Iwan Huws, originally from Pen Llŷn but living in Aberystwyth by now, is a musician known for his work over the years with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, but has also released a solo record as well as a volume of poetry – Gadael Rhywbeth (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas, 2019). He estimates that he’s written over 50 songs over the years, some of which have been okay.
Join singer-songwriters Iwan Huws and Georgia Ruth for a weekend of songwriting, music, poetry, and rhythm. During the course, you’ll be encouraged to consider the musicality of words, and the sensations evoked in a melody as you work towards creating a finished piece which will excite, challenge, and stir your audience. In a supportive, interactive, and relaxed environment, the tutors will help you write lyrics with significance and to identify the right tune to carry them.
Whether you’re already a singer-songwriter looking to put together an album, a writer searching for a new creative outlet, or a musician with a desire to write your own lyrics, this course is designed for you.
The weekend will include group workshops, one-to-one tutorials, and opportunities to listen and perform in an encouraging and friendly setting. Where possible, musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments along with them. For writers without musical experience, the week has been designed to enable you to participate fully.
This is a bilingual course, and the tutors will be on-hand to support both Welsh and English-speaking participants.
Georgia Ruth is a songwriter from Aberystwyth. Using folk influences to create a truly unique sound, her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013, and she was nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Since then, she has released another two albums and an EP, has worked with the Manic Street Preachers, and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio Cymru, where she hosts a weekly programme celebrating a blend of Welsh and international music.