Gruff Rhys comes to Soho Theatre to celebrate the release of American Interior – a bold and ambitious multiplatform tale of adventure. The project documents Rhys’ most recent musical road trip: retracing the fantastical adventure of his 18th Century relative, the explorer John Evans…
In 1792, twenty-two year old farmhand Evans left North Wales for America. His goal was to find a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe – The Madogwys – who were rumoured to still walk the Great Plains.
7 years later he reappeared as Don Juan Evans, having changed the shape of American history.
More than 200 years later, Gruff retraced the explorer’s route by means of a series of solo gigs. Accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar, a PowerPoint presentation and a three-foot high felt avatar of John Evans, he gradually uncovered Evans’ incredible American legacy.
This result of this journey is American Interior: a unique project which blurs the boundaries and possibilities of songwriting, music, literature, film and technology. Playing at Soho during the week of the album release, each performance will feature songs from Rhys’ latest album (along with other choice Gruff cuts) interspersed with captivating live storytelling.
American Interior is released on Turnstile on 5 May. It is available to pre-order digitally via iTunes and physically from gruffrhys.com. You can learn more about the project (including the book, film and app) on Gruff’s website.
For ages: 16+
Running time: 90 minutes