Great outdoors inspires Vale of Clwyd musician

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Rebecca Cole

RELAXING in the great outdoors is the inspiration for a Vale of Clwyd musician.

Professional performer Ynyr Llwyd’s new Welsh EP ‘Awyr Iach’ (Fresh Air) sees him escape the hustle and bustle of busy life and in his third release by Aran Records the maturity of the singer songwriter is evident.

Having experimented with various styles over the years he now feels he has found his own acoustic, rock and pop sound while writing and recording these songs for the new album.

The 27-year-old from Prion said: "Every artist matures by drawing on his or her experiences and I feel that I've found my voice with this new EP.

"It was great to collaborate in the studio with a group of other musicians while putting this latest collection together.

“I had the opportunity to co-produce the tracks with Emyr Rhys in Aran Studios as I also enjoy that aspect of the recording process and we used a live band to record in order to add some character to the songs.

“In addition to the usual instruments such as guitars, drums and keyboards we've included a few other interesting sounds such as banjo and tuba on some of the tracks. “And there's plenty of variety within the songs in terms of style and tempo so I hope the listeners enjoy hearing the new material.”

There's plenty of variety in Ynyr's life too as he is not only lead vocalist of his own function band The Right Stuff but managing director of the band’s entertainment business as well.

He also keeps himself busy leading composition workshops in North Wales’ schools.

"I'm very fortunate to have had some wonderful opportunities as a musician with The Right Stuff,” he added, “travelling and performing on cruise ships to the Caribbean, America, The Med and Scandinavia.

“Recently our work has mainly been UK-based, performing at various functions, weddings and other events but it's the variety of this business that appeals more than anything - one week we'll be performing in a castle in Scotland, the next we might be at a wedding reception on board an Elizabethan boat sailing down the Thames."

‘Awyr Iach’ will be launched at a special event at Denbigh Golf Club on Friday, November 20, with special guests Rhys Meirion and his daughters Elan and Erin also taking to the stage and proceeds going to Ty Gobaith.

The album will be available in Welsh shops or at www.traciaucymraeg.com and for more information about Ynyr Llwyd visit www.ystradmusic.com

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