Y Bardd Anfarwol is the third studio album from Cardiff based songwriter Gareth Bonello, otherwise known as The Gentle Good. Gareth draws inspiration from traditional Welsh music to write modern folk songs in English and Welsh.
The autumn of 2011 saw Gareth take up residency in the Chinese city of Chengdu as part of an arts project. Working with traditional musicians, Gareth set about absorbing as much of the region’s culture as possible and returned to the UK with an album taking form.
The result was Y Bardd Anfarwol, a record that blends fingerpicking Welsh folk music with traditional Chinese instrumentation to wondrous effect. The album draws from both Welsh and Chinese cultures to tell the tale of the renowned Tang dynasty poet Li Bai. Heavily influenced by Li Bai’s vivid poetry, it begins with the poet’s wandering youth, and follows his life right through to his reluctant old age and spectacular death.
Partly recorded in the UK and partly in China, the record is further enhanced by stunning arrangements from composer Seb Goldfinch, beautifully performed by the Mavron String Quartet and members of the UK Chinese Ensemble.
Y Bardd Anfarwol was awarded ‘Welsh Language Album of the Year’ at the National Eisteddfod 2014.
For more information please visit www.thegentlegood.com