It’s as much about the venue as it is the performers who appear here. The quirkiness of decor, the proprietor and the performer… It all adds up to a fine unconventional evening.

Meilir is from Mold and has been plying his trade for around a decade and he first caught my ear about four years ago at Focus Wales in Wrexham. There was an infectiously whining voice quivering over a melancholic piano that immediately drew you in. And he’s done that ever since.

The exquisite three-track single Arabella is beautifully enchanting, and backed by Next and Spero, I find it very difficult to play in a favourite order.

Tonight was a very intimate setting and Meilir admitted this made him nervous. There’s a dragon kite hanging from the ceiling, slogans daubed on the walls, kitsch bric-a-brac is everywhere. There’s an electric fire glowing backstage. Front stage there’s an arrangement of potted plants adorned with fairy-lights. Yes, welcome to Pie Records, where they serve Wild Horse beer on tap, make peace with your inner-soul and offer you live music between 8 and 9pm.

Next is the opening number, and despite the sadness of the songs there is something spiritually elevating about them. This is not just a bloke with a piano… It’s a bloke with a guitar, a laptop, a box of tricks and an absent typewriter too! I loved the fact he set a metronome to click out of time for his latest release Glasshouse where he had to chase the time during the song as it sped up and slowed down…

This is the start of ‘a year of activity’ for Meilir – here’s to the next twelve months…