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Byline: Dave Owens

I've long been an ardent admirer of Meilyr Jones - the preternaturally gifted former frontman of the late, lamented and widely loved, Race Horses.

Lucky for those of us who have taken a shine to the songwriter, he's returned in solo form and is ready to embark on an ambitious project at the From Now On music and arts festival in Cardiff, which will be held on the weekend of February 12-14.

Held at Chapter Arts Centre, the festival which revels in the leftfield and experimental, will see appearances from the likes of boundary shifters Julia Holter, Stealing Sheep, Laura J Martin and Welsh pop auteur Sweet Baboo with a collaborative synth performance titled Synthfonia Cymru.

There will be much more besides, too endlessly enticing to list here, however, it's Jones who will be creating something distinctly his own as artist in resident from February 8-12 leading up to the From Now On festival itself.

During his week there, he will be collaborating with a wide range of artists and musicians to create a public exhibition and a series of performances.

Meilyr will also be performing a live solo set of new songs from his upcoming album 2013, to be released in March, as well as with the whole band in a gig on the evening of Friday February 12 (already sold out) - all combining aspects of theatre, art and music.

Last year was a busy one for Meilyr; travelling across the UK and Europe playing major festivals such as Green Man, End of the Road, Festival No. 6 and others, in addition to supporting Richard Hawley on tour.

Meilyr is now about to embark on a new tour of the UK to mark the release of his first solo album.

His first singles have met with considerable enthusiasm, particularly from BBC 6 Music, The Guardian and The Independent.

Recently, Meilyr has been experimenting in the visual world, working with theatre director Wils Wilson (who directed Praxis Makes Perfect and The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion for National Theatre Wales) on the video for the mighty soul pop overture that is his new single How to Recognise a Work of Art.

Of the idea for the residency and exhibition at the From Now On Festival, Jones said: "I was excited about the idea of creating a live exhibition around the theme of the song 'How to Recognise a Work of Art, and many of the ideas we had for the music video have evolved naturally into this project in Chapter.

"The song has to do with art, authenticity and knowing what is real or not in an imageconscious world.

"Given its themes, I wanted to make the most of the space in Chapter to collaborate closely with artists I've already worked with on artwork for recordings and on other projects, and to expand the visual world of the video into an exhibition.

"During the week I'll be working with artist Ruth Jen Evans on portraits, sitting as a model, and we'll be displaying 100 completely unique 7-inch record sleeves by artists Pato Bosich and Gavan Lee to go with the single."

To find out more visit www.fromnowonfestival.co.uk

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 5, 2016
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