Barry Cawley – 1963 – 2000

By |July 30th, 2000|0 Comments

Barry Cawley

Barry Cawley, former guitarist with Llanrwst post-punks band Y Cyrff has been killed when he was cycling near Betws-y-Coed.
The 37 year old, rose to prominence with Y Cyrff as they plotted their way to Welsh stardom with their Clash-like stance and prolific recorded output.
After the band split up he went behind the scenes and worked with Catatonia for more than 10 years as a roadie.
Catatonia guitarist Mark Roberts said: “Cerys [Matthews] is really distraught. Everyone has treated her like a queen – but not Barry. He treated her like a real person. He would tell her something like: ‘Get your own drink.’ She appreciated that – he kept her feet on the ground.”

cawleyHe worked with the band from their days playing tiny clubs until they hit the charts with hits such as Road Rage and Mulder and Scully.

“He went to 16 countries with us last year. He was very talented but just as a ruthlessly ambitious as the rest of us,” said Mark Roberts.
His girlfriend, nurse Meryl Harrison, said: “Barry knew Tom Jones and was close to Cerys – but he would never show off about any of it. He would never brag about what he’s done or who he’d met. It’s awful. We were planning to have children and we were soulmates,” she said.

Mr Cawley will be buried on Monday in his trademark Levi jeans and denim jacket.

CATATONIA / GORKY’S ZYGOTIC MYNCI – Llangollen Eisteddfod Field

By |May 22nd, 1999|0 Comments

cerysNearly 15 years ago one person started something that would have a major effect on Welsh music, Welsh attitudes and the way English people perceive the Welsh.
That person set up Recordiau Anhrefn; first as a vinyl outlet for his own band, Yr Anhrefn, but more importantly to promote and release Welsh language music by bands who were not going to get any joy out of an archaic Welsh music industry and dismal Welsh media.
Rhys Mwyn, creator and mentor of Recordiau Anhrefn can lean back in his leather upholstered chair 15 years on and bask in the knowledge that it was he who sowed the seeds that made Cymru cool.

Triskedekaphilia – new comp LP from Ankst

By |September 21st, 1995|0 Comments

Triskedekaphilia is a collection of previously unreleased session tracks for Radio Cymru’s Heno Bydd Yr Adar Yn Canu between 1991 and 1995. The show, hosted by Nia Melville provided the first port of call for anyone interested in hearing the best in contemporary Welsh music. This collection features early appearances, rare tracks,cover versions and all sorts of strange sounds by your favourite Welsh language underground superstars!

Archive – Various – S4C Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack (Vol 1)

By |February 9th, 1995|0 Comments

[taken from Turquoise Coal]
S4C Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack was a 7″ EP that came out in early 1995 on the North Wales based Atol label (serial number ATOL 02). The EP was pressed in a limited run of 500 copies and is subsequently very difficult to find and much sought after, largely due to the subsequent rise to stardom of Catatonia, whose featured track Cariadon Ffôl is unavailable elsewhere. In fact, the only one of the four songs that did subsequently appear again was Rheinallt H. RowlandsCharles Bukowski, which featured in an extended version as the (sort of) title track of Rheinallt’s second LP ‘Bukowski’ in 1996.