A few months ago, he spent some time in the city of Chengdu, China, as part of a musical residency programme organised by the British Council and PRS for Music Foundation. He worked with the city’s Theatre of Performing Art, meeting musicians and crafting songs based on the life of local poet Li Bai. An album based on his experiences in China is expected soon.
Also this year, The Gentle Good, aka Gareth Bonello, travelled to Sudan with the band Pen Pastwn. Himself, Richard James of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and three other Welsh musicians visited Port Sudan and Khartoum for a series of gigs and workshops with revered Sudanese musician Siddi Doshka.
To find out more about Gareth and his songwriting, read yesterday’s M interview. He talks to us about his influences, the obscure history of Welsh folk music and his experiences in China.
Below he performs an acoustic version of a new song, The Seabird’s Journey, which was inspired by Li Bai.