Cynefin’s Owen Shiers grew up in West Wales, immersed in Welsh music, from the sonorous melodies emanating from his father’s harp workshop to school life and festivals such as the Eisteddfod and Cnapan. Owen has plied his skills as a musician, composer and engineer across a wide range of projects, including work on several album projects at Real World Studios and on the award winning Clychau Dibon by Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita alongside producer John Hollis.
Nominated for ‘Best Solo Artist’ at the inaugural 2019 Welsh Folk Awards, Owen and his band Cynefin (pr. ‘kuh-neh-vin’) gives Owen a platform to play his fine arranging and guitar skills whilst taking him right back to his roots.
As part of the Festival Owen will be performing a solo version of Cynefin’s debut bilingual album ‘Dilyn Afon’ (Following a river) which follows the cultural ‘cynefin’ of Owen’s home county, starting in the Clettwr Valley where he grew up. From talking animals and tragic train journeys – to the musings of star-crossed lovers, farm workers and lonely vagabonds, the album provides a unique window into the past and to a vibrant oral culture of story and song.
“A stunning new talent” – The Guardian
“Remarkable..compelling listening” – MOJO
“Evocative and beautiful” – The Folk Show, BBC Radio 2
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