Just come back from rehearsals with schools for the Tonypandy Broken Peace performances. Quite tricky to move from tour dates straight into a very different sort of performance and then back on the road again, though it will be fine.
The kids are just brilliant with a ton of talent and a passion for the subject matter and I’m very proud of them. I have also been making a programme for BBC Radio Wales on the Tonypandy Riots and have found myself interviewing Miners and Historians and the like and its been interesting to be the one asking the questions for a change.
So the new album is released and doing well, nice early reviews and all looking good. Have also played a few shows, in Belfast and Carlisle to start the tour rolling. During that week modern day Miners were rescued form their hell hole in the Chilean desert. The moment that I will remember was the little intake of breath from the little boy of the first man rescued. As the pod carrying his father came into sight he had that quick inhalation of air before crying tears as he saw his Dad for the first time in months. The effort and goodwill surrounding the rescue operation was amazing and the irony for me was this took place on a land where not so long ago life had been so cheap under the evil dictatorship of Pinochet. Mothers had danced in the squares of Santiago with pictures of their ‘disappeared’ loved ones on their dresses as a silent and brave protest against the tyranny of that brutal regime. But now the world focuses on this amazing story. How strange it is that mankind can behave in such opposite extremes. As I write this it occurs to me that a lot of the new record is taken up with trying to make sense of that dichotomy. Perhaps most of our artistic endeavours are tangled about the job of wrestling with this great mystery; the great power and potential within us all to do good or to not.