Just a bit of background to the project:
Last January, following a trip to Laugharne, I felt inspired to create some music that would blend with the sentiment of Dylan Thomas's poems. I started by listening to a recording of Dylan Thomas reading "Do Not Go Gentle..." and found that his rhythmical delivery sparked an abundance of musical possibilities. I used these to help develop and evolve the track into the piece that it's become. I then got in touch with the Dylan Thomas Foundation to let them know what I was doing. Following a request for two examples of my work from the estate, Hannah Ellis (Dylan Thomas's grandaughter) got back to me indicating how much she liked the way I blended music with her grandfather's poems, and how I plan to engage with a younger audience.
As a result of her encouraging words, I decided to continue adapting more poems with a view to performing them live with a six piece band around theatres and literary festivals. We also plan to take the production into schools and try to attract a younger audience so having two very young members in the project, Lucy (Angelic vocals) and Cerys (Celtic Harp) this will undoubtedly help the cause. I'm pleased to say, the project is now complete and we played our first show at the National Library of Wales last Friday where we received a fantatic reception. We're all looking forward to performing the show to audiences all over Wales this summer( further shows will be added) which will climax with an afternoon performance at the Dylan Thomas Boat House to coincide with International Dylan Day on May the 14th. Our main objective is to sustain Dylan's fine legacy for years to come by presenting his work in this very unique musical context, but we do need funding to develop it artistically and visually and take it as far as we can. If you can help in any way, we would love to hear from.
For more information on our activity please vist our FB page and ITunes for downloads.
For further information on Dylan Thomas, please visit the New website. discoverdylanthomas.com it's a one stop approach and it's fantasic!
Aberystwyth National Library of Wales - March 18th
Arad Goch Theatre Aberystwyth - April 9th
Dylan Thomas Boat House -May 14th. ( Afternoon Concert in the Garden)
Evening concert at The Tin Shed in Laughrne-May the 14th
The Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea -May the 15th ( afternoon and evening performance)
'Tabernacle' Machynlleth Saturday 23rd of April
'Fire in The Mountain Festival' Saturday- June the 4th
The official opening of the new Aberystwyth Band Stand- July the 9th (evening performance between 7 and 9)
'Do Not Go Gentle Festival' Swansea October the 22nd. Times to be confirmed.