Cynefin 'Dilyn Afon' Album Tour at With Martin Callingham
Saturday 15 February 2020, 7pm
£6 advance, £8 on the door
West Street Kitchen, BS20
This event took place on 15 February 2020
Pear O’Legs Records are delighted to be hosting Cynefin’s album tour date in Bristol at our favourite home from home, West Street Kitchen.
‘Cynefin’ (kuh-neh-vin) is the musical brainchild of Clettwr valley native Owen Shiers and is a journey to discover the musical landscape and contours of Ceredigion and West Wales. Following a chance discovery of a long forgotten song by a local ballad singer, Owen was inspired to uncover more of the untold stories of the locals whose voices have been lost over the centuries. A research scholarship from the Finzi Trust has further aided the project, enabling him to delve through unseen archive material, look through rare books as well as source songs from ballad singers and cultural historians.
From the grumbles of millers past, musings of balladeers to the every day tales of ‘y werin’ (the common folk) – the resulting material is unique both in its originality (some of the songs have not been sung for over hundreds of years) but also in the arrangements which are ambitious and distinct.
Cynefin (a Welsh noun with no direct equivalent in English) is somewhat of a linguistic enigma. Originally a farming term used to describe the habitual tracks and trails worn by sheep in hillsides – the word has morphed and deepened over the centuries to conjure a very personal sense of place, belonging and familiarity. The artist Kyffin Williams describes it as ‘that relationship: the place of your birth and of your upbringing, the environment in which you live and to which you are naturally acclimatised.’
_“Epic work” _- **Living Tradition **
“Where have you been all my life?! Utterly beautiful” – **Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales **
Martin Callingham is a Bristol based musician and songwriter. His debut album ‘Tonight, We All Swim Free’ was released in 2015 on Folkwit Records. Playing like the soundtrack to the last day of your childhood holidays it is in parts upbeat, elsewhere heartbreaking, and beguiling from beginning to end.
A new album is on its way in 2020. Assassins, a collaboration with visual artist Lyndsie Barnard, will be released as a boxed set of postcards and limited run of vinyl.
“The album was picked up by Radios 1 and 6 and it’s easy to see why. Portland Square was a recent favourite and Knots, whilst more upbeat, continues the sublime stream of complete and utter loveliness.” -** LOUDER THAN WAR.**