Born and raised in Bethesda, North Wales, Gruff Rhys has carved out an incredible career path as a songwriter and performer, and tonight he performs his album 'Hotel Shampoo' in full.
Having spent nearly 20 years in the million-selling cross-genre group Super Furry Animals, Rhys has sustained a prolific output, releasing two solo records -- 2007's 'Candylion' and 2011's critical and commercial success, 'Hotel Shampoo', in collaboration with Gorillaz and Dangermouse -- as well as receiving a Mercury Prize nomination for Neon Neon's 'Stainless Style' LP, which he wrote and co-produced with Boom Bip.
Gruff Rhys recently featured as part of BBC Radio 6 Music's 10th Birthday at Southbank Centre, and this performance marks a welcome and celebratory return as part of BrynFest.
'Rhys seems unable to write a melody that isn't utterly lovely.' Sunday Times CD Of The Week - 4 stars
'A beautifully lush record, redolent of late 60s Beach Boys, with a wistfully personal bent.' The Observer
'No man in Britain has a lovelier voice than Rhys, and if you're looking for meanderingly melodic psych-pop, you wouldn't turn to anyone else first.' Independent On Sunday
'A characteristic gem... the proper response to this glorious record is to sit back and bask in its glow.' Q Magazine - 4 stars
'The biggest array of talent since Woodstock, but in one person.' Guardian - 4 stars