Welsh Guitarist and composer Toby Hay’s melodic solo guitar compositions reveals to us the inspiration behind his music which reminds us of the quaint Welsh and English countrysides
MC: Tell us about your new EP?
TH: It is called ‘Marteg’, which is the name of a river near the house where I live.
It is a small but beautiful river that flows into the Wye. There are 4 tracks all inspired by
different aspects of the river.
MC: What would you like to convey with your music?
TH: I love instrumental music for its ability to convey complex emotions without the need for words.
All I can hope is that people enjoy listening to it.
MC: Who/what are your musical inspirations?
TH: So many…In terms of solo guitar Robbie Basho and John Fahey. I love the playfulness of Penguin Cafe Orchestra and I listen to a lot of folk music from around the world. There is this amazing welsh Harp Music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript which I love at the moment.
MC: How would you describe your music?
TH: I enjoy repetition, and all the pieces probably last too long. I like to try to make folk music for a country that doesn’t exist…..
MC: Besides acoustic guitar, what other instruments do you play?
TH: I play quite a few other instruments. On these 4 tracks I play 6 and 12 String Guitar, Lap Steel, Electric Bass, Shruti Box and some Percussion.
MC: Does coming from a small town like Rhayader have an influence on the way you compose music? Would you say your surroundings play an important part in the process?
TH: Very much so, most of what I do is inspired by where I live, the countryside, or the people, or the history. It gives me a real buzz.
MC: What is it that specifically draws you the folk genre?
TH: I’ve been a fan of traditional music for a while now. What I do isn’t really folk but I don’t mind if people call it that.
MC: What’s next for you? Are there any upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
TH: Lots of exciting things on the horizon…..
Follow the link to listen to Toby’s new album, Marteg