Post: Gog Sound
the most exciting new acts to emerge in Wales
last year were Llanrug balladeers Brigyn.
The duo, consisting of Ynyr and Eurig Roberts,
have spent the 12 months since the release of
their debut record quietly composing new songs
and, after a recent tour of California, (featured
in last week's Wednesday edition of Yr Herald),
finished the week supporting South Walian singer-songwriter
Amy Wadge in Theatr Clwyd, Mold, on Friday.
There was not the most auspicious of starts
to the evening - the entire district suffered
a power cut minutes before curtain up, so the
organisers were reduced to lighting the venue
with candles! Not that the interruption fazed
the Roberts brothers - when they finally did
take to the stage, 45 minutes later than scheduled,
to play a set that had to be cut in half, the
duo turned in a performance as assured as those
they had been playing in San Francisco to appreciative
crowds only days earlier.
This was an acoustic set - which was just as
well, as the theatre's back-up generators barely
provided enough power for the PA system - and
as such,, it served as an indicator of the duo's
musicianship as well as their songwriting abilities.
The acid test of any ballad is how well it sounds
when it is stripped back to the barest of instrumentation.
With just a guitar and bass as backing, Brigyn's
songs passed with flying colours. The ever-popular
Bohemia Bach (Little Bohemia) was warmly received
by the 100-strong crowd, as was Lleisiau Yn
Y Gwynt (Voices In The Wind) and the haunting
There were also some tracks from Brigyn's new
album, enigmatically entitled 2 and released
last month on Gwynfryn Cymunedol. Here the joyous
Bysedd Drwy Dy Wallt (Fingers Through Your Hair)
stood out. The anthemic Diwedd Y Dydd, Diwedd
Y Byd (End of the Day, End of the World) rounded
off an excellent showing.
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