Gwen Màiri, a harpist and singer brought up in a Welsh-speaking family in Scotland, has ventured out on her own after many years of collaborations to produce an album of Welsh music. Combining the melodies and literature of Wales with classical finesse while also capturing the spirit of the folk tradition, this album brings together virtuosity, sensitivity, unique vocals and a winning combination of instruments.
Gwen studied classical pedal harp at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama but brings her Scottish and Welsh heritage to the fore in her traditionally-influenced contemporary style. She performs with the duo, Tornish, was part of 10 Mewn Bws, and her playing can also be heard on the albums of Gwilym Bowen Rhys – O Groth y Ddaear (2016) and Arenig (2019). Gwen recently represented Wales at Festival Interceltique Lorient.
“As a native of Scotland, Gwen has embraced the Welsh tradition from far and near, combining her talent for delicate playing and her innovative interpretation, and putting her own completely unique stamp on the music. The result is a body of work which bridges the celtic cultures, which charms and is sure to please audiences in Wales, Scotland and beyond.”
Lisa Gwilym, presenter of Yr Awr Werin (The Folk Hour) BBC Radio Cymru
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- Featured on: Birnam Music Compilation 2019