GRUFF RHYS - BABELSBERG

Gruff Rhys announces new album, single and video // Gruff Rhys yn cyhoeddi albym, sengl a fidio newydd!

Ah! Greetings my friends,

I’m happy to announce that my new album of 10 songs ‘Babelsberg’ is coming out on Rough Trade on 8th June. It features the BBC NOW orchestra with Kliph Scurlock, Osian Gwynedd and Steve Black on Drums, piano, bass and I’m singing and playing guitar.

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It’s available to pre-order now with a limited run of completely unimaginable 12” x 24” holographic panoramic encased vinyl version of it exclusive to the Rough Trade Records webstore. The vinyl was cut from a 96k high resolution master. The extremely long sleeve was designed by Mark James and features an illustration by Uno Moralez.

Also finished is my new music video, shot especially for the song Frontier Man, in Cardiff, Wales and the Cardiff of the imagination. Watch me as I go in search of a bin through the deepest recesses, and frozen tundra of my mind. Yes, you heard right.

 

Talking of Cardiff, I’ll be playing my new album in full with the 72 musician strong BBC National Orchestra Wales at The WMC Cardiff on June 10th 2018.

Followed by a performance at the Barbican, London on September 12th with the 21 piece BBC Contemporary Orchestra and at the RNCM Manchester on September 16th with the 21 musicians from the RNCM Orchestra.

That’s it for now, looking forward to getting back on the grey snake*

Howls from the hills, Gruff

*Road

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Annwyl gyfeillion,


Braint yw cael cyhoeddi fod fy record hir newydd yn cael ei gyhoeddi ar Fehefin y degfed gan recordiau Rough Trade. Babelsberg yw ei henw - teitl Almaeneg, ond 10 cân yn yr iaith Saesneg sydd arni,(mae gen i gwpwl o recordiau Cymraeg ar y gweill gyda llaw) ac yn fy nghyfeilio mae Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru, Kliph Scurlock, Osian Gwynedd a Steve Black.

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Byddaf yn ymddangos yn Nghaerdydd (yr un go iawn) gyda 72 o gerddorion y gorfforaeth ddarlledu genedlaethol ar Fehefin y 10fed yn nghanolfan y Mileniwm.

Hefyd bydd cyngherddau a cherddorfeydd chydig yn llai, yn y Barbican, Llundain ar Fedi y 12fed, ac ym Manceinion yn y RNCM ar Fedi 16.

Ta waeth, pob hwyl am y tro,

Gruff

MARTHA FFION - New Single "Take Your Name " video. Album pre order.

Martha Ffion has announced her eagerly anticipated debut LP entitled 'Sunday Best’ which is released 9th March 2018. PRE ORDER "Sunday Best" HERE.

 

Live Dates - March 2018
Wednesday 7th - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach Tickets
Thursday 8th - London - The Waiting Room Tickets 
Friday 9th - Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete's Tickets
Saturday 10th - Glasgow - Mono Tickets
Sunday 11th - Newcastle - Think Tank Tickets

 

GWENNO - Plasenn nowydh, Gwydheo nowydh // Sengl Newydd, Fidio newydd // New single, New video !

With Gwenno's second album Le Kov due for release 2nd March via Heavenly Recordings, Gwenno has today shared a video for “Tir Ha Mor”, the first single to be released from the LP. Watch the video below...

Of the video Gwenno says: “We drove to St Ives and marvelled at the crashing waves, went up the coast, past Zennor and arrived at Levant Mine to pause for thought and remember those who had given and lost so much to the land. All we could do was appreciate the rugged landscape, as so many had done before us. We drove back to Cardiff and I mulled over the merits of dancing to your own song, and concluded that it's alright to do so sometimes. Cornish Abstract Landscape artist, Peter Lanyon, Marghek an Gwyns (Rider of the Wind, his Cornish Gorsedd bardic name) glided over the land to get a better feel of Cornwall, and Tir Ha Mor (Land and Sea) is inspired by his methods and muse. I filmed what was in front of me, which is nowhere near the same level of commitment, but it is my interpretation of what I saw and felt and that, I hope, is worth something.” 

Live dates ( Tickets and info HERE )  - 
Saturday 20th January – HOLYHEAD – Ucheldre Centre
Thursday 8th March – 
BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
Friday 9th March – 
MANCHESTER – Gullivers
Saturday 10th March – 
LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Friday 16th March – 
BRIGHTON – Rialto Theatre
Saturday 17th March – 
RAMSGATE – Music Hall
Thursday 22nd March – 
BRISTOL – Louisiana
Friday 23rd March – 
OXFORD – Bullingdon Arms
Sunday 25th March – 
ABERYSTWYTH – Ceredigion Museum
Thursday 12th April – LONDON
– Hoxton Hall

LLEUWEN - Yn cyhoeddi taith fer // Announcing a short tour

Mae Lleuwen wedi cyhoeddi pedair gig newydd a fydd yn digwydd yn mis Mawrth 2018.
Bydd Lleuwen a'i reuddrwm yn ymddangos yn y canolfannau canlynol. // Lleuwen has announced four gigs happening in March 2018. Lleuwen and her "reuddrwm" will be appearing at the following venues.

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1/3/18 - Galeri, Caernarfon (g/w Gwilym Bowen Rhys  Toc/Tic
2/3/18 - Acapela, Pentyrch, Caerdydd (g/w Blodau Gwylltion) Toc/Tic
3/3/18 - Neuadd Pantycelyn, Llanymddyfri. (Cyngerdd Dathlu Cân Pantycelyn) 
4/3/18 - Amgueddfa Ceredigion, Aberystwyth (Gig cynnar gyda / Early show with Blodau Gwylltion) Toc/Tic

 

MARTHA FFION - Announces new album, new track, and UK tour dates!

Irish-born, and now Glasgow based singer-songwriter Martha Ffion announces new album entitled 'Sunday Best’ which will be released in early 2018. More details to follow on that.
To celebrate the news Martha Ffion has also released a track from the album - the wonderful ‘We Make Do’.
Stream here on APPLE or SPOTIFY.

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Also announced today are a handful of UK tour dates.

March 2018
7th - Cardiff - D/s @ Clwb Ifor Bach - TICKETS
8th - London - Waiting Room - TICKETS
9th - Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete's - TICKETS
10th - Glasgow - Mono - TICKETS
11th - Newcastle - Think Tank - TICKETS

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GWENNO announces the release of new album "Le Kov", and shares LP trailer and more live shows

Having last month signalled her 2018 return, Gwenno has today announced the release date of her new album Le Kov on 2nd March via Heavenly Recordings and available to preorder here.

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Le Kov tracklist:

1. Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow
2. Tir Ha Mor
3. Herdhya
4. Eus Keus? 
5. Jynn-amontya
6. Den Heb Taves
7. Daromres y'n Howl
8. Aremorika
9. Hunros
10. Koweth Ker 

Gwenno has also shared a new LP trailer, which can be viewed HERE, and announced a bunch of live performances in support of the album, beginning in early December in Falmouth and Merthyr Tydfil and running through to April 2018 with a show at London’s Hoxton Hall. Dates/info below:

Friday 1st December  – MERTHYR TYDFIL – Redhouse
Saturday 2nd December – FALMOUTH – The Poly
Saturday 20th January – HOLYHEAD – Ucheldre Centre
Thursday 8th March – 
BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
Friday 9th March – 
MANCHESTER – Gullivers
Saturday 10th March – 
LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Friday 16th March – 
BRIGHTON – Rialto Theatre
Saturday 17th March – 
RAMSGATE – Music Hall
Thursday 22nd March – 
BRISTOL – Louisiana
Friday 23rd March – 
OXFORD – Bullingdon Arms
Sunday 25th March – 
ABERYSTWYTH – Ceredigion Museum
Thursday 12th April – LONDON – Hoxton Hall

More info HERE

Gwenno - Two new shows and "Le Kov" // Dau gig newydd a "Le Kov"

Working with long-time collaborator, Rhys Edwards, the Welsh musician and singer’s next album, due in Spring 2018, continues her trailblazing mission, picking up exactly where Y Dydd Olaf left off. Written entirely in Cornish, Le Kov translates as “the place of memory”. 

The album's title crystallises Gwenno’s relationship to the language—a fluent speaker of Cornish who has seldom ventured south of the River Tamar, let alone lived there. As a child, she imagined that Cornish held similar cultural weight to the Welsh language: a living, spoken tongue that coursed through everyday life. “How wrong I was” she admits.

Yet the Cornish language has experienced a notable revival since the turn of the 20th century. There are now around 1000 fluent speakers, locals were encouraged to claim Cornish identity on the 2011 census, and in 2014 the Cornish people were granted minority status within the UK. It’s huge progress—but Gwenno wasn’t sure how she fit into all this. Could she lay claim to any kind of Cornish identity? What she did know was that as one of the language’s few fluent speakers she felt a duty to make her next album entirely in Cornish: to create a document of a living language, to explore her identity and the endless creative possibilities of a tongue that has a very small surviving artistic output, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries.

The result is an exploration of the individual and collective subconcious and the ‘dream state’, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language. More than that, in the age of Brexit, isolationism and hostility towards the rich cultures that make up modern Britain, Le Kov takes on an unexpected wider resonance, and contains bold messages about the importance of respecting and forging links with other cultures—no matter how small.

In that spirit, Gwenno will debut material from Le Kov with two special intimate shows in towns with a rich Brythonic heritage in early December. Dates/info below:

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Friday 1st December – MERTHYR TYDFIL – Redhouse tickets
Saturday 2nd December – FALMOUTH – The Poly tickets

Emmy The Great - Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack

 
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The comedian and writer Sara Pascoe has adapted Pride and Prejudice for a comic stage adaptation. Her play based on Jane Austen's novel is about to open at the Nottingham Playhouse. Brilliant original music from Emmy the Great.

LISTINGS:
Nottingham Playhouse
Friday 15 – Saturday 30 September
Evenings 7.45pm
Matinees Saturday 23 September 2.30pm, Thursday 28 September 1.30pm

York Theatre Royal
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 14 October
Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Saturdays 7 and 14 October 2.30pm, Thursdays 5 and 12 October 2pm

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
Nottingham Playhouse
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
Box office 0115 941 9419

York Theatre Royal
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Box office 01904 623568

Check this podcast for more background.

 

Emmy The Great - New Single "Mahal Kita"

Emmy The Great shares a new single “Mahal Kita”, which is released today on Bella Union. The track is about her time interviewing migrant domestic women women in Hong Kong’s Central District. 

Emmy The Great speaks more on the experiences and interviews that inspired “Mahal Kita”: “Since the early 1980’s, domestic workers have congregated in Hong Kong’s public spaces every Sunday, their weekly statutory rest day, and on a further ten public holidays. 

Tens of thousands of women sit on cardboard or plastic mats, in the shadow of five-star hotels, major bank buildings, and storefronts with luxury brandnames etched across them in glowing cursive. 

They picnic, or cut hair, hold beauty competitions, bridal showers, take part in dance routines. They reclaim public space and transform it into a sanctuary, a place to relax, to share information, to cement networks of support and camaraderie.


There are 380,000 migrant workers in Hong Kong, earning a minimum wage of approx US$550 a month. They are mostly women, many of whom are mothers working to support their families. A 2016 report found ‘serious gaps in Hong Kong’s legal framework in relation to trafficking and forced labour’.

For the many workers who suffer abuse, the Sunday gatherings are an essential route to access help, or to learn about their rights.

This is why it Central is the spiritual home of Hong Kong’s migrant activist community, who have been advocating for migrant women since they first arrived in the city.

Mahal Kita is a record of my time interviewing domestic workers in Hong Kong, where I was born.

I hope this song will be a tribute to every migrant worker who took Hong Kong’s public space and made it their own.”

Emmy The Great's upcoming European tour kicks off in Paris March 20th....tickets and info HERE

Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon - New UK tour dates

Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon opens its doors to open-minded optimists in April and May 2017. Dare you enter? 

The dates are:

Sat 1st Apr     Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Fri 7th Apr     Belfast Limelight
Sat 8th Apr     Dublin Green Room      
Thu 13th Apr    Manchester Gorilla
Fri 13th Apr     Glasgow Oran Mor
Fri 28th Apr     Brighton Concorde 2
Fri 12th May     Birmingham Institute 2 

Tickets for ALL shows here . On sale 30.01.17

“Down the dark, dark stairs, upon the bloody gallows of soft rock, through the oubliette of cheese, into the torture chamber of disco, you are welcomed to the Late Night Pop Dungeon. The Grand High Executionatrix, dungeon mistress Charlotte Church and her ten-piece ultra-metronomic post-punk-disco-R’n’R’n’B backing band will give her MK Ultra treatment to the greatest tunes that time forgot, and some that will forever haunt our collective memory. Bring dancing shoes - the floor is on fire.” 

R.Seiliog - Earth - Live original soundtrack performance // Perfformiad a sgôr byw

R.Seiliog is composing an original film score to accompany Alexander Dovzhenko's film "Earth" (1930) - a silent poetic masterpiece depicting Ukrainian peasantry's journey into Stalin's age of collectivization. R.Seiliog will perform the soundtrack live at Pontio Bangor at a screening of the film on Saturday, March 28th. 
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Bydd R.Seiliog yn cyfansoddi a pherfformio sgôr electronig newydd sbon ar gyfer y ffilm "Earth" (1930) ym Mhontio , Bangor, Mawrth 28fed. Mae'r ffilm yn portread o'r Wcraín wrth i'r wlad symud o amaethyddiadeth wledig i oes gyfunoliaeth Stalin.

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Pontio, Bangor, Sadwrn 18 Mawrth - TOCYNNAU YMA
Pontio, Bangor, Saturday 18 March, 8.15pm - TICKETS HERE

Cate Le Bon - New EP Newydd - 'Rock Pool'

Hot on the heels of “Crab Day’, Cate Le Bon has announced a new EP ‘Rock Pool’.
Released on January 27th 2017 the EP will include four previously unreleased songs dating from the ‘Crab Day’ sessions. // Yn dilyn rhyddhau ‘Crab Day yn gynharach eleni, mae Cate Le Bon yn cyhoeddi rhyddhau EP newydd ‘Rock Pool’ Bydd ‘Rock Pool’ yn cael ei ryddhau ar Ionawr 27ain ac yn cynnwys pedair cân na chafodd eu rhyddhau o sesiwn recordio ‘Crab Day’ 

Listen to 'Rock Pool' here // Gwrandewch ar 'Rock Pool' yma -

Track Listing /. Caneuon -
Aside From Growing Old
Rock Pool
Perfume Days
I Just Wanna Be Good

 

Emmy The Great - New track 'Rapids'

In anticipation of her upcoming tour of England and Wales, Emmy The Great shares brand new track “Rapids”. It’s the first taste of new music from Emma Lee-Moss since her consecutive US tours with Beth Orton and Jens Lekman. 

“I realized recently that music has been my longest relationship, and they do say relationships are hard.” Emma says of “Rapids”. “The process of making Second Love was a long process, and it changed me. Everything in my life being clearer now, I see that music has always been at its center, confounding or delighting me depending on its mood. Now that Second Love is finished and out in the world, I am eager to be making things and capitalizing on these new realizations. Rapids is the first result of pulling on this thread. 

'I wanted to write something to be released quickly, symbolically for myself, so that I know that the album cycle is over and it's all new from here. The song ended up being about that tustle with music, about a question I am asking myself now- am I going to keep this relationship going or do I let it go? Could I even let it go? It's a love song to music, and so I see it as the right link between Second love and what comes next. Watch this space for more, I guess
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UK Tour Dates
Nov 28 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
Nov 29 – Gloucester – Guildhall
Dec 1 – York – Fibbers
Dec 2 – Liverpool – Arts Club
Dec 3 – Sheffield – The Leadmill
Dec 5 – Brighton – Green Door Store
Dec 6 – London – The Village Underground

R.Seiliog - New dates // Mwy o gigs & 'Cloddio Unterdach' clip

R.Seiliog has announced two UK dates for January 2017 // Gigs newydd i Ionawr 2017
18 - London’s Waiting Room -  Tickets//Tocynnau
19 - Brighton’s Hope and Ruin - Free show (!) // Am ddim (!)

Also here's a self directed video for his recent single 'Cloddio Unterdach'. It’s lifted from his forthcoming 'Shedhead' EP out Friday 18/11 on all digital sites // Dyma fidio newydd i 'Cloddio Unterdach", y sengl oddiar EP "Shedhead" allan yn ddigidol Dydd Gwener 18/11. 

R.Seiliog - EP Newydd // New EP

R.Seiliog announces his new single 'Cloddio Unterdach' available everywhere online from 12/10. // Sengl newyddd R.Seiliog 'Cloddio Unterdach'  allan rwan yn ddigidol.

R.Seiliog announces his new single 'Cloddio Unterdach' available everywhere online from 12/10. // Sengl newyddd R.Seiliog 'Cloddio Unterdach'  allan rwan yn ddigidol.

Listen here // Gwrandewch yma -

 

It's lifted from his forthcoming 'Shedhead' EP, out 18th of November. // Mae'r sengl oddiar yr EP newydd "Shedhead", allan Tachwedd 18fed.

R.Seiliog’s forthcoming dates // Dyddiadau byw R.Seiliog :

Oct 14 - Carmarthen//Caerfyrddin, The Parrot
Oct 21 - Newport//Casnewydd, Le Pub
Oct 22 - Cardiff//Caerdydd, Swn Festival
Nov 12 - Aberystwyth, Rummers
Nov 25 - Pontypridd, Clwb Y Bont