Chapter Arts Centre was home to the official launch of Aled Rheon’s new EP ‘A Gorgeous Charge’ on Friday, November 26th with support from some of the South Wales music scene’s most exciting up-and-coming talent.
Kicking the night off was 17-year-old Bryony Sier, a country/blues/soul singer-songwriter from Merthyr Tydfil. With an incredible and authentic country sound that is mature way beyond her years, she played tracks from her newly released EP ‘The Crossroads’. Bryony and her guitar captivated the audience and set the bar very high.
Ofelia, a five-piece indie folk band from Caerphilly, was next on stage and blew the audience away with an unforgettable performance. The band’s distinctive sound and contemporary take on folk music is built on perfectly executed close three part harmonies and a beautiful blend of guitars, bass, and a mandolin.
The band played a mix of both covers and original tracks, including their medieval-sounding “Marianna” and “Home or The Barrow.” Despite the lead singer’s guitar strings snapping twice, the band produced an exceptionally polished, energetic and memorable performance.
The band is very young and currently part of The Forte Project, a music development scheme funded by Arts Council Wales that aims to uncover and develop the best musical talent in South Wales. The project will provide the band with the exposure and attention their talent deserves. Their unique style will likely appeal to fans of Bear’s Den and/or Mumford and Sons.
Their music is available on a name your price basis here: https://ofeliaband.bandcamp.com/releases
These guys will inevitably make a mark on the South Wales music scene, and hopefully beyond, due to their raw talent, energy and unique sound and feel – watch this space!
The evening was perfectly set up for headline act Aled Rheon and eight-piece band, The Gorgeous Charge. Aled was launching his EP ‘A Gorgeous Charge’ and performed the five tracks from the title, including “Hawdd”, “You Have Me Now”, “September”, “Stay With Me” and “Wrap Up Warm”, along with hits from his previous EP ‘Ser yn Disgyn.’ There was also an intriguing and very unexpected cover of Radiohead’s “Lucky.”
Rheon performed with emotion and conviction and his meaningful, personal songs resonated with the audience. His songs are relatable, which significantly aids in the audience establishing a connection with him – singing of fatherhood and the good and bad sides of relationships and love.
Performing in both Welsh and English, Rheon’s delicate vocals send a chill down the spine. His style is almost poetic and truly utilizes song as a medium for storytelling. The addition of The Gorgeous Charge added an extra dimension to his heartfelt songs and the backing vocals from Eve Goodman heightened the emotion in each track.
Rheon was included in the BBC’s Horizons/Gorwelion scheme last year, which provided him with a platform to reach new audiences and kick-start his career as an artist.
‘A Gorgeous Charge’ is available to buy here: https://aledrheon.bandcamp.com/