‘Huw Parsons’s book of the Fringe is, like everything he produces, a delightful and carefully crafted reminiscence, for which he deserves warm thanks.’
Right Rev’d John D E Davies, Bishop of Swansea & Brecon.
‘Huw’s book works on several levels. Much of it is straightforward reportage given by local people best qualified to comment on their festival. There is also humour; some of it commendably silly and an undercurrent of love and pathos. Huw also strives for profoundness in the form of quotations associated with music, happiness and creative freedom. These quotes are in delicious contrast to the soggy beer mats, fake tans, splinter-ridden stages which characterise so much of the Festival. All in all, Huw’s love for his home-town, of spectacle and of grassroots culture shines through on every page.’
Nigel Evans, Arts Correspondent, ‘Brecon & Radnor Express.’
“What really struck me about Huw’s book is the wonderful rich mix of tradition and style, heritage and life that the town has. Reading through it I can honestly say I felt a bit tearful at times!”
Beryl Gibson, International Textile and Trend Consultant.
“I think ‘A Brecon Revealed’ is a wonderful book which captures the unique character of the town and brings into focus the many personalities who drive this thriving community. From Brecon Jazz to Brecon Show the features are full of human warmth and interest.”
Catrin Slater, Festival Administrator, HSBC Brecon Jazz.
Here’s a ‘warts and all’ personal portrait of Hereford. It’s made up of narrated diary entries and newly recorded locations sounds. There’s also a bit of serious swearing towards the end so be warned!
30th November 2017
Since posting this podcast a few weeks ago, David Cooper Orton has been busy composing and arranging some lovely guitar-based atmospheric effects, which I’ve just added to the programme.
I asked David to create something which wasn’t quite music but added emphasis to the things being said and this, I feel, is something he’s done really well and, as per usual, he’s exceeded my expectations.
Have a listen and see what you think. You might find that, like me, his accompaniment is a perfect fit and flows along so effortlessly that it almost goes unoticed – and not because it’s insipid but because you’ll be so engrossed in the piece that you won’t conciously hear his work. At least that’s what we hope will happen!
You can find out more about David’s music by taking a gander at his webite – http://www.davidcooperorton.co.uk or you can download it as MP3s by visiting – davidcooperorton.bandcamp.