GWENNO announces UK tour dates and shares Jools Holland performance .. New album, “Le Kov” out now on Heavenly Recordings

May 17, 2018


Announces new UK live dates 

Performs “Tir Ha Mor” on Jools Holland  

New album Le Kov, out now on Heavenly Recordings

With her acclaimed second album Le Kov now out via Heavenly Recordings and following a fantastic performance on Jools HollandGWENNO has announced a number of new UK live dates, including a headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall in October, a number of summer festivals and dates with Suede in Europe… Dates / info below:

Friday 25th May – EDINBURGH – Hidden Door Festival
Friday 22nd June – BANGOR – Pontio
Saturday 21st July – CARDIGAN – Castell Aberteifi / Cardigan Castle 
Thursday 26th July – CORNWALL – Port Eliot Festival
Sunday 29th July – DERBY – Indietracks Festival
Friday 10th August – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach
Sunday 12th August – CORNWALL – Boardmasters Festival
Friday 24th August – TOTNES – Sea Change Festival

Friday 31st August – COLOGNE – C/O Pop Festival
31st August to 2nd Sept – SALISBURY – End of the Road Festival
Friday 7th September – PORTMEIRION – Festival No. 6
Friday 14th September –  FLINTSHIRE – Good Life Experience
Sunday 23rd September – CORNWALL – 
Looe Music Festival
Saturday 29th September – BERLIN – Columbiahalle *
Sunday 30th September – BRUSSELS – Ancienne Belgique *
Monday 1st October – AMSTERDAM – Paradiso *
Wednesday 3rd October – PARIS – La Cigale *
Thursday 4th October – MILAN – Fabrique *
Sunday 7th October – STOCKHOLM – Royal Dramatic Theatre *
Tuesday 9th October – COPENHAGEN – The Koncerthuset *
Wednesday 10th October – COPENHAGEN – The Koncerthuset *
Friday 12th October – BRISTOL – Thekla
Saturday 13th October – MANCHESTER – Now Wave Venue
Thursday 18th October – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 19th October – SOUTHAMPTON – The Loft

Saturday 20th October – FALMOUTH – Falmouth University
Sunday 21st October – EXETER – Exeter Uni
*  supporting Suede
Watch and share her performance of “Tir Ha Mor” on Jools Holland below-

Praise for Le Kov:
“Sitting somewhere between Air, Serge Gainsbourg and Broadcast, Gwenno conjures up ten atmospheric tracks filled with driving beats, bubbling synths and clouds of reverb, over which she sails gorgeous melodies…. Le Kov casts a lovely musical spell.” Q – 4 Stars **** 

“There is shared ground with Jane Weaver, Broadcast and Cate Le Bon, but Saunders marks out her own terrain… An immersive statement of identity and survival in a fractured world, catching the light between the ancient and the modern.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“An exploration of Cornish identity… The melodies will keep people coming back: purposeful and direct, reminiscent of Broadcast in their creation of a psychedelia that looks backwards and forwards simultaneously.”The Guardian – 4 Stars ****

“Totally engaging regardless of the listener’s mother tongue… A constant pleasure.” Shindig – 5 Stars ****

“One of the most ageless and accessible pop records of 2018.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****

“Unique in British pop history, crafting a soundscape that veers from startling ambient drift to pristine avant–pop, the language only deepening the intrigue.” DJ – 8/10

“The album title means ‘place of memory’ while the eclectic songs within range from dreamy sci–fi folk–pop chansons to psychedelic krautrock jams… Gwenno is a culturally unique figure in modern British music.” Uncut – 7/10

“Gwenno is on a mission to keep Cornish alive… There’s a mystical quality to the language that’s perfectly suited to pop.” Sunday Times

About Le Kov:
Written entirely in Cornish, Le Kov is exploration of the individual and collective subconscious, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language. As one of the language’s few fluent speakers, Gwenno felt a duty to make her second album entirely in Cornish: to create a document of a living language, explore her identity and the endless creative possibilities of a tongue that has a very small surviving artistic output, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries.

She dove deep into research, learning about attempts to protect and progress the language and the role of women throughout Cornish history. When Gwenno considered the legends of sunken Brythonic cities Cantre’r Gwaelod, Kêr-Is, Langarrow and Lyonesse, she knew she had her starting point. These cities evoked her idea of language as its own form of psychological territory, a concept perfectly distilled by the Cornish title for the album, Le Kov  the place of memory.

But Le Kov isn’t really a concept album—the city doesn’t loom that large through these 10 songs, and you don’t need the translation sheet to appreciate the gorgeous, sea-warped psychedelia that Gwenno has created alongside long-term collaborator and producer Rhys Edwards. Evoking the music of her childhood – Brenda Wootton, Alan Stivell, BUCCA – along with Broadcast, The United States of America, White Noise and Serge Gainsbourg, Le Kov is shimmering and tarnished, rust mingled with barnacles, moss entwined with weathered rope. It’s a huge step up from her debut album, Y Dydd Olaf, featuring forlorn piano, crisp drums, and searching synth lines that seem to reach across the horizon. The sounds of the language are similarly gorgeous: “Dha wolow jy yw splann” (“your light is bright”), Gwenno marvels on Hi A Skoellyas Liv A Dhagrow (She Shed A Flood Of Tears).

Over the course of making Le Kov, Gwenno reconciled her anxiety over her right to make a Cornish-language pop record, and realised that, in the age of Brexit, isolationism and hostility towards the rich cultures that make modern Britain, it had a wider resonance, too. “This album is a combination of accepting the culture which your parents have valued enough to want to pass on to you, regardless how small, and utilising it in a positive way to try and make sense of the world around you, it’s also about having to accept and respect the nuances that make us all different and discovering that all of our stories share the same truth.”

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