Toby Hay will be performing pieces from his brand new album - The Longest Day -as well as his 2017 Welsh Music Prize nominated debut album –The Gathering.
Toby, who has lived all his life on the edge of the mid-Wales town of Rhayader, a place of dark skies and wild weather where, as Hay says, ‘everything moves at a slower pace, and the air is fresh in the true sense of the word.’ It is a place that Hay carries with him and which permeates his unique music. Toby returns with his new album - The Longest Day - recorded live over four days in Giant Wafer studios in Wales and mixed by Toby’s brother Tim. Its release coincides with the summer solstice, and it is another bright offering, both more celebratory and more urgent than its predecessor. Hay is a 12 string guitarist and his style, with its penchant for unusual tunings, is all his own. His distinctive sound often comes from a desire to make his guitar sound like another instrument altogether.
“Hay’s album is a stunning turning point in what we have come to call folk music. A beautiful, frank and mysterious statement.”
— Folk Radio UK
“The Gathering is a brilliantly conceived and realised debut record and its locational compositions contain some of the most emotive and expressive new music you’ll hear this year.”
David Ian Roberts will be performing songs from his forthcoming album - Travelling Bright – due for release in 2019. He is a singer songwriter and guitarist from Herefordshire, now based in Cardiff, Wales. His music, whilst rooted in the solo live performance, makes use of much larger and more elaborate arrangements on record. With a unique voice and virtuosic fingerstyle guitar playing at the centre of his style, David combines the sounds of 60's and 70's folk acts, with Indian and classical music. Whilst influenced by artists such as Nick Drake, John Martyn and Elliott Smith, his ability on the guitar is based upon an ambition to bring original sounds and arrangements from his instrument.
‘Poetry, Jazz, Folk… A fascinating voice’
Frank Hennessey, BBC Radio Wales
Simon Holland, FolkRadioUK