Known for his intricate guitar playing, haunting vocals and captivating acoustic arrangements, Gareth Bonello (aka The Gentle Good) is one of the foremost songwriters working in Wales today.
Based in the city of Cardiff, Gareth writes in both English and Welsh and has released several critically acclaimed records. These include Ruins/Adfeilion, which won the Welsh Music prize in 2017 and Y Bardd Anfarwol (The Immortal Bard) which won the Welsh Language Album of the Year award in 2014 and inspired an award-winning play; Rhith Gân, by Wyn Mason in 2016.
A versatile songwriter, Gareth’s music explores themes of love, loneliness, social justice, cultural identity and metamorphosing into a moth. A dedicated multi-instrumentalist with a smattering of musical education, Gareth has often collaborated with composer Seb Goldfinch and the Mavron Quartet both in the studio and on stage to adorn his songs with luscious arrangements for strings and brass.
A captivating live performer, Gareth has enchanted audiences at major festivals both in the UK and further afield, most notably in China, India and the USA. International collaboration is a strong feature of Gareth’s work and he has written and performed with artists from all over the globe.
About tonights performance:
In 1841 the Foreign Mission of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church sent its first missionaries, Thomas and Ann Jones to the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in Northeast India. The Welsh mission was active in the region until 1969 and had a profound effect on Khasi society and culture that is still felt today. For the last three years Gareth Bonello (aka The Gentle Good) has been studying musical connections between Wales and the Khasi Hills and working on a new album in collaboration with Khasi poets and musicians. Gareth is hoping to perform with Khasi artists in Wales next year, but in the meantime here is a unique chance to hear Gareth perform some of the material in an intimate setting.
As a former Presbyterian Chapel dating from the time of the first mission, Acapela is an ideal venue to tell the story of Wales and the Khasi Hills. Joining Gareth on stage will be Jack Egglestone (Percussion), Callum Duggan (Bass) and Jennifer Gallichan (Vocals). As well as sharing songs from the collaboration in Northeast India, the band will be performing new material as well as some old favourites.
Performing an old Welsh hymn on Duitara, a Khasi instrument for Heno on S4C https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVJhfmphY0Q
Singing a hymn called Bryniau Casia (Khasi Hills) in Acapela itself for Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A8lLndEwaM
For loads more information please visit www.thegentlegood.com
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