Gruff Rhys

Gruff Nominated for Welsh Music Prize

Today Gruff’s been added to the list of nominees for this year’s Welsh Music Prize. Joining the likes of Cate Le Bon & Manic Street Preachers! Winner’s announced here on 27th November

Posted on: October 14, 2014


Rally to oppose Fracking in Wales – Senedd, Cardiff Bay 11/10/14

Fracking is already unsettling and destroying large parts of the American Interior. Great opportunity to stop the fracking beast before it destroys what’s left of our eco-system. Given the opportunity – Wales could lead the world in sustainable energy creation – beyond the fossil fuel dead end.

More information on the meeting here at the Daily Wales website

And here at

Posted on: October 10, 2014

The Earth release new album on Monday // Plus go see The Earth and Gulp live over the next few weeks!

Super Furry Animals listeners tune in – The Earth featuring the geniuses Dafydd Ieuan (drums) – Mark Roberts (Catatonia/Y Cyrff – Guitar) – Dionne Bennett (vocals) and Tristan Marley (bass) release a new album on Strangetown records on 29/09/14 – this Monday – it’s called Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo. See the video by Mark James below:

They’ll also be appearing live here:

30.09.14 | London, Surya
01.10.14 | Birmingham, The Flapper
02.10.14 | Salford, Eagle Inn
03.10.14 | Bristol, The Old Book Shop

Support comes from their incredible label mates Baby Queens whose Cian Ciaran produced songs can be heard here.

More The Earth, Cian Ciaran and Strangetown records information here.

In more Furry news – Guto’s band with Lindsey Leven – Gulp – also hit the road in October playing here:

26.09.14 | Gateshead, The Sage w/The Phantom Band
27.09.14 | Sunderland, Pop Recs instore
28.09.14 | Leeds, Brudenell w/The Phantom Band
29.09.14 | Bristol, Exchange w/The Phantom Band
30.09.14 | Birmingham, Hare & Hounds w/The Phantom Band
02.10.14 | Cardiff, Four Bars at Dempseys
03.10.14 | Manchester, Gullivers
05.10.14 | Glasgow, Broadcast
07.10.14 | Liverpool, Kazimier w/The Phantom Band
08.10.14 | Leicester, The Musician
09.10.14 | Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10.10.14 | Ramsgate, Music Hall
13.10.14 | London, St. Pancras Old Church

Their incredible debut album was released recently on Sonic Cathedral records in Europe and Everloving in the USA. It’s a classic – and it’s called Season Sun and sounds a bit like this:

Posted on: September 25, 2014

Gruff reveals new video for 'Lost Tribes' to celebrate US album release

‘Lost Tribes’ is the third single to be taken from the ‘American Interior’ album. ‘Lost Tribes’ is a song about the 18th century explorer John Evans‘s misguided quest to find a lost Welsh tribe in the American interior – thought to be descendants of the mythical 12th century prince – Madog. In this video directed by Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys dresses for the wilderness in the guise of a Welsh radical, sartorially inspired in particular by the druid and Chartist Dr William Price.

Evans is represented by a 3 ft tall avatar in felt designed by Pete Fowler and the Felt Mistress.

(Illustration by Pete Fowler, Motion graphics by Paul Nicholas at Bait. Drums played by Kliph Scurlock, recorded by Mike Mogis. Produced and mixed by Ali Chant and Gruff Rhys.)

The ‘American Interior’ album is set for US release on November 4th.


Posted on: September 24, 2014


Wales supporting Scotland Yes vote rally 2pm Cardiff Bay Senedd building Saturday 13th Sept.

(I can’t go to this, I’ll be singing to my comrades in Wakefield – but it sounds great if you’re around).

In a week or so the people living in Scotland will have an opportunity to vote for what has the potential to be an extremely attractive proposition – the creation of a modern nuclear-free constitutional democracy. Free from the influence of an archaic elitist House of Lords, safe from the creeping privatisation of the NHS and the insane isolationist anti European policies of the current prime minister David Cameron.

Many fellow musicians have bravely led the way in Scotland in turning out the vote. Whatever your political colours, this rally in Cardiff tomorrow is a chance to show solidarity with our Scottish friends who’ve been bombarded in general by a shitstorm of negativity and Jeremy Clarkson. A giant modified periscope will be constructed for the event to allow participants to blow air kisses of respect directly via air-tunnels to the occupants of Scotland as they decide their own future*

They have an opportunity to form an inclusive society that can set an example to their fellow friends in the British Isles on how to govern free of Trident, Thatcherist doctrine and colonial misadventure. Whatever the result – they have done us all a huge favour in getting these great sounding ideas out there. Radical constitutional change is long over due, Thank you!

*there will at least be speeches from a cross section of political groups including Ray Davies (Labour) and Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru)

Posted on: September 12, 2014

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