Multi-Artist Wales Air Ambulance Event
A multi-artist ‘Live-Aid’ style event of national and local talent will rock the stage on Saturday 25 August in support of Wales Air Ambulance.
Bryn Fôn will be the headline act who will take to the stage alongside Elin Fflur, Jodie Marie, Mr Phormula, Masters in France, Lucie Jones, David Faulkner and Al Lewis. The line up then continues with Felix and the Family and local bands The Peace Creatures, The Suns, The Scene, Cal Roberts, and I Am Austin in what promises to be a show-stopping event.
The Welsh music industry will be forever indebted to Bryn Fon thanks to his individual success and also his success as part of the group ‘Sobin a’r Smaeliaid’ during the 90’s. Bryn was the first ever artist to play live on BBC Radio Cymru in 1977 and his debut album, ‘Dyddiau Di-gymar’ remains one of the most popular albums in Welsh music. Furthermore, in 1997 he won the coveted title of ‘Can i Gymru’.
More recently the high sales of his album Abacus, released in 2004, proved that the popularity of Bryn Fon and his band was once again on the rise. Thus far the band have released nine albums, three produced by Bryn’s own record label, ‘laBel aBel’.
Bryn has always worked with talented artists, and the current members of his band are no exception. The current members areGraham Land(drums), John Williams (keyboard and synths) and Rhys Parry (guitar) who have been playing and writing music with Bryn for over a decade. Recently Neil ‘Maffia’ Williams has joined the group playing (bass and harmonies).
Jodie was first discovered as a young 16 year old, after the landlady of a local B&B gave her CD to a guest fromLondon, whose son worked in the music industry. His company, Transgressive, immediately loved her.
Encouraged by the interest from Transgressive, Jodie joined forces with onetime Suede guitarist-turned-producer, Bernard Butler, who has been a great help to her with her songwriting skills. Jodie has also worked with talents such as singer-songwriter, Ed Harcourt, and the Grammy award winning, Jimmy Hogarth.
Now 20, Jodie has recently released her long-awaited debut album, Mountain Echo. Inspired by artists such as Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Jodie wanted to make an album that people could relate to, recording music with a message that was as true to life as possible. The entirety of the album was recorded live, except for the addition of strings at Konk, successfully capturing the spectral beauty of both Jodie’s songs and voice.
Jodie will be conducting a headline tour ofWalesin September and October 2012.
As a contestant on the X Factor in 2009, Lucie successfully reached the live finals, where 12 contestants from 300,000 applicants competed on the ITV1 show. Having been voted off the show in the fifth week by Simon Cowell, Lucie toured extensively around theUK, before joining the sell-out X Factor 56 date arena tour.
Since her X Factor experience, Lucie’s career has gone from strength to strength. In 2010, Lucie landed the coveted role of Cosette in the West Endproduction of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, and took part in the 02 Arena performance as part of the musical’s 25th anniversary celebrations. In August 2011, Lucie starred in the musical The Prodigals, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe, where she received 5* reviews from The Times and The Stage.
2012 sees the launch of The Stage for Singer-Songwriters, where Lucie will use her experience as a reality star by becoming a judge herself. She will be searching for talented musicians who are trying to break into the industry, and the live final will take place in October 2012 as part of the Cardiff Music Festival. Lucie is also currently working with Sony ATV on her debut album, which will be released soon.
Masters In France
Masters inFranceare an alternative, Indie-Rock band from Caernarfon, made up of 5 members, Ed Ellis Jones, Sion Ed, Mathew Ellis Sayer, Owain Jones and Owain Ginsberg. The band have been together since 2009, and have been described as a cross with the howling vocals of Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon with the effortlessly delicate rhythm of The Police.
The band’s single, Mad Hatter, released in January this year, has been played by Radio 1 DJ, Huw Stephens, on his daytime show as part of his ‘In New Music We Trust Take Over’. Furthermore it has been played on BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales and Kerrang Radio, to mention but a few radio stations. ‘Mad Hatter’ is lyrically inspired by nights out in Caernarfon and finding influence in the banality of small town life.
The band are about to set-off on a European tour.
Al Lewis is a singer-songwriter fromNorth Waleswhose sound is reminiscent of the classic singer-songwriters of the 70’s, delivered with a modern twist. It all began back in 2007 when Al released his first two singles and a Welsh language EP on his own label. In March that year Al co-wrote and performed the song Llosgi (Burning) on the televised ‘Can i Gymru’ competition, winning the songwriters category and coming second overall.
In 2009 Al released his first Welsh Language album, spending several weeks at number one in the Welsh Language album charts. The album included well known songs such as ‘Lle Hoffwn Fod’, ‘Trywydd Iawn’ and ‘Gwenwyn’ which he had previously performed by Meic Stevens. In the same year a new EP ‘Skin & Bones’ in collaboration with fellow Welsh compatriot, Paper Aeroplanes’ Sarah Howells, was released. The EP created quite a stir amongst music critics and music lovers alike and paved the way for the writing and recording of ‘In The Wake’.
At the beginning of 2011 Al was picked by ‘Cafe Nero’ as their Artist of the Month, performing in stores across the length and breadth of Britain. Fortunately for Al, this coincided with the official release of ‘In the Wake’ and led to the album entering the ‘Amazon Top 10 Folk Albums Chart’.
In April 2011 Al was announced as the winner of Male Artist of the Year by BBC Radio Cymru in their Rock and Pop Awards and was personally invited by Cerys Matthews to support her at her sell-out show at the PJ Hall in Bangor, North Wales.
Born in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, the charismatic performance and voice of Elin Fflur has created quite a buzz throughout Wales. Elin first came into the spotlight when she performed her victorious song during her time on ‘Song for Wales’ in 2002. Soon after she joined the ever popular Anglesey based group Y Moniars and enjoyed unrivalled success with them following the release of their first album with Elin as their lead singer, Harbwr Diogel.
Since then, Elin Fflur’s career has gone from strength to strength. She has released 2 successful albums, collaborating with artists such as Caryl Parry Jones and has worked alongside producer David Aspden who managed Bonnie Tyler for 20 years. In 2008, Elin released her third album, Hafana and more recently ‘Y Goreuon’ in April 2009.
Though Elin is working on an English album, she is determined to continue with her career in Wales, taking inspiration from artists such as Gruff Rhys and Euros Childs. Her natural talent for performing a range of songs, and the power of her delivery has made her one of the outstanding talents of her generation, and has attracted interest from producers in the USA and England.
Mr Phormula, who’s real name is Ed Holden, is the bilingual-beat-boxing and hip-hop-mastery from North Wales. A lyrical force to be reckoned with, Mr Phormula’s fat beats, slick productions and impressive collaborations are rapidly changing the musical landscape of Welsh hip-hop.
Having sworn an oath to forever defend the ancient and sacred Panad of North Wales from mutant robot blaggers, Mr Phormula has since dedicated his entire existence to beatboxing, MCing, producing and performing; to never losing a freestyle battle; to remembering that fresh tunes and bass lines are all that stand between north Wales and a life without Panad! Mr Phormula has performed at the Eisteddfod and Wakestock festival, and in 2011 he released his debut album, Forward Thinking.
A builder from Clydach Vale, David Faulkner came to prominence on BBC1’s hit TV show ‘The Voice’, where he stunned the judges with his rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic ‘Superstition’. Joining Jessie J’s team, David was eliminated in the battle rounds.
The 29 year-old has used this experience to further a career as a performer, using his exceptional vocal talent in unique renditions of existing material to an ever-increasing fan base.
He is currently in the studio writing new material to be released soon.