“The intoxicating vocal and intense fiddle of Lucy Rivers and the hypnotic guitar/mandolin of Dan Lawrence. Together they present traditional Welsh songs and melodies with a beguiling simplicity of arrangement.”
“With its elegant melodies and its poetic songs of longing and yearning, there’s more than a trace of the courtly troubadour tradition in the heart of this music: It makes for deeply soulful, romantic listening.”
Review of Mudo/Migrating by Paul Matheson, fRoots May 2014
Olion Byw’s strength lies in their arrangements and musicality. They manage to capture the essence of traditional Welsh music and song and represent it in a way that is fresh and enlivening. Taking influences from World music, Roots and Nu folk, whilst remaining authentic to the genre, they create an intoxicating atmosphere – intricate yet simple, contemporary yet traditional. Olion Byw means Living Traces – rediscovering, reinventing.