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Listings for November 22nd, 2011

APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog & Georgia Ruth

Tuesday November 22nd

£4 Entry (Free NUS)

It’s going to be a lovely, intimate affair with folkish vinyl crackling in the background, lots of candles, many friendly faces. If there is an appetite for early week, beautiful sounds in Chester, then we’ll definitely do more of these. But an appreciative audience is key… which is where you excellent folk come in.

Please make a note of the date in your diary. It’s going to be a real antidote to the winter chill and the world’s troubles and I’d love you to be able to come along.

It’s a mere £4 to get in (free with NUS card) – but don’t let that intimate that these are anything other than the highest quality artists. Both Georgia and Cowbois have graced the prominent stages at Green Man and Glastonbury, and earned airplay at the very highest level. I’m very much looking forward to seeing you there.



Growing up in west Wales, Georgia Ruth Williams became accustomed to sea mists, strange sounds and the melancholy beauty of the Anne Briggs, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell songs found in her mother’s record collection.

Quickly gathering support for her hybrid of folk and blues, she appeared both at Glastonbury and SWN Fesival (curated by Huw Stephens) and recorded a session at Maida Vale which was played by Bethan Elfyn on her Radio 1 in Wales show. In 2010 she appeared at Greenman (and was interviewed by comedian Josie Long for Radio 1) and at HMV’s Next Big Thing series (opening for Sweet Billy Pilgrim, after lead singer Tim Elsenburg declared himself a fan). She opened for Seth Lakeman at some of his UK Summer dates last year, and supported Damien Jurado at his September show in Cardiff’s The Globe. She played at the Union Chapel in July 2011 for Arctic Circle’s Daylight Music show.

Now aged 23, with a harp, an assortment of reed organs and an unfailingly haunting voice, Georgia presents a new collection of songs which recall those early inherited sounds to startling effect. Recorded by David Wrench (Everything Everything, James Yorkston, Bat for Lashes) in the stillness of Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios in January 2011, these four original songs feature Georgia on vocals, harp, piano, rhodes and organs; Pete Richardson (of Y Niwl) on drums; Pete Walton on double bass and fiddle; and David Wrench on vibraphones.

Georgia’s version of old Appalachian song, ‘Old Blue’, was recently featured as MPFree of the Day on the Lauren Laverne 6 Music Morning Show.

Georgia presents a regular late-night music show on BBC Radio Cymru.

“Georgia is one of the most prodigious talents to grace my airwaves: beautifully arranged, transcendent songs that beat with a raw, yearning heart.” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Beautiful love-lorn tunes” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“The first time we heard ‘Ocean’ we had to stop what we were doing, sit down and listen over and over; we were utterly spellbound. [Her] beguiling music hook-grabbed us immediately. And it’s not only Ocean that is completely intoxicating – [..] the magical Anna has a gorgeous soothing and melancholy quality – we could imagine it being used as the backdrop to the sad lonely moment in a movie.” Breaking New Waves blog

“I saw her perform with Lucy Rose where she was pretty magnificent, highlighting a stunning live performance with her exceptional voice..” Just Music That I Like blog



Imagine if the Beach Boys if they weren’t from California or maybe if Phoenix weren’t the cool French kids from Versailles. There’s something comforting in the knowledge that Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog hail from a tiny village amid the rolling countryside of the Llyn peninsula, Wales. Rhos Botwnnog commons in north-west Wales to be exact.

‘…countrified Celticism, and done very nicely indeed’ – Sound on Sound

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog play a mixture of country, folk and rock influenced by their parents’ Neil Young and Gram Parsons records and the old Welsh folk songs they grew up with. The band re-entered the studio in September 2010 with engineer/producer David Wrench for the recording of their second album Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn. The recruitment of friends and local musicians Euron Jones, Branwen Williams and Llyr Pari helped to flesh out the band’s sound and allowed them to record most of the album in live takes rather than relying on overdubs. The resulting album is released via the Sbrigyn Ymborth label.

They are young – at least they look young – which can’t be a bad thing when they produce a sound so independent and divorced from music lazily being made by a lot of other new groups. Lead singer Iwan, beneath a head of thick curls, resembles a Welsh Dylan, and his almost-there voice carries the songs in spite of its delicacy.

‘Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog are true superstars of the future’ – Glasswerk

Brothers Aled (25), Dafydd (22) and Iwan (21) formed the band in 2005 when Aled and Dafydd, the rhythm section from welsh heavy-rock band Eryr, decided to flesh out the songs that Iwan had been writing and recording in his bedroom on an old 4-track cassette recorder. Quickly gaining a local following through live shows, television appearances and radio plays they released their debut album Dawns y Trychfilod in 2007 on the Sbrigyn Ymborth label. An eclectic collection of songs, ranging from lo-fi country, punk, minimal French pop and rock & roll, the album stayed at the number 1 slot of the Welsh music charts for numerous weeks. Following this release the band set out on a headlining tour across Wales and began playing welsh festivals such as the Eisteddfod’s Maes-B and Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau.

2008 saw the band released the Paid â Deud single with Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn, a reworking of an old Welsh folk song recorded in the local tavern, and featuring local pedal-steel guitar player Euron Jones. The band continued to play live shows and work on material for a new LP. In 2009 Llyr Pari of Jen Jeniro joined as an additional guitarist to help with new material and the same year saw them playing on the main stage at the Wakestock festival.