GRUFFRHYS Whelan’s, Dublin, tomorrow (Saturday) 7pm ¤20/¤18 whelanslive.com 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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