The Gentle Good is the stage-name of Welsh songwriter Gareth Bonello. Gareth draws on the language, poetry and melodies of his native country to create beautiful modern folk music in both English and Welsh.
As a performer Gareth is well-travelled and versatile, most often performing as a soloist but sometimes seen with a full band and string quartet. A skilled guitarist, Gareth’s intricate playing has prompted many to draw comparisons to the great guitar pickers of the 1960s UK folk revival. In 2009 Gareth was chosen alongside some of Wales’ best traditional musicians to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. Since then Gareth has performed all over the world, from car parks and bars in Austin, Texas to quayside shows in Lorient, to solo performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
The Gentle Good have released several critically acclaimed records, all of which feature the essential twin influences of fiddle player and composer Seb Goldfinch and producer Llion Robertson. In 2011 Gareth and Seb collaborated with the Mavron String Quartet as well as Welsh folk sirens Cate Le Bon and Lisa Jên Brown to write and record Tethered for the storm. The album received widespread critical praise and was nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize. Later that year Gareth was awarded the Composer of the Year Award at BBC Radio Cymru’s RAP awards.
For his latest album Gareth traveled to China as part of a residency scheme organised by The British Council and PRSF. Working with the Chengdu Associated Theatre of Performing Arts in Sichuan province, Gareth wrote an album themed on the life of the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai. Titled Y Bardd Anfarwol the album fuses elements of Chinese and Welsh traditional music and literature and features collaboration between musicians from China and the UK. Titled Y Bardd Anfarwol (The Immortal Bard), the album fuses Chinese and Welsh traditional music and poetry to beautiful effect. Featuring collaboration between musicians from China and the UK the album has received widespread critical praise and was awarded the Welsh Album of the Year award at the 2014 National Eisteddfod.
Praise for ‘Y Bardd Anfarwol’
fRoots “…a warm wash of aural sunlight…a fresh lungful of pure mountain air”
Folk Radio UK “…as delicate as a watercolour yet with the energy of a master calligrapher’s work”
Drowned in Sound “…a truly singular recording”
Americana UK “…pure and beautiful, soaring and verdant”
Bright Young Folk “a beautiful piece of work, serene, thoughtful and engaging.”
Golwg 360 “Mae’r record fel petai’n gam uwchben unrhyw record Gymraeg arall, a’r Bardd Anfarwol fydd y llinyn mesur i mi o hyn ymlaen”
St Pauls Lifestyle “an international masterpiece”
￼Pennyblack Music “stunningly beautiful”