'Tir a Golau'

"Their delicate, close three-part harmony-singing is better than ever, and the instrumental accompaniment is sensitive and restrained. The Welsh traditional element is down to just one song (Ambell i Gân). The album consists mostly of the Rhys brother and sisters’ own material, plus a couple of Endaf Emlyn songs. The Welsh language lyrics are poetically allusive, and the Rhys sisters’ vocal delivery is nuanced, subtle and at times ethereal, as in the title track Tir A Golau.


This time around the Americana country influence, while still present, has been dialled down a notch from their first album, and Gwilym takes less of the vocal duties. Instead, the predominant influence is that of the early 1960s folk revival.


Byd O Wydr (World Of Glass) has vocal harmonies and light accompaniment on rhythm guitar that recall the acoustic pop music of the early 1960s. I am strongly reminded of Mary Hopkin’s first, Welsh-language recordings. In Dwynwen and Calon Wen the vocal and acoustic instrumental arrangements carry shades of The Seekers, or Peter, Paul & Mary or (again) Mary Hopkin. Gollwng Gafael (Letting Go) has a beautiful tune that is slightly reminiscent of Ewan Mac-Coll’s 1960s classic The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, and the acoustic accompaniment on guitar and fiddle is graceful and atmospheric. A delightful second album from Plu – I like it even more than their first."

FRoots 02/2016

'Holl Anifeiliaid y Goedwig' 2014