Something of a young troubadour, Hay makes compositions that feel both incredibly detailed and beautifully light. A rising star and so much more.
Toby Hay manages to marry craft and melody like few others in contemporary Welsh Folk. His appreciation of the melancholic and melodic voice of his guitar brings out an experimental, gorgeously elongated picking style that touches on American Primitivism and the likes of Bert Jansch or John Renbourne, but with an inviting, graceful air
One of our returning favourites, Toby Hay plays some of the most devastatingly beautiful music we’ve ever heard. Our easy comparison whenever Toby plays is with film scores, and we’re still sticking with that. His instrumental folk builds up an entire world if you only you stop and listen. Sometimes instrumental musicians describe what a song is about as though even without words it can still tell a story. If you’ve ever struggled to understand what they mean, come and see Toby Hay. He’s one of the finest storytellers we’ve ever had at Folkroom, and he’s never sung a word