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Watch: The rousing version of Sospan Fach at Distant Pod’s Cardiff’s show

09 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
Belting out Sospan Fach at the New Theatre and the boys backstage at the Hackney Empire (Credit: Andy Lane)

It’s the podcast that has been the undisputed hit of lockdown.

The Socially Distant Sports Bar, or Distant Pod as it’s otherwise known, has built up such a huge following since launching in March 2020, the show’s stars comedians Eis James and Mike Bubbins, along with sports broadcaster Steffan Garrero, have now set out on a tour playing to packed houses around the UK.

Their latest stop at Cardiff’s New Theatre this week, was unsurprisingly a noisy affair, No more so than from the stage, where former PE teacher and Elvis Impersonator turned stand up star Bubbins led the passionate Welsh crowd in renditions of several Welsh favourites including a rousing version of Sospan Fach.

The song, beloved of Wales rugby fans was sung with gusto from stage and stalls alike – as you can see and hear.

Although recorded by three Welshmen, the ‘sports’ podcast has found favour around the globe, with an audience who love the trio’s brand of hilarious tales and improvised comedy, much of which actually has nothing to do with sport.

Now, 78 shows in, the podcast has taken on a life of its own, thanks to a large and fiercely loyal audience most of whom happily and keenly contribute to the Distant Pod patreon, which allows the podcast to expand its horizons, while keeping Mike in cowboy boots, Elis in Harrington jackets and Steff, who has the unenviable task of editing the weekly shows, in paracetamol.

Distant Pod live at Hackney Empire (Credit: Andy Lane)

Last weekend saw the very first Distant Pod live shows at the Hackney Empire as part of a UK tour which will see the trio visit all points in England, Scotland, Ireland and, of course, Wales.

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This evening Mike, Elis and Steff will take to the stage in the elegant surroundings of The New Theatre in Cardiff, the final date of three shows, which – if the other shows they have so far played are any measure – will be a riotous assembly of audience interaction, tall tales, record sales at the bar and a nod to the many characters who have filled our ears so wonderfully during lockdown.

The boys will then be heading off for further shows around the UK.

Book tickets for the live tour HERE

Boy Distant Pod merch HERE

Follow @distantpod on Twitter

The Socially Distant Sports Bar is available through Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

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