Finding New Frequencies in International Friendships

An Interview with Carwyn Ellis

From Planet 245

by Darren Chetty and Iestyn Tyne

Darren Chetty and Iestyn Tyne interview Carwyn Ellis about his new album with Rio 18. In a conversation that encompasses beirdd gwlad and the berimbau, climate change and memory, he also discusses the nuances of difference between collaboration and cultural appropriation.

To describe Carwyn Ellis’ musical CV as impressive is something of an understatement. As well as being a current member of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders and a long-time collaborator with Edwyn Collins, he has worked with Sarah Cracknell (both as a solo artist and with St Etienne), Shane McGowan, and Unkle to name just a few. He has also found time to put out nine albums with his band Colorama. 

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Darren Chetty and Iestyn Tyne are co-editors with Hanan Issa and Grug Muse of Welsh (Plural), published March 8th 2022 by Repeater.