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Best of Welsh theatre 2020

What a lovely surprise to find our Stone’s Throw, Lament of the Selkie show included alongside these brilliant theatre companies and shows in Wales Arts Review Best of 2020 list!

 

What a year - so many times I’ve been grateful and relieved that we actually got to perform it in Feb before all the theatres closed. I’ve been so impressed with how innovative folks have been moving their work to online and other covid safe formats - Thanks to my amazing creative team, Lucy Rivers, Bill Taylor-Beales, Lou Osborn and Jonny Rees for helping make this show and to all who came to see it.

“Universal themes of belonging, the weight of water and the energy of waves, and the need we all have to keep on changing our coats are intermingled with Taylor-Beales’ own journey.”

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new single:

jackie's Coming Around

A tribute to the late Jackie leven.

Released on what would have been his 70th Birthday.

 

Available for download from Bandcamp:

'Atmospheric and musically vibrant'

Mike Davies - folking.com

Jackie Leven - Ink Portrait - Bill Taylo

Rachel Taylor-Beales’ new video for her single Jackie’s Coming Around is a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Jackie Leven. The song is set for release on June 18th, the date that would have would have marked Jackie’s 70th birthday. Jackie Leven was a Fife born singer-songwriter, who started out in rock outfit, Doll by Doll in the 70’s after having to flee his hometown because of local gang violence. After a tumultuous time, with the band imploding and a serious mugging that damaged his larynx and nearly cost him his voice, Jackie became addicted to heroin. Eventually, Jackie managed to get himself clean and headed back onto the road as a solo artist.


Jackie’s Coming Around merges elements of Rachel’s own songwriting journey alongside a musical biography of Jackie Leven’s life and weaves multiple references to tracks from Leven’s 2007 Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me album throughout. Recorded, produced and filmed at the Taylor-Beales Hushland Studio, the song features Rachel on guitar, banjo, harmonic, soprano saxophone and rhodes keyboard, alongside her trademark understated vocals; while her husband Bill Taylor-Beales has added slide and electric guitar, bass and percussion to the mix.

 

The video centres on an emerging hand-drawn image of Jackie Leven, courtesy of Bill, who states: “As a portrait artist I use different media and felt that for Jackie I would use old style dip ink pen. With this technique you literally scratch the lines onto the canvas – this really helped to add the intensity I wanted to draw out for the portrait.”