The Dylan Thomas Sound project
Just a bit of background to the project:
Last January, following a trip to Laugharne, I felt inspired to create some music that would blend with the sentiment of Dylan Thomas's poems. I started by listening to a recording of Dylan Thomas reading "Do Not Go Gentle..." and found that his rhythmical delivery sparked an abundance of musical possibilities. I used these to help develop and evolve the track into the piece that it's become. I got in touch with the Dylan Thomas Foundation to let them know what I was doing, then Hannah Ellis (Dylan Thomas's granddaughter) got in touch and told me how much she enjoyed the modern fusion of original music with her Grandfather's poetry.
As a result of her encouraging words, I decided to continue adapting more poems with a view to performing them live with a five piece band around theatres and literary festivals. We aim to take the production into schools and perform workshops in order to attract and engage with a younger audience, so having two young members Lucy Jenkins (vocals) and Cerys Havana ( Harp) will undoubtedly help boost the cause.
Since we launched ourselves earlier this year, we've performed many shows across Wales including Theatres, Festivals, and a memorable performance at the Dylan Thomas Boat House ( concert in the garden) to coincide with International Dylan Day. Last Saturday we were personally invited by Hannah Ellis to perform our adaptation of ''Being But Men'' at Westminster Abbey as part of the Dylan Thomas Memorial service, then afterwards, we performed for family and guests at the Wheatsheaf in Fitzrovia. Apart from the UK, the project have been invited to perform in Canada and New York over the next two years where Dylan's fine legacy still resonates.