Hay - Bonello - Ruth

June Gig of the Month : Toby Hay / Georgia Ruth / Gareth Bonello

Three of Wales' finest contemporary musicians bring their new musical collaboration to Pontio for their first live show.

Drawing on both original and traditional material, the trio will be performing new pieces that explore the ethereal bond between the landscape and people of Wales. Expect an evening of carefully crafted pieces that blur the boundaries between contemporary Wales and the otherworldly delights of Annwn.

Toby Hay is a guitarist and composer from near Rhayader in mid Wales. Inspired by history, people and landscape, Toby writes beautifully evocative guitar instrumentals that effortlessly transport the listener to the mountains and rivers of his homeland. Twice nominated for the Welsh Music Prize, Toby has toured the UK and Ireland extensively over the last few years and has built a reputation as a captivating live performer.

Georgia Ruth is a musician from Aberystwyth in West Wales. Her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013 and was nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She released her second album; Fossil Scale in 2016. Demonstrating a departure in sound, it was praised by The Independent for its 'wealth of sonic detail'. A skilful harpist and pianist, Georgia was a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preacher’s Futurology album and has toured India extensively as part of the Welsh/Ghazal Indian group Ghazalaw.

Gareth Bonello is a Cardiff based songwriter performing under the stage name The Gentle Good. His album Ruins / Adfeilion won the Welsh Music Prize in 2017 and he was awarded the Welsh Language Album of the Year at the National Eisteddfod in 2014 for Y Bardd Anfarwol. Gareth writes in both Welsh and English and is drawn to the innate musicality of both tongues. An accomplished live performer, Gareth has enchanted audiences all over world, has worked extensively with artists in China and Northeast India, and opened Pontio’s first ever China-Wales Festival in February 2018.