Toby Hay - The Gathering

Toby Hay - The Gathering

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The Gathering is the debut album from guitarist and composer Toby Hay. From near Rhayader in Mid Wales he makes instrumental music inspired by the landscape, people and history of the area. Following in the footsteps of the American Primitive guitarists and the British Folk revivalists he composes music for the 6 and 12 string guitar. Influenced by music from all over the world, Indian Ragas, African Kora music and ancient Welsh harp music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript he makes music to capture the atmosphere of the special and under represented part of Wales where he lives, adding to the long tradition of Welsh string music. Robert Macfarlane writes in the liner notes to the album – “Place, memory, nature, loss and dreamed-of geographies are the subjects of this beautiful music: that gathering of feelings that go by the untranslatable Welsh word hiraeth. There is a sadness at what has gone here, but not a nostalgia. The world’s dew gleams on this music, but the world’s dust swirls through it too.”

Tracklist

A1 Mayfair At Rhayader 1927
A2 A Thiefs Tale
A3 The Fly Fisherman And The Trout
A4 Sketches Of A Roman Fort
B1 Claerwen
B2 Starlings
B3 Black Brook
B4 The Gathering