Songs of Wales Concert Review - 2nd March 2012

by James Edwards

Penrhiwceiber Hall

Penrhiwceiber Hall

I was listening to the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales and it was announced that a concert was taking place that evening at Penrhiwceiber Hall. I have not been to the hall since the film festival last year when Hollywood superstar Michael Sheen, held a workshop with local people and took part in a public question and answer session before the classic motion picture ‘Tiger Bay’. The hall is by volunteers and supported by Communities First.

As soon as I walked through the door with my wife we started enjoying the atmosphere. The Hall was very busy and filled with Welsh flags, Daffodils and even had a Welsh Lady, well Welsh Man dressed as a Welsh Lady. Good on you!

Prior to the concert I had never seen any of the artists perform. The concert was shared between Welsh star Boyd Clack of Satellite City, High Hopes and Baker Boys fame. Daniel and Laura Curtis who are UK ambassadors for the preservation of The Great American Songbook and the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir, who were conducted by David Last.

I have seen Boyd’s albums on sale in Asda but really did not have a dea that he was songwriter. I wrongly assumed that the albums would be comedy songs but I was very much mistaken. Boyd has a genuine talent for writing catchy and smart songs and that mixed with his unique voice, charisma and personality are a winning formula. I really did very much enjoy his two sets and will certainly be picking up his new album ‘Labourer of Love’ next time that I pop into my local superstore.

Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir were performing on the evening in place of the billed, Dowlais Male Voice Choir who could not perform due to unforeseen circumstances. I really enjoy listening to Male Voice Choirs and respect their part in our musical heritage greatly. The choir have some lovely arrangements of beloved songs and they really were fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed what they performed and I will certainly be going to see them again in the near future.

The evening was organised by Daniel and Laura Curtis and hats off to them for putting together such an enjoyable evening. I have heard of Daniel and Laura through their radio and television appearances. I must say these two performers are just magical. They both have truly amazing voices and Laura is also a really excellent pianist.

They finished off their set with ‘Can’t Take my Eyes off You’ followed by ‘New York, New York and My Way’ and nearly took the roof of the Hall. It was lovely to hear the audience respond and sing back the songs. Dan said that My Way was their most requested song and before performing was talking how they had recently received a supportive quote from Nancy Sinatra and it is easy to see why. For me this version is the best since Frank Sinatra himself.

The evening was finished with the National Anthem which everybody stood up and sung with gusto.

James Edwards

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