Eirin Peryglus were formed in 1986 when Robin (keyboard) met Fiona (vocalist) whilst recording with his synth-pop band Second Thoughts. When Second Thoughts dissolved, the two began working together, and Alun (guitarist – who was also a member of Chwyldro) joined to form the trio Eirin Peryglus. In August 1986 they played their first gig in the legendary event Tethau yn Ffrwydro gyda Mwynhad in Aberystwyth.
In 1987 their first single ‘Bronson/Y Dyn Newydd’, which was produced by Gorwel Owen (Fiona’s husband) appeared on the new label Ofn. This was followed by a series of incredible singles, cassettes, and EPs including ‘Dafydd yn Gwneud Teisen / Merthyr’ and ‘Y Llosg’, and, as well as the important support of TV shows such as Fideo 9 and Y Bocs, and Radio Cymru, John Peel started playing EP 12 ‘Y Llosg’ on Radio 1.
The band’s only full-length album ‘Noeth’ was released in 1992. After releasing the mini-album ‘Lleuad Mehefin’ there came a natural end to the band and Alun left to live in Kenya in 1994 for a period of twenty seven years.
Eirin Peryglus were unique. They were trailblazers as a band that combined electronic music with guitars and strong pop melodies through the Welsh language but were also trailblazers in their politics: their songs discussed topics such as animal rights and the environment, and they contributed to compilations by organizations such as Cymdeithas yr Iaith, PAWB, Artists for Animals etc. With Gorwel’s daring and creative production and the fact that all of the records were released on the influential label Recordiau Ofn, Eirin Peryglus has inspired a number of other artists, producers and labels, and the catalogue is the product of an exciting and essential era in the history of Welsh pop music. And Eirin Peryglus is pop. You only have to listen to ‘Merthyr’, ‘Y Cyfarfod’ or ‘Anial Dir’, to only name a few, to understand that.
From December 3rd onwards you will be able to enjoy these records on streaming and downloading platforms for the first time ever. The catalogue has been remastered by Donal Whelan in Hafod Studios Mastering. The early singles/EP/cassette are included on a collection called ‘Ffrwyth Cynnar’, alongside the album ‘Noeth’ and the short album ‘Lleuad Mehefin’.