Frontman of legendary Welsh band Super Furry Animals and Mercury-nominated outfit Neon Neon, Gruff Rhys will play a special full band show at The Town Hall, Llangollen on Saturday, 7th December. This is presented by FOCUS Wales and Clwb Ifor Bach.
The show will follow the release of Gruff’s new solo album Pang! which was released in September. It is a pop album that includes a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. ‘Pang’ was developed unexpectedly over 18 months. It was produced and mixed by the South African electronic artist, Muzi.
Muzi has captured the attention of critically-acclaimed artists, such as Diplo, Stormzy and Damon Albarn. His sounds combine Afrobeat, hip-hop, electronic music and kwaito. As well as other genres, that are local to South Africa. Muzi will also be joining Gruff Rhys on tour as part of his live band.
As Gruff explains, “Pang!” is a Welsh language song with an English title. It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a ‘list’ song, describing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design, etc. Using the English word in a Welsh language track may appear weird, but I suppose it’s like using the French word ‘Magazine’ in an English song in that it’s slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.”
Tickets are £20 and available via Gigantic Tickets and the FOCUS Wales website.
Tickets to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at focuswales.com/tickets.
FOCUS Wales is also supported by The Arts Council of Wales and The Welsh Government.