SONOROUS-VOICED WELSH CHANSONNIER
Guto Dafis is a singer of songs and teller of tales.
His repertoire encompasses songs and tunes, in Welsh and English, traditional and contemporary – a repertoire that has grown out of his own personal and musical landscape.
His performances take you on a journey through stories of broken hearts and dysfunctional relationships, and celebrate the beautiful unsatisfactoriness of life, delivered with a combination of deep seriousness and dry humour.
Distinctly and distinctively Welsh, there is also something European in his dramatic yet matter-of-fact vocal delivery and particular style of diatonic accordion accompaniment.
He performs solo, or with guitarist Daniel KilBride.
He is also one of Jon Langford’s Men of Gwent – the South Wales band of Newport-born Chicago resident Jon Langford of The Mekons.
“great aplomb and immaculate phrasing”
Ceri Rhys Matthews
“strong, supple and vigorous,… rare wryness and warmth”
“Guto’s vocals have real depth and quality”
Phil Thomas in Living Tradition magazine
“a phenomenon, our secret weapon”
EP CD neidr: alaw, dwy gan a stori / a tune, two songs and a story
available from Spillers Records, Cardiff, or direct from Guto
The tracks from neidr can also be heard and downloaded at:
For information about Guto's activities as a storyteller, see: