Press Release - Byd Bach

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Byd Bach, released on November 16th, is the latest offering from the increasingly-popular Carmarthen-based artist, Fflur Dafydd. Unlike her first two albums, “Byd Bach” (Small World) is a concept album that takes the listener on a whistle-stop tour of the artist’s favourite haunts in Wales, driving you through them at top speed, before you can even begin to strap on your seat belts. During the trip, you get to see a little bit of everywhere, namely Aberaeron, Porthgain, Penrhiwllan and Cardiff, before she charges back up the A470, paying visits to Anglesey and Llandygai Mountain.

“I’ve lived in so many different places in Wales,” Fflur comments. “I know that as Welsh people we sometimes find living in a “Small World” a frustrating thing, but the advantage is that you actually get to know your own country, something a person in a bigger country, like America, would never be able to do. I think that living in all four corners of Wales has certainly shaped me as a person, and the album is a means of reliving that emotional journey, through the means of song.”

There has certainly never been a Welsh album like it. As soon as we hear “Pobol Bach,” Fflur’s playful response to the Randy Newman song, “Short People,” in which she introduces us to the “short” cast of her “Small World,” or Abercuawg, an imaginary place referenced by the poet R.S. Thomas, we realise that we are in the hands of an unusual and gifted songwriter, who also knows how to vary the tone between the comical and the introspective, with the two more low-key songs on the album, “Y Llwybrau” and “Yr Ymylon” being beautiful, acoustically driven ballads which evoke a particular feeling of longing.

Certainly there is something on this album for everyone, and it once again showcases the unique partnership between Fflur and her excellent band, “Y Barf.” Although is no one musical style which drives the album, with each location claiming its own particular musical style and flavour, we can certainly recognise the musical energy and strong, catchy melodies that have come to characterise Fflur Dafydd a’r Barf over the past three years, and have certainly been responsible for their broad appeal in Wales and beyond.

Having recently returned from a 6 week stint at Iowa University, where she was writer in residence, Fflur now embarks on a mini tour around Wales this winter to promote her album. She will also be giving a special interview on S4C’s Sioe Gelf, detailing her prolific year as both an author and a musician, having also published her prize-winning novel, Y Llyfrgell (The Library) this year. The video of “Yr Ymylon,” filmed in Iowa and directed by Azeem Sajjad from Pakistan, can be viewed now on her myspace,

Upcoming Gigs:

• November 13 - Carmarthen Quins Rugby Club, Album Launch
• November 20 - Duke of Clarence, Cardiff
• November 21 - Carmarthen Golf Club