Richard James, co-founder of seminal psych-folk band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, released his third album, ‘Pictures in the Morning’ on the Gwymon label in April 2012. Like his first two albums, The Seven Sleepers Den and We Went Riding, they were critically acclaimed, and his fourth album, All The New Highways, has recently been completed and due for release in 2014. Together with the writer John Williams, he started In Chapters almost three years ago, a music and literary collective based in Cardiff, where Richard is musical director, staging unique multi-media events with writers and musicians in collaboration, as well as the online content. He is also co-curator of music for the Laugharne Weekend festival in West Wales.
Katell Keineg was born in Brittany and was brought up first there and then in Wales. In the early nineties after a brief period on London Records, she moved to Ireland, where she built up a large live audience. She went to live in New York and released two albums on Elektra. In 2002, Katell released an E.P. entitled "What's The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?" on Brooklyn based indie, Field Recording Co. French label Megaphone Music put out "High July", her third album in 2004 to many enthusiastic reviews. "At The Mermaid Parade", her fourth album, came out in 2010 on Honest Jon's Records.
It received more rave reviews and was named "CD of the Week" by The Sunday Times and was in New York's The Village Voice's "Best Of 2010" list. Over the years, Keineg has toured Europe and North America, played at Womad, Glastonbury, Reading, SXSW, Roskilde and Green Man. She has appeared as a guest at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in Woodstock and at Carnegie Hall with Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Glass and David Byrne.
Katell is currently finishing songs for her fifth album
The Gentle Good is the stage-name of Cardiff-born songwriter Gareth Bonello. Gareth draws on the language, poetry and melodies of his native Wales to create beautiful modern folk music in English and in Welsh. His intricate guitar playing has prompted many to draw comparisons to the great guitarists of the 1960s folk revival, many of whom had a direct and profound influence from an early age.
As a performer Gareth is well-travelled and versatile, most often performing as a soloist but sometimes seen with a full band and string quartet. He has performed all over the world, from the bars of Texas to the harbour in Port Sudan and the mountains of Nagaland to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
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