LUCY KELLY - Y LLAIS O BARADWYS / THE VOICE FROM PARADISE
Lucy comes from a beautiful part of Anglesey called Paradwys – the Welsh word for Paradise! The description “voice from Paradise” is therefore not a meaningless phrase conjured up by a PR agency, but a statement of fact which anyone listening to this recording will appreciate has a deeper significance.
This, her first album, is released in 2009 when Lucy is just eleven years old, and on her first year at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni. From a very early age, she has derived much pleasure from singing and performing, and she first appeared on the stage of The National Urdd Eisteddfod when only six years old. That was the start of a very successful eisteddfodic career which has seen her winning many first prizes on the national level, and this has led to a busy concert schedule as well.
She has appeared on several TV programmes, and is a member of the acclaimed Ysgol Glanaethwy Youth Choir. She travels a hundred miles round trip to Prion, near Denbigh, every week for voice and singing tuition by the well-known folk singer Leah Owen. Her love of music encompasses many genres : folk songs, classical solos and the traditional Welsh form of singing to harp accompaniment, Cerdd Dant.
While recording this album, she was also preparing with Leah her repertoire for her first appearance on the stage of London’s Albert Hall at the Male Choir Festival, one of the youngest ever to perform as a soloist in that prestigious venue.
Her mature voice and excellent technique, combined with a bubbly personality and endearing character, will ensure that Lucy Kelly is a name we will hear a lot about in the future, and we know that this her debut album will be very well received by all lovers of fine singing.