We shot this live version of Two Wild Birds in February with aspiring filmmaker Drew Shergold. Drew was also our photographer for this photo-shoot. He has a lot of experience making videos for skateboarders and has always wanted to make music videos too. Thanks Drew!
It was wonderful chatting with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio Cymru C2 about the songs, inspiration, influences, Mid Wales and music for 20 minutes, plus he plays 3 OF MY TRACKS! (Criwch Ddim, Two Wild Birds and I Chwerthin)
Roedd yn wych sgwrsio gyda Huw Stephens am y caneuon, ysbrydoliaeth, dylanwadau, Canolbarth Cymru a cherddoriaeth am 20 munud, yn ogystal chwaraeodd 3 O FY TRACIAU (Criwch Ddim, Two Wild Birds ac I Chwerthin)
Just had this Brilliant review from ONE OF WALES’ FOREMOST CONTEMPORARY PLAYWRIGHTS, Greg Cullen.
“I saw Jess Hall perform in Mid Wales on Saturday night, this is seriously good music. Hints of Bat for Lashes, Brecht and Weil, Piaf, Kate Bush and Tom Waits delivered by a voice that drifts between the ethereal and the gutsy. Go if you can!”
– Greg Cullen, (Herald Angel award winner, Edinburugh Festival 2011)
Very excited to announce these upcoming live dates.
Also the ‘Glas Oren’ EP has been MASTERED with Tim Turan for official release on 3 April.
It will be available at the live gigs and online here.
Chepstow, The Thee Tuns – Friday 14 March, 9pm
Llandrindod, The Llanerch Inn – Saturday 22 March, 9pm
Llanelli, Ffwrnes Arts Centre – Thursday 3 April, 8pm
Cardiff, Millennium Centre – Friday 4 April, 6.15pm
FOCUS Wales, Wrexham, Queen’s Square Stage – Sat 26 April, 3pm
LANDED Festival, Nr Rhayader, Cabaret Stage – Sunday 4 May
The EP was recorded at the idyllic Giant Wafer Studios, Powys, with renowned Cardiff-based producer Charlie Francis (who has worked with bands such as REM, Sweet Baboo, The Noisettes, Future of the Left). It was mastered in Oxford by Tim Turan of Turan Audio.
It will be available to buy at the live gigs and HERE after release on 03/04/2014
I am almost deliriously happy – working with such a pro producer helped turn my sonic ideals into reality. I think my favourite is No.4 ‘I Chwerthin’, but I love them all, especially the Tom Waits-esque percussion on ‘Criwch Ddim’ (which involved a bucket and a radiator), the layered vocals in ‘Two Wild Birds’, the intensity of ‘La La Low’, plus of course, Noel’s impelling drums and double-bass throughout. Hope you enjoy x
I met with my mentor, Alan James (Hold Tight Artist Management) as part of the ACW project. He is a first-rate manager and I’m seriously honoured that he has agreed to mentor me. He represents Mercury Prize Nominee Sam Lee, amongst other impressive distinctions and has a wealth of experience. We discussed WOMEX and worked on plans for 2014 (very exciting).
An enormously exciting two-day session in the idyllic Giant Wafer Studio, Powys. As part of the ACW project I was able to bring the masterful producer Charlie Francis on board as a mentor and the whole experience was beyond our … Continue reading →
EP cover: after a lot of cutting-out our magical-mysterious paper theatre came to life with LED fairy-lights and torches. To take the photo, the exposure length was about a minute, so we used a spotlight made by shining a torch … Continue reading →
We launched into an art project that started with this night-time photo-shoot with our fabulous photographer friend Drew Shergold. I love the artist Cindy Sherman’s series ‘untitled film stills’ and wanted to create something of that drama, so we used … Continue reading →
A lot has been happening recently and it’s been very exciting. At the end of September I had the news that I’ve been successful with an Art Council of Wales (ACW) grant for developing my music. Thank you, diolch o galon Arts Council of Wales!! Noel and I have been busy bees since then and enjoying every moment.