June 2016: Songs of Separation: Festival of Voice, Cardiff

A couple of weekends ago I travelled down to Cardiff with the Songs of Separation team to perform a concert in St David’s Hall as part of the Festival of Voice.  We collaborated with four guest singers:  Karan Casey, Gwyneth Glyn, Georgia Ruth and Julie Fowlis, putting together 8 new guest songs in a couple of days leading up to the performance.

We had a pretty busy schedule for the time we were visiting, but it was wonderful to spend a little time in Cardiff; what a great city!  Karine, Mary and I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the festival, and hearing the poem ‘Gŵyl y Llais‘ by Mererid Hopwood, which said so much about the community spirit of the festival and the importance of taking pause to enjoy music and the arts.  We also had the opportunity to watch John Cale and special guests perform the opening concert with a string section, brass section and an amazingly energetic choir!

It was wonderful to spend a little more time with the Songs of Separation ladies, they are such an inspiring group of creative people.  We very much missed Eliza on this trip, and we’re looking forward to seeing her again for our Cambridge Folk Festival show later in the summer.  It was also great to have the opportunity to get to know our four guest singers, who all brought their own energy and personality to the project.  Thanks to the Festival of Voice team for the wonderful opportunity to play, to Jen Hill and the Songs of Separation Team for great craic and brilliant music, and to the local independent coffee roasters Quantum Coffee in Cardiff for the much needed caffeine.