Grangetown-based musician Ani Glass is making her first solo appearance at this weekend’s 10th anniversary Swn Festival in Cardiff.
“Sŵn usually falls on my birthday weekend, so that’s one reason to enjoy it!” she told Ciron Gruffydd in an interview in Grangetown News.
“And because I’m from Cardiff, I measure my success if I’m allowed to play Sŵn or not so I’m looking forward to play there
for the first time as a solo artist.”
Ani’s two other performances at the festival were with local band The Lovely Wars and British indie pop girl group The Pipettes which she was a member of along with her sister, and now successful solo artist in her own right, Gwenno.
As well as creating music, Ani is also an artist and photographer and she tries to connect them all in her work.
“Everything used to be quite separated,” explains Ani. “So I’ve deliberately tried to bring them closer together so I can feed ideas from one to the other.
“At the moment I’m working on visuals from my photographs to project during my live shows and for the EP I’m creating a booklet with my photography and artwork.”
Ani was born in Cardiff and was bought up in Riverside. After going to university in Liverpool and living in London and Brighton, she moved back to the city of her birth a few years ago and settled in Grangetown.
“Grangetown is such an interesting place and it definitely inspires me with my music and photography. It’s an area with character and I enjoy going around with my camera documenting everyday life in the Grange.”
- There is more of the interview by Ciron Gruffydd in the new edition of Grangetown News, out now.
- Ani will be appearing at Swn on Sunday 23rd October (Moon Club, festival day or weekend ticket required) and supporting CaStLeS at Clwb Ifor Bach on 8th November.
Her music can be found on Bandcamp and more details on her Facebook page. Twitter: @AniGlass.
- Also playing at Swn is Alun Gaffey, whose Welsh Music Prize nominated album was recorded in Grangetown.
Photo: Rhodri Brooks