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Byline: Lynne Allbutt

On song Despite a hectic start to the New Year, I managed to catch up with award-winning singer songwriter Cheryl Beer over a coffee and to hear about her new production, The Dragon Tree.

Beautifully told in Cheryl's inimitable style through a living multimedia arts installation of song, music, film, spoken word and movement via Arts Care Gofal Celf, all the songs, storyline and connected films are based on the West Wales coastline.

The work is based around the story of Dafydd, a fisherman who gets washed up in Cardigan Bay.

Cheryl told me: "I suppose Dafydd's journey, both literally and emotionally, is a mirror image of my own.

"I'm so lucky to live in the heart of West Wales, in Pencader. There's nothing quite like walking with my puppy along the beaches looking for shells and mermaid scales.

"When I look out to sea it reminds me how small we are and how important it is to respect the environment in which we are very lucky to live."

Cheryl will be including smell as part of the production to enhance the experience for those who may have a visual impairment and has composed music and rhythm patterns based on sign language films of her lyrics.

These have been made with Maggie Hampton, director of Disability Arts Cymru.

The Dragon Tree will be touring throughout January and into February.

For details, see

Handy to know The skin on our hands becomes wrinkled when wet in order for us to be able to grip things more easily.

This would have been very useful when we were swinging about in the jungle and even though we have evolved slightly - some more than others! - it is still relevant.

That is the findings of recent scientific research which was unveiled last week.

I thought I'd share this nugget of information with the boys in work stating that wrinkled hands obviously made the handles of spades, rakes and shovels easier to grip during downpours.

Most of their retorts are unprintable apart from one who mused, "Thank God for evolution and wrinkly fingers then. How else would I get the top of my flask in the rain otherwise?" Cheryl Beer


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 19, 2013
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