As part of our ongoing coverage of Beyond The Marches / Dros y Ffin we have the latest post from Elan Rhys of Welsh band Plu. By now the prospect of live performances is on all their minds as the first performances start today:
Saturday 2nd May 2015 – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 8pmhttp://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/music/beyond-marches
Sunday 3rd May 2015 – Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre, 7.30pmhttp://www.wmc.org.uk/BeyondtheMarches
Monday 4th May 2015 – London, Cecil Sharp House, 7.30pmhttp://www.cecilsharphouse.org/component/content/article/21-shared/shared-events/2282-
Day Five: Elan Rhys
Done! A full set-worth of songs written and arranged in two (and a bit) days! I feel there’s a mixture of relief and apprehension amongst us.
Glad that we succeeded in the creative process but daunted by the performances to come. We had an invaluable chance to try-out the whole set tonight to a small audience of patient friends. On the whole it was a success but it did clarify the parts of the set that needed a little more attention. But I can’t quite believe that a handful of the songs we performed tonight were written only this afternoon!
The thought of leaving Tŷ Newydd tomorrow saddens me. Our time here has been incredibly productive and intense but also so therapeutic. This is such a wonderful environment to be creative and it’s like we couldn’t help but write and make music together.
The project is a joint commission by trac Cymru and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. It is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation Beyond Borders programme, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Photo Credit Richard Outram