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Listings for May 14th, 2013

APPEARING ON Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl presents… Georgia Ruth & Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

Tickets £6 Adv / £7 Door

Raised bilingually in Aberystwyth, Wales, Georgia’s haunting voice has earned her favourable comparisons with the melancholy folk sirens of the late 60s. Her unusual harp playing was inspired more by the guitar on Bert Jansch, Meic Stevens and old folk revivalist records than by the classical method she was taught as a child.

She has performed at Glastonbury, Green Man Festival, SWN and several other festivals. She has been selected as an ‘MPFree of the day’ on the 6 Music Breakfast Show. BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton described her as “one of the most prodigious talents ever to grace my airwaves” whilst Huw Stephens deemed her In Luna EP (released on limited 10? vinyl in 2012) “exquisite” on his Radio 1 show.

This Spring, she will be releasing her debut album – Week of Pines – on Gwymon Records. Recorded and produced by David Wrench over six days last August at Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios, the record features members of acclaimed country-folk outfit Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, and a very special contribution from Lleuwen Steffan. From the motorik drive of the title track, to the darker Eno-like string arrangements, the stark joyfulness of a Welsh sea shanty accompanied by wheezing reed organ, or the more wistful folk ballads: this is a varied and intriguing collection of songs.

Georgia regularly plays in Richard James’ band and appears alongside the ex-Gorky’s member in his new project Pen Pastwn. She will also be appearing on the Guillemots’ forthcoming album, having recorded parts for it in the Summer of 2012.  She also presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru.

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog are a three piece band consisting of brothers from Rhos Botwnnog, between the villages of Botwnnog and Llaniestyn in the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. They experiment with country, folk and rock music. The three brothers, Iwan Hughes, Aled Hughes and Dafydd Hughes formed the band in 2006 and got a fair amount of attention from the Welsh language music scene through an early appearance on S4C’s music programme ‘Bandit’. BBC Radio Cymru’s C2 programme also regularly aired demo’s that the band had recorded. By the time they had released their debut album; ‘Dawns Y Trychfilod’ (‘The dance of the insects’) on the Sbrigyn Ymborth label in 2007, they had already developed a good following and were regularly appearing on stage with some of Wales’s most well known acts. The album was produced by Dyl Mei and recorded at the producer’s Blaen y Cae studio, which is now closed. The band launched it with a headlining tour throughout Wales. The album reached the number 1 slot for numerous weeks on the C2 chart.

In 2008, the band worked to create a different sound, deciding to concentrate more on the country aspect of their music. They co-worked with singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn and pedal steel player Euron “Jos” Jones and released the single ‘Paid a Deud’, also on the Sbrigyn Ymborth label. The title track is a re-working of a traditional Welsh folk song.

Summer 2009 saw Llyr Pari of labelmates Jen Jeniro join the band as an additional live guitarist, and played at their biggest summer appearances at the Wakestock festival and Maes B at the Eisteddfod.

2010 was a quieter year for the band in terms of live performances as they concentrated on writing new material. Over the summer a version of Neil Young’s Cortez The Killer crept into the set. The band played the opening Sunday of the Royal Welsh’s Young People’s Village and the final Saturday of the National Eisteddfod’s Maes B.

The band were subject to a profile in North Wales and Liverpool’s Daily Post newspaper in September 2010, in which Ian Hughes described the band as producing ” a sound so independent and divorced from music lazily being made by a lot of other new groups.”

The band entered Bryn Derwen studio with producer and engineer Dave Wrench in September 2010. Once again, Branwen “Sbrings” Williams, who had provided backing vocals on ‘Dawns y Trychfilod’ and Euron “Jos” Jones were in tow, as well as Llyr “Tonto” Pari, who had regularly been playing live with the brothers. The resulting album, ‘Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn’ was released in December of that year and garnered widespread acclaim and airplay.

Third album ‘Draw Dros y Mynydd’ was released in summer 2012 and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize 2012

Crackling Vinyl

Crackling Vinyl began in November 2011 as an excuse for music enthusiasts, Adam Walton, Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes and Elin Bach to play their favourite records in their favourite music venue (Telford’s Warehouse, Chester) far away from the weekend madness of endless requests for the kind of R&B that wasn’t pressed on Chess Records.

Crackling Vinyl evolved to encompass live music. They would bring unique and acclaimed artists to Chester for the first time, at a very affordable price: a high quality watermark in a city keen to experience the best, upcoming touring artists.

Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Katell Keineg, Alun Tan Lan, Gulp, Zervas & Pepper, Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon, Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, H. Hawkline, Mowbird, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Chris T-T, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, The Gentle Good, Trwbador, Golden Fable, The Wellgreen, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Jessica Ball, Sophie Ballamy, Bright Young People – a fascinating selection of artists who have graced Radio 1, 6Music, Radio 2 and Radio Wales.

Crackling Vinyl DJ’d for the whole weekend at 2012’s Green Man Festival (the Walled Garden stage). We also hosted an acclaimed day of live music – and night of excellent records (including guest DJ’s Martin Carr & Liz Hunt) – at this year’s S?n festival in Cardiff and were invited to DJ The Joy Formidable’s first North Wales show in over two years.

It has been an eventful first 12 months for Crackling Vinyl.

Adam Walton is BBC Radio Wales’ longstanding new music presenter with a particular love for lysergic soul, off kilter Welsh pop and 60’s oddities. Adam’s late night, weekend radio show is a haven for strange and original Welsh sounds.

Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes is one of the most respected record collectors, music enthusiasts, DJ’s and ‘bootleggers’ in the UK. At the vanguard of the new millennium’s fascination with ‘bastard pop’ Ben earned support and respect all over Europe, from the likes of XFM, MTV & BBC Radio 1. A recent return to bootlegs (Whole Lotta Helter Skelter – brilliantly grafting The Beatles to Led Zeppelin) has earned tens of thousands of views on YouTube and airplay on 6Music and Radio Wales. His DJ sets extol a kaleidoscopic love of music, particularly Moog synthesisers and compressed acoustic guitars.

Elin Bach is an artist and record lover from Mold, Flintshire. Her philosophy is brilliant and simple: all 7”s, “nothing after 1972”. Expect to hear anything from Georgie Fame to something inspirational and half-?forgotten in the Welsh mother tongue. If you are very good, she will do a little dance behind the DJ booth. It’s a manifestation of the joy she has for the records she plays.

“pretty cool… loads of interesting sounding musicians”

Cerys Matthews, 6Music

“a set of evenings dedicated to genuinely brilliant  music.”

Ian Hughes, Daily Post

You can hear part of one of our DJ sets here:

For more information / bookings contact:

Adam Walton: cracklingvinyl@btinternet.com