards Musician Of The Year Nominee, Urban Folk Quartet

Amazing musicians, singers and lovely chaps all rolled into one

Black Train Music