American Adventure

30 04 2016

American Interior by Gruff Rhys

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In 1792, John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, Wales, travelled to America to discover whether there was indeed, as widely believed, a tribe of Welsh-speaking native Americans still walking the great plains.

In 2012, Gruff Rhys set out on an ‘investigative concert tour’ in the footsteps of John Evans, with concerts in New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St Louis, North Dakota and more.

American Interior is the story of these journeys. It is also an exploration of how wild fantasies interact with hard history and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.
Myth and reality collide in this record of an expedition by musician Gruff Rhys to follow in the footsteps of the remarkable 18th century farmhand turned explorer, John Evans. The narrative (and accompanying album) cover the history of both tours into the heart of the American interior in search of the legendary tribe of Welsh-speaking native Americans. It’s a cracking read and the stage show, combining powerpoint and some great songs, was excellent too.
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