From the Margins ...A Haphazard Scrapbook of North Wales Music, Comedy & Politics
- APRIL VIDEO OF THE MONTH : ALEX DINGLEY : NOT ALONE IN THE DARK
Libertino Records are to release Alex Dingley's Cate le Bon and Tim Presley produced third album, Beat the Babble, as limited edition vinyl and download on June 15th. It was previously only available on US label Birth Records. A single, Not Alone in the Dark, is being released to mark the occasion; Casey Raymond directed an accompanying film for the song, which features a disconcerting, theatrical performance by Dingley. The perfect choice for our inaugural video of the month. [ More : Alex Dingley Website ]
- PHALCONS : SWIM AWAY (SINGLE)
Phalcons second single picks up where the exquisite psych-folk of their first, Idle Ways, left off. Although this time around songwriter Ben Ellis was inspired by a dream, Swim Away confirms the reality that Phalcons are on course for a very special debut album. Read more & listen.
- (LIVE) MUSIC IS THE MOONLIGHT IN THE GLOOMY NIGHT OF LIFE ...
When German writer Jean Paul Friedrich Richter coined (most of) the phrase above, the world was full of conflict and chaos - it's not hard to empathise with the need for solace.
Rebooted last July after a hiatus, From the Margins has been often getting a couple of thousand site visitors a week since the autumn, and the numbers are still increasing - which is gratifying for a niche blog. Some of the recent reviews have had thousands of readers in the first couple of days after they have been uploaded, but the most unexpected attention is for live write ups - an article on a small comedy club gig can be read by forty times as many people as were in the audience.To build on this strength seems logical, so from now the site will focus almost exclusively on live music and comedy, with the odd political piece and album review thrown in when the mood is right. More than just metaphorical moonlight, it is when sitting in a venue watching and listening to a compelling live performance, that the world still makes sense.
- PREVIEW : FOCUS WALES 2018 : OBLONG / ALFFA : 12.05.2018 [Wrexham]
For our second FOCUS Wales 2018 preview we have scanned through the programme looking for the best hour of raw musical energy and elation - and the pairing of Llanelli's Oblong and Llanrug's Alffa at Saith Seren on Saturday, 12th May is the obvious place to to go for that. Read more.
- REVIEW : CLWB COMEDI : DANNY McLOUGHLIN et al. : 11.04.18 : GALERI [Caernarfon]
Ably marshalled by MC Lukas Kirkby, and headlined by Danny McLoughlin on fine form, the April edition of Galeri's new comedy club demonstrated that it is already one of the best intimate venues to watch comedy in North Wales. Read the review.
- CAR GWYLLT : 14.07.2018
Car Gwyllt potentially offers one of the most exciting condensed musical celebrations of 2018 - if you like your creativity served with energy and edge, then the line-up for this two stage / one day event is spectacular. Headed by the semi-legendary Anweledig in a hometown re-union, the bill also features Adwaith, Y Reu, Estella, the superb Breichiau Hir, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Jamie Bevan, Pasta Hull & more. It is being held at the Bro Ffestiniog Rugby Club, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 2pm-midnight on Saturday 14th July. Advance ticket : £14.85 (which includes the booking fee).
- HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE : AWAKE
English folk duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, who released their acclaimed debut album Before the Sun in 2016 have a follow up, Awake, out in May. Awake is stunning in its grace and flawlessness - with a brilliant, plaintive cover of Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key as a keystone. Read the review.
- PREVIEW : FOCUS WALES 2018 : 9BACH / GINTIS / ADWAITH & More : 10.05.2018 [Wrexham]
FOCUS Wales has over three hundred performances slated from 200 bands and artists for 2018 - in anticipation you can now download the full programme (PDF). Scan through the assembled delights, and the first evening offers one of the clearest highlights - as 9Bach appear with a fascinating set of North & West Wales artists and a trio of Korean bands at Wrexham's newest venue, Tŷ Pawb. Read the preview. Details & tickets (£12).
- FROM THE ARCHIVE : AN INTERVIEW WITH ELFEN
Released late in 2016, folk trio Elfen's debut album, March Glas, has two striking characteristics. First it has a sheer, mood altering joy and animation to it. Second, from its first notes the level of musicianship makes the album distinctive; the sound is quite unique. Our interview with the band's fiddle player Helina Rees maps out Elfen's hinterland - read it here.
- COLOSSOUS : SOLSTIS Y GAEAF (WINTER SOLSTICE)
Written during a sleepless winter solstice night, this new release from Colossous is a long way musically from the project's recent Vanarchy in the UK EP, as Solstis y Gaeaf is a dance track fully chilled in the mountains of Snowdonia.
Colossous' Rich Eardley made the accompanying video with John Lawrence - you can sense the fun it was to make, yet it is also reverential in the beautifully filmed fragments that pay homage to North Wales' landscape.Ten listens in, the track itself is obviously superb. [ Colossous Bandcamp ]
LIVE REVIEW : MATTHEW FREDERICK SOLO @ 3rd SPACE
Performing solo in Llandudno, Climbing Trees' frontman Matthew Frederick used keyboard, guitar, kazoo and vocal to conjure up a minor-key delight of a show - read more.