28 December 2022 – Husband and wife duo BRRDS release their sophomore album, Soon Comes Forever on 03 February 2023 on Bungalow Ranch Records.
The album was inspired by 90’s compilation tapes. “We went to a car boot sale and took a punt on a cardboard box full of old cassettes” explains Dave.
One in particular caught their imagination. Labelled ‘Soon Comes Forever’, it had a range of genre-spanning tracks. “That tape was on rotation when we were writing this record” continues Kerrie. “It just had a real sense of adventure, hope and optimism”.
That spirit, sound (and...
“Oh Harry.. you are so gullible!” Protested his Wife, Meghan lying alongside him in the purple Heather of the Balmoral Estate.
“ I’m not meant to be a gull ….I am meant to be a chicken!” His Former Highness snapped back.
The two were dressed in blue and white bird outfits that Meghan had borrowed from a Hollywood backdrop of the Gene Wilder film ‘Stir Crazy’.
“Let me have a look at that invitation again!” she demanded.
He handed her the expensive card with its emboldened heading.
“ It’s not the RSPB ….it’s RSVP which means respondez s’il vous plait - you idiot-!”...
Welsh Alternative Psych Rock band Holy Coves release their brand new music video for single " Grey " via their new YouTube channel. " Grey " is the third in a series of five music videos made by award winning Ukrainian Filmmaker Taras Merenkov. From the bands new album " Druids and Bards " which is out now via our Welsh label Yr Wyddfa Records. Watch & Subscribe via the link below
Merthyr Writer Philip 'Boz' Evans Photos: 6
AmeriCymru: Hi Philip, and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. When did you first start writing? What inspired you to write the many tales of 'everyday' life in Merthyr that have entertained and amused many visitors to this site over the years?
Philip: A) It was around 1967 and my first writing was like the Egyptian hieroglyphics at Tutankhamun’s tomb- unfortunately it was my parent’s new wallpaper in indelible marker pen-it didn’t make any sense to anyone, but I was aged 3 and I am now 54 but I am still not...
An Interview With Proprietors Jamie and Sheena Corry
AmeriCymru: Hi Jamie and Sheena and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. How would you describe The Forge in a few words?
The Forge is an off-grid glamping retreat venue based just outside Corwen, in Denbighshire, North Wales.
AmeriCymru: When did you begin working on The Forge project and what inspired you?
AmeriCymru: Our idea for The Forge was hatched over 15 years ago when Jamie and I first got together and had this dream to find somewhere where we could raise our children, grow all our own food...
Debut Album 'Hollowing Out' released 31.03.23
Cardiff post-punk outfit 'Red Telephone' are set to release their highly anticipated debut album 'Hollowing Out' on the 31st March 2023. The only single taken from it 'Waiting For Your Good Days' is out on the 20th January.
Hailing from Cardiff, Red Telephone’s richly layered alt-rock could have emanated from a club in Blade Runner's dystopian LA - combining angular guitars, Krautrock-inspired rhythms and New Wave-tinged synths with infectious pop sensibilities. Drawing on post punk and synth pop influences, the band has...
The angular, textured hybrid punk of Junior Bill is set to re-emerge into the spotlight this year. ‘ Boys From Jungle ’ is the first song released from their upcoming debut album ‘Youth Club!’. The track details the bleak fates of asylum seekers after their arrival in the UK. The song’s catchy new wave tunefulness makes for a juxtaposition to the incisive, cynical social comments that spill out as a collage of slogans and thrown away official observations. After airplay on BBC Radio Wales, Adam Walton said that Junior Bill have an “ability to cross pollinate cultures and...
Welsh alt-pop quartet 'Safari Gold' re-emerge with their latest single Last Chance Addict, released on January 6th 2023. Lead vocalist's Morgan and Danny - "The song plays on general morality and the less glamorous side of thrill seeking. An up tempo song for the deeper soul'd out there."
The guys found relative success in their mid-teens under the name Cuba Cuba, following bands like Kids in Glasshouses and Funeral For a Friend during the Welsh power-pop zeitgeist of the early 2010′s.
15 years on, they can't quit making music together. Album number 2 has been...
AmeriCymru: Hi Tywysog Llywelyn and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. Care to tell us a little about the genealogical background to your claim and title?
Llywelyn: Hello Ceri, and thank you for the opportunity and for what you have done with AmeriCymru. I recognize the duality of national identity and ethnic identity. AmeriCymru has done wonderful things for Welsh-Americans and the preservation of Cymraeg in the United States.
Yes, I would be glad to expand on this for you. I wish more people would take notice of what I am doing...
Searching for Songs
Hi my name is Chris Jones, I'm a traditional folk singer and musician from Wales. A member here on Americymru who is interested in the Welsh musical history and heritage of America. I suppose I'm doing the opposite to Welsh Americans who investigate their Welsh ancestry. My project is the reverse as I'm particularly interested in investigating Welsh folk music that would have been taken to America by the ancestors of today's Welsh Americans and rediscovering (hopefully) sources that still exist-particularly those that remain undiscovered, uncatalogued and...
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I am an obnoxious Cymrophile. Everyone I know knows that I am obsessed with all things Welsh. Over the last dozen years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Wales. It has always been in month to six-week increments. There are dragons all over my apartment. The lilting noises of that beautiful singsong language regularly float out my windows in blaring BBC Radio Cymru programs and online Welsh Lessons. But now, I am packing the dragons away, and moving out. I have four days left to accomplish this task, because I am becoming...
AS FEATURED IN THE DAILY EXPRESS AND WESTERN MAIL
ABOUT THE CLASS
The new term will start on the week beginning January 16th, 2023. This course is offered in two-month terms. There are two class times available: a class for Beginning students and an Intermediate class.
This class is delivered in an invitation-only video conference on Google Hangouts. Materials and written discussion are on an invitation-only group here on AmeriCymru. To engage in the class, you must have an internet connection sufficient to engage in a Hangout, a gmail account, an...
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A hill river in spate
in its pomp
its waterfalls are thunder
to its name
the call and response
of precipitation and gradient
the fall they call “snow”
is a curtain of moving water
frothing and seeming to boil
and the history
of the torrent
and all its previous versions
volumes speeds and force
have left on the bank
the size and shapes
of loaves of bread
roots are exposed
Read our interviews with author Rhys Hughes here and here
In this collection of bizarre tales from the Welsh master of the absurd we are introduced to a Professor with a small class and an unusual subject matter. Rhys explains thusly:
There are few students in my class. When one considers what the subject is, this isn’t surprising. I teach myself.
In other words, I impart to my students facts and fancies based on my life and ideas. It’s the least popular class in the university and I doubt it will be funded for another term.
As a homework...
Click here to read or interview with Matthew G. Rees
BUY 'KEYHOLE' HERE
...the unknown world is in truth, about us everywhere, everywhere near to our feet, the thinnest veil separates us from it, the door in the wall of the next street communicates with it.
'The London Adventure', Arthur Machen
... I saw a star shining over our valley, a keyholeful of light, telling me I was home.
'The Water Music & Other Stories', Glyn Jones
It is always a pleasure to welcome a major talent to the Welsh literary scene and 'Keyhole', by Matthew...
Hi all, Beryl Richards here.. As you know I live in South Wales, in the heavily industrialised town of Port Talbot. I have long been interested in Welsh history, but the early Bronze and Iron age, I sort of dismissed as being a 'long way off' and probably not relevant to me or where I live. I had seen pictures of iron a forts or enclosures but in no way were they associated in my mind with smokey ol' Port Talbot. Which in a roundabout way brings me to the subject of my new novel which has a working title of 'The Mountain', and the thought process which led to writing it.
MORE PHOTOS OF ELSA SPENCER HERE
Many thanks to guest blogger David Dell for the article below about his aunt Elsa Spencer, "The Worlds' Premiere Parachutist" and for the superb pictures which are from plate photographs and have never been published before. You can buy David's latest book here:- Jack Swan: The Time Travel Disasters dgdfg
Cardiff, August 1919. Elsa Spencer getting ready to ascend from Sophia Gardens.
Ernest Thompson Willows had the title "The Father of British Airships" and Elsa Spencer, enjoyed the title "The Worlds' Premiere...
On my return trip from the West Coast Eisteddfod in L.A. in 2011 I was able to break my journey in Hornbrook, CA and take some pictures of John Rees's grave and final resting place. Given that we know he was a stonemason in his youth, did he perhaps make it himself? Certainly it is one of the finest and best preserved monuments in the cemetary.
John Rees ( aka Jack the Fifer ) is topical because today ( Nov 4th ) is the anniversary of the ill-fated Chartist march on Newport in which he played a leading role..
The debate as to whether violence can be a legitimate...