Gruff ex­te­rior

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOING OUT -

GRUFFRHYS Whelan’s, Dublin, to­mor­row (Satur­day) 7pm ¤20/¤18 whe­ That’s Gruffydd Mare­dudd Bowen Rhys to you! One time mem­ber of Welsh band Su­per Furry An­i­mals, Rhys is the kind of mav­er­ick song-writer and all-round cre­ative per­son that has never pan­dered to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor.

Rather, through his work with bands such as SFA and Neon Neon, and col­lab­o­ra­tions with the likes of Mog­wai, De La Soul, and the ob­scure Brazil­ian artist, Tony da Ga­torra, Rhys has kept very much fo­cused on cre­at­ing some shape of cul­tural up­heaval. His lat­est ven­ture, Amer­i­can

In­te­rior, is multi-lay­ered: an al­bum, a film, a book and an app, in­spired by 18th century ad­ven­turer John Evans. This show, by the way, is dou­ble-sid- ed – as well as a live per­for­mance by the un­con­ven­tional and con­sis­tently sur­pris­ing Rhys, he will, be­fore the gig, be in con­ver­sa­tion with yours truly as part of this year’s Dublin Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

Other mu­sic-re­lated high­lights of the DWF in­clude for­mer front­man of The Kinks, Ray Davies, in con­ver­sa­tion with writer Joe O’Con­nor (NCH, Mon­day), and Faber So­cial (But­ton Fac­tory, Thurs­day), which sees my col­league Jim Car­roll in­ter­view­ing mu­si­cian and writer Bob Stan­ley about his su­perb mu­sic book, Yeah

Yeah Yeah!, and Sinéad Glee­son chat­ting with one-time Slits’ gui­tarist, Viv Al­ber­tine.


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