Gwyneth Glyn releases her new album Tro worldwide on the bendigedig label on 29th September. Tro, which is Welsh for ‘turn’, is the first major solo album from one of Wales’ most intriguing and talented artists, with a passion for language, who applies her delicate craft and exquisite gift to this compelling new work, which also features Senegal’s acclaimed kora player Seckou Keita and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Rowan Rheingans.
Ghazalaw, the eponymous debut album from my Wales / India collaboration with Ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar, will be the latest album to be released on Cerys Matthews’ record label ‘Marvels of The Universe’ in co-production with Theatr Mwldan.
The album is due for worldwide release on 25 September 2015, followed by live UK performances in November 2015, with support from BBC Horizons Artist Of The Year Kizzy Crawford. See ‘events’ section for tour dates.
Ridiculously happy to hear that Ghazalaw has been selected for a showcase at WOMEX Cardiff 2013 in October. It will be an honour and a thrill to perform in one of the 60 official slots amongst some of the best musicians in the world.
More info on Ghazalaw.
I’m very excited to have been invited back to perform at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. in July. What a privilege to be representing my country alongside so many other vibrant nations of the world!
I last performed at the festival in 2009 when a swarm of Welsh artists descended upon the Mall, only a stone’s throw from the White House, to celebrate and to share our culture and craft.
This time the emphasis is on the Welsh language as I’ll be performing as part of the ‘Endangered Language and Cultural Identity’ programme. I’ll also be sharing my poetry and discussing the wonders and the challenges of being a Welsh speaker in the Twenty-first century.
Joining me on this incredible journey will be the renowned poets Twm Morys and Ifor ap Glyn, and the linguist and academic Owen Saer. For more information on the festival and the programme, go to http://www.festival.si.edu