Firstly can I please take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry christmas and a wonderful new year. It been a fantastic year for me ,one where i have got to perform all over the country for many different people and to work with some of my favorite writers and performers. Its been fantastic..
I hope that next year brings even more such opportunities but for the meantime I have a very exciting announcement.
My first storytelling cd “Tales from the new Inn- stories from the dark heart of the valley” is now available to buy from this website. Featuring all the tales from my 2010 Edinburgh festival show and a few suprises , this CD features almost an hours worth of storytelling for your listening pleasure.
Although not offically released until February it is my pleasure to be able to offer it for sale now from the website. I will also happily sign any copies that you require. Please just ask.
I had a lovely night storytelling at the quite wonderful crystal moon shop in Goring near Reading the other night, a fantastic sell out audience in a wonderful little shop in a great little part of the country I really hope I can return there in the near future and perform on a far more regular basis in other parts of the country.
Anyway get the cd while you can and enjoy Christmas with your friends and family. I know I will just as soon as my sore ear eventually clears up.
All my love
I have a ear infection, its not nice . My ear has been sore for weeks and 4 different doctors have tried four different things. My ear is still sore. Two things in recent days has caused my ear to be less sore, to stop the constant buzzing and actually make me sit up and be happy.
I am recording my first cd on the 24th of this month.
Wow I am delighted The packaging has been designed the tales have been chosen and within a month my first CD will be ready .
Its called “Tales from the New Inn- stories from the dark heart of the valley” and will feature three of my favorite stories as well as an introduction and epilogue. All in all an hours worth of stories and it will be ready for Christmas.
I can’t wait. I am hoping to be able to set up something where you can buy copies from this website so watch this space.
I am also pleased to announce that the tawe tales event on December the 1st in coelbren will now be in aid of the Wonderful charity Harry’s fund (www.harrysfund.org.uk). This charity was set up to help good friends of Mine Michelle and Christian who tragically lost their Son Harry in an accident earlier in the year. The aim of the charity is to provide a permanent memorial to little Harry and to support other families who have lost children in tragic circumstances.
I am delighted and proud to say that all proceeds from this event will go to this charity. If you cannot make it please go to www.harrysfund.org.uk and donate anything you can to this.
That is music to my sore ear indeed.
until next time
Thanks to all who turned out for the “Grave Tidings” shows over Halloween, I had a great time and I hope you did also. It was a joy to perform to such lovely audiences at all three venues and to be able to do the show with the lovely Eleanor Flaherty was great. My batteries feel recharged and the tales are coming thick and fast.
Well onwards we go, as you can see from the home page i have a couple of bookings coming up over the next month or so and i am planning a huge increase in performances and venues for 2012 . I am currently working on a new show called “Lovelorn” which I hope to tour with around the middle of February 2012.
Schools bookings continue to be really positive and yesterday I did an interview and photoshoot for Swansea life magazine which should appear at the end of this month. No doubt i will look like my Dad in the photos.
I hope to record my first cd before the end of the year so please keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for that one.
I hope you are all well , I thank you for your continued support and wish you all the best for the future.
See you at the Time between Times
Performed on Wednesday night at the constitutional club in Ystradgynlais and what a night it was. Firstly it was a very different crowd to what I normally get being far more used to singers and comedians i guess?, but i really enjoyed it.
The room was set out awkwardly and the crowd all decided to sit at the back of it which makes it really strange and caused me to move around a lot more than i normally would but it all seemed to go really well. It was also quite sad for after a year of performing it I finally said goodbye to Dark Heart of the valley. The two major stories in it are ones which have really captured me over the last few years and I shall be sad to see them go, but the time has come to move on and branch out a little more.
Small break now but i will be back at Abercraf on july the 13th and coelbren on the 14th with a new set of tales and will hopefully speak to you then if not before?.
Just had a fab night at Abercraf Welfare hall, numbers were few but those that were there were excellent. Stories included new ones about Twm Sion catti and Dic Penderyn and a new Tale from the New Inn called “Nellies Curse”. I finished off with an old favorite in Gwion and the Witch.
Big thanks again to the Sleeping Giant foundation for hosting and helping out and to Clive for his brilliant music both before and during the interval.
I love performing in the Swansea valley, the people are lovely and seem to really appreciate the stories. I especially love the enthusiasm in which they greet any Tales from the new inn stuff and it really makes me feel good about developing this mythology in the future.
Anyway back to the future. oN May i will be performing “Dark heart of the valley” for the final time at the Gough con club in ystradgynlais on the 26th of may at 7.30 PM tickets will be £5. if you would like to see the Edinburgh review of this please type it into google and it comes up under Edinburgh spotlight.
I for one can’t wait as it always seems to go well.
i also have news regarding Halloween, this year i will be at ystradgynlais Welfare hall where I will be joined by my good friend the lovely Eleanor flaherty who will reprise her role as Rhian in a New inn ghost stories show that i have yet to title. The book will also be out by this so i am really looking forward to it.
Anyway, thank you Abercraf and I look forward to returning in the very near future.
P.s Thanks To the gower college supportive studies group for their lovely thank you card after my recent visit . It was very much appreciated.
Hello all , last night I had the pleasure of performing at the Dove Centre in Banwen . A lovely venue and a new one for me. The audience was small but beutifully formed with some old favorites as well as some new faces turning out for the tales. For me i was rather nervous as I was performing some new material for the first time and taking a slight departure in tone and theme from what I have been doing for the last few months.
I was very happy with the result. I am off to Abercraf next wednesday and hope that many of you can join me there. I am also pleased to report that i have been booked to appear at Ystradgynlais Welfare hall on Halloween this year. More details on that to follow shortly.
Anyway thanks to all who joined me at the fire last night and especially to Richard and Eleanor for managing the c
Hello , its good to be back.
I can only apologise for the long delay since the last post and put it down to a number of things, mainly illness really busy times trips abroad and family issues, but hey you dont want to hear that . What you need to know is that i am back and I am raring to go.
Since we last spoke loads has happened , The Tawe tales project has gone from Strength to Strength and is now regulary attracting full houses in the swansea valley. My Edinburgh show ” Dark heart of the Valley” was “Pick of the day” for the 23rd of august last year with edinburgh spotlight and work on “Tales from the new inn” the long awaited book on the myths of the swansea valley nears completion. Things are going really well.
I must say a big thanks to the students and teachers at ty coch college for their lovely welcome last week and a special big thanks to Katie who has contacted me with loads of nice comments since. Guys i hope to return soon and am really looking forward to seeing you all again.
i am performing this Tuesday 12th April at 7.30pm at the Dove centre in Banwen and on the 20th in Abercrave also at 7.30. Tickets are £5 and i would love to see you there. bookings form schools remain really strong and as ever I really enjoy bringing these old tales to the ears of the younger generation.
I will speak soon.
Well here we have it, I sit at home with a broken leg and finally get a chance to update this blog. Well its been awhile and there is loads to talk about so where shall I begin. Firstly a big thanks to all of you that came to the Owain Glyndwr festival at Ynyswen back in September, a fab time was had by all myself included . Since then I have managed to get a small role on the BBC 1 series “Being Human” which I filmed back in Ocotber. Sadly on the last day of filming I managed to break my Fibula by banging it into a metal pole. It was very painful at the time but I left it and only went to the doctors last week and discovered it was broken.
A big thanks also to all those who came along to the Tawe Tales , Llanguig and Pontardawe Grave tidings performances. Despite my leg I feel they all went very well and I hope you all enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed performing. Good news is that Tawe Tales will now run for a second year following its final first year performance in January. This is a source of great pride to myself as it has been a real success and I have really enjoyed it.
In other news I have a tentative offer to return to the Edinburgh fringe next year so watch this space, and work has now continued apace on the long planned book of short stories entitled “Tales from the New Inn”- this will feature many of the stories that I have written for the Tawe Tales. I will keep you posted. In the meantime think of me stuck at home, and take care of yourselves.
A million apologies for the lack of updates once more and thanks for sticking with me. What a year its been , the Tawe Tales project has been Fantastic with over 1000 people attending the two dates performed so far. The atmoshere in the theatres has been fantastic and I have really enjoyed performing them. The next show in October promises to be the best yet so please contact the Sleeping Giant foundation and get your tickets in quick,.
Also preparations are well underway for my Halloween show at Pontardawe this year so Please get your tickets in early as it could well be a sell out again this year.
Some of you may know but I have also made a short film about the Lady of Lyn Y fan fach. It can be viewed on Youtube and I hope to have it up on the site very shortly. Please please check it out and let me know what you think as I soon hope to release a whole DVD of stories that will be available to buy.
Sadly I will no longer be doing the Storytelling circle in pontardawe from September so now is the time for me to say thanks to all of you who attended over the last year and for all your fantastic feedback and support. I am hoping that soon we will have another group off the ground so please keep an eye on this site.
If any of you are here because of my work with the D6 generation I say thanks for dropping by and welcome to you all.
The site is due a big update in the next day or two so please keep posted .
See you soon
Hello and happy new Year to you all. Sorry for the lack of updates lately but things have as usual been crazy busy. A big thanks to all of you who came to see Macbeth I hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved being in it, it was a blast.