My album of Welsh Folk Music – Tir – was the inspiration for Ballet Cymru choreographers Darius James and Amy Doughty, who have used 11 of the songs from the album to create a unique work especially for their dancers.
The ballet performed sell out shows at venues in Newport, London and Caernarfon, and continues to show on occasional dates. More
I’m thrilled to announce that Wilko Johnson, a singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor, who played with the rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood in the 70s, later joined Ian Dury’s band, The Blockheads, and most recently starred in cult tv series Game of Thrones has just been confirmed for the line up for this years Good Life Experience. More
This month I recorded ‘I Can’t Breathe’ – the third song of project Occupation commissioned by the Welsh National Opera and The Space. Project Occupation: Five songs that shook the world, explores the potent vocal expression of public protest – music and song. Five different composers from five diverse musical genres will create new songs in response to contemporary acts of protest or current news as they happen across the world during November 2014 – January 2015.
You can watch the video here
Director: Cyrus Mirzashafa, Dancer: Chloe Loftus, Art Direction: Aga Furtak, DOP: Nic Booth.
I was proud and happy to be presented an honorary degree from Swansea University in July 2014, especially having worked closely with Swansea on their Dylan Thomas Prize competition as a judge that year.
I lived in Swansea for my formative years from 8-18 and being recognised and honoured like this was really special.