Llio Rhydderch & Tomos Williams : Carn Ingli
Llio Rhydderch is releasing her eagerly awaited 5th CD ‘Carn Ingli’ on fflach:tradd as the West Wales company celebrates 30 years as one of Wales’ leading record labels.
Renowned Triple-harpist Llio Rhydderch has teamed up with young trumpeter Tomos Williams on their astonishing new CD ‘Carn Ingli’, subtitled ‘Hud ar Ddyfed’ (the magic of Dyfed), which revisits Welsh folk melodies.
Recorded live in a 600 year-old Tudor gatehouse at the foot of Carn Ingli mountain in North Pembrokeshire, this beautiful record has undoubtedly been touched by the magic of the surrounding landscape.
The combination of triple harp and muted trumpet is augmented on certain tracks by the sensitive and atmospheric drumming of Mark O'Connor.
The CD features solo, duo and trio tracks, all Welsh folk melodies taken from the manuscripts of John Parry, Iolo Morgannwg, Morris Edwards, Davidson’s Welsh Airs and other melodies from Llio’s childhood.
There are exquisite solo triple-harp compositions, which will delight admirers of Llio’s previous releases, Enlli (2002) and Gwenllian (2005), but there are also sensitive duos with flugelhorn as well as trios consisting of triple harp, muted trumpet and drums. The melodies themselves are timeless, and the instruments combine beautifully to create unique musical statements that are at once ancient and modern.
Llio Rhydderch is renowned as the most innovative and influential of Welsh triple harpists. The release of ‘Carn Ingli’ with Tomos Williams will only cement that reputation.
Llio says: “Had it not been for Tomos and his numerous visits to Ynys Môn from Cardiff, encouraging me to collaborate with him, this CD would probably not have come into being. The recording took place in the shadow of Carn Ingli, an inspiring landscape, full of the 'Magic of Dyfed' and most of the music was entirely improvised. It was a unique, exciting and daring adventure but, at the same time, one which gave us immense pleasure and satisfaction”.
Tomos adds: “I've always been drawn to the combination of improvisation and melody that is so evident in Llio's playing and I was very eager to record with her. It has been a real privilege – and it feels as though we’ve taken the music to new places. Trumpet, triple harp and drums might not strike everyone as the most obvious combination, but I think that it really works. The recording was all about listening to each other and being in the moment - there’s a lot of improvisation on there – and, to my mind, the result is something quite special.”
Richard Jones (fflach records) adds: “It’s a significant year for us, celebrating 30 years of survival in the recording business as a record label based in West Wales. And it’s a source of pleasure for us that we can mark the occasion by releasing a new CD by one of our best-sellers, Llio Rhydderch. It is testament to her creativity that, on her 5th release with us, she was willing to team up with a jazz-trumpeter, Tomos Williams, and continue to push her music in new directions and explore new sounds.”
The striking booklet that accompanies the CD contains paintings of Carn Ingli and north Pembrokeshire by local artist Iwan Dafis and sleeve notes by the author and cultural commentator Jon Gower, as well as personal notes from Llio and Tomos.
Carn Ingli was selected as FROOTS's favourite new album and the quote was "Sublime pairing of triple harp and trumpet"