Cwtch Trail, City Hall
2.45pm Saturday 29th Oct
Raised within the Welsh heartlands of Carmarthenshire, music has always been second nature to Gillie Ione Rowland aka Gillie. From picking up the Cello at the age of 7 to leading an Orchestra with her vocals by the time she was 12, her relationship with melody is innate.
Deeply influenced by place, Gillie blends the serenity of the Welsh countryside with the industrial undergrowth of city life, to create something hauntingly serene.
Distinct in its simplicity yet vivid in atmosphere, the ease at which she entwines both her silken vocal style with a storytelling charm both striking yet subtle, has seen her draw comparisons to both Elena Tonra (Daughter, Ex:Re) and Tamsin Wilson (Wilsen). Be it through gold-flecked guitar loops or ambient haze, Gillie’s new work harnesses the anxieties, stress and struggles that had congregated within her and weaves them into something unapologetic yet inherently intimate.
“A real beauty” – Sian Eleri BBC Radio 1
“Beautifully propelled along” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
“One of my favourite tracks of the year” – Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales