Gwenno

Thursday 12 April 2018 | 19:30

Gwenno Saunders made a bold statement with her debut album, Y Dydd Olaf: The Final Day (2014), about the importance of protecting minority languages. Saunders, a fluent Welsh and Cornish speaker, sings in both languages on the album, which is inspired by a 1970s Welsh dystopian sci-fi novel Y Dydd Olaf by nuclear scientist Owain Owain.

Her psychedelic synth-pop opus of the same name won the 2015 Welsh Music Prize and Best Welsh Album at Welsh National Eistedfodd, along with acclaim from Pitchfork and The Observer. Music promoter John Rostron, has called it “a bold, brave and wonderful record that also shows Wales at its creative best”. These are songs brimming with innovation, both musical and political.

Working with long-time collaborator, Rhys Edwards once more, Gwenno’s next album, Le Kov: The Place of Memory is written entirely in Cornish which, like Welsh, is a language driven almost to extinction before enjoying a widespread resurgence.

Le Kov is due out on Friday 2 March 2018 and continues her trailblazing mission, picking up exactly where Y Dydd Olaf left off and blending Cornish mythology and folk tradition to present a thought-provoking vision for Britain’s cultural future.

This season has been made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation , Girls Guild for Good Life and Noel Coward foundation.