Into The Ark

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Blackwood Methodist Church

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This and featured picture: Huw John, Cardiff © Huw John – mail@huwjohn.com www.huwjohn.com M: 07860 256991– Iain Richards with Into The Ark, Blackwood

Iain Richards talks to the Blackwood balladeers

What does it mean to you to come back and perform in Blackwood?

We’re very happy that we’ve been asked to play Velvet Coalmine, it’s great that Blackwood gets its own festival. It’s always fun playing to a home crowd and the Methodist Church is a great venue so we’re really looking forward to playing.

Who have been your musical influences?

Our influences vary but mainly stems from singer/songwriters such as Ray Lamontagne, John Mayer and Ryan Adams. We also spend a lot of time listening to music from the 60s and 70s such as Otis Redding, Al Green and Wilson Picket.

What has life been like after The Voice?

Life after The Voice has been very positive for us, we managed to sell out a UK Tour off the back of being part of the show and our music now reaches a much wider audience. We’re also looking forward to supporting Tom Jones this summer on a run of dates which wouldn’t have been possible without taking part of the show.

What piece of advice would you give aspiring musicians?

Our only advice is to play as many shows as you can, the more people you play in front of can only help you, and to spend a lot of time writing and focusing on what sort of band you wish to become.

What’s your favourite thing about Blackwood?

I guess our favourite thing about Blackwood is the community and familiar friendly faces that we know after living here for a long time. Our hometown have been incredibly supportive of us since before appearing on The Voice and have continued their support.

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