The Gentle Good is the stage-name of Cardiff-born songwriter Gareth Bonello. Gareth draws on the language, poetry and melodies of his native Wales to create beautiful modern folk music in English and in Welsh.
Although not a classically trained musician (he studied Zoology at university) Gareth was taught cello and piano in his youth and taught himself guitar. His intricate playing style has drawn comparisons to the great guitarists of the 1960s folk revival, many of whom had a direct and profound influence from an early age.
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.
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. 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 at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, to solo performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
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. It will be released on Bubblewrap Records in the Autumn of 2013.
“Gareth’s interest and love towards folk and acoustic music is very apparent from the first moment you hear his music. The music is pure and honest, eager to take you to another world whist at the same time totally comfortable in the world it exists.” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1