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.
Gwyneth’s debut recording of original songs, including the much-loved ‘Adra’ and ‘Angeline.’ Recorded in 2005 at Blaen y Cae Studio, Garndolbenmaen under the watchful eye of maverick producer Dyl Mei, this is a simple, gentle introduction into the songstress’ world of longing and cowboy boots. She is joined by Alun Tanlan (banjo, bouzouki) and Euron Jôs on pedal steel.
Gwyneth’s second offering of maritime melodies, inspired by true stories of ancestors at sea. Percussionist Pete Alan Richardson joins the band to create a more robust sound on ‘Cȃn y siarc,’ while the Parsons-tinged ‘Dail Tafol’ and ‘Iȃr fach yr haf’ offer a country mellowness. Working with the producer Dave Wrench, Gwyneth’s song-writing reaches a new maturity in her debut release on her own record label, Recordiau Gwinllan.
The long-awaited third collection of colourful ditties, ranging from the epic ‘Dansin Bêr’ to the tear-jerking love ballad ‘Lle fyswn i’ via the anthemic ode to tea-drinking ‘Ewbanamadda’. Llŷr Pari’s bass and Cass Meurig’s violin and crŵth-playing contribute a raw, folky energy to some songs. Producer David Wrench again throws his wonder-dust over a collection that is at once hilarious and heart-breaking.