Changing Light
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'May Pole'

Timeless Land
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The Bare Branch
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'The Well Below The Valley'

Trefor and Vicki Williams

Sadly Vicki lost her fight with cancer on 25 03 2010 she was a personal friend and we all felt a great loss. She was always stoic in every sense and her presence will be sadly missed. However, I'm sure she would be delighted as would Trefor be if people would continue to remember her especially for her music .

A duo from North Wales who appeared over the last several years at festivals, clubs and venues across the UK from Scotland to Sussex, West Yorkshire to the West Country. Playing traditional and contemporary folk music, they mixed an eclectic repertoire ranging from medieval songs sung in a cappella harmony right through to self-penned material, accompanied on acoustic guitars. We've had some great fun recording the duo and are proud of the three CDs we made.

The Welsh duo’s third CD sees them edging even closer to realising their full potential with a somewhat different kind of collection that moves away from the mixed-bag of traditionals and covers which characterised their first CD especially, now focusing much more extensively on Vicki’s own songwriting. Bearing that in mind, it might then seem perverse that Changing Light kicks off with two trad-arr songs (The Oak And The Ash and Boys Of Bedlam, the latter done acappella with vocal contributions from Vicki’s daughter Faye) before proceeding into contemporary territory with Writing Home, a beautiful song from the pens of Miv Cameron and Kev Hughes. I say contemporary territory, but the "c" word refers to the era of composition rather than the actual ambience of the rest of the album, since Vicki’s songs too carry distinct resonances from the past and the spirits of place and tradition. For instance there’s the intriguing, evoca tive The Happy Ghost (in common with several of Vicki’s songs, it’s somewhat reminiscent of early 70s prog-folk by The Sun Also Rises, though none the worse for that I hasten to add!). Walking Apart is inspired by the story of the distance romance of Joseph Parry and Myfanwy Llewelyn, and is followed by a tender performance (in Welsh) of the song he composed in her memory. The whole CD is pervaded by an air of gentle confidence and accomplishment, with Trefor and Vicki themselves responsible for the crafted vocal harmonies and well-judged guitar and mandocello work. That said, they also benefit enormously from the occasional presence of some fine guest musicians whose playing perfectly matches their own style; once again they call upon label-mate Phil Hare who contributes some inspired and superbly deft guitar work to three tracks, and then there’s the extraordinarily soulful fiddle playing of Mike O’Connor and the flutes and recorders of David Manley (on a couple o f tracks apiece). Changing Light shows just how far Trefor and Vicki have come since their occasionally tentative Bare Branch release, both in respect of building on their strengths and of choosing the ideal guest musicians to enhance the impact of Vicki’s increasingly compelling songwriting.

'Every so often, a recording will come along that encapsulates a whole genre; grooving along with all the best bits that people associate with that music and dripping with zeitgeist. Two albums that spring to mind both achieve(d) this: 'Liege & Lief' by Fairport, and Nic Jones 'Penguin Eggs'. I'm sure (in fact I know) there are others, but those are notable examples. This second album by Welsh duo Vicki and Trefor Williams falls into prestigious company by managing to achieve so many different things. Songwriting (perhaps of the acoustic chorus variety) is typically prominent in folk and world music, and is represented here by five 'original' songs that are as varied as they are enjoyable. The topics covered on Vickis' own songs eg. allegorical nature, supernature and celebration, are much beloved of the 'trippy hippy' folkie, and can often descend into self-indulgent, humourless, druggy twaddle. Here, they sound plausible, optimistic and contemporary. 'Swallows' is poignant, but the subject matter could so easily have lent itself to 'twee'; 'Timeless Land' is just a fab pop song that really ought to be given some break beats and covered by Dido or Nelly Furtado; I can imagine a whole field of kidssinging 'Feel I Could Live Forever...... ' Vickis' collaboration with guitarist Phil Hare produces a raw, aching and modern masterpiece; the tension in her vocal is palpable as it winds it's way round fat, fingerstyle harmony. Joan Bakewell and Clare Rayner should endeavour to listen to this; I would advise that they both take the Kleenex with them! Artists always cover Dylan, but it has to be done with respect (usually for the artists!). There is a version here of the almost biblical 'Seven Curses' which is totally alluring. So too is the obligatory Fairport song 'Crazy Man Michael'; every bit as affecting as 'Till The Next Day' both as a song (all these years later) as as an execution here with Vickis' voice sounding emotionally charged throughout.However, perhaps the most impressive 'folk pedigree' here is the 'Welshness' that shines through. We all acknowledge the musical history of Ireland and Scotland; it's passion, it's emotion, but moreover, it's sense of identity, but it's only in recent years that this sense of identity has manifested itself (along with the attendant cultural changes) in music through the likes of the Manic Street Preachers and the Super Furry Animals. There is a lovely Welsh lullaby here, but the version of 'All Through The Night' lays to rest all the memories of a breathless Harry Secombe standing on a mountain top, and puts me more in mind of Triona or Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill singing a rural Irish ballad. Top stuff.Talking of rural Irish ballads, the take on O'Carolans 'Blind Mary' with words - a dodgy undertaking at the best of times - actually works quite well coaxed along by Trefors' often understated guitar work. The use of rising star Jon Brindley (on fiddle and guitar) and Hare - the Norths' fave folkie guitarist - is often inspired, but nothing should detract from the judicious choice of material and the dignified performance(s) of the instigators, not least to Mike Johnson for a crisp and considered production.At the end of the day, this is a bloody good folk album and one hopes it will prove as timless as the land from whence it came'. Richie Walker-Sticks

“You expect beautiful voices from the Welsh and that is what you get from Trefor and Vicki Williams who gave a relaxed performance in front of a large and appreciative audience...” -Folk North-West

"Attractively sung and played...time very pleasantly passed..." - fROOTS

...lovely, inspirational songwriting...fresh and natural quality" - Rock'n'Reel

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