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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lobster and Ice cream

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The past few months have been rather busy. A lovely summer was had, full of lobsters by the honourable Gruffydd of Trefor, and ice cream at the Rheola Festival in Neath…

…full of wondering where did those Race Horses go without shoes nor red wine…

… and full of finding little sheds to smoke in…

Having left the summer behind, we visited Bryn Derwen studio in Bethesda once again to record 3 tracks for the ‘Trac’ series on BBC Radio Cymru, and to work on our third album.

Funny things were done there:

Iwan enjoyed playing Joe Cool Tough Guy in the studio:

The three song –  ‘Yno Fydda i’, ‘ Tawel Yma Heno’, and our version of a song by Gwilym Morus, ‘Cyn Iddi Fynd Rhy Hwyr’ can be found at should you wish.

We were then kept busy by the demands of Georgia Ruth. Yonder she is, in finest ostrich feathers, and her biggest fan on the left:

Dafydd spent hours listening to the BBC’s Soothing Panpipes collection whilst Iwan and Aled learned to sing:

At the same time, as Dafydd previously mentioned, we moved house to Llithfaen. Recording equipment were set up:

And stuff were recorded:

The first produce of this little studio can be heard below. It’s our version of an American folk song called ‘Fall On My Knees’:

November saw a trip to London to play one of the night, and a good night it was. Iwan succeeded in fitting Aled’s stomach on a plate for his supper:

In a week or two, we headed for Chester to play at Telfords Warehouse in a lovely night organised by Adam Walton. We were opening the night as Georgia Ruth’s band, then closed ourselves.

We were treated to chips, salad and bread, and a bucket full of ice cold beer:

O! Such wonders it does for a man’s temper – Twm the Dog says that ice cold beer is good for the heart.

However, despite of the fun of summer, one thing became clear. It is still rather hard to accept but – by Hercules – our Iwan is a strong boy:


Dafydd’s top 5 records.

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This one’s going to be hard, but I’m going to try and list my top 5 favourite albums. However, this list will undoubtedly be of 5 albums that are among my favourites. It is in no way a list of ‘the best albums ever’ or anything like that, it’s just a list of albums i seem to enjoy, perhaps more than most other records.

These are the ones that I currently feel deserves a place on the list:

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker


This is one of two albums that I don’t think I could ever leave out of a list like this. It’s what I would consider to be the best produced and engineered record ever made. Ryan Adams, Ethan Johns, and other amazing people such as Gilian Welch and Dave Rawlings. It’s a brilliantly made, great record.

Neil Young – Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

This is the only other that would be safe of it’s place in the top 5. Harvest Moon isn’t considered Neil Young’s best record, far from it in fact. I think a lot of Neil Young fans thought of it as a very Twee, and perhaps tame record, but that’s the exact thing I love about it.

I do admit that a strong element of nostalgia comes into this choice. Dad used to play it a lot when we were younger, and it reminds of rainy Sunday afternoons in ‘Rerw.

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma Forever Ago

This is just a downright brilliant album of songs. Not sure what to make of the newer stuff, haven’t given it much chance, I just think one is amazing.

Nirvana – Nevermind

Nevermind (20th Anniversary Remastered Edition)

Like most people, I had a Nirvana phase, which says a lot about the influence that they cast over a lot of people. It also helps that I think that some of the drum tracks on this one are the best ever recorded.

EELS – Beautiful Freak

Beautiful Freak

I don’t listen to this half as often as the others. In fact, I had forgotten about it until now. I used to listen to it a lot in the year before i went to college and the following couple of years. There’s just something about it that I love.

Substitute bench:

The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Calexico – Garden Ruin

Steve Eaves – Moelyci




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As this is our first blog, I will bore you to death.

We have been working on the Website for a couple of days now. It doesn’t look too bad in our opinion, but, no doubt, we both have lost perspective on the whole thing, and that, combined with hours on end of staring at a computer screen, probably means that it looks pretty goddamn awful.

We were suppose to be down in Cardiff for a few days, rehearsing with Georgia Ruth for a gig in Gwdihw next Wednesday, as well as attending Huw Stephens Christmas Party for Radio Cymru, but Vanessa, the Van, decided against that, instead choosing to sit in the rain outside a garage, refusing to move. Iwan went on the train; god knows when he’ll be back.

We have very recently moved to a house in Llithfaen:


Llithfaen is a 20 minute drive from Botwnnog, where we were born and bred. Llithfaen has a pub, a shop, and now, a home studio:


We haven’t got Internet in the house yet, so we have been home for a couple of days doing stuff like this, as well as admiring Dad’s beard:


Inspired by Dad, Im trying to grow some face fungus myself, however, at present, it resembles a scrawny gorse bush:


As well as losing all her sepctacles, Mam has been shrinking perfectly good jumpers: