To celebrate International Women’s Day we present Rona Mac supported by members of our Future blood youth music project.
An early bird price of £7.70 is available until 8/02/23.
The Cue: Meg and Hannah first performed live at the Future Blood show in November 2022 and continue to write new songs that represent their unique sound.
Laila Woodward: Laila is a prolific song writer and performs live around the Pontardawe area and at The Elysium in Swansea.
Rona Mac (she/her) is a trailblazer for expression within music. She is a queer Singer-Songwriter creating lo-fi Alt-Indie with Folk and Americana influences, crafted in hercaravan home-studio in west Wales. Her music comes raw and unfiltered, aching with thekind of nostalgia found in rural, rugged places. Primarily a guitarist, she weaves satisfyingriffs with hooky melodies, using lyrics to reach out to people and make them feel. Shestrives to build texture, space, depth and grit beneath seemingly simple songs.
Despite music composition and performance being prominent in her life from a young age,her solo project began in 2020 and she has since released a DIY debut album ‘Sheelah’and EP ‘Shades Of Ham’, learning and adoring the process of music production as a wayto bring her songs to their full potential, exhibiting her captivating talent with musicproduction.
Running up to releasing her E.P ‘Shades of Ham’ in 2022, Rona released single ‘Polidics’which challenged her rugged sound by fusing it with a new, dance-able zest. TomRobinson (Radio6) said it “takes her home-production to a new level”. This track wasdescribed by Adam Walton (RadioWales2021) as a “Late contender for song of the year”.He goes on to say “Rona Mac just effortlessly made her own sound by simply daring to beherself...Very, very, very special". This track was one of many to be featured on BethanElfyns WalesMixtape, as well as freshonthenet's Eclectic Picks.
She then released a second single ‘Smoke’, working with PlusMusicPR andCanvasMusicDistribution to achieve coverage in ClashMagazine, MusicCrowns and atrack-by-track in AtwoodMagazine. It also garnered many editorial playlists spots acrossSpotify and Youtube such as 'New Music Friday', 'Lost In The Woods' and 'The MostBeautiful Songs In The World'. This builds on successes from debut album 'Sheelah', withone track reaching 1⁄2 million plays on Spotify alone, resulting in 32’000 monthly listeners.Vicki Blight interviewed her about her EP on the TheEveningShow (RadioWales) as shewas getting a lot of airplay across RadioWales and 6, as well as Amazing Radio with 927airplays so far.
Her latest single ‘Pennies’ was played on Radio 1’s Chillest Show, with features in Notion,Lock, Vents, and others. In 2022, she has performed at BBC6 Music Festival, BoomTown,Hub Festival Cardiff, Focus Wales, Kendall Calling, Laugharne Festival and more. Thisbuilds on gigs from 2021, such as Swn Festival, Half Moon Putney, and Great EscapeFestival.
Funded by PRS foundation Women Make Music and Help Musicians UK, she will bereleasing a new album in 2023, as well as collaborations with artists Dan Bettridge, Minasand Wil Owen.
“So much has happened in just two years, and I have worked tirelessly to create musicthat feels real to me, in hope that it might feel real to other people. My next album is verydear to my heart, and I strive to push at my boundaries to make something that I am trulyproud of”