Gwyneth Glyn is a singer and poet. Drawing on her ancient Welsh folk tradition as well as contemporary influences, her own unique sound is often described as timeless. Her songs are inspired by the ancestral stories she heard as a child, and by the dichotomy of being brought up in the rural north and living in the vibrant capital of Cardiff in the south. She read Philosophy and Theology at Jesus College, Oxford, before returning to her homeland of Wales to write and to sing. Her work includes plays, children's books and TV scripts. Gwyneth was Wales' National Poet Laureate for Children 2006-2007. She won the BBC Radio Cymru Rock and Pop award for best female artist in 2006. Her third album 'Cainc' was released in 2011.
"Her Lyrics have a simplicity of language and imagery: there’s a poet here who is able to leave words and images hanging in the memory…. She has a fine feel for the art of songwriting as well as the wind, trees and landscape of Wales that inform her music and emotions.” – Frazer Cains, LWCLl
‘Ghazalaw’ is a fusion of Welsh folk songs and Indian ghazal, an ancient poetic form originating in 6th-century Arabic verse. In this way it shares much with the ancient, tight-metered poetic form, that is such a feature of Welsh poetry and songs. As the project has developed, Gwyneth and Tauseef have been joined by other musicians including the talented Georgia Ruth Williams on harp and support vocals and Indian musicians Ashish Jha, Manas Kumar and Sanjoy Das. Gwyneth and Tauseef were introduced at Hafod Mastering’s roundhouse in St Hillary, the Vale of Glamorgan last year, and returned there to record the album earlier this year. The project was developed through support by Wales Arts International. Ghazalaw is sponsored by Air India.