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Western Mail

Western Mail [22-11-2003]

Starry-eyed Elin's voice - a force to be reckoned with.

Elin and her band are set to release their first welsh-language album in December on the Caernarfon-based Sain label. Called Dim Gair - which translates as speechless- it’s a CD of largely original songs which Fflur describes as having ‘something for everyone’.

The 19 year old from Anglesey says, “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do - a solo CD. I’ve recorded other things in the past but this is the first time it feels really like mine. I can’t wait for people to hear it."

And getting people to hear the album is one of the reasons Elin is putting off her carreer in criminology. "I’ve already done a year but I was hardly there with one thing or another. And then there was the chance of doing the album which I couldn’t turn down as it’s something that’s been a dream of mine since I was small.

I’ve always been surrounded by music. I learnt piano and the flute as a child and my brother Ioan and I were always entering eisteddfodau when we were little. And then I got to the point where I wanted to do something that was less traditional. So Ioan and I put a band together called Carlotta, where I played the bass guitar and sang.

Then Arfon Wyn asked me to sing one of his songs with the band Moniars for the 2002 Song for Wales competition which we won, then last year I came runner-up with one of my own songs Llwybr lawr i’r dyffryn, in the same competition. And while I was doing it I met the boys who are now in my band."

With the release of her debut solo album, Elin joins the honourable and honoured legacy of the Welsh singer-songwriter. Critics reckon her natural charisma and rich voice could be enough to captivate Welsh-language audiences and assure a following in her native country.

Hannah Jones