Welsh boys and their mothers, eh? A cup of milky tea, a hunk of barabrith and mammy’s becardiganed cwtch – these have a Proustian ability to melt the heart of even the most hardened rugger-loving Brains swiller. Even if they can’t quite bring themselves to admit it. No such qualms in Daf James’ radio plays Graveyards […]
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Breabach: Taliesin Live, Swansea

Daniel Snipe enjoys cultural depth, intimacy and Celtic revival at a night with this Scottish folk quintet

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Blog

On 27 February, I made the trip to the Taliesin Theatre to see the Scottish Folk group, Breabach. Breabach have performed together for fifteen years, …

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The Silver Field & This is About

Daniel Snipe was at a multi-disciplinary event showcasing music and performance at the Volcano-hosted Nawr night in Swansea, before the Covid crisis hit

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Blog

On the 4 March, Volcano Theatre in Swansea hosted yet another NAWR night. NAWR, (now) is a series of multidisciplinary concerts staged by Volcano over …

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Denis and Katya

Lee Tisdale reviews the theatrical opera, Denis and Katya (2019), characterised by media communications and inspired by a true story.

PUBLISHED ON: 09/03/20

CATEGORY: Blog

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre theatre was an alien place to me until I went there to see Denis + Katya (2019). Through the doors, into the spacious and …

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Now I Become Myself: A Woman’s Voice in Music and Poetry, a Lecture by Rhian Samuel

Demi Roberts traces the career of a transatlantic classical composer from Aberdare, and the factors that helped and hindered her progression as a female professional artist

PUBLISHED ON: 10/12/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

This year’s annual Richard Burton lecture was delivered by Rhian Samuel in the Great Hall of Swansea University’s Bay Campus. Rhian, a widely successf …

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Just Help Yourself: Tom Jones, The Squires and the Road to Stardom

Chris Moss roots for the author, who literally dragged Tom Jones out of a pub to sing in his band, and finds this also-ran far more interesting than his one-time buddy who achieved mega-success but ended up rich but remote

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tom Jones belongs to a tiny niche of the very famous that seem always to have been around. As a mainstream artist whose creative peak was some five de …

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Dusty Cut’s Hawaii

Nathan Llywelyn Munday

PUBLISHED ON: 23/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tŷ Newydd was behind me and it was very wet. I’d spent a couple of days with Phil – Dusty Cut Phil – writing about everything, staying up too late, wa …

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Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away

Suzy Ceulan Hughes hails the debut short story collection of one of our finest contemporary authors, where wisdom and empathy shine

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Stevie Davies is one of our finest contemporary authors, and it’s a pleasure to see some of her short fiction collected here for the first time. Bette …

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They Can Be Heard

Seeking 'Moments of enhanced listening' and 'revelations of the ear in which sound is shown to exert emotional pressure, Ed Garland finds 'geographic, social, psychological and emotional energy' carried through sound throughout our fiction, past and present...

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Essays

She encouraged me to have my ears tested. The first audiologist said the results were ‘pretty nasty’ and urged me to consider hearing aids. The second …

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My Tinnitus Went Stereo: The Sound-writing of Margiad Evans

Tinnitus and Martin Amis get worse in a context of stress, says Ed Garland, while in Margiad Evans he discovers an early pioneer of soundscapes, the ‘grumpy sound of some pudding in the pot’ and a huge variety of other sonic events

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/18

CATEGORY: Opinion

  My tinnitus went stereo at the beginning of this year. What used to be a constant ringing sound in the centre of my head is now two separate ri …

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