‘S4C to shine spotlight on Cardiff’s buskers and music scene’ (Article for Wales Online)

Published on Wales Online (17th March 2015)

This is my very first article published on Wales Online. As of this week, I am doing a work placement with Media Wales in Cardiff. My first piece for them focuses on the IronHeart CS project by Stewart Leigh-Firbanks, which involves filming music sessions with buskers performing in the streets of Cardiff. One of the sessions with Cai Maxwell will be broadcast on S4C tonight. Additionally, I touch upon The Safehouse Hostel sessions project by Stewart, Daniel Wimpelberg and Tom Hughes.

The project, which was created by student Stewart Leigh Firbanks, will be broadcast on the channel tonight.

A montage of music sessions showcasing the talent of Cardiff’s performers and buskers will be broadcast on S4C tonight.

The footage, which was filmed and produced by University of South Wales student Stewart Leigh Firbanks, puts the spotlight on local artists and will feature on Heno from 7pm.

Firbanks, a third year Media Technology student at the Cardiff campus, established the Buskers project under his production company IronHeart CS, which he launched earlier this year.

The 20-year-old came up with the concept alongside the owners of newly-opened Safehouse Hostel, Daniel Wimpelberg and Tom Hughes, as a way of promoting the capital’s thriving music scene. Continue reading

Zefur Wolves ‘Too Late/Wake Up’ single review – ‘A masterclass in taking solid psych-rock tunes into unchartered sonic territory’

Welsh supergroup Zefur Wolves – which boasts the partner duo of Super Furry Animals synth wizard and Strangetown Records co-founder Cian Ciaran and Baby Queens vocal siren Estelle Ios among its ranks – have just unveiled their debut single and first taster of their upcoming full-length in the shape of a double A-side release Too Late and Wake Up (released on Friday 13 March).

You may be very familiar with Cian and his aforementioned band who are currently making a huge wave of hysteria with their impending comeback and homecoming gig in Y Plas, and Estelle’s own band of merry maids Baby Queens. That really is the only similarity between these two bands Zefur Wolves, who up to now have remained a mystery. Such comparisons are blown out the door by the first few seconds of the intro to Too Late. Continue reading

Horizons 2014 Spotlight: Baby Queens – ‘An intoxicating, hypnotic musical cocktail to warm the soul and entrance the mind’

Baby Queens interview

Published on Cardiff AfterDark (12 Mar 2015)

The cream of Welsh pop royalty Baby Queens talk to AfterDark about their upcoming debut album, being chosen for the Horizons project, and the artists that most influence their sound.

The current golden girls of the Cardiff music scene Baby Queens are making a big noise in Welsh shores and beyond – one which will undoubtedly go up a few extra notches with the news that a debut studio album is finally expected to see the light of day.

After an exciting year that has seen them go from being chosen as one of the twelve acts to represent the Horizons scheme by BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales, to emerging as one of the highlights of last year’s Swn Festival – and in the process being lauded by fans old and new one of the most exciting, hyped-about prospects in the Welsh music scene – Baby Queens have officially begin work on the recording of their debut album expected to be unveiled later this year. Recording has commenced at Strangetown Records studios with production duties overseen by Super Furry Animals synth wizard Cian Ciaran – an inescapable figure in Welsh music news lately thanks to his aforementioned band’s recent comeback and a debut album with Zefur Wolves (also consisting of his partner and Baby Queens member Estelle Ios). Continue reading