Momentum: Meilyr Jones
Meilyr presents his potted biography in modest fashion: ‘I’m 30,’ he begins. ‘From Aberystwyth, by the sea. My Mum’s a nurse and my Dad’s a children’s books author. And I’ve got one brother. And I guess I was always into music — at school I joined a band that became Race Horses, and I released a few albums with Race Horses, and I went to music college, studied the tuba, dropped out after three years.
A less humble account might note that the college in question was the Royal Academy of Music, and might also mention Jones’s stint playing bass on tour for Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon, as well as his work with Stealing Sheep and for the Cousins project with Euros Childs.
In 2016 Meilyr released his debut solo album ‘2013’. ‘I conceived of the record as a compilation of myself, over the period of a year,’ says Meilyr. ‘As an anthology, a collection of my songs and of what happened to me in that year.’ The year in question was 2013, after the end of both his band, Race Horses, and his relationship.
The album was rapturously received in the and radio and ushered in a 18 months of touring on stages across the UK, Europe and America culminating in a final, dramatic sunset show at the Venice Biennale in 2017.