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Bard of Ely
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70 Tracks
Eclectic singer/songwriter and a great acoustic live performer. A compere, poet and author too!
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The Bard of Ely was signed to Crai Records (the label where Catatonia began) as frontman for TAFFIA and an EP was released which included his songs 'Harvest Home' and 'You're a Liar, Nicky Wire.' Bard of Ely is a singer/songwriter, poet, compere, and a real ordained Celtic Bard being a member of the Gorsedd of Bards of Caer Abiri and also Principal Bard of The Traveling Court of Camelot (the musical wing of the druid order). The Bard is also the author of Herbs of the Northern Shaman (Loompanics). Bard of Ely has had his music broadcast worldwide on the radio and has appeared countless times on TV too. He was the co-presenter of a series called 'In Full View' on BBC Choice.
Band/artist history
I have been writing poetry and songs since I was in high school and just kept at it. I have played all sorts of gigs both solo and fronting local bands. I have had releases on CDs, cassettes and vinyl including 'Mask' an EP on Pink Lemon Records from Germany that Gruff Rhys from the Super Furry Animals bought in a local shop. I have had my music used for TV documentary and drama programmes and had plenty of airplay on the radio too. Probably my greatest success with recordings has been getting 'You're a Liar, Nicky Wire' and 'Harvest Home' released on Crai Records following publicity in the NME and elsewhere. I am always open to offers and looking for new ways of promoting my music! Here are some more CDs I have tracks on: 'You're a Liar, Nicky Wire' was first released on the compilation above on Dockrad Records from Cardiff, and 'Priest of the Venusians' is included on the double CD by Bands United:
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes! All sorts of places but my most memorable gigs have been at Glastonbury Festival, which I've played at 7 times now and also been the compere for the Avalon Stage 2 years in a row. Also I have played the Green Man Festival this year and last and have songs on the CD album released for it. with all sorts of news and photos.
Your musical influences
Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Blondie, Dory Previn, The Idle Race, Bridget St John, Beach Boys, Nico, Kevin Ayers, Jefferson Starship, T Rex, Bowie, The Stones, Joni Mitchell, Roy Harper, Syd Barrett, Kate Bush, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, Sex Pistols, Donovan, Arthur Brown, Arthur Lee, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Incredible String Band, The Zombies, Bread, REM. I love singer/songwriters and also I like a lot of different styles from Tamla through to punk! The songs must say something!
What equipment do you use?
Whatever I have!
Anything else?
Crum who has played keboards for the legendary Hawkwind and who has his own band The Moonloonies has added synth over-dubs to 3 of Bard of Ely's songs and remixed them. The Crum remixes are all at the top of the Bard's music page. Click on the picture of the Moonloonies being abducted below to find out more about the band:
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