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Daily Post [14-07-2006]

'I've learned a lot each day'

Singer-songwriter Elin Fflur talks to Gareth Bicknell about her craft and her eagerly-awaited return to Faenol.

ELIN Fflur says she's becoming a better songwriter day by day - which will come in handy when she tries to crack the English-language market next year.

The 21-year-old Llanfairpwll singer was yesterday unveiled as one of the stars of this year's Tan y Ddraig concert, where she will share a Bank Holiday stage at the Faenol Festival's closing concert with Scottish folk-singing twins The Proclaimers and Blaenau Ffestiniog reggae band Anweledig.

She has a host of new releases planned - including her English-language debut - and says as she matures as a person she is also growing as a songwriter.

"I'm nearly 22, I've matured as a person and my music's developed over the past year," she says. "So far I've had a great career, I've got no complaints, but from one year to the next, every year I think I've learned a lot each day.

"Things happen to everyone, everybody has problems, everybody has disasters and tragedies happen to their families. I'm not saying I've had any tragedies happen to me, just that things that happen develop your character, but also they bring out your creative side. Things happen in your life and it sparks a creative flow. I try to write things down, I keep a pad by my bed - if anybody read them they'd think I was crazy!"

She's writing her third solo album for release on Sain early in 2007, when she also hopes to crack a wider market: "By next year we'll have a good collection of songs so we'll choose the best and translate them for the English album."

As a taster for her forthcoming album, next month Elin releases an EP with the tracks Mae'r Olwyn yn Troi, Aros Eiliad and Meillionen.

She performs in the Young People's Village at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells on July 23, before two dates around the National Eisteddfod in Swansea: with Dafydd Iwan and Ar Log at the city's Barrens nightclub on August 5, and then on the Eisteddfod's Maes B stage, where she shares the bill with Meinir Gwilym and Daniel Lloyd a Mr Pinc. The gig she's most looking forward to, however, is of course, on her doorstep at the Faenol.

"I can't wait!" she says. "The last time I played Tan y Ddraig was the highlight of my career, I had such a great time. I was hoping we'd get it this year. "It's such a big audience and such a big stage. You've got the best of the best there in Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel, and it's just an added bonus that it's a local event. It's top of the class."


CONCERT FACTS:

Elin Fflur plays the Tan Y Ddraig concert at the Faenol Festival on August 28 from 6pm (doors 4pm). Also featuring The Proclaimers, Dyfrig Evans and Nathan Williams. Tickets £19.50 or £12.50 from Silver Star Holidays, Caernarfon (), Venue Cumru box office () or www.brynfest.co.uk