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We are working on a special screen printed poster for the Brynfest RFH show, it will probably
say something like this;

Gruff Rhys plays at Southbank Centre’s Festival Hall on July 6th, on the South Bank of the Thames,

With the aid of Europe’s premier Surf act Y Niwl and other special guests he will play;

Hotel Shampoo in it’s entirety,

Plus many other songs from his back catalogue,


Whale Trail!


Ni Yw Y Byd!

Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru!


and many more urban and rural mountain side bangers for your enjoyment…

Support comes from the incredible CATE LE BON!



Tickets here.


Posted in Blog | June 22, 2012 | Comments Off on POSTER FOR LONDON CONCERT!

Gruff Rhys - Investigative Concert Tour

Gruff Rhys has announced his second investigative concert tour of the Americas. The first, which saw Gruff winding his way around South America in a search for his long lost, guitar-playing, poncho-wearing uncle, Rene Griffiths, was documented by Dylan Goch in their 2010 feature film Separado! In August 2012 Gruff – known around the world for his work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, as well as his collaborations with Gorillaz, Dangermouse, Sparklehorse and Simian Mobile Disco – will be seeking out the final resting place of his relative John Evans, who left Wales in 1792 on a quest to find a mythical tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans. Gruff will follow the path of John Evans using film, the written word, photo-story, social media and song to create an investigative road movie and album.

John Evans – a 22-year old farmhand from the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales – responded to a plea for a brave soul to ascertain if there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog (widely believed to have discovered America in 1170). During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clarke on their legendary expedition. His adventure was cut short when he died broke and out of his mind at 29 in New Orleans.

Gruff’s investigative concert tour will begin at Yale’s Beineke Library where John Evans’ famous map is said to reside. From there Rhys will follow in his relative’s footsteps as he investigates Evans’s significance in American history, the true circumstances of his death and the secret location of his burial. Simultaneously he explores how the myths that surround cultural identity are formed and distorted, and how well meaning adventure and beliefs can result in painful colonialism, misadventure and tragedy.

You can join Gruff in securing John Evans rightful place in American history! Gruff urges anyone with clues regarding Evans’s unknown burial place; imaginary volcanos; wandering tribes of Welsh Speakers, or lingering river reptiles to come to the shows, where your help with his investigations will be appreciated and featured in the movie.

Join the Investigative Concert Tour!

August 2012

Thu-Aug-02 New Haven, CT Yale University Beineke Library

Sat-Aug-04 Baltimore, MD Golden West Café

Sun-Aug-05 Philadelphia, PA PhilaMOCA

Tue-Aug-07 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe

Thu-Aug-09 Cincinnati, OH CAC Black Box Theatre at

Contemporary Arts Center

Sun-Aug-12 St. Louis, MO Contemporary Art Museum

Tues-Aug-14 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr.

Thu-Aug-16 Columbia, MO Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Sat-Aug-18 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone

Posted in Blog | June 11, 2012 | Comments Off on Gruff Rhys - Investigative Concert Tour





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