The first two sentences I wrote while listening to Three Strand Braid for the first time were: 'The music feels like a warm soothing blanket.' and 'She is an amazing storyteller!' . Now that I've spent about a week listening to Gwendolyn Snowdon 's first solo album, I know those lines sum up this whole album quite nicely. - 'Wait a minute.' I hear you ask 'Did I just hear you say storyteller?' Yes. Although we are talking about a Folk album, I am sure I have been listening to a book filled with small stories. It has taken me overseas, it told me stories of lovers lost, It told me tales of 'naughty girls' and men young at heart, it gave me moments of laughter (you just have to listen to the lyrics in Little Duke Arthur's Nurse ) and a tear of melancholy. Twelve stories found a place on Three Strand Braid . Four English songs, four Dutch and four Irish. I will explain why that is after I introduce Gwendolyn a bit more.
Gwendolyn Snowdon was born in 1980 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. At the age of 10 she started learning guitar, soon followed by vocal lessons. Nowadays she plays bouzouki, Indian harmonium, bodhran and guitar
, but her main 'instrument' is her beautiful voice. The first band she joined was called The Dutch Lemmings
, a Celtic Folk band, inspired by traditional Folk music ánd the energy of the, then quite new, fantasy folk scene. (you can see a photo of them playing at the Midwinter Fair
in 2012 on the right) At the moment Gwendolyn is one of the main vocalists of the Celtic Folk band Finvarra
. With this band being a bit less active and Gwendolyn having a bit more time on her hands, the idea grew to record a first solo album. One person to encourage her was Omnia
frontman Steve ´Sic´ Evans-van Harten. Two and a half years ago Gwendolyn started collecting songs she loved for her album. With her father being Dutch and her mother being half English/half Irish, she had the idea to explore her own roots through music and that is how the concept for Three Strand Braid
was born. Four English songs, four Dutch and four Irish, braided together to form one Folk CD. You can see that concept come back in the cover art of the album as well. A lovely painting made… Read More