Director, Presenter, Producer

Michael Kennedy – Director, Presenter and Producer

Mike has involvement with music and media goes back to the 1990’s when he regularly wrote for, the Welsh folk music magazine, Taplas interviewing many of the leading lights in the folk scene. He has also seen his work published in many other music publications as well as local history magazines, poetry anthologies and short story collections.
Since 2013 he has written, produced and presented many radio shows including the acclaimed Welsh Connections Show on Oystermouth Radio. Now with Radio Tircoed, he hosts a weekday drive time and weekend breakfast show to over 250,000 listeners worldwide.
Of Welsh Connections Mike says:

‘Dave, Mel and I decided that we wanted to celebrate and promote the great music that has come out of Wales – and still is coming out of Wales! So the Welsh Connections show and Facebook page was born. I can’t believe that five years has gone by already but now it’s time to take it to the next level’.

‘Welsh Connections is the most popular page of its kind on social media and regularly gets thousands of visitors each week, we now network with many venues in and around the city & county of Swansea promoting events and artists as well as hosting events ourselves such as Welsh Connections Live, The Swansea Fringe and the Other Voices Spoken Word Festival. We also are the official sponsors for a national song writing competition based in Llandovery (formerly the Penlan Festival).’

Mike passionately believes in promoting art, in all its forms, in Wales to the wider world and by working with, and in the community, Welsh Connections is the perfect vehicle to do this.

Director & Operations Manager

Melanie has a passion for supporting and promoting all things welsh. She has an appreciation for music of all genres. She has worked for 15 years in an industry that helps give disadvantaged people a voice when they are at a vulnerable time in their lives. For more than 2 years Melanie has developed and delivered training to professionals and students showing a great deal of passion for her role. She is dedicated, self-managing and is the one who pulls the group together; she certainly keeps us focused. Melanie often gets involved in charitable events and encourages others to do so. She is a good organiser and works really well as part of this small team.
Melanie says ‘we have lots of exciting things coming up this year. I am looking forward to meeting new people and helping to promote all the fabulous artists that we have been working with. I have my favourites but I will never tell. There is lots of literary and musical talent in Wales so as Welsh Connections we can help give a big shout out for them. I love listening to all the new material some is good and lots are excellent’

Director Media & Communications

Dave Beynon

Communications & Media

Mike Kennedy

Director, Presenter, Producer

Melanie Beynon

Director & Operations